Waterloo researcher Jeremy Pittman appointed to National Advisory Committee for climate change
He joins 21 Canadian experts in helping to advance the development of Canada’s post-2020 biodiversity strategy
He joins 21 Canadian experts in helping to advance the development of Canada’s post-2020 biodiversity strategyBy Faculty of Environment
Jeremy Pittman, a professor of Planning in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, was recently appointed as a member of new federal Nature Advisory Committee (NAC), created by Environment and Climate Change Canada to foster ways for Canadians to engage positively with our natural environment.
The health, well-being, and economic security of Canadians depend on having healthy ecosystems that supports a world rich in biodiversity. Professor Pittman will bring his experience working on climate change adaptation, sustainability, and environmental policy issues with both federal and provincial governments in Canada. His areas of expertise include species at risk and biodiversity conservation, sustainable natural resource practices in the agricultural industry, nature-based climate solutions, and ecosystem services.
Helping to advance the development of Canada’s post-2020 biodiversity strategy and working as a part of a team of 21 members, Pittman will collaborate with his colleagues to increase levels of engagement in nature. This will be done by providing innovative new solutions and advancements under the department’s nature mandate priorities. This consists of offering strategic advice to fit Canada's objectives, identifying opportunities, strengthening partnerships, and finding innovative solutions to cross-cutting nature conservation priorities, such as protecting at-risk areas and species.
Selection for this post positions Pittman alongside a new generation of environmental thought leaders, as the Government of Canada expands on its commitment to work toward halting and reversing nature loss by 2030 in Canada and achieving a full recovery for nature by 2050.
More about the NAC appointment can be found on the Government of Canada website.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.