Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the purpose of the President's Task Force on Sustainability?

University President David Docherty created this Task Force in early 2013 to engage the Mount Royal community in a meaningful dialogue on environmental sustainability.

In December 2013, the Task Force presented the President with its final report, and the President is currently studying its recommendations on how Mount Royal can organize and prioritize the University's efforts to reduce our environmental footprint.

2. Who is on the President's Task Force on Sustainability?

The PFTS is a diverse group of 19 students, faculty and staff.

They have been selected because they:
• have expertise, formal education and/or credentials in an area specifically relevant to environmental sustainability and/or
• are accountable for some aspect of environmental sustainability in their current position at the University.

The Task Force is led by co-chairs Randy Genereux, PhD (Associate Vice-President, Academic) and Mike Reed (Associate Vice-President, Business & Retail Services). Members include:

Harold Berry Supply Chain Services
Robert Boschman Department of English
Terry Dowsett Continuing Education and Extension, Sustainable MRU
Stefan Durston Parking and Transportation Services
Helen Evans Warren Department of Interior Design
Steve Fitterer Residence Services
Diana Fletcher Department of Environmental Science, Sustainable MRU
Mario Jean Residence Student Representative
Roberta Lexier Department of General Education
Brent Mann Sodexo/Food Services, Sustainable MRU
Kim McKellar Facilities Management
Kaylene McTavish President, SAMRU
Gwen O'Sullivan Department of Environmental Science
Mike Quinn Institute for Environmental Sustainability
Katie Robart Student at Large; volunteer with SAMRU Sustainability Centre
Shereen Samuels SAMRU, Sustainable MRU

3. Mount Royal already has a Sustainable Committee and the Students' Association has a Sustainability Centre. How are they working with the Task Force?

The PTFS recognizes the important work undertaken by both the Sustainable Committee and the Sustainability Centre, and members of both groups were appointed to the Task Force:

• four members of Sustainable MRU
• the President of SAMRU
• SAMRU's Director of Student Services
• a student volunteer with the SAMRU Sustainability Centre.

4. What does "environmental sustainability" mean?

There are many different definitions and concepts of sustainability. In the context of this project, President Docherty asked the Task Force to focus on "environmental sustainability," which he describes as "the effect that a person, group or organization has on the environment."

5. Who is responsible for environmental sustainability at Mount Royal?

The quick answer is that we are all responsible for environmental sustainability on campus, and we all have a role that we can choose to play.

To date, many groups and individuals have been working hard to reduce the University's environmental footprint, but there has not been a common vision of what a sustainable campus looks like, or a road map for how to get there, or the resources necessary to undertake the journey.

The President's Task Force is an important first step in helping Mount Royal to organize and prioritize our efforts across the University.

6. What environmentally sustainable practices are already in place at Mount Royal?

There is an incredible amount happening all around campus. Here are just a few highlights:

• In 2012, Mount Royal purchased a food composter/dehydrator that can divert approximately 50 tons of food waste from landfill annually, and produce a soil amendment that can be used by our Grounds department.
• Under Western Skies is one of Canada's leading inter-disciplinary conferences dedicated to environmental issues. The conference runs biannually.
• Mount Royal per capita use of U-Pass is higher than SAIT or the University of Calgary.
• The Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning is a LEED Gold Building and Mount Royal's new Riddell Library and Learning Centre, scheduled to begin construction in 2014, will also be a LEED Gold Building.
• The creation of the Institute for Environmental Sustainability and the appointment of Mike Quinn as the Talisman Chair for Sustainability and the Environment.
• The Administrative Services Division developed a Green Office Certificate program. To date, five offices have earned their certificates.
• The Facilities Management department has invested in energy management and automation software to monitor and adjust heating and cooling.
• Mount Royal has programs in place to recycle paper, beverage containers, electronics and pens.
• Mount Royal participates in the Car2Go program.
• Sustainable MRU operates a community garden .
• Residence students have developed their own recycling program .