The York University Task Force on Sustainability Research is seeking feedback from the University community on its draft report. The draft report highlights the task force’s suggestions and recommendations for the continued development of structures to support, integrate, cultivate and publicize York University’s sustainability research.
“The task force looks forward to the continued feedback from the York community on the draft report,” said Faculty of Environmental Studies Professor Jennifer Foster, chair of the task force. “We have consulted widely across the York, and are reaching out for a final round of input from the York community to provide feedback on the report. The Task Force is keenly interested in the views, experiences and preferences of the York community, and we hope that researchers, students and staff who have not yet participated will share their feedback.”
The task force has made several recommendations in their report including: The development of a comprehensive inventory of sustainability research at York that is updated regularly and available to York members; the establishment of a York-wide (institutional) Organized Research Unit focusing on environment and sustainability; the dedication of physical space to the Sustainability Institute for collaborative research purposes and social interaction, including student space; hosting an annual international interdisciplinary sustainability research conference that stimulates debates and discussions related to York’s vision of sustainability research and connects scholars at York; and prioritizing central funding support for sustainability research at York through the creation of a sustainability fund that provides seed funding or matching funds for both exploratory and applied sustainability research at York.
For a complete list of the report’s recommendations, view the full report online.
The task force organized a 2-phase consultative process to solicit input through individual and group consultations in order to engage with members of the York community about their perspectives on sustainability research. The online survey is an addition to the final phase, an opportunity for members of the York community to provide input that will be considered in preparation of the final draft.