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Environmental and Sustainability Education

Taking Climate Action at OISE

June 2020

The inaugural meeting of the Dean's new Climate Action Advisory Committee took place this month. It will provide advice to the Dean on the development of a strategic plan that embeds sustainability and climate action practices into OISE’s work in teaching, learning and research. A team of OISE faculty, staff and grad students are working over the summer to research and build a strong foundation for this plan, which aims to reduce OISE's carbon footprint by better embedding sustainability into five areas of OISE’s work: Policy & Governance, Facilities & Operations, Curriculum & Teaching, Research, Community Engagement & Outreach. OISE's Climate Action Plan will be ready to be shared with the community late in the fall.

April 2020

Dean  Jones has announced the implementation of the first set of recommendations coming out of OISE’s Climate Action Summit. This event took place in January with over 100 members of our community proposing a rich set of ideas to enact sustainability across OISE. The Dean will establish a new Climate Action Advisory Committee, as well as resource & enact a Climate Action Plan for OISE,  ensuring regular and transparent communication about this as it develops. These actions will build on the research and practice already being done to address the climate crisis at OISE, including that of OISE’s Environmental & Sustainability Education (ESE) Initiative, JICS’s Natural Curiosity Project, and our ongoing collaboration with the TDSB’s Sustainability Office. As part of our Academic Plan, we are proud to be positioning OISE as a hub for ESE and Climate Action, and aim to bring together community members and partners in leading a societal shift towards sustainability.

March 2020

There were many innovative ideas put forward by community members at OISE's Climate Action Summit in January 2020, as evidenced by this new video that captures what took place. Faculty and students have been working to organize and distill these ideas as the basis for a Climate Action Plan for OISE. The next step in this development process is for members of the OISE community to review and comment on these ideas, which will inform a set of recommendations for immediate climate action at OISE.  As we can’t meet in person, all members of the OISE community – faculty, staff and students - are invited to review and respond to these ideas through a Climate Action Survey by April 28 – an appropriate way to spend some time on Earth Day! 

January 2020

In response to the growing climate crisis, the first ever OISE Climate Action Summit was held on Friday January 31, 2020Sponsored by the Dean’s Office, this roundtable event involved 100+ members of the OISE community - including faculty, staff, administrators and students.  This event drew on their knowledge, skills, and expertise to identify ways to shift curriculum, programs, operations, culture and outreach towards a sustainable OISE — one of the important goals in our Academic Plan. A team from the CTL Climate Action Working Group facilitated this event, encouraging participants to work collaboratively on a set of recommendations to inform an OISE-specific Climate Action Plan. Watch this short video to see what took place!