Sustainability Month

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This March, a student planning committee has organized Sustainability Month, a month dedicated to taking action on pressing environmental issues facing our world.

This year is our first virtual Sustainability Month, and so the theme chosen was Sustainability @ Home. This month will feature discussions on various ways to take action while at home. 

We have a series of scheduled synchronous and asynchronous events to allow for University of Guelph community members to engage with Sustainability Month content at their own pace. 

History of Sustainability Month 

In 2008, a group of University of Guelph undergraduate students organized the first sustainability-related event – Sustainability Day. This day was created to raise awareness of pressing issues and provide students with opportunities to act on them. Over time, that day turned into a week-long celebration featuring events like panel discussions, keynote speakers, and resource fairs. 

For almost 11 years, University of Guelph students have organized and hosted a "Sustainability Week" to create discussion opportunities and showcase ways to turn talk into action. 

In 2020, the planning team decided to expand Sustainability Week into a month-long event. This was done to create more opportunities for the University of Guelph community to engage with the festivities, which were previously packed into a single week in late March. 

In 2021, our planning team is now hosting a month-long virtual Sustainability Month. 

Schedule of Synchronous Events

Tuesday, March 2nd 
Event: Launch of the Nature without Waste Campaign
Time: 12 pm EST 

We will be announcing the launch of our Nature without Waste campaign on social media at 12 pm EST. This will include an announcement of an infrastructure project that is paired with the campaign. 

Find the announcement here. 

Wednesday, March 3rd
Event: WWF Canada Living Planet Leader Sign Up-A-Thon 
Time: 4:30pm - 5:30pm EST 

This World Wildlife Day, we're hosting our second annual WWF Canada Living Planet Leader Sign Up-A-Thon.

This webinar-style event will feature WWF Canada's Living Planet Leader program, a self-guided certification for post-secondary students that allows them to get recognized for their work protecting nature, taking climate action, and improving sustainability on-campus or in their community.

The webinar will consist of a short presentation by the UofG Sustainability Office on the program, a Q&A session with Angela Asuncion, our latest UofG Living Planet Leader, and a showcase of volunteering opportunities related to conservation, climate action, and sustainability.

This event is organized by the University of Guelph Sustainability Ambassador Program.

Register here.

Event: Student Nutrition Awareness Program's SNAP Approved Dinner 
Time: 4pm - 8pm EST 

Enjoy a delicious SNAP-approved dinner and celebrate the beginning of Sustainability Month. The dinner will consist of lentil pasta topped with black bean meatballs in a tomato and vegetable marinara sauce served with a side of roasted spaghetti squash. For dessert, there is a vegan tiramisu.  

Want to try this meal at home? Visit Hospitality Services' Cook Like A Chef page to find the recipes to try these recipes out at home. 

Learn more about this dinner here. 

Thursday, March 4th 
Event: Lunch and Learn with Izzy's Imperfect Items 
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST 

Join us on Thursday, March 4th, from 12 - 12:30 pm EST, for a virtual lunch and learn featuring Isabel Savransky, a 4th-year University of Guelph student and owner of Izzy's Imperfect Items.
This event will consist of 15 minutes of facilitated Q&A with Isabel as we explore how Isabel creates new items by upcycling various textiles and the story behind her business.
The remaining 15 minutes will be a community conversation on upcycling and repurposing projects to share inspiration and ideas with other attendees.
A resource guide with upcycling tips and tricks will be sent out to registered participants after this event.

This event is organized by the University of Guelph Sustainability Ambassador Program.

Register here.

Friday, March 5th 
Event: Feature Friday Instagram Takeover with Sustainability Ambassador Coordinator, Nidhi 
Time: 11 am - 4 pm EST

Follow along with Nidhi, a 2nd-year University of Guelph undergraduate student, as she covers what a day in life looks like for one of our Sustainability Ambassador Coordinators. This Instagram takeover will be taking place on the Sustainability Office's Instagram, and a closed caption video copy will be uploaded to the Sustainability Office Facebook at 5 pm EST. 

Follow along here. 

Sunday, March 7th
Event: Art in Nature Contest 
Time: Sunday, March 7th at 12pm EST until Saturday, March 13th at 5pm EST. 

Sunday, March 14th, is the International Day of Action for Rivers, and the Guelph Poets Society is celebrating with an art contest that honours rivers.

The contest's instructions, rules, and prizes will be announced on the Sustainability Office's social media pages on Sunday, March 7th.  

Find the contest post here.

Monday, March 8th
Event: Climate Justice through an Intersectional Feminist Perspective Panel 
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm EST 

This International Women's Day, join us for a panel discussion on climate justice through an intersectional feminist perspective. This event is run in partnership between the University of Guelph Sustainability Ambassador Program and the Central Student Association

This panel will consist of 45 minutes of facilitated discussion with our panelists, followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Panelists will be announced on Monday, March 1st. 

Registration for this event will open on Monday, March 1st, at 12 pm EST. 

Thursday, March 11th 
Event: Climate Literacy Trivia 
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm EST 

Want to test your knowledge on the climate crisis? Join our climate literacy trivia and see what facts and terms you're familiar with. 

All registered attendees will receive a resource guide after the event that shares a list of resources to learn more about the trivia's content. 

This trivia night will be hosted on Kahoot. There will be prizes given to the three highest-ranking winners. 

This event is organized by the University of Guelph Sustainability Ambassador Program.

Registration for this event will open on Monday, March 1st. 

Sunday, March 14th
Event: Art in Nature Contest Winner Announcement
Time: 12pm EST 

Join us in celebrating the International Day of Action for Rivers with the announcement of winners of the Art in Nature contest. Winners are announced on the Sustainability Office's Facebook as well as Guelph Poets Society's Instagram page. 

Today, you'll also be able to find a resource guide on how to take action to protect rivers on the Sustainable Student, our student-led blog. 

Monday, March 15th 
Event: Navigating Eco-Anxiety, Grief, and Burnout in a Time of Crisis: Seminar 
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm EST

In face of the difficult and often-overwhelming realities of the environmental justice movement, eco-anxiety and burnout are on the rise. Join us for a student-led seminar & group discussion on shared experiences with eco-anxiety and burnout as they manifest in our everyday lives, as organizers, and as activists. Learn from experienced community leaders as we create a space to open ourselves to environmental grief, anger, and joy – and develop strategies to transform powerlessness into fulfilling and sustainable leadership.

Participants can expect to hear from Mandy Hiscocks, a local community member with a wealth of knowledge in community organizing and activism, as well as participate in smaller breakout sessions to chat with other attendees about the themes of the event. 

After this event, a resource guide with information shared in the event will be shared with registered participants.

 This event is hosted in partnership with the Central Student Association (CSA).

Registration for this event opens on Wednesday, March 3rd.

Tuesday, March 16th 
Event: "What Next?" Night
Time: 5pm - 6pm 

Join us on Tuesday, March 16th from 5- 6 pm for a networking night featuring various working professionals in green careers

Registration and more information on the working professionals attending will be available on Friday, March 5th. 

Thursday, March 18th
Event: Webinar with A Friendlier Company 
Time: 4pm - 5pm EST

Join us on Global Recycling Day for a webinar featuring Jacquie Hutchings, Co-Founder of A Friendlier Company, a reusable food takeout container company. This webinar will discuss how we can create a world where packaging is not viewed as waste but as a valuable resource that should be preserved and reused. 

Participants can expect a 30 minute facilitated Q&A session with Jacquie and a group discussion on waste reduction and reusable programs. There will be an opportunity for the audience to engage with this topic and ask Jacquie questions about her work with A Friendlier Company. 

Registration for this event will open on Monday, March 1st. 

Friday, March 19th 
Event: Feature Friday Instagram Takeover with Climate Justice Guelph
Time: 11am - 4pm EST 

Follow along with the students behind Climate Justice Guelph, a student-led group working to create a network to unite Guelph's climate justice movement. This Instagram takeover will be taking place on the Sustainability Office's Instagram, and a closed caption video copy will be uploaded to the Sustainability Office Facebook at 5 pm EST. 

Follow along here. 

Saturday, March 20th 
Event: Lunch and Learn with Bird-Safe Guelph 
Time: 12pm - 1pm EST

For World Sparrow Day,  we're hosting a lunch and learn with Isabel Savransky and Alessandra Wilcox, two University of Guelph undergraduate students working to promote and enhance local bird conservation through Bird-Safe Guelph, an organization comprised of students, staff, and faculty at the University of Guelph who are dedicated to helping local birds survive and thrive.

Participants at this webinar can expect to hear a presentation that shares the story behind Bird-Safe Guelph, as well as ways to take action to protect local bird conservation. This presentation will also include how this group is working with the University of Guelph to make the campus more "feather friendly.

Registration for this event will open on Monday, March 1st. 


Sunday, March 21st 
Event: Lunch and Learn with Living Glass Labs 
Time: 1pm - 2pm EST 

For World Planting Day & International Forests Day, we're hosting a lunch and learn with Dennis Zhu, founder of Living Glass Labs, which was founded here at the University of Guelph.

Living Glass Lab's mission is to bring about a greater appreciation for plants, especially among busy individuals who wish to enjoy a care-free plant. Combining modern-day plant biotechnology and design, they aspire to create one of the world’s first disruptive houseplants. 

Dennis, a University of Guelph student, was also the recipient of a WWF Canada Go Wild Grant, which he will use to create an environmental education project for local youth in the region, which he will do using his creation at Living Glass Labs. 

Participants at this webinar can expect a 30 minute facilitated Q&A with Dennis Zhu followed by an audience question period then a group conversation on the importance of environmental education for youth.

Registration for this event will open on Monday, March 1st. 

Wednesday, March 24th 
Event: Table Talks: Food Wast(ed) with Angela Picot, the Food Literacy Coordinator at the SEED.
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm 

This event is in partnership with the Feeding 9 Billion Peer Helpers and 10 Carden

Table Talks is a virtual cooking class that pairs cooking with a community conversation. This month's Table Talks will be featuring Angela Picot, the Food Literacy Coordinator at the SEED. Angela will be leading a cooking class that focuses on making student-friendly meals that involve ingredients that can be repurposed into multiple meals. 

More information and registration information will be available on Tuesday, March 2nd. 

This event will feature door prizes for attendees. 

Thursday, March 25th 
Event: Future Scientists for Global Sustainability Event  
Time: TBD

Join the Future Scientists for Global Sustainability, a student-led organization at the University of Guelph, as they host a keynote speaker, who will be speaking on global sustainability. 

More information about this event will be available on Friday, March 5th. 

Saturday, March 27th 
Event: Earth Hour Design Jam
Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm EST

Every year, at 8:30pm on the last Saturday of March, people worldwide participate in Earth Hour to bring attention to pressing environmental issues.

This year, we're creating an Earth Hour design jam to create a space for people to exchange ideas on how we can take action on pressing issues and create solutions. This design jam will have both synchronous and asynchronous options. 

More information about the design jam will be available on Friday, March 5th.