Rotman cuts carbon footprint

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The Rotman school at the University of Toronto has become the latest business school to examine its carbon footprint and is requiring staff and professors in its executive programmes to do the same.

The school has teamed up with Zerofootprint, a not-for-profit environmental organisation, to develop the Zerofootprint/Rotman calculator. The web-based calculator measures environmental impact in four areas: travel, food, office and home. Once a professor’s footprint is calculated, the tool advises on how to reduce global impact using different ”what if” scenarios.

Other Zerofootprint partners include the University of Ontario, the University of Toronto and Ontario College of Art and Design, as well as numerous environmental companies and organisations.

“We are excited about working with Rotman and its affiliates to create an extensive network of academics and senior corporate executives, who are committed to action around climate change,” says Ron Dembo, founder and chief executive of Toronto-based Zerofootprint. “We believe that this could lead to significant, measurable results.”

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