Tuesday: Hot Topics

Want to understand what sustainability is all about? Start with the hot topics dominating our news: from climate refugees to rising inequality, and plastic bans to bike paths—sustainability is all around us.

Campus Saint-Jean

12h à 13h
La garde-robe capsule : consommer moins mais mieux/ The wardrobe capsule: consuming less but better
Room 3-52 MCM (Campus Saint-Jean)

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. 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!

Bonus : renouveler votre garde-robe en participant à l’échange de vêtements CSJ! Apporter des vêtements en bon état que vous ne portez plus et repartez avec des nouveau morceaux. Vêtements, chaussures, accessoires et costumes d’Halloween sont acceptés. Les morceaux non-réclamés seront donnés à un organisme de charité.

In North America, an average person throws about 37 kg of textile material every year, which occupies between 5 and 10% of landfills. The capsule wardrobe presents an easy and effective solution that was inspired by the minimalist movement. The challenge: simplify your wardrobe by keeping only a fraction of its content!

Bonus: refresh your wardrobe by participating in the CSJ clothing swap! Bring clothes that are still in good conditions that you no longer wear and leave with new pieces. Halloween clothing, shoes, accessories and costumes are accepted. Unclaimed pieces will be donated to charity.

13h30 à 15h
Le commerce équitable : un fondement du développement durable
3-52 MCM (Campus Saint-Jean)

Venez apprendre de nouvelles choses sur le commerce équitable à travers de courtes présentations de style Pecha Kucha.

Drop-in at any time to learn about the world of Fairtrade, in this series of short, punchy Pecha Kucha format presentations.

North Campus

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Fairtrade: A Foundation for Sustainability
Education 170

Drop-in at any time to learn about the world of Fairtrade, in this series of short, punchy Pecha Kucha format presentations.

1–2 p.m.
Drowning in Disposables: Reducing our Reliance on Single-use Plastics
Education 176

You’ve heard about cities around the world finding ways to restrict single-use plastics, like straws and bags. Could Edmonton be the next city to step up? Learn about Waste Free Edmonton’s campaigns and find out how the city, businesses and citizens like you can reduce the amount of disposable plastics in use.

Melissa Gorrie is a lawyer with Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity. She has worked on environmental issues for the last decade, representing clients in court, working with government on law and policy reform, and running public outreach campaigns.

A co-founder of Waste Free Edmonton, Melissa has helped develop campaigns focused on tackling the proliferation of single-use plastic items, including the Last Straw Campaign, which resulted in 86 Edmonton businesses agreeing to go straw-free.

2–3 p.m.
Tour: Behind the scenes of the University of Alberta District Energy System
Meet at the District Energy System Interpretive Centre (Cooling Plant on Campus)

Have you ever wondered how 1.5 million square metres of building space on campus is heated and cooled through Edmonton’s hot summers and freezing winters? Did you know that our district energy system reduces its carbon footprint by using cogeneration, and is fueled with natural gas instead of coal? Learn more about community energy systems as a climate change mitigation strategy on this guided tour of the university’s district energy system.

Note: Closed-toed shoes and full length pants are mandatory on this tour. Other protective gear will be provided.

2–4 p.m.
Who’s In, Who’s Out: Social Sustainability in the Workplace
Education 113

In this engaging and interactive session, learn how to identify the diversity of voices in your community. Using an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) lens, the presenters will lead a critical conversation around social sustainability in everyday life with a focus on creating inclusive working, learning, and social environments for all. Participants will leave with concrete ideas that they can implement, both personally and professionally, to become more inclusive in thought and behaviour.

Stephanie Carvalho is the program administrator for the University of Alberta’s office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Using her personal and professional experience working on social justices issues, she provides consulting and coaching to support equity, diversity, and inclusion on and off campus.

Barb McLean is an EDI educational advisor for the University of Alberta’s office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She holds an MA in Political Science and a degree in women’s studies specializing in Aboriginal women’s issues in Canada. Barb’s background spans the fields of social justice, community based participatory research, project management and evaluation and human resource development.

4–6 p.m.
Rising Seas and Sinking Islands: The Politics of Climate Change Refugees
Education 129

What if your country was swallowed by the sea? The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.

Come watch the award-winning documentary Anote’s Ark, exploring the struggles of Kiribati’s president and people seeking a new homeland. The film will be followed by an interactive discussion on the central challenges facing climate change migration today, led by Dr. Nicole Marshall.

Nicole Marshall is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She completed her PhD in 2015 at the University of Alberta on climate change migration, ethics, international law, and policy and has since had her work published in three leading journals in her field. Nicole is currently writing a book-length manuscript on the significance of place vs. property for ‘sinking’ island nations and their people.

6:30–7:30 p.m.
Forests, Fins & Footprints – Clearcutting a community
Education 129

In Alberta, public lands in the foothills are being clear-cut at a rate faster than they can recover. It’s all happening with little opportunity for public input or understanding. Forests, Fins & Footprints, is a community-funded short film documenting clearcutting in the Ghost Valley—a watershed just upstream of Calgary, on the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains.

Come watch the film to learn from biologists, geologists, and people who live and work on the land. How does clearcutting affect an area’s water, landscape, and wildlife, as well as the people living in that watershed?

Following the film, CPAWS UAlberta will lead a discussion of how this relates to Edmonton’s own watershed, and the protection of our headwaters on the Eastern Slopes.