IMI in the Headlines Speaker Series

IMI in the Headlines - Laurel Besco

IMI in the Headlines is our speaker series featuring IMI cross-appointed faculty.

For our fourth session, we welcome Professor Laurel Besco, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Institute for Management & Innovation.

Aviation and Climate Change – Opportunities and Challenges of Mitigating GHG Emissions from a Growing Sector

Wednesday, May 30
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Innovation Complex, L1215
LUNCH will be provided
**Kindly RSVP by May 24


These days, ideas on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from almost every part of our lives abound, but we often neglect to think about how leisure activities such as air travel impact climate change. In fact, emissions from aviation represent about two percent of global GHG emissions, a share that is predicted to rise over the next few decades. Unfortunately the sector is extremely complex, which has meant that these emissions have often fallen through the cracks in international negotiations and in domestic plans for climate change. With the recent adoption of the international Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation and the Canadian federal government’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, now seems an appropriate time to take stock of how GHG emissions form aviation are being dealt with both internationally as well as here in Canada. In this talk, Professor Laurel Besco will introduce you to some of the major challenges which exist in terms of mitigating GHG emissions from aviation and also discuss potential paths to reducing the impact that this large and growing sector has on global climate change.

  • Our inaugural IMI in the Headlines talk was given on May 17, 2016 by Professor Sonia Kang from the Department of Management, titled "Diversity and Discrimination in the Job Market." Sonia presented her research on organizational diversity practices and “résumé whitening.”
  • Our second IMI in the Headlines talk featured Professor Scott Prosser from the Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, and former MBiotech Director.
  • Our third IMI in the Headlines speaker was Professor Peter Landry from the Department of Management.

Want to learn what other professors at U of T Mississauga are doing?

Check out the Lecture Me! series from the Experiential Education Office, featuring professors from departments across UTM.

Lecture Me! A Series from the UTM Experiential Education Office