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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

THE TIPPING POINT Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Paul Leitch, Director of Sustainability at the University of Toronto, about energy savings, waste reduction, and getting the word out on a campus the size of a city. “As I look back, it’s like Sisyphus,” says Paul Leitch, Director of Sustainability at the University of Toronto. “You’re pushing a rock up a hill, but then all of a sudden, there’s a tipping point. That’s when people go: ‘I get it.’ And at that point, the culture 24 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

kicks in. In our case, we’ve seen sustainability going from being a cultural outlier to a cultural norm.” In 2014, Mr. Leitch talked Sustainable Business Magazine through the challenges of pursuing sustainability at the

biggest university in Canada. With over 70,000 students spread over 120 buildings and 12 million square feet, the University of Toronto is a small city in its own right; and in 2014 Facilities and Services, of which the Sustainability Office is a part,

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