Eco-Summit celebrates green offices, sustainability
On Wednesday, July 12, the UW Sustainability Office and the Sustainable Campus Initiative held the fourth annual Eco-Summit.
Each year, the Eco-Summit brings together students, staff, faculty and community partners with an interest in sustainability to build relationships, inspire action, and celebrate progress. This year's theme was "Building Foundations."
The keynote speaker was Frances Edmonds, head of sustainability at HP Canada.
President Feridun Hamdullahpur gave closing remarks and helped hand out Green Office program certificates to several academic support units and departments.
The Green Office program is a way for staff, faculty, and students to take on leadership roles in their departments and make a positive impact. It empowers ambassadors with tools and resources to encourage sustainable behaviours, and recognizes achievements through a common scorecard. Almost 40 ambassadors from 24 departments are participating in the program, with 13 departments receiving certification.
Green Office Bronze certification recipients included:
- Dean of Applied Health Sciences Office;
- Dean of Engineering Office;
- Graduate Studies Office;
- Knowledge Integration;
- the Department of Political Science;
- the President’s Office;
- the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact
- the Department of Psychology, and
- Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education and the Waterloo Professional Development Program.
Green Office Silver certification recipients included:
- The Dean of Arts and Arts Undergraduate Office;
- The Dean of Environment Office; and
- The Library
The first unit on campus to receive Green Office Gold certification was the Centre for Teaching Excellence.
The Green Office Energy Challenge Awards were also handed out to the Green Offices with the highest overall participation in the Energy Challenge during Earth Month. The winners were:
- For small offices, the Water Institute
- For medium offices, the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education and the Waterloo Professional Development Program; and
- For large offices, the Dean of Engineering Office.
Remembering Bob Whitton
Bob Whitton, a media relations pioneer at the University of Waterloo and the first editor of The Gazette, died on June 30.
Whitton joined the University in March 1967 as a member of Information Services, the forerunner to University Communications. He was the first manager of the University's News Bureau, which was started by Jack Adams. Whitton's job responsibilities included promoting the research of Waterloo professors to the media and the community, and in 1969 he took the helm of The Gazette, the University of Waterloo's official newspaper. The Gazette had its roots as an internal newsletter, but it was redesigned under Adams' and Whitton's supervision as a weekly broadsheet in a pioneering effort to inform the campus community about University life and news. He quickly developed a reputation for being incredibly efficient and hard-working.
"I credit him tremendously with helping to put UW on the map in its first 25 years, writing hundreds and hundreds of news releases and research features," recalls Martin van Nierop, who led the University’s communications unit from 1986 to 2010. "Bob knew two kinds of shorthand and used to go visit professors in their offices for a story in the morning, come back and write it up accurately and have in their hands by 3:00 p.m."
Whitton took a particular interest in David Winter’s gait lab in the kinesiology department, and not only wrote multiple features about it over the years, but volunteered as one of its experimental subjects.
Whitton played piano, was a champion squash player who in his 50s could beat opponents 25 years his junior, and was a Unitarian Universalist chaplain. He retired in December 1989.
"The most important thing in my memories of Bob is how energetic and hard-working he was," writes former colleague Chris Redmond, who took over editing duties at The Gazette in 1973 when Whitton returned to the News Bureau. "He was the fastest writer I've ever met, churning out research features at such a speed that his electric typewriter made a noise like a locomotive. 'Hey, it's Friday!' he used to say. 'Only two more days of work this week!'"
Whitton was 95.
Summer Reading Sale and other notes
The Book Store is hosting a Summer Reading Sale with books for the family, for travel and for summer reading still available. The sale takes place in the South Campus Hall concourse today and tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Plant Operations is serving notice that there will be an electricity shutdown in the PAS on Saturday, July 29 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. as new fused switches are installed. This outage affects nearly the entire building, so all office computers should be properly shut down on Friday, July 28 by end of day.