We all know that universities must play a leading role in responding to the crisis of environmental pollution and the degradation of our natural resources.
What you might not know is that more than 350 presidents, rectors, and vice chancellors of universities around the world, including Lakehead University’s President, have endorsed a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations, and outreach. It is called the Talloires Declaration and you can read more about it online (http://www.iisd.org/educate/declarat/talloire.htm).
In past issues of Lakehead University Magazine, we have celebrated Lakehead’s remarkable success in reducing greenhouse gasses and improving energy efficiency. In this issue, we highlight some of the actions our students, faculty, alumni, and staff are taking to effect change — including the Do Something awareness campaign urging high school students to do something about war, poverty, pollution, and climate change.
Our cover story celebrates two young graduates — Darren and Michelle McChristie — who are championing outdoor recreation opportunities around the North Shore with a spirited new magazine called Superior Outdoors. Their vision and entrepreneurial drive is an inspiration to us all. Next we feature a more seasoned Lakehead graduate and Adjunct Professor of Forestry, Steve Colombo, who shares his wisdom on climate change.
Finally, we have a conversation with Lakehead President Fred Gilbert who discusses his views on the health risks associated with the widespread application of high-frequency wireless local area network technology, otherwise known as WiFi.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this issue of Lakehead University Magazine — in print and online — and that you keep us apprised of your current mailing address. And remember, if you have comments, story ideas, or news you would like to share with your classmates, please let us know.
Whither the Lakehead Pool?
In the Fall/Winter 2007 issue of Lakehead University Magazine we reported on a proposal to address the deferred maintenance costs associated with the Lakehead pool.
For an update on the latest developments visit http://www.lakeheadu.ca/pool/