President’s Task Force on Sustainability
Mount Royal University President, David Docherty, has created the President’s Task Force on Sustainability. It will create recommendations for making Mount Royal more environmentally sustainable.
In March 2013, the Task Force will ask the campus community for ideas on reducing Mount Royal’s environmental footprint and improving environmental sustainability. Learn how you can become part of the conversation.
Sustainability on campus
At Mount Royal, acting sustainably means the critical activities of this higher education institution are ecologically sound, socially just and environmentally viable. A truly sustainable university emphasizes these concepts in its curriculum and research, preparing students to contribute as working citizens to an environmentally sound and socially just society.
Mount Royal Sustainability Committee
Formed in 2007, the MRU Sustainability Committee builds on past efforts of institutional and cultural change to facilitate progress towards a showcase of an environmentally and socially responsible organization.
The multi-stakeholder committee is sponsored by Student Affairs and Campus Life and serves in an advisory capacity. The Committee provides an opportunity for members of the Mount Royal community to create and implement sustainability initiatives on campus. Membership was initially geared to reflect four key elements necessary to ensure successful creation of campus sustainability. These key areas were; operations, community development, research and curriculum.
The first Sustainability Committee annual report was prepared in 2009/2010.
Green services on campus
|Sustainability Centre||The Sustainability Centre provides access to practical, sustainable alternatives for students.|
|Eco Store||Located in the basement of Wyckham House, The Eco Store sells environmentally friendly household supplies and personal care products.|
|Eco-residence leader programs||Students living in residence can become an eco-residence leader.|
|Cell phone and rechargeable battery recycling||Bins are located in the Sustainability Centre and the BookStore.|
|Library||The Library has a great selection of sustainability-themed resources.|
|Sustainable transportation||Transit , U-Pass, carpooling and cycling resources are available at the Parking Office.|
|Recycling||Bins for cans and bottles are located throughout campus and bins for paper are located by student study areas.|
There are many volunteer opportunities for students and staff on campus who are interested in sustainability.
The MRU Sustainability Committee is made up of students, faculty and staff and anyone is welcome to attend the meetings. Please contact Terry Dowsett for more information on getting involved.