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Assessing Sustainability on Canadian University Campuses: Development of a Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework

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mark bolotenko

on 8 March 2011

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Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework Who is Lindsay Cole? BC-based director of Sustainability Solutions Group
A consultancy working on projects accross Canada and the U.S.
Focus on green and sustainable building projects, sustainability assessments, and development of education programs
Author of thesis in review Why CSAF
Demand on behalf of Canadian campus communities;
Growing commitment on behalf of many universities to issues of sustainability;
Large volume of divergent, uncoordiated campus sustainability activities currently underway on many North American campuses. Framework Campus Sustainability Assessments
- Some examples
Research Objectives
- 1 thru 6
Ad-hoc team
- Selection and purpose Cole: "A sustainable campus community acts upon its local and global responsibilities to protect and enhance the health and well being of humans and ecosystems. It actively engages the knowledge of the university community to address the ecological and social challenges that we face now and in the future." MIT: Sustainability is:
Sustainability @ Carleton: Waterfront project:

Scope of CSAF:
http://www.carleton.ca/cscn/gitp/index.html 2011: Just google CSAF 1. U of Waterloo
2. York U
3. SCAF by Lindsay Cole
4. SFU
5. Western
6. Media Wiki
7. Facebook "Consider this: all the ants on the planet, taken together, have a biomass greater than that of humans. Ants have been incredibly industrious for millions of years. Yet their productiveness nourishes plants, animals, and soil. Human industry has been in full swing for little over a century, yet it has brought about a decline in almost every ecosystem on the planet. Nature doesn't have a design problem. People do." VS Sustainability on university campuses cannot be achieved. Addressing it is like addressing war, poverty and hunger -- it is a waste of time and energy, and will ultimately solve nothing.
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