Sustainability Month

Over the past few months, our student planning team 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, events, and activities that highlight 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. 

Use #UofGSustainabilityMonth to share your participation in the events or activities. Have any questions? Email sustainability@uoguelph.ca.


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 student planning team is now hosting a month-long virtual Sustainability Month. 

Over the past decade, the University of Guelph Sustainability Office has been assisting University of Guelph students in hosting and organizing these sustainability-related events. 

 



Schedule of Synchronous Events

Tuesday, March 2nd 
Event: What is a Veterinarian's Role in Climate Change? A Conversation with Dr. Craig Stephen. 
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST 

Join the Eco Vet Community (ECO.VC), for a climate conversation with Dr. Craig Stephen, one of Canada’s leading One Health experts. 

This event will take place on the Eco Vet Community's Microsoft Teams page, which can be accessed through their Instagram (@eco.vc). 

This event is organized by the Eco Vet Community (ECO.VC).



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. This certificate allows students 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 on our Eventbrite.


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 this dinner at home. 

Learn more about this dinner on SNAP's website.
 


Event: Environmental Health & Racism Workshop with Oxfam Guelph
Time: 5:30pm - 7pm EST 

This workshop will be led by Manvi Bhalla, an experienced climate activist, UofG graduate, and past president of Oxfam Guelph.

Participants can expect an interactive and informative workshop that will focus on environmental justice from a gender-based perspective.

This event is organized by Oxfam Guelph.



Thursday, March 4th 
Event: Upcycling Webinar 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 on our Eventbrite.



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. 

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

Follow along on our Instagram.



Sunday, March 7th
Event: Writing for Rivers 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. 
 

Using poetry or another medium of creative expression, share a story that shows your connection to rivers, including the prompt "what have rivers taught you?".


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

Head over to Guelph Poets Society (@uog_poets) on Instagram to review the contest guidelines and deadlines.



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 panel will consist of 45 minutes of facilitated discussion with our panellists, followed by 10 minutes for audience questions. Panellists will be announced on Tuesday, March 2nd.

This event is run in partnership between the University of Guelph Sustainability Ambassador Program and the Central Student Association

Register through our form for the event.



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

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

The first-place prize is a $100 e-gift card, the second-place is a $50 e-gift card, and the third-place is a $25 e-gift card.

The e-gift cards will be for one of the businesses on our Sustainability Ambassador's prize list that will be shared at the event.

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 event is organized by the University of Guelph Sustainability Ambassador Program and in partnership with Shake Up the Establishment.

Shake Up The Establishment is a non-partisan, youth-led, registered organization that was founded and led by University of Guelph alumni. Shake Up the Establishment aims to make credible, evidence-informed information readily available to the Canadian population to promote informed voting, advocacy practices, and political accountability surrounding human and social justice issues that are exacerbated by the climate crisis.



Friday, March 12th 
Event: Feature Friday Instagram Takeover with MealCare Guelph Member, Sayan Ladhani.
Time: 11 am - 4 pm EST

Follow along with Sayan, a member of MealCare Guelph and a Sustainability Ambassador Coordinator, as she covers what a day in her life looks like. 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. 

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

Follow along on our Instagram.



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

In the face of the difficult and often-overwhelming realities of the environmental justice movement, eco-anxiety and burnout are on the rise. Join 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 leader with a wealth of knowledge in organizing and activism, and 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 co-hosted by the Central Student Association (CSA). 



Thursday, March 18th
Event: Launch of the Nature without Waste Campaign
Time: 2 pm EST 

The University of Guelph Sustainability Office will be announcing the launch of the 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 on Twitter.
 

 


 

Event: Global Recycling Day 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. 

Register on our Eventbrite.

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

 



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 on our Instagram.

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



Event: Writing for Rivers Contest Winner Announcement
Time: 12pm EST 

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

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

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. 

 



Saturday, March 20th 
Event: World Sparrow Day Webinar 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.

Bird-Safe Guelph is 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 works with the University of Guelph to make the campus more "feather friendly.

There will be door prizes of bird-friendly window kits and bird photography postcards that will be given out at this event to a few lucky attendees.


Register on our Eventbrite.

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



Sunday, March 21st 
Event: International Forest Day Webinar with Living Glass
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, which was founded here at the University of Guelph.

Living Glass' 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.

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.

Register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-and-learn-with-living-glass-labs-tickets-143606678441

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


 

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



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 power bowls that involve ingredients that can be made into multiple meals. 

Following the cooking class will be a table talk session featuring the Peer Helpers from Feeding 9 Billion who will by leading facilitated breakout rooms focused on nutrition, shopping on a budget, and how to cook with no motivation. 

This event will feature door prizes for attendees. 

Register here: 
eventbrite.ca/e/table-talks-connecting-through-cooking-tickets-145278141833?aff=erelexpmlt

This event is organized by the University of Guelph Sustainability Office, the Feeding 9 Billion Peer Helpers and 10 Carden



Event: Sustainability Month Giveaway with the  Applied Human Nutrition Student Association &  Future Scientists for Global Sustainability 
Time: Launch at 10 am EST 

Head over to Applied Human Nutrition Student Association's Instagram to find their Sustainability Month giveaway featuring Retea Cups, a student-led sustainability business. 

This activity is organized by Applied Human Nutrition Student Association &  Future Scientists for Global Sustainability 



Thursday, March 25th 
Event: Future Scientists for Global Sustainability Event  
Time: 6pm - 7:30pm EST 

Join the Future Scientists for Global Sustainability, a student-led organization at the University of Guelph, as they host Dr. Shoshanah Jacobs for a presentation about biomimicry

This event is organized by the Future Scientists for Global Sustainability.



Friday, March 26th 
Event: Canada's Next Top Sustainable Leader: Sustainable Leadership Conference
Time: 5:30pm EST

Join My World My Choice for this virtual sustainable leadership conference, where they will be revealing Canada’s Next Top Sustainability Leader winners. This conference will feature many other prizes to be won and networking opportunities with industry leaders. 

Register to attend by completing this registration form.

This event is organized by My World My Choice.


Tuesday, March 30th - Postponed until Earth Week (April 19-25th)
Event: "What's Next?" Night
Time: 5pm - 6:30pm EST

Join us on Tuesday, March 16th, from 5-6:30 pm for a networking night featuring various working professionals in green careers. This is an opportunity to explore your interests, make connections, and grow your network. 

Participants can expect to participate in small breakout sessions with various professionals. 

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

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


Wednesday, March 31st 
Event: Sustainability Month Giveaway 
Time: 10am

Tune into our Instagram to enter to win a giveaway prize pack in honour of Sustainability Month.

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