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APRIL 2011



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IRIS Faculty wants your input on Renewable Energy at York!  

Professor Josť Etcheverry of York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies, and a member of IRIS (Core Faculty and Executive), and a number of the faculty's graduate students are working to gain an understanding of the extent to which York faculty and staff are interested in participating and investing in a co-operative community renewable energy project. The survey will help the researchers and project administrators determine whether participation opportunities should be developed for the York community day. Deadline is April 17th. 

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York releases its second annual sustainability report  

The President's Sustainability Council released its Sustainability Report 2010 in conjunction with Earth Hour on March 26. The report, which highlights York's commitment to sustainability on its campuses, profiles the University's efforts to function in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner over the past year. IRIS is mentioned several times in the report.  

York's 20-minute makeover

York is participating in the City of Toronto's 20-minute makeover to mark Earth Day. Staff from Yorkwise and  CSBO have organized a targeted effort for the Keele campus on Friday, April 15, 2001 at 2pm.


The concept behind the makeover is simple - people are asked to stop what they are doing and get outside to clean up areas adjacent to their office or residence. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and bring appropriate shoes/boots.


More About IRIS and this Newsletter


The Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability is a university-wide research centre that pursues an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of sustainability. Through our collaborations on sustainability related research projects and innovative initiatives, we hope to generate awareness amongst the York University community of our social, natural and economic spheres, while engaging students, staff and faculty in action that creates change on campus and beyond.


The IRIS Newsletter is a way to keep you informed about what we are up to so that you can drop by an event, get involved, or just learn about what research projects we are currently undertaking. The Newsletter is sent out once or twice per month, highlighting the IRIS, York University, and broader community's sustainability news and events!