Thompson Rivers University

Talk to the Experts: Full interview with Jim Gudjonson

November 26, 2018

TRU's Director of Sustainability, Jim Gudjonson, addresses the audience during Monday's announcement that TRU has achieved STARS platinum status.

Last month, TRU was recognized as the world-wide leader in encouraging sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

TRU is currently the highest-rated university in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s global Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Previously, TRU earned a silver rating in 2011 and gold for their 2014 report.

Yesterday, TRU’s Director of Sustainability, Jim Gudjonson sat down for a lengthy chat with Paul Graham of Radio NL to discuss sustainability. Gudjonson was the driving force behind many of TRU’s initiatives that vaulted them to be the most sustainable institution in the world.Graham started the interview off asking Gudjonson about the recognition itself, their history with the program, how much it means to the university to be recognized as a global leader and what went into earning the platinum status.

After their first break, Gudjonson explained some measures they will take in the future to become even more sustainable, along with some of the issues preventing them from plans such as wind turbines on campus.

Graham wraps up the interview by extracting a few pointers from Gudjonson that homeowners can use on a daily basis to join TRU on the sustainable movement.

Tune in Dec. 9 when Iain Stewart-Patterson from the Adventure Study program joins Graham to discuss avalanche safety in the backcountry.

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