Monday: Introduction to Sustainability

Let’s kick things off with a blast! Make connections at the Sustainability Fair, hear new perspectives at Green Mic, take a walking tour, and more.

Augustana Campus

11:00 a.m.– noon
Augustana SAW Kick-Off
Forum Building

Augustana campus will be launching SAW with a kick-off event in the Forum building. Various guests will be attending the event, in which they will discuss the different faces of sustainability and the outcome of it. Students are welcome to join the panel discussion and ask questions of our guests.

Campus Saint-Jean

NOON – 1:00 p.m.
La garde-robe capsule: consommer moins mais mieux
CSJ MCM 2-51

En Amérique du Nord, une personne jette en moyenne annuellement 37 kg de matière textile qui remplissent entre 5 et 10% des sites d’enfouissement. Alors que la consommation annuelle globale de vêtements a doublé au cours des 25 dernières années, la garde-robe capsule apporte une solution inspirée du mouvement minimaliste, facile et efficace. Le défi: épurer votre garde-robe en ne conservant qu’une fraction de son contenu!

North Campus

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
North Campus Kick-Off Fair
Main floor of SUB

Celebrate the start of the Sustainability Awareness Week (SAW) and meet numerous sustainability-related local groups and organizations. While munching on goodies you can learn more, get involved, and be entered for a chance to win an awesome prize! .

NOON – 1:00 p.m.
Green Mic with Knowmadic, Matthew Weigel and John Acorn
Student Union’s Building (SUB) Main Floor Substage

Green Mic is a spoken word and musical event, which features songs and poetry on climate change and sustainability. This event features award-winning Poet Laureate Ahmed Ali, also known as Knowmadic, Matthew Weigel, and Dr. John Acorn, creator of the popular TV show ‘Nature Nut

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Panel: Preparing the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders
SAB 331

The topic of sustainability encourages us to pursue balance and consider tomorrow. It relies upon the transfer of information, growth and development of all generations to help combat depletion of natural resources while fostering social responsibility.

As we kick-off Sustainability Awareness Week we invite you to join us as we welcome a panel of four sustainability champions as they discuss, “Preparing the Next Generation of Sustainability Leaders.”

  • Melissa Gorrie – Ecojustice, and Waste Free Edmonton
  • David Kahane – Professor of Political Science
  • Joan Greer – Professor of Art, Design and Visual Culture
  • Apryl Bergstrom – REES masters student

Moderator: Robert Summers, director of the Sustainability Council.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sustainability Campus Tour
Southside Administration Building (outside) 

Get outside to discover the ways the University of Alberta is advancing sustainability on campus. The Campus Sustainability Tour is a 60-minute walking tour that allows you to explore, learn more and enjoy nature.