For me at least, climate change came home four weeks ago when four young western redcedars (Thuja plicata), none likely older than 200 years, were cut down on the Royal Roads campus. It was clear they were dying this past summer as their lush green foliage had begun to turn brown and fall, a clear sign that it was over for these four individuals.
What are climate action co-benefits? In a nut shell, they’re benefits that come from climate action strategies that go beyond tackling climate change. For example, creating compact, walkable cities can reduce the number of cars on the road, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions. But they can also lead to healthier communities as walkable cities encourage people to travel by foot or bicycle.
Currently on research leave from the University of Alberta, Dr. Daryl McCartney will be a Visiting Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University (RRU) from January to August 2019. Dr. McCartney’s general interests align well with those of RRU, namely, sustainability, environmental assessment, and waste management.
I am delighted to serve as the Director of our school as of March 3, 2019 for the next two years. We are at a good crossroads for the school, thanks to my predecessor, Dr. Chris Ling. We now live in a beautiful new building, the Sherman Jen Building across from the gym. Please do come and visit us.