Welcome to the Sustainability Ambassador Program
A virtual speakers series.
An online biodiversity conservation campaign.
A digital sustainable fashion week.
What do these projects have in common? Well, our students at the University of Guelph are bringing these ideas to life through a shared vision for a sustainable future. Students are using the University of Guelph campus as a "living laboratory" to cultivate our sustainability culture and improve campus life.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Sustainability Ambassador projects are to be virtual for the Fall 2020/Winter 2021 semesters. All projects must be in accordance with the latest public health guidelines set by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health.
Who are the Sustainability Ambassadors?
Sustainability Ambassadors are undergraduate and graduate students making a change on campus by leading or volunteering for action-focused projects. This program was created to help students develop, scale, and lead their solution-oriented projects. Many of these projects aim to target the root problems of many of today's most pressing sustainability issues.
So, if you have an idea for a sustainability-related project you'd like to bring to the University of Guelph, we're here to help.
Perks of the Program
- You'll gain a greater understanding of campus sustainability.
- You can learn how to mobilize other students to take action on pressing issues.
- You will have plenty of opportunities to earn eligble volunteer hours for your WWF Living Planet Leader certification.
- You'll have an opportunity to access mentorship and networking opportunities.
- You will recieve first notifications to opportunities volunteering with the Sustainability Office's upcoming campaigns.
- You'll receive recognition as a sustainability leader on campus.
- You will develop professional and personal skills that can elevate your resume.
Becoming a Sustainability Ambassador
Any undergraduate or graduate student in any academic program can become a sustainability ambassador. All projects are currently virtual, so volunteering can be done entirely remotely.
Have an idea that you want to pitch to our program? or are you working on a project and need support and guidance? If so, please email Samantha at email@example.com to book a project development session.
Sustainability Ambassador Projects (Fall 2020-Winter 2021)
The Sustainable Student
The Sustainable Student is a by the students, for the students' blog focused on various aspects of sustainability. Posts range from coverage of community initiatives, features on individuals leading change to even highlights of businesses going beyond business as usual. This blog is full of pieces that were contributed by University of Guelph students or community members.
If you're interested in contributing a piece, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact our student blog manager. All interested writers will be sent a copy of our blog writing resource guide.
If you're interested in staying updated with the latest posts, follow the @sustainablestudentuog on Instagram.
Retro Runway is a student-led group working to promote sustainable and ethical fashion through virtual educational events and resources shared on social media.
This past fall, Retro Runway hosted a virtual sustainable fashion week that received over 150 entries to their daily outfit challenges that promoted students to create outfits out of clothing they already owned. Winners of the giveaway won e-gift cards to support the local businesses that took part in Retro Runway's sustainable fashion show in March 2020.
This group is working on another exciting virtual initiative for the Winter 2021 semester. We recommend following their Instagram to stay updated on their work and for their next call out for volunteers.
The Guelph Bird-Safe Window Initiative is a student-led initiative working to help local birds survive and thrive. This group aims to educate and engage the Guelph community to take action on bird conservation. This group has created a bird-safe window kit initiative aimed at providing community members with educational material and kits which allow them to transform their windows at home to be bird safe. This initiative is part of the Eco-Leadership Journey, and their funding is provided by Chantiers jeunesse and WWF-Canada.
The Crisis Unfolded podcast was founded by Nidhi and Satya Boodoo, undergraduate students in Environmental Science programs. They created this podcast as a way to spread awareness and document various current pressing environmental issues and the crises that are unfolding. They plan to gather information and stories from University of Guelph researchers and community members on each podcast episode's featured topic. They aim to create an engaging community amongst listeners by making podcast episodes engaging with feasible calls to action. This podcast will be launched later this month on the Sustainable Student's blog.