Thursday: Climate Action

Taking action for the climate means more than just turning off the fuel pump. Learn about many different ways to shrink our carbon footprint.

Augustana Campus

1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Augustana Forum (Augustana Campus)

Pick up some gently used clothing and other items in this annual clothing swap and community exchange. Contribute to reducing waste and consumption. It’s also a chance to learn about up-cycling, meet people outside your demographic, and join a conversation on rural history, global production dependency, and local resiliency.

MacEwan University

5:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Beyond Climate Screening 
MacEwan University 5-142 – CN Conference Theatre 

In partnership with both the U of A’s Sustainability Awareness week and the City of Edmonton, we will be screening Ian Mauro’s Beyond Climate, ft. David Suzuki. “Heat waves, droughts, melting glaciers, pest outbreaks, back-to-back record-setting forest fires, and changes to the oceans. Beyond Climate takes viewers beyond the headlines and into the heart of the issues.”

North Campus

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sustainable thrift shop (Ready, Set, Swap – Green Market)
SUB 0-51 (Orion Room) & SUB 0-33 (Juniper Room)


Every year in October Sustain SU holds an event during Sustainability Awareness Week dedicated to a student sustainability-clothing swap. This year, we are partnering with the Landing and ACCESS Outreach Team. Our goal for 2019 is to educate students on the advantages of thrifting and to bring various types of clothing. We aim to achieve a more socially sustainable event through our collaborations with the Landing and having more guidance around gender expression through clothing. We will also work with ACCESS Outreach Team to provide further social sustainability through having a supportive listening and wellness room. There will be another small room set aside as a privacy wellness room that will include coloring sheets, fidget toys, puzzles, etc.

The SAW clothing swap is an exciting opportunity to bring attention to the topic of fashion sustainability during Sustainability Awareness Week while giving the students and the public an opportunity to attain a new wardrobe. Students will be encouraged to bring their unwanted clothing for the opportunity to trade them in for “new” clothing. Students will however be forewarned that this is an opportunity to exchange clothes that have outgrown their style or their bodies; any damaged or worn down clothes will not be admitted. The swap itself is an act against fast fashion, as the supporters will be recycling garments rather than wasting and further contributing to the cycle of mass consumption in the fashion industry. Fundraising: All revenues would go to a chosen charity. The remaining clothing will be donated to a charitable thrift shop or an associated charity.


Clothing Swap: 

The clothing swap would offer free clothes to individuals who bring in clothes, clothing will be weighed in lbs. The number of items will be examined and processed. Acceptable items will be sorted, and items unfit will be either be used in the workshop or offered to a charitable organization. 

We offer financial transactions for those who might want to make purchases. Clothing will be sorted and stored on racks and in bins. A sign will inform shoppers the suggested donation amounts for objects. $3, $5, and $10 suggested donation sections will be established for most items. A special rack will be designated for more lucrative items – each item will be individually priced (maybe reserved for clothing swappers).

Use a cash box, Square and spreadsheet for transactions

Clothing Drive Logistics: 

Starting Monday, September 30th, individuals can drop off clothing items at SU InfoLink locations or other designated drop off areas. Clothing must be cleaned and in a sealed bag.

InfoLink will ask how many articles are in each bag and the persons name. They will write the number and name down on an incoming item page, and write the number on the voucher and hand it back. 

InfoLink will take the bags, take down the person’s name, and provide the participant with a coupon for free items.

Sustain SU will make bag tags and coupons for InfoLink. Sustain SU volunteers will stop at an InfoLink location at the end of each day to pick-up bags and participant names. These clothes will be stored in the SUB storage room or another suitable storage area. 

We will accept non-clothing items. The value for each item will be priced according to size and/or make of material. 

11:00 A.M. –  Noon
Campus Sustainability Tour
South side of the 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.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hempact: Sustainability in Menstrual Hygiene 
ED 113

The goal of the event is to raise awareness about the effects of plastic used in menstrual hygiene products and to provide a more sustainable alternative. We will briefly touch on the history of the design, the composition of the conventional pads, and the realities regarding the disposal of menstrual products. We will also mention the sensitivity regarding the topic of menstruation and start a conversation to normalize it. Further, we will introduce our project, Hempact, as a future 100% biodegradable menstrual pad as an alternative. The main goal is to think about the waste that conventional pads have and raise awareness regarding our product.