The University of Toronto is addressing a critical need for on-campus housing, innovation space and other services with its double bottom line 4 Corners (4C) Strategy, a plan that creates a future source of revenue to help fund U of T’s academic mission – and contributes to the vitality of the city’s urban fabric. The approach is laid out in a policy framework dubbed the “four corners strategy” which is meant to guide the university’s thinking as it goes about building new, high quality, non-academic amenities and services on the periphery of U of T’s downtown Toronto campus, as well as at [...]
Marc Couture, director, sustainability and energy management, at the University of Toronto’s Sustainability Office, is one of Canada’s Clean16 Award recipients and a Clean50 honouree. For more than a decade, the Clean50 Awards have recognized 50 Canadian sustainability leaders who facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to limit global warming to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels. The leader in each category receives the Clean16 award. Last year, U of T's Ron Saporta was recognized with the award. Couture was recognized for his leadership in developing the climate positive campus strategy for the St. George campus and implementing a tri-campus sustainability performance standard. You can read [...]
Zupaash Naveed arrived at University of Toronto just a few weeks ago, but she already feels right at home. The first-year computer science co-op student is part of the first cohort to live at Harmony Commons, a new, 746-bed student residence at U of T Scarborough that opened at the beginning of September. Read more here.
The University of Toronto is accepting proposals for projects to reduce its carbon footprint. U of T offsets business air travel emissions by collecting a fee from all University-funded air travel. Up to $300,000 in pooled fees will be available to support tri-campus projects that reduce University emissions. This call for proposals is open to all students, staff, and faculty. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 23.
How universities are overhauling operations in an effort to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. BY MOIRA MACDONALD SEP 05 2023 Read more here about UofT's leading role in on campus greenhouse gas emission reduction through Landmark's "geoexchange" initiative.
(photo credit: David Koufis) On August 28th, over 650 Operations & Real Estate Partnerships team members gathered for the 8th OREP Thank BBQ & Awards event. This is our opportunity to celebrate our entire team, and to honour our often unsung heroes for the great work they do in creatively, efficiently and dedicatedly furthering our mission through our three levels of OREP Awards. At the ceremony, Ron Saporta, Acting VPOREP presented staff with 15 Distinguished Service Awards; 5 Impact Awards (Individual); 53 Impact Awards (Team) to members from 10 OREP and cross-divisional teams; and 12 Service Excellence Awards. OREP [...]
Read more about our award winners below: The OREP Impact Award The Impact Award has been designed to recognize individuals or teams who, above and beyond their regular roles and responsibilities, have developed, revised or implemented a system, tool, process, initiative or program, which concluded in the last calendar year, that had a positive impact within their unit or portfolio, or across the University. The new Impact Award replaces the previous Outstanding Individual Employee and Outstanding Staff Team Awards. To be considered for the award, the nominee must have made an impact in at least one of the following [...]
Four OREP staff members have been honoured with a 2023 Simcoe Hall Vice-Presidential (SVP) Staff Award, which celebrates exemplary contributions by staff working within the Office of the President, the Division of the Vice-President & Provost, a Vice-Presidential Division, or the Office of the Governing Council. The 2023 OREP recipients are: Ryan Dow – assistant director, community liaison and support, Campus Safety Kiren Handa – executive director, institutional research and data governance, Institutional Research & Data Governance Anna Kulikov – senior manager, business improvement and strategic initiatives, Facilities & Services Brian Szuberwood – executive director, capital projects, University Planning, Design & Construction CONGRATULATIONS to our colleagues!
Facilities & Services has launched a new tri-campus standard that will guide the accessible design of campus facilities. The standard was developed through a tri-campus technical working group following a community consultation process, and complies with accessibility requirements set out by the Ontario Building Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Design of Public Spaces Standards. The new standard was effective as of June 15, 2023, for all new construction, renovation, renewal, maintenance, and capital projects—including projects currently in early design stages. Where possible, feedback received through the consultation process was incorporated into this version; the remainder [...]
The IT@UofT Strategic Plan Annual Report (2021) was released on November 25, 2021. It highlights ITS’ work and achievements and our collaborative efforts with unit and divisional partners from September 2020 to August 2021. Since our last report, we have been called upon to continue evolving our response to urgent academic and workplace needs, plan our recovery as we return to campus and reset our priorities to leverage digitally enabled workflow and business process capacity. Highlights profiled in this report feature key projects that advance our strategic initiatives and support our core values. Despite the exceptional challenges we have faced, together with the IT@UofT community, our [...]