Belleville, Ontario, May 18, 2022 – Recognizing the essential role of educational institutions as catalysts for change, Loyalist College has officially signed the Sustainable Development Goals Accord, committing to embedding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into our education, applied research, leadership, operations, administration, and engagement activities.
Addressing a range of global social, economic, and environmental challenges from climate change to food security, the 17 SDGs provide a blueprint for governments, businesses, institutions and individuals who seek to build a more equitable and sustainable world.
“As our region’s only postsecondary institution, Loyalist College takes its responsibility as an agent of change very seriously. We recognize that, as educators, we have a central and transformational role to play in reducing inequality, supporting economic growth, and fostering sustainable development,” said Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan, Loyalist College President and CEO. “We’re proud to officially align our programming and campus initiatives with this global movement, propelling our students, employees, and community partners into a better, brighter future.”
Weaving the SDGs into the fabric of student life, applied research projects and hands-on learning opportunities at the College, Loyalist will participate in annual reporting and information-sharing with other learning institutions and SDG signatories in the Accord.
About Loyalist College
Loyalist College is located on the territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, and the Haudenosaunee people. We acknowledge our shared obligation to respect, honour, and sustain these lands and the natural resources contained within. Ranked one of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, industry cluster-based education, training and applied research programs. As Ontario’s Destination College, the College provides job-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, the College is perfectly positioned between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Loyalist College offers more than 70 full-time diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs in biosciences, building sciences, business, community service, health and wellness, media studies, public safety, and skilled trades. Continuing education options are available through LoyalistFocus.com, including hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, and through the College’s 100+ university transfer agreements. Loyalist College is a key driver of social and economic health in eastern Ontario. It contributes 3.8 percent of the Gross Regional Product, representing $396.3 million annually to the regional economy – based on an October 2021 report by Emsi. For more information on Loyalist College’s Belleville, Bancroft and Toronto campuses and Port Hope satellite location, visit loyalistcollege.com.
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