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Roles and Responsibilities

The roles and responsibilities of the Committee are as follows:

  • Establish goals for the development and enhancement of the Minor and report annually on progress made
  • Promote the Minor, including Sustain 1S03 and other courses on the Minor Course List
  • Advise on the administrative processes involved, such as course exception process, course list, requirements, etc.
  • Consult with Faculty colleagues on the course list and other administrative aspects
  • Approve the course list, specifically for courses under each member’s home Faculty. Offer insight on courses outside home Faculty.
  • Provide pan-campus perspective as it relates to development and management of the Minor

Guiding Principles

McMaster’s Minor in Sustainability is guided by the following principles:

  • Provide students with foundational sustainability knowledge
  • Create a consciousness and respect for the diversity of sustainability perspectives held in different Faculties
  • Ensure an interdisciplinary educational experience
  • Encourage and support student-directed learning
  • Complement existing McMaster educational offerings while avoiding redundancy
  • Ensure inter-Faculty equity, including student accessibility

Meeting Frequency

Twice annually in July and November

Membership – 2022/2023

Member Faculty Department Contact Information
Kate Whalen, Co-Chair Academic Sustainability Programs Office
Brent McKnight, Co-Chair Business Strategic Management
Shelley Anderson, Academic Program Administrator Arts & Science Arts & Science 
Addisu Lashitew Business Strategic Management
Jim Cotton Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Shelir Ebrahimi Engineering Chemical Engineering 
Stacey Ritz Health Sciences Health Sciences
Derek Woods Humanities Communications and Multimedia
Susie O’Brien Humanities English and Cultural Studies
Luc Bernier Science Earth, Environment & Society
Chad Harvey Science Integrated Science (iSci) Program
Adrianne Lickers Xavier Social Sciences Indigenous Studies
Aubrey Cannon Social Sciences Anthropology