In alignment with the university’s commitment to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, Queen’s University is once again supporting the Kingston Climate Change Symposium. Sustainable Kingston hosts the symposium annually in partnership with the City of Kingston, and the event brings together local and national leaders on climate change for a series of talks and conversations.
According to a release from Sustainable Kingston, Queen’s, as an Event Partner, has provided the financial support to make this event possible, with free admission available to anyone who would like to attend. Fellow event sponsors include Sodexo Canada, Empire Life, and St. Lawrence College.
Featuring Nobel Peace Prize nominee and best-selling author Sheila Watt-Cloutier, CBC meteorologist and science reporter Johanna Wagstaffe, and other notable speakers, the 2022 Kingston Climate Change Symposium will take place online Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The theme of this year’s event, hosted by broadcaster and Queen’s Adjunct Lecturer Ali Hassan, is “Collective Climate Action: Local, National and Diverse Perspectives.”
“Queen’s remains highly committed to sustainability and it is a significant part of the new university strategy,” said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “Working in partnership with other like-minded leaders in the Kingston community and learning from one another is essential as we work together to meet our collective sustainability goals for the future.”
“We are so grateful for the ongoing support of Queen’s University and their commitment to the symposium,” added Cedric Pepelea, Chief Operating Officer of Sustainable Kingston. “It’s important to us that cost isn’t a barrier to attending this event. Thanks in part to Queen’s and our other sponsors, we’ve been able to secure world-renowned speakers while offering free admission.”
Winner of the Sustainable Kingston’s Greatest Overall Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction Award in 2021, Queen’s University has achieved a 35 per cent reduction in emissions between 2008 and 2020, hitting the first major milestone target laid out in the Climate Action Plan, according to the release.
To register for the 2022 Kingston Climate Change Symposium, interested participants can visit www.sustainablekingston.com/2022-climate-change-symposium and click on the “Register for Free Today” button. The 2021 Climate Change Symposium had over 500 attendees and 1,000 views on YouTube.