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The York Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) was established by York University in 2004 to create an interdisciplinary university-wide research institute that is a focal point for the sustainability-related activities of all ten faculties  at York.
York has identified sustainability  as one of its four overarching strategic priorities for research, along with health, international studies and culture and entertainment. York is also a signatory of the Talloires Declaration , which is an action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.
IRIS supports the sustainability-related research of York faculty and brings academics together, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration. The research projects described on this site are examples of current and past research. IRIS is governed by an executive  drawn from across the University.
IRIS builds on the experience and accomplishments of a number of important sustainability programs and activities. Most notably, the former York Centre for Applied Sustainability (YCAS) was the immediate predecessor of IRIS. It provided research services to all levels of government in Canada and helped establish Sustainable Toronto among other leading programs. YCAS was headed by David Bell.
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary research , IRIS is striving to push beyond traditional research methods to tackle real-world challenges with unique solutions.
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 faculties: http://www.yorku.ca/yorkweb/org.htm
 sustainability: http://www.irisyorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/yorkbrochure-sustainability.pdf
 Talloires Declaration: http://www.yorku.ca/facilities/campusplanning/sustainability/policies/talloires.html
 executive: http://www.irisyorku.ca/about/our-people/iris-executive/
 York Centre for Applied Sustainability (YCAS) : http://www.yorku.ca/ycas/
 interdisciplinary research: http://www.irisyorku.ca/about/definitions/ ?
 IRIS Strategic Plan 2010-2012 (PDF): http://www.irisyorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/iris/2007/04/IRIS_Strategic_Plan_2010-2012_sm.pdf
 2011/12 Annual Report: http://www.irisyorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/iris/2007/04/IRIS_Annual_Report_2011-12-FINAL.pdf
 2010/11 Annual Report: http://www.irisyorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/iris/2007/04/Annual-Report-2010-2011-FINAL.pdf
 2009/10 Annual Report: http://www.irisyorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/iris/2007/04/IRIS_AnnualReport2010_FINAL.pdf
 2008/09 Annual Report: http://www.irisyorku.ca/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/Annual-Report-2009-FINAL.pdf
 President’s Sustainability Council: http://www.yorku.ca/susweb/index.html
 Environmental Design and Sustainability: http://www.yorku.ca/csbo/envirodesign/index.html
 Sustainable Energy Initiative: http://sei.info.yorku.ca/
 Learning: http://www.irisyorku.ca/about/learning/
 Links: http://www.irisyorku.ca/about/links/