President's Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability

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    As the University of Waterloo continues to advance campus sustainability, the President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (PACES) will represent a cross-section of Waterloo stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, and administration, to provide advice to the president on campus sustainability programs and policies.


    Role Name Title Term
    Co-chair Jean Andrey Dean of Environment ex-officio
    Co-chair Dennis Huber VP, Administration and Finance ex-officio
    Additional Dean Stephen Watt Dean of Math May '18 - April '20
    Sustainability Manager Mat Thijssen Sustainability Manager ex-officio
    Staff Chris Ford Manager, Mechanical Engineering, Plant Operations May '19 - April '20
    Staff Norah McRae Associate Provost, Cooperative and Experiential Education May '19 - April '21
    Faculty Nadine Ibrahim Lecturer, Engineering May '19 - April '21
    Faculty Lukasz Golab Assiciate Professor, Engineering May '18 - April '20
    Feds Appointee Michael Beauchemin President, Federation of Students May '19 - April '20
    GSA Appointee Nadwa Elbadri Graduate Student, Engineering May '19 - April '21
    Undergrad Rep A Stream Jordan Lin Undergrad Student, Engineering March '19 - Aug. '20
    Undergrad Rep B Stream Dweep Lalpurwala Undergrad Student, Environment May '19 - Dec. '20
    AFIW Representative Paul Penner Director of Operations, Conrad Grebel May '18 - April '20

    Terms of Reference

    1. Purpose

    The President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability (the “Committee”) is established to provide advice to the president (and to others on the direction of the president) on campus sustainability programs and policies.

    2. Objectives

    The core objectives of the Committee are:

    (i) Develop a sustainability policy for the university.

    (ii) Develop a sustainability plan for the university, including goals, targets, priorities and metrics to assess progress.

    (iii) Coordinate the preparation and distribution of the university’s biennial sustainability report for presentation to the president.

    (iv) Monitor the implementation of the Council of Ontario Universities sustainability pledge and any other future commitments.

    (v) Form working groups to develop specific plans, including communication and education plans for the university community, and monitor the progress of such working groups.

    (vi) Provide advice to the president, or to such other persons or bodies as the president may direct, related to sustainability opportunities and initiatives at the university.

    (vii) Take part in external collaborations, initiatives, surveys and other projects as the president may approve.

    3. Membership

    Membership in the Committee shall be comprised of:

    (i) The Vice-President, Administration & Finance, who shall act as co-chair.

    (ii) The Dean of the Faculty of Environment, who shall act as co-chair.

    (iii) One additional dean, to be chosen by the co-chairs.

    (iv) One undergraduate student representative, selected by the Federation of Students.

    (v) Two additional undergraduate students from alternating co-operative education terms, to be selected by the co-chairs.

    (vi) One graduate student, selected by the Graduate Student Association.

    (vii) Two faculty members from varying faculties or disciplines, to be chosen by the co-chairs.

    (viii) Two staff members from varying academic support units, to be chosen by the co-chairs.

    (ix) The Sustainability Coordinator for the University of Waterloo.

    (x) One non-voting member from the Affiliated and Federated Institutions of Waterloo, to be chosen by the co-chairs.

    The individuals to be chosen by the co-chairs pursuant to paragraphs 3(v), (vii), (viii), and (x) above shall be identified by the co-chairs based on an open call for expressions of interest. All committee members other than the co-chairs and the Sustainability Coordinator will serve a term of two years, renewable at the discretion of the co-chairs or, in the case of Committee members chosen pursuant to paragraphs 3(iv) and (vi) above, at the discretion of the Federation of Students and the Graduate Student Association, respectively.

    4. Roles of the Co-Chairs

    The co-chairs shall preside over Committee meetings, and have the authority to:

    (i) Appoint members to the Committee from applicants based on paragraphs 3(v), (vii), (viii), and (x), and pursuant to paragraph 3(iii).

    (ii) Call meetings as necessary.

    (iii) Strike working groups as necessary, as determined by the Committee.

    5. Role of the Sustainability Coordinator

    The Sustainability Coordinator will participate in Committee meetings and provide administrative support to the Committee by facilitating the development and sharing of information regarding sustainability practices and curriculum.

    6. Decision-Making

    From time to time, it is expected that the committee will make recommendations to bring forward to the president. When forming these recommendations:

    (i) The committee will make every effort to operate on a consensus model.

    (ii) When consensus is not attainable, the committee will follow a democratic process.

    (iii) It is understood that recommendations of the committee remain subject to normal University of Waterloo policies and approvals processes.

    7. Meetings

    The Committee shall normally meet once per term, but may meet more often at the call of the co-chairs. Working groups shall meet as often as required to meet their mandates as set by the Committee.

    Issued by the President & Vice-Chancellor on February 5, 2015.

    Feridun Hamdullahpur

    Presented to and endorsed by Executive Council on March 5, 2015.

    Working Groups

    Working Groups are diving into detailed action on specific objectives or areas of focus. They report back to the committee on projects and progress. Currently active Working Groups include: