Amongst engineering programs, University of Toronto ranked first, followed by University of Western Ontario, and L’Université Laval. Overall, the survey finds only 43% of engineering schools provide course specializations relevant to sustainability concerns, and only 30% offering relevant joint degrees.
AND FOR PRACTISING ENGINEERS…. A survey published in May 2012 measured the knowledge and awareness to climate change adaptation of Canadian professional engineers practicing in five categories of built infrastructure: water, transportation, energy, buildings, and resource extraction/processing. The survey reveals that 70% of engineers agree that a changing climate affects their engineering decisions, (with lower than average agreement in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and higher than average in Quebec, the Atlantic provinces, and the North). However, only 10% of engineers indicate that they “always consider the impacts of a changing climate in their decisions.” Only 3% of engineers have already used or intend to use the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Protocol; 7% are somewhat familiar with it, and approximately 80% are not at all familiar. The survey was sponsored by Engineers Canada, was conducted between December 2011 and February 2012, and updates a 2007 survey.
2012 Knights School Survey, September 2012, including complete rankings and survey methodology, is available at: http://corporateknights.com/report/2012-knight-schools-survey
A Higher Degree of Sustainability by Jeremy Runnalls (overview) is at: http://corporateknights.com/report/2012-knight-schools-survey/higher-degree-sustainability
National Survey of Canada’s Infrastructure Engineers about Climate Change is available at the Engineers Canada website at:http://www.engineerscanada.ca/files/csa_report_2012_eng.pdf