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University signs onto Paris Pledge

Western joined a global community of universities, businesses, cities and other groups in signing the Paris Pledge for Action, committing to doing its part to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. The ambitious target was set at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in December.

“Our university has joined more than 1,000 signatories around the world in signing the Paris Pledge in support of immediate climate change action. This pledge is a commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with a goal of meeting or surpassing the targets set at the recent COP21 (2015 Paris Climate Conference) conference,” Western President Amit Chakma said.

Western is already a leader in greenhouse gas reductions, having mitigated emissions by 12 per cent since 2009, he noted. “This has been achieved even as our campus infrastructure and population continues to grow. This is a remarkable achievement,” he said.

There are 11 buildings on campus with, or in the process of achieving, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, including LEED Gold-certified Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavillion, and McIntosh Gallery and Stevenson Hall/Lawson Hall, which are both LEED Silver certified buildings.

This article appeared in the Spring 2016 edition of Alumni Gazette
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