In this crucial time of climate action, academics can not isolate themselves from today’s grand societal challenges. Being an academic must also mean being an activist – we have a moral responsibility to provide informed, workable, and inclusive solutions that engage with and empower others to catalyze rapid and measurable change. My contributions to service have direct and profound implications for the academy, the profession, and the community.
Over the course of 5 years, I worked with the University of Waterloo to mandate sustainability into the financial decisions at the University of Waterloo.
As an advisor to the University of Waterloo, I co-athored the University of Waterloo’s landmark recommendation to divest and decarbonize its two-billion-dollar pension and endowment fund by 2040.
I serve as the Vice President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE) a 1000+ member academic organization and regional chapter of the International Society for Ecological Economics
Over the past 5 years of my involvement, the society has held two national conferences and two student symposiums, for over 600 attendees.
To foster public discourse around sustainability, I actively pursue opportunities to share research across various forms of media in a manner that is simple and accessible. I co-develop each publication with a publicly accessible knowledge transfer piece such as a policy brief, op-ed, or related output, that complements my academic work. My conversations revolve around both individual action as well as institutional accountability to highlight that all stakeholders have an important role to play in achieving a just and sustainable transition.