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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 – 2020/2021

Member Faculty Department Contact Information
Kate Whalen, Co-Chair Academic Sustainability Programs Office
Brent McKnight, Co-Chair Business Strategic Management
Rebecca Bishop, Program Administrator Arts & Science Arts & Science
Beth Marquis 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
Judy Major-Girardin Humanities School of the Arts
Susie O’Brien Humanities English and Cultural Studies
Luc Bernier Science Earth, Environment & Society
Chad Harvey Science Integrated Science (iSci) Program
Sandra Preston Social Sciences Social Work
Aubrey Cannon Social Sciences Anthropology