Wednesday, October 18

Electronics Roundup

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)

Sustainability Fair

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

Freecycle Your Labware

Biological Sciences (CW 410)

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you work in a lab, come donate or pick up some free labware; small equipment under $500; and office supplies. We will accept donations before 1 p.m. Any unclaimed items at the end of the day will be collected by the university’s Surplus Services.

Donations must be safe to use—properly cleaned and decontaminated; free of chemical, biological or radioactive residues; and in working order. Any items that appear to be unclean or unsafe will be rejected.

Organizer: Office of Sustainability

Campus Sustainability Tour

Meet at Student Connect, Main Floor Administration Building

11 a.m. to Noon

Learn about our commitment to sustainability and the many green initiatives underway on campus with this 60-minute walking tour.

You will visit award-winning green buildings, valuable student services and uncover hidden infrastructure. It’s a great way to get outdoors and to connect with others passionate about campus sustainability. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Please register (space is limited)

Organizer: Student Connect

How To Mend Your Clothes

Education Centre South (Ed 213)

11 a.m. to Noon

You know the shirt you own with the button that fell off? Or the pants you have with a tear in them that you’ve been meaning to repair? Don’t let them collect dust in that black hole of your closet only to throw them away next time you do spring cleaning. Instead, bring them in and let human ecology students show you how to mend your garments.

Learning how to take care of your clothing properly will allow you to find value in your belongings. The fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry in the world next to oil and gas, with the average Canadian disposing 14 kg of textiles a year! Often, our clothing is made or blended with synthetic fibres that do not decompose, clog up the landfill and release greenhouse gas emissions.

By learning to value and take care of your textiles not only are you contributing to the planet’s environmental well-being but you are helping in a social and economic sense as well. By investing in quality clothing over quantity we will all be doing our part in making the world a more fair and clean place.

Please register by email (space is limited)

Organizer: Human Ecology Students’ Association

Tour: Green Buildings in Van Vliet

Meet at Chopped Leaf (Van Vliet Complex)

Noon to 1 p.m.

You work, play and study in some of the country’s greenest buildings. Come learn what makes them energy, waste and water efficient while strolling through the Physical Activity and Wellness Centre & University Hall.

Organizer: Office of Sustainability

The Environmental Case for Plant-Based Diets

Assiniboia Hall (ASH 2-02)

Noon to 1 p.m. (question period to 2 p.m.)

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.

Professor of philosophy Howard Nye will discuss these impacts and their ethical implications—presenting the case for plant-based diets as the ethical answer to the challenge of sustainable sustenance. These negative environmental impacts disproportionately affect the global poor, and the inefficient use of land and grain to produce animal products for the wealthy bids food away from the hungry. Thus, while the event is most directly about environmental sustainability, its ethical concerns touch centrally upon social and economic sustainability.

Complimentary vegan pizza provided on a first-come first-served basis.

Organizer: University of Alberta Department of Philosophy

Who’s In, Who’s Out: Transforming our Spaces

Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA L1-430)

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Learn how to identify diverse voices in your community. In this interactive workshop, you will learn to create inclusive spaces whether at work, study or with friends. The presenters will use an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) lens. You will leave with concrete ideas that you can implement at home and at work.

We are committed to making events accessible for all interested participants. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Please register (space is limited)

Organizers: Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

e-Conferences: Moving Ideas Without the Carbon Footprint

Triffo Hall (TH 1-16)

3 to 4 p.m.

As much as one-third of a university’s total carbon footprint can be caused by air travel to academic conferences. Over the last five years, the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) has been pioneering ways to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions.

“Around the World” is a unique annual e-conference which has hosted 162 presenters from over 60 institutions across 6 continents. Holding these conferences online allowed KIAS to create dialogue around key social challenges—while saving nearly 250 tonnes of CO2 emissions since 2013.

Please join us for a panel discussion about the strategic, technical, and environmental perspectives of organizing successful e-conferences. We will have an interdisciplinary panel who will share their technical, communications and research experience. There will be short presentations followed by a Q&A session.

Organizer: Kule Institute for Advanced Study

Art and Sustainability with Chad Baba: The Path is Presently Future

Central Academic Building (CAB 235)

4 to 5 p.m.

Local artist Chad Baba will connect art to sustainability in this interactive session. Learn how he incorporates re-use into his work as an artist, designer and sculptor. He works with salvaged objects and things found in nature to reveal beauty in cast-offs and historical debris. Chad will lead a hands-on component so you can start creating art using the same approach. Come and get creative with Chad!

Organizer: MK Baba Designs

Tour: Urban Beekeeping

MacEwan University

5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Learn about pollinators, food security, and urban beekeeping during a guided visit to MacEwan’s bee hotel and rooftop beehives. There will not be direct contact with the honey bee hives as the rooftop is viewed from a classroom. However, there will be honey samples! (Please notify staff of allergies.)

Part of the tour will be outdoors (weather permitting), please dress appropriately.

Please register (space is limited)

Organizer: MacEwan University