Sustainability is no stranger to Western University. With the recent launch of Western's sustainability action plan, "Creating a Sustainable Western Experience", the university is committed to improving campus sustainability now more than ever.
As you begin to settle into campus, you will notice that sustainability is embedded in everything we do here at Western. As a part of our strategy, Western strives to integrate sustainability into operations, research, teaching and learning, and community engagement. The university has invested in a greener future through a variety of initiatives, such as LEED certified buildings, advancing recycling practices, conducting campus clean ups, and offering a variety of organizations and programs that support environmental education.
When you first step foot on campus, you may notice our glimmering new outdoor recycling bins or our composting cones scattered amongst our gardens. Promoting recycling and composting on campus is in support of one of Western's ambitious sustainability goals- to achieve 90% waste diversion from landfill or 'Zero Waste' by 2022. Communicating these goals and encouraging you as a first year to participate is critical to enhancing campus sustainability as you embark on your academic journey. Many of the residences are now outfitted with composting receptacles in dining halls, and suite-style residence rooms are furnished with a small green bin to encourage students to compost food scraps.
Collectively, we all have a role to play in embracing sustainability on campus to reduce our environmental footprint. As a new member to Western University, we hope that you take the time to learn about what we are doing as a campus and participate (or even lead!) some of our initiatives. Check out the website sustainability.uwo.ca to learn more about Western's sustainability goals, or how to get involved. Or follow us on Twitter (@GreenWesternU) and Facebook (Western University Sustainability) to get your daily dose of green!