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Claire Bennett appointed as Laurier’s Sustainability Coordinator
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Wilfrid Laurier University has appointed Claire Bennett to the position of Sustainability Coordinator.
Established in January 2010, the Sustainability Office works to foster a culture of sustainability at the university by engaging, promoting and coordinating sustainability efforts, as well as to develop an environmentally proactive Laurier community.
“My goal is to make sustainability a continuing and active part of the student life, and to create a true culture of sustainability rather than a host of isolated initiatives,” said Bennett. “I am thrilled this role exists at Laurier and look forward to continuing the great work that’s already been done over the past year.”
Bennett is a candidate for a master’s degree of planning from the University of Waterloo (UW), with a focus on environmental planning and design. She has worked as a teaching and research assistant in urban and environmental design, environmental law and planning administration, and was on the building committee for UW’s LEED-certified Faculty of Environment building.
Bennett hopes to make sustainability accessible and easy for the Laurier community by improving bottle-free and waste-diversion programs in residences and on campus and strengthening sustainability within the university’s curriculum. She is also working on sustainable design guidelines for any new construction on campus, greenhouse gas monitoring and reduction through the energy management plan, and creating a sustainability action plan that will direct the ongoing efforts of the Sustainability Office.
Laurier has been making strides in sustainability with recent sustainable building designs, such as the Laurier Brantford Research & Academic Centre designed to achieve LEED certification, and improved food waste and sustainable transportation programs. Last year’s “Going Greener” report by the Council of Ontario Universities recognized Laurier for developing its sustainability policy, as well as for adapting a green cleaning program and energy management plan.
The university received its first ratings in sustainability last year from two different North American organizations dedicated to improving sustainability on university campuses. These results will inform Laurier’s sustainability action plan in 2011 and will be used to chart the university’s progress.