Summary: President's Message January 2012
Happy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing holiday break and are ready for another successful
For many of us, the new year is a time for new beginnings in some aspects of our lives. At the
same time, however, it can be a time to build on the momentum of the past year and that is
certainly the case in many respects at the University of Regina.
For example, environmental, operational and fiscal sustainability was a key focus in 2011, and it
will continue to be one of our top priorities for the coming year.
The University of Regina's Strategic Plan outlines our commitment to becoming a leader in
environmental responsibility and including sustainability at the core of our teaching, research
and campus life. In the coming year, we must ensure that this commitment remains top-of-mind.
The little things we do within our office spaces things such as turning off lights, unplugging
small appliances, and reducing the amount of printing we do can over the long term have a
huge impact on our efforts to become a sustainable campus.
In fact, Information Services' print optimization project through which the printing practices of
44 out of 47 departments on campus have either been assessed or reconfigured was recently
one of five finalists for the Info-Tech Research Group's second annual "Quest for Canada's
Greenest IT Department" competition. This is a testament to the impact this program is having
on our campus. Once the project has been fully implemented, our five-year cost savings are
projected to be $2.3 million. In addition to contributing to our fiscal sustainability, the print