The Environmental Finance Advisory Committee (EFAC) at the School of the Environment, University of Toronto, was formed in 2002 by Donald Cormack, the former dean of the School of Graduate Studies, the late environmental studies professor, Rodney White, and Donna Nielsen, the manager of professional development programs at the School of the Environment.  EFAC exemplifies a successful university-city partnership by bringing together local business professionals and faculty concerned about the economics of climate change.

The committee grew under Professor White’s leadership and research interests in carbon and environmental finance. Professor White led the Institute for Environmental Studies, a forerunner of the new school. EFAC, which includes U of T faculty members, presents several workshops or seminars each year to promote dialogue and transfer innovative ideas with business, industry, government, academia and the private sector on leading edge environmental initiatives.  These seminars and workshops are designed in collaboration with nation-wide industry experts.

While environmental finance is still the major focus, the committee’s interests have broadened. The annual thought leadership event raises funds for scholarships named in honour of White and for the late Errick “Skip” Willis, a former committee member.

In 2014, EFAC received the prestigious University of Toronto Arbor Award for its outstanding personal volunteer service to the University of Toronto.

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