Sustainability is top-of-mind for many students, staff and faculty at the U of M
As the 2018 Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor Award recipient, Dr. John Robinson, a leading expert in the fields of sustainability and climate change, will deliver a public lecture on Sept. 26 along with other sustainability-focused events from Sept. 26 to 28. Throughout his visit, he will discuss the importance of sustainability in education, operations and overall direction of the university.
Dr. Robinson is a professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto. He is also an honourary professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia and an adjunct professor with the Copenhagen Business School. In addition, Dr. Robinson is the presidential advisor on Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability at the University of Toronto.
The U of M’s Office of the Vice-President (Research & International) selected the accomplished researcher as the 2018 Samuel Weiner distinguished visitor following his nomination by the U of M’s Sustainability Committee, Office of Sustainability, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Asper School of Business and Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources. Every year, the award brings renowned scientists or scholars to the U of M to stimulate and encourage research.
From Sept. 26 to 28, Dr. Robinson will speak at the following open events at the U of M. For more information about each event, click here.
- Wednesday, Sept. 26 – “Normalizing Sustainability: Beyond Behaviour Change” public lecture
Schultz Lecture Theatre, 91 Ralph Campbell Road, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Refreshments and networking to follow. Tickets are $5 and include refreshments. More information.
- Thursday, Sept. 27 – “Student Engagement and Sustainability” open forum for students
Centre Space, Russell Building Atrium, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dr. Robinson will be hosting an open forum for students around the importance of student and community engagement with campus sustainability. He will highlight different ways students can get involved with campus sustainability and how best to start creating sustainable change at your school. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.
- Friday, Sept. 28 – “Learning by Doing” student lecture
223 Wallace Building, 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The presentation will discuss lessons learned from the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) at UBC in terms of environmental and human performance, and the implementation of living lab approaches at universities. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.
About Dr. John Robinson
Dr. John Robinson is a professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto; an honourary professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia; and an adjunct professor with the Copenhagen Business School. At the University of Toronto, he is also presidential advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability.
Dr. Robinson’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modelling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; the role of the university in contributing to sustainability; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes.
For more information about Dr. Robinson’s visit, please email sustainability [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.