Sustainability Month

What is Sustainability Month?

Sustainability Month is a month of action meant to encourage and inspire 365 days of commitment. This annual event highlights campus sustainability by promoting initiatives, research, and programs at the University of Guelph. Sustainability Month brings together the entire University of Guelph community from staff, faculty, students to our community partners through these series of events and campaigns. 

History 

In 2008, the University of Guelph students organized the first sustainability-related event – Sustainability Day. Over time, that day turned into a week-long celebration run in September consisting of events like panel discussions and resource fairs.

For almost 11 years, UofG students have planned & hosted a "Sustainability Week" to celebrate campus sustainability and showcase those taking action.

In 2020, we decided to expand Sustainability Week into a month-long celebration. Sustainability Month allows us to connect with more of our University of Guelph community by running more events and campaigns spread over a month. 

Past Themes

This year, we dedicated the entire month of March to draw our attention to the most pressing issues of our time. This year our theme was "Our Shared Story." From teaching a course and cooking dishes to physical campus operations, everyone contributes to our shared story.

The theme for Sustainability Week 2019 was the Future of Food. This week examined food sustainability and security through a series of events, campaigns, and social media contains week's highlights week were the Hospitality Services' "Re-setting the Table" announcement and the 5000 reusable mug giveaway. 

The theme for Sustainability Week 2018  was the SDG's through Local Action. This week aimed to show how individual and systematic actions can contribute to reaching the 17 overarching goals.

Sustainability Month Planning Committee

The Sustainability Month Planning Committee puts on Sustainability Month. If you're interested in joining the 2021 Sustainability Month Planning Committee, please email sustainabilty@uoguelph.ca.