Sustainability Ambassador Projects

Sustainability Ambassador Projects - Winter 2020

Bag Bank Guelph 

Bag Bank is a student-led organization advocating for reducing single use plastic bags through establishing a community reusable bag sharing program! You'll see this group running reusable bag collection drives across campus and in the greater Guelph community. 

Interested in getting involved with this team? They are looking for general volunteer members to assist with patch sewing, tabling at reusable bag drives, and stamping custom Bag Bank Guelph logos on collected bags! If you're connected with a local business or organization that would be interested in piloting this program, email

Want to follow along with their work? 

Instagram: @bagbankguelph

Twitter: @bagbankguelph 

Facebook: Bag Bank Guelph

Drop and Cop Clothing Swap 

This is a sustainable clothing exchange program. They run monthly pop-up consignment stores, so you can thrift shop right on the University of Guelph campus. This team of students goes beyond the traditional clothing swap by hand curating some pieces and ranking items based on a credit system.

This team also has an on-going campaign called "New Year, New Me Same Clothes".This campaign involves sharing tips, tricks, and workshops on how to create new styles with your existing wardrobe and how to upcycle, mend, and restore your clothes. 

This team is slow down fashion and growing very quickly! 

Want to follow along with their work? 

Instagram: @dropandcop.uofg

Facebook: Drop and Cop UofG 


Free Store Pop-Up 

This is a student-led initative that promotes a sharing economy by diverting items from landfills through providing them a platform to rehome them to other members of the University of Guelph community. 

Yes, it is a store where everything is free to take! Yes, free! It is also a great opportunity to rehome those items that you no longer need, but know should not end up going to landfill. Common items we find on the Free Store are books, mugs, binders, and reusable water bottles. 

Interested in collaborating to host a Free Store Pop Up? Email  

Want to join the Free Store team and volunteer to manage the Free Store Pop Up? Email

Want to follow along with their work? 

Instagram: @freestoreuog


Pollinator Conservation Project 

This team of students is leading a project to naturalize an area behind South Residence by killing invasive grasses and planting a variety of native plant species for native pollinators and other benefical insects. This student team is growing a variety of plant species right here on the University of Guelph campus in the Bovey Greenhouses! This is thanks to a partnership with the University of Guelph Horticultural Society and Rodger Schantz from Plant Agriculture. 

This team has already acquired $4000 in funding! Those supporting this initative include Rising Youth (Community Sevice Grant), WWF Canada (Go Wild), and the University of Guelph through the Student Life Enhancement Fund. 

Interested in getting involved and "bee"ing on this team? Email 

This team is especially looking for volunteers that will be available in May for the planting! 

Youth Eco-Summit 

This is a youth-for-youth initative led by a group of Sustainability Ambassadors. These students are in the midst of planning the Youth Eco-Summit, which will run on May 8th at the University of Guelph campus. This event aims to show secondary school students a way to take action and lead change at their own schools with a variety of workshops and inspiring keynotes by young eco-heros. 

This Youth Eco-Summit has been funded by a Rising Youth Community Service Grant and various local businesses and organizations. 

This team is especially looking for volunteers that will be in Guelph for May 8th. Volunteer opportunities on the day include registration, set up, workshop facilitation, and clean up. 

Interested in getting involved with this project? Email 


"Beyond the Reusable Bag" Student-Led Blog 

Tired of writing academic essays, lab reports, and policy briefs? Why not take a break and try writing a blog post for the student-led blog! This blog is an opportunity to test out your interests in writing content based on an aspect of sustainability you're interested in. 

This is a Sustainability Ambassador project that has created a nice platform for students interested in content creation to cross-promote their work on their own sustainability focused blogs and social media platforms. 

Interested in writing, but not sure what to write about?

Here is a list of a few topic ideas: 

Sustainble Reading Week- (low carbon travel opportunities, stay-cations, eco-tourism, etc). 

Your personal experience at a sustainability focused event, conference, or working with an organization etc. 

How to be sustainable on an exchange/semester abroad. 

Lifestyle Changes - becoming a bike to work person, becoming vegan, trying to go waste free, etc. 

How to make moving out of your house/dorm more sustainable. 

Interested in writing for the blog? Have a post that you want to share with us? Want to clear a topic with us before you start writing? Email

Sustainable Labs Project* - Coming Soon 

Please email to be added to the list-serve to be notified about upcoming meeting dates and project ideas! 


Retro Runway: Sustainable Fashion Show 

Interested in seeing a fashion show comprised completely of thrifted and upcycled clothing? Well, these students definitely did! From influence from Project Trashion at the University of Waterloo, these students have launched Retro Runway, a sustainable fashion show. 

This student-led event is taking place Tuesday, March 10th in Peter Clark Hall. This event will include a variety of outfits donated to the show by various local businesses that support thrifting, slow fashion, and experiential learning opportunities for students. 

Interested in getting involved? Email 

Want to follow along with their work? 

Instagram: @retro.runway