A Cohort-Based Approach to Net Zero Planning for Campuses and Communities (E/SI)

April 24, 2023 | 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Stream: Demonstrating Leadership in Sustainability
Location: 516 C

Colleges and communities are under growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions to zero in less than 30 years. There is significant need and potential for transforming technical, governance, and policy approaches within these settings, but design and implementation rely on developing capacity and skills. Credible, replicable plans and planning processes are essential to aligning key actors and opening access to necessary capital, yet many need help to accomplish these aims. An initiative among approximately twenty institutions in Ontario and Michigan seeks to address this need with a comprehensive framework and global expertise. This cohort-based approach leverages multiple institutional partners’ resources, knowledge and innovative practices and aims to create consistency in the resulting methods and recommendations. In this session, participants will hear from a subset of these members whose organizations have achieved breakthrough planning and implementation performance, and energy and carbon reductions. They will share insights, approaches and anticipated steps to advance the cohort’s work.

Herbert Sinnock, Director, Sustainability, Sheridan College
Peter Garforth, Principal, Garforth International
Reuben Brukley, Facilities Director, Henry Ford College
Robert Kerr, Managing Director, Garforth International Canada, Inc.
Spencer Wood, Director, Facilities Management, Humber College
Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 7
Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 11
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 13
Climate Action