University of Calgary’s Climate Ambition: Innovating Towards a Net-Zero Campus
In 2020, the University of Calgary reduced its annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30 per cent, representing more than 80,000 tonnes of annual emissions reductions and the equivalent of 17 large-scale wind turbines running for a full year.
This presentation aims to inspire your ambition by highlighting the innovative approaches the university is taking to reach a 50 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 on a path to becoming a net-zero campus by 2050.
Associate Vice-President, Sustainability at the University of Calgary
Joanne is a recognized Canadian innovator and collaborator for sustainability and climate action. She is an architect, a LEED Fellow, and a Canada Clean50 Honouree. Joanne founded the University of Calgary’s Office of Sustainability in 2007 and, since then, UCalgary has attained recognition as one of Canada’s top universities in sustainability performance, including recognition among the top five per cent of universities globally for progress in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Joanne led the development of UCalgary’s 2010 Climate Action Plan and its renewal in 2019, which set an operational roadmap to carbon neutrality by 2050. She is an ardent supporter of preparing future leaders and of empowering women to accelerate the transformation to a sustainable future.