U of T recently announced to divest from all direct investments in fossil fuel companies within the next 12 months, and from indirect investments by 2030 at the latest. The University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation will allocate 10 per cent of its endowment portfolio to sustainable and low-carbon investments by 2025, and commit to an endowment portfolio that has net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
This paper compares sustainability governance at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and the University of Toronto. Drawing from mixed-method, qualitative case-studies of the three universities, this paper seeks to understand how the academic and/or operational positioning of sustainability actors within the institutions influence the prioritization of certain domains over others in the advancement of sustainability at the universities. The purpose of this paper is twofold:
This work was made possible by the kind donation of Wendy Adams.
CECCS Presidential Advisor and Chair, Professor John Robinson, recently wrote a Op-ed for The Varsity about U of T’s work on sustainability. Go to The Varsity to read the full article
In 2019-2020 CECCS worked on a report to the President on three areas:
The second annual Adams Sustainability Celebration has concluded. This virtual event series was held from February 23 to April 9, 2022. The inaugural Adams Sustainability Celebration series occurred from September 22, 2020 to January 21, 2021. The celebration is a tribute to the sustainability-minded community at U of T and an opportunity to build relationships and deepen collaboration around sustainability. As part of the celebration, CECCS awards $55,500 in grants and prizes. We encourage all U of T students, staff, and faculty to be on the lookout for news on the next Adams Sustainability Celebration.