President’s Sustainability Council
The President’s Sustainability Council is an advisory body to the President with responsibility for providing input on York University’s sustainability initiatives, projects, and practices. It is also a mechanism through which to support and enable York students, faculty and staff to participate meaningfully in the planning and implementation of York University’s sustainability policies, initiatives, projects and practices.
Environmental Design and Sustainability
Environmental Design and Sustainability unit is responsible for the planning, development and management of university infrastructure relative to the campus built, natural and human environments ensuring environmental, operational, social, safety and aesthetic objectives of the University are met. This includes design and sustainability considerations for over 500 acres of land and woodlots, containing over 96 multi-use buildings, used by approximately 60,000 students, faculty and staff.
Sustainable Energy Initiative The Faculty of Environmental Studies Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) has been established to build and strengthen the teaching, research and partnerships needed to create new green energy economies in Canada and around the world. The initiative is focused on energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy sources and combined heat and power.
Ecologically Conscious Organization (ECO)
‘Greening outside the box’
ECO aims to enable the York community to gain knowledge of current sustainability issues in our local environment. They strive to take a pro-active involvement in the community and aim for social activism related to environmental and social justice issues
The Schulich chapter of the premiere business students’ network, NetImpact is “dedicated to promoting responsible business and advancing social, environmental and economic sustainability.”
Corporate Social Responsibility Club (CSR)
CSRS aims to build CSR ideas and practices through education, promoting industry CSR practice, and finally providing students with the necessary skills to implement CSR in the business environment
Regenesis is a grassroots environmental, social justice and humanitarian organization. We believe that a healthy planet and a healthy society are mutually dependent. Our ultimate goal is a fulfilling and sustainable living for all, so that our actions no longer tip the balance of the global ecosystem
Environmental Law Society
ELS provides a forum for environmentally minded students to meet, opportunities for students to get involved in sustainable activities, and gain access to information about the law, careers, and events in the environmental field.
Maloca Community Garden
Founded in 1999 by graduate students, Maloca is “maintained by diverse members of the York community including staff, faculty, alumni, friends, family and local residents as an unique community space on York campus.”
York University Greens
The Green Movement is based on timeless values: living respectfully, in dignity and harmony with the land, its creatures, and each other. York University Greens aims to build a world in which future generations and we will live in dignity, respect, and harmony with each other and the Earth.
Sustainable Purchasing Coalition
The SPC is a student-led network of organizations on campus that are passionate about the role of the university in building a sustainable society at the local and global level. Their intention is to help York operationalize its existing commitments to sustainability and social justice in an effective way
Campus Planning & Sustainability
Housed in the Facilities Services department, the Campus Planner is “concerned with the physical detail that affects the operational, environmental and aesthetic objectives of the University. Environmental sustainability is critical to those objectives so it serves to guide decision-making.”
Healthy Food at York
The organization’s mandate is to serve healthy, varied, affordable, vegetarian, socially just, ecologically conscious and locally produced food to students and community members.
Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC)
These governmental bodies are organised by watersheds, and seek to promote conservation, education, and provide advisory services. By linking together multiple municipalities within a watershed, they facilitate actions which cross standard political boundaries.
Based in Toronto, the Zerofootprint group of companies empowers communities, companies, and organizations to live ingeniously in a low carbon world. The web site hosts various tools to measure your carbon output.
Royal Botanical Gardens
With 1,100 hectares and 30 kilometres of walking trails, the RBG is a major horticultural and nature site in southern Ontario, and offers many educational activities throughout the year.
Middle East Environmental Futures Project
The program’s central objective is to strengthen environmental policy decision making in Israel and Palestine. IRIS Executive member Stuart Schoenfeld is highly involved with this project.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources
“The World Conservation Union is the world’s largest and most important conservation network. The Union brings together 82 States, 111 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.” Headquartered in Switzerland.
Food and Farming
Everything you need to know about growing food in the urban environment.
Sustain is “the alliance for better food and farming” and includes news, downloadable PDFs, and event calendars.
The Gstaad Project
an open, online-based community aimed at bridging the gap between “we the people” of the world and the world’s international organizations and intergovernmental entities.
Yale Environment 360
an online magazine offering opinion, analysis, reporting and debate on global environmental issues. Published by the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale University.
an environmental news and commentary site based in Seattle, WA that attempts to “tell the untold stories, spotlight trends before they become trendy, and engage the apathetic.”
The award-winning internet newspaper’s Green pages.
New York Times “reporter Andrew C. Revkin examines efforts to balance human affairs with the planet’s limits. Conceived in part with support from a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Dot Earth tracks relevant news from suburbia to Siberia.”
Specializes in writing about environmentally friendly technology