Inaugural Sustainability Director (Academic), St. George Campus, Senior Lecturer, University of Toronto
Dr. Beth Savan not only teaches sustainability, but also practiced it in her role as Sustainability Director at the University of Toronto. Beth and her team laid the groundwork for a handful of programs to reduce energy and water and measure the impacts, and helped to formally incorporate sustainability into the university’s Strategic Research Plan. Together with her students, she also launched Rewire, a program that empowers students to reduce their energy consumption in residences by promoting small behaviour changes with big environmental impact. Rewire led to a reduction in electricity use of up to 13% in affected residences.