Tuesday: Land & Life

Engage with conservation and wildlife issue, and explore ways to live more sustainably.

Augustana Campus 

8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Augustana Waste Sort 
Forum Building

Each year, Augustana campus hosts a Waste Sort event on campus. The goal of this event is to determine how well our recycling and waste programs on campus are functioning and identify ways to improve them. All students are encouraged to participate in the event and get an understanding of the recycling program on campus. 

Campus Saint-Jean

NOON – 1:30 p.m.
Atelier “Germination et Jeunes Pousses”
MCM 3-04

Venez apprendre comment faire pousser des microgreens et des germes de légumes. En quelques minutes par jour, vous pouvez avoir votre propre réserve de jeunes pousses pour mettre dans vos salades, vos smoothies ou encore dans vos sandwiches le long de l’année!

1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Croissance Durable des Populations
MCM 3-18

Description de modèles de croissance des populations et où en est l’espèce humaine dans ce schéma

North Campus

11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Howie Harshaw: Outdoor Recreation & Constituencies for Conservation
ECHA 2-140

Outdoor recreation activities can act like windows to the environment. It is through activities like hunting, birding and fishing that many people interact with, and appreciate natural settings.

As a person becomes more specialized in an activity, their engagement in that activity can begin to form part of their identity. Another observation of specialized participants is that the setting in which the activity is pursued becomes increasingly important as it relates to the degree of challenge and the purity of the activity, and attitudes begin to shift from consumption to preservation. This may have implications for the conservation of natural areas, and for the management of recreation areas and tourism destinations

NOON – 1:00 p.m.
What is the Certificate in Sustainability? And other questions that keep you up at night.
SAB 1-36 

Are you interested in issues like climate change, inequality, and food security? Do you want to take coursework a step or two further to connect it to environmental, economic, and social sustainability?  Does the idea of boosting your resume excite you? If you said yes to any of these, you probably would benefit from learning more about the Certificate in Sustainability!

For students who are already enrolled in the Certificate in Sustainability, and for those who are interested in learning more, this interactive session will go over all components of the Certificate in depth and provide an opportunity to ask questions. Attendees will then have time to workshop how their completed or upcoming coursework can count towards the Certificate in Sustainability

NOON – 2:00 p.m.
Howard Nye: The Environmental Case for Plant-Based Diets and Agriculture in Alberta
CAB 239

A well-established and growing body of evidence suggests that the standard North American diet is not sustainable. Even by conservative estimates, animal agriculture is a leading cause of habitat destruction, species extinction, desertification, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and climate change.

We will open the event with a clip from the documentary Cowspiracy, which traces the environmental impacts of large-scale animal agriculture. Then Howard Nye (Philosophy) will discuss these impacts, including in an Albertan context, and discuss Nation Rising Alberta’s proposal to help transition the Albertan food and agricultural economy to a just and sustainable plant-based food system.

Complimentary vegan pizza will be served.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
EMSO Presents: Green Building Tour – CCIS, Donadeo, and CMEB
CCIS (Outside facing Quad)

Did you know the university has several green buildings? Have you ever wondered what goes into designing them? Come and find out for yourself with a guided walking tour of some of the University of Alberta’s LEED certified buildings, including CCIS, Donadeo, and Chemical and Materials Engineering (CMEB). Learn which building features save energy, improve water efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make for a comfortable indoor environment.

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Guardians of the Grasslands 
ECHA L1-140

Did you know that our native grasslands are one of the most endangered ecosystems in the entire world? The short documentary, Guardians of the Grasslands, showcases how sustainable grazing is preserving these iconic landscapes for the plants and animals that call them home. In conservation, sometimes what you thought was the problem, is actually the solution.

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Patrick Mahon: Perilous Voyages – Art, Environment and the Search for a Global Commons
FAB 2-20

How can widespread environmental issues be approached democratically to address complex and many-times competing claims by diverse communities across the planet?

Can art help broaden awareness and, more importantly, stimulate a sense of individual and collective agency in the face of environmental and socio-cultural so-called wicked problems?

These are two fundamental questions that motivate Patrick Mahon’s projects and emerge at the confluence his work on the Anthropocene, decolonial critique and knowledge mobilization.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Albertan Wildlife Under Attack: Screening and Discussion of Poisoned Earth and Charlie and Maskwa
ECHA 1-190

Throughout the world, including  Alberta, wild animals’ territories are being encroached upon by human industries and settlements. In some cases, governments are deliberately attacking and denying resources to wild animals to make way for human encroachment. Poisoned Earth is a short (~20 minute) documentary that tells the story of a government program in Alberta that poisons wolves and decimates ecosystems. Charlie and Maskwa is a short (~20 minute) documentary that follows a family of wildlife rehabilitators who strived against hurdles erected by the government, to give two orphaned bear cubs a second chance at life in the wild. This event will involve Sadie Parr, who was involved in the production of Poisoned Earth, and Lisa Dahlseide, featured in Charlie and Maskwa, joining us for a screening and discussion of both films. Complimentary vegan refreshments will be served.

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
World’s Challenge Challenge Information Session
Telus 134

Are you interested in finding an innovative solution to a major global issue while having a chance to win some money to bring your idea to life? The World’s Challenge Challenge competition gives you and your teammates an opportunity to engage in discussions around the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the complex global problems that they seek to overcome. Join U of A International for an information session on how you can participate in the World’s Challenge Challenge for the chance to win $10,000 for your project; giving you a shot at the $30,000 prize at the Global Finals at Western University.