Tuesday, October 17
North of the Students’ Union Building
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring your obsolete and unused personal computers or electronic equipment to be recycled. Shanked Computer Recycling Inc. will collect your items proper e-waste recycling.
Personal items only. University of Alberta owned or inventory-tagged items will not be accepted. All electronics will receive data wipe certification, however, it is strongly recommended you remove sensitive information from equipment before disposal to ensure your personal security.
Acceptable items: Personal computers, laptops, monitors (CRT and LCD), televisions, circuit boards, peripherals (mouse, keyboard, speakers), printers, fax machines, mobile phones, ink and toner cartridges, medical equipment. View a complete list of acceptable items.
Computers that can be refurbished will be donated to Computers for Schools.
Organizer: Facilities and Operations (Energy Management and Sustainable Operations, Buildings and Grounds Services)
Students’ Union Building (main floor)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Meet the people behind a dozen campus and community groups involved in social, environmental and economic sustainability. You’ll find new services, products and ways you can get involved. You might take home some free, green products too.
Visit the Office of Sustainability booth to grab your Sustainability Fair ballot and get entered to win $200 credit on your OneCard.
Organizer: Office of Sustainability
Tour: Edmonton Food Bank
Meet at Office of Sustainability (2-06 North Power Plant)
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Edmonton Food Bank has been on the frontline of sustainability since 1981, when it was the first to open in Canada. In 2016, it redistributed 4,200,000 kg, a significant accomplishment in terms of creating a more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable Edmonton. Join us for a tour of the Edmonton Food Bank’s warehouse and distribution centre to see first-hand how food recovery can create a more sustainable society.
Transportation is provided to the Edmonton Food Bank and back to the University of Alberta.
Please register (space is limited)
Organizer: Campus Food Bank, Edmonton Food Bank
Bikes and the City: Part I
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA L1-140)
1 to 4 p.m.
Bicycling is an inexpensive, environmentally-friendly travel option well suited to urban areas. But we all know that cycling in the city can sometimes feel bewildering and complex. Remove the mystery! Learn everything you need to know bike safely and confidently in the city.
Our trained instructor Karly Coleman will use the CanBike curriculum to teach: bike lane basics, lane positioning, signaling, right-of-way, group riding, and general cycling etiquette. Bring lots of questions and your favourite bike.
In Part II, participants can put their new skills to practice with a guided ride to downtown Edmonton.
Please register (space is limited)
Organizer: Sustain SU
Food Waste—Actions and Challenges
Education Centre South (Ed 129)
2 to 3:20 p.m.
Agriculture is intimately connected with the natural environment. Primary agriculture is the world’s largest user of land and fresh water, and contributes 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing food waste can improve all of these impacts.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenge all nations to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030. Achieving that target will require action by all of us, individual consumers, food companies, organizations and governments. Hear from a panel of experts on the challenges and some of the concrete actions that we can take, drawing from international, local and campus experiences.
Organizer: Sustainable Food Working Group
Winter Cycling—Hot Tips for Cold Weather
Bike Library (SAB 1-13)
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Do you dread having to put away your bike for the winter? Fear not! We will have you riding in even the snowiest months of the Canadian winter. Learn about road safety, proper attire, cold weather techniques and how to stud your tires. Plus, check out all of the free amenities available in the Bike Library & Workshop year-round.
Organizer: Sustain SU
Lessons In Sustainability from Curitiba, Brazil
Tory 1 125
3:30 to 4:50 p.m.
Building on a conversation that began at International Week in 2016, this event will feature a short documentary about Curitiba, Brazil’s eco-capital. In the 1980s and under mayor Jaime Lerner, this city introduced forward-thinking environmental planning policies such as recycling, urban park design, an integrated transport system, and downtown pedestrian areas, which have made Curitiba one of Brazil’s most sustainable cities and have provided models for other cities worldwide.
Come learn about Curitiba’s bold initiatives and what our own city, Edmonton, could learn from Curitiba’s experience. A panel discussion with urban planning, public policy, and cultural studies experts will follow the screening:
- Robert Summers, Urban & Regional Planning
- Kevin E. Jones, Community Engagement and Public Policy
- Odile Cisneros, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
Organizers: Modern Languages & Cultural Studies (Arts), Community Engagement (Extension), and Urban and Regional Planning Program (EAS, Science)
Leave No Trace: How to Keep Our Wild Spaces Wild
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA L1-430)
5 to 5:50 p.m.
In this interactive workshop, learn how to interact responsibly with natural spaces, and how to practice leave-no-trace camping. Learn seven key principles for camping, along with unique ideas for limiting waste, how to interact with animals, and the consequences of leaving more than just footprints in nature.
A goal of this workshop is to learn from one another on how we can strive to be better environmental stewards when interacting with protected areas. We will discuss how we as humans interact with the natural world, and how by altering our behaviours we can preserve these natural areas for the future.
Complimentary whole food and healthy snacks included.
Organizers: Outdoors Club, Sustain SU
Film: CPAWS presents Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest
Central Academic Building (CAB 265)
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
CPAWS Northern Alberta is proud to host the first Edmonton screening of Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest. “This film is a cinematic journey into the tragically threatened world of endangered mountain caribou, their home in the world’s largest remaining inland temperate rainforest, and the critical human choices that will ultimately decide the fate of this stunning ecosystem. With the failure of agencies in the U.S. and Canada to regulate industrial resource extraction effectively, honor the treaty rights of indigenous peoples, and protect the integrity of the natural systems of this region, this film gives voice to First Nations, scientists, foresters, conservationists, and recreationists attempting to chart a new path forward before it is too late.”
While this film is set in BC it has clear parallels with the plight of Boreal Woodland caribou in northern Alberta. CPAWS will also be on hand to answer questions about caribou conservation and actions that can be taken to help these iconic animals.
Organizer: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
University of Alberta Observatory (CCIS 5-240)
8 to 9 p.m.
Join us to view the stars using powerful telescopes at the University of Alberta’s own astronomical observatory. Also, learn about light pollution, a major concern for astronomical research as it relies upon dark zones for observing the faintest objects in the universe.
Organizer: University of Alberta Department of Physics – Observatory