Environmental Sustainability

Sustainability and Climate Change Committee​

The Sustainability and Climate Change (SACC) Committee was founded in the Fall of 2019 and became an Aesculapian Society Committee in March 2020. The Committee’s goal is to inspire a shift within the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine’s culture towards more sustainable and waste-reduction practices and increase planetary health and climate justice awareness through our 4 program pillars: (1) Aesculapian Society initiatives, (2) Faculty of Medicine initiatives, (3) Student body initiatives, and (4) Curriculum development.

Aesculapian Society Initiatives
Faculty of Medicine Initiatives
  • Sustainable Facility Project 2020-2021
  • COVID Waste Reduction at RGN – PPE Recycling with Terracycle
  • RGN Feedback Form
Student Body Initiatives
Curriculum Development Initiatives
  • SIM Website Development
  • Lecture Slides for Climate Change Initiative
Research Opportunities
  • Professor doing research within the CISSSO (email us for more details)
  • Project (related to the floods we had in 2019): Une évaluation sociosanitaire des inondations 2019, six mois plus tard : Optimiser les services de santé et l’intervention psychosociale post-désastre visant la résilience des collectivités aux extrêmes hydrométéorologiques
CFMS Heart

Health and Environment Adaptive Response Task Force (HEART) is a group within the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) that was established in 2016 to help coordinate advocacy efforts among Canadian medical students regarding current issues in environmental health and climate change.

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and its sister organization, the Canadian Health and Environment Education and Research Foundation (CHEER) are the primary organizations for Canadian physicians to speak on environmental issues. While CAPE is focused on evidence-based advoacy initiatives, CHEER performs research, analyzes policies, and educates the public. CAPE and CHEER believe that “healthy people require a healthy planet”.

International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA)’s Recommendations for Sustainable and Climate-Friendly Meetings.

Lancet Countdown

The Lancet Countdown: tracking progress on health and climate change is an international, multidisciplinary research collaboration between academic institutions and practitioners across the world. It follows on from the work of the 2015 Lancet Commission, which concluded that the response to climate change could be “the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century”.

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