Wednesday: Careers and Academics

No matter what you study, sustainability can give you an extra edge in the job market. Get career advice, discover student-led research, and learn about exciting social innovation projects.

Augustana Campus

9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Halloween: Recycled
Augustana Forum (Augustana Campus)

Celebrating Halloween can create frightening amounts of waste! The Halloween Swap will encourage our campus community to exchange, reuse and recycle items to create their Halloween costumes rather than purchasing cheap specialty items to be used for one night before being tossed. Bring unwanted costume items and/or take what you need for free!

Campus Saint-Jean

13h à 14h
Introduction à la chimie verte / Introduction to green chemistry
3-04 PL (Campus Saint-Jean)

Il s’agit d’une présentation visant à introduire les étudiants au concept de la chimie verte. La chimie verte repose sur douze principes qui s’appliquent pour aider à réduire ou à éliminer l’utilisation et la production des substances dangereuses sans affecter la qualité du produit en question. L’objectif est de réduire les impacts néfastes des activités en sciences et surtout chimiques sur la santé humaine et l’environnement.

This presentation aims to introduce students to the concept of green chemistry. Green chemistry is based on twelve principles whose objective is to help reduce or eliminate the use and production of hazardous substances without affecting the quality of a given product. The goal is to reduce the negative impacts of science, especially chemistry-related activities on human health and on the environment.

15h à 16h30
Régime alimentaire à base végétale: facteur important dans le système alimentaire durable / Plant-Based Diets as the Key to Sustainable Food
3-04 PL (Campus Saint-Jean)

Contemporary animal agriculture is not sustainable. Even by conservative estimates, animal agriculture is a leading cause of habitat destruction, species extinction, desertification, ocean dead zones, climate change, antibiotic resistance, and other public health problems.

Come try out some free, vegan pizza and take part in this bilingual presentation on the central importance of plant-based diets as one solution to the problem of sustainble food.

Howard Nye is a professor of philosophy at the University of Alberta where he teaches about animal ethics and minds. Much of Howard’s current research investigates challenges to the common assumption that life is less of a morally important benefit to beings who lack the intellectual abilities of typical human adults.

Val Gargagliano is a volunteer with Voice for Animals with an interest in humanism, spirituality, and cosmocentrism. Val was a vegetarian for 25 years, and, after her experiences with and research into the dairy and egg industries, she has been a vegan for five years.

North Campus

10–11 a.m.
Sustainability and Grad School
Education 206

Join us for an informative session on the many opportunities to integrate sustainability into your graduate degree. We’ll have information on how to become a Sustainability Scholar and work with the City of Edmonton and other partners on sustainability-related research projects over the summer. We’ll also talk about funding opportunities for research using the campus as a living lab and other ways you can connect to sustainability initiatives on campus. Come and talk to past sustainability scholars about their experiences.

10–10:45 a.m.
Resume Basics
ECHA L1-220

A resume is one of the most common tools used in applying for work. It gives employers a sense of who you are and what you have to offer, and is a major determining factor in securing an interview. Learn the basic components of a resume and how you can target it to specific job opportunities.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Careers in Sustainability Speaker Series
ECHA 2-140

Meet a panel of sustainability professionals to learn about their career paths and education so far. Hear tips and strategies about career and work search based on the lived successes and failures of these professionals. Gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they apply to the workplace. Open doors to opportunities by talking with professionals who can get you connected.

1:30–2:15 p.m.
Cover Letter Basics
ECHA L1-140

A cover letter is an opportunity to explain how your experience, education, skills, and accomplishments uniquely connect to the position you are applying for. Your letter should communicate your personal narrative, why you will be a great fit for the position, and the contributions you can make to the organization. Learn all about writing and formatting your cover letters, and how to target it to specific job opportunities.

2–3 p.m.
Certificate in Sustainability Info Session and Student Presentations
ECHA 2-140

Are you interested in issues like climate change, inequality, renewable energy and food security? Want to know how you can learn more about these and many other sustainability issues?

Drop in to see if the Certificate in Sustainability is right for you. This session will go over the certificate program in depth, provide an opportunity to ask questions, and include presentations by current certificate students of their integrative projects.

Note: the presentation will be given once at 2 p.m. and once at 2:30 p.m., but please feel free to drop in at any time.

3–4:30 p.m.
The Future (Systems) We Want
Education 265

This hands-on workshop is a (re)introduction to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using the theories and key concepts of systems thinking. This workshop aims to present the SDGs from a systems perspective in order to show how each of the goals are closely interconnected. We hope that you will leave this workshop feeling inspired by the SDGs, what they stand for, and with a reassured understanding that advancing progress on one of the SDGs ultimately contributes to the advancement of all of them.

Ivan Touko and Alycia Pollard first developed this workshop as interns of the Office of Sustainability. Ivan is completing a bilingual degree in environmental sciences and conservation, and is the co-founder of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Coalition at UAlberta. Alycia is a human ecology alumna and the Adult Programs/Outreach Coordinator at the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens.

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Human Relationships With/In Nature
ECHA L1-140

This will be an interactive discussion about the place of humans with/in nature. Topics will include history of human relationships with/in nature, contemporary ways humans engage with/in nature and how education may need reform to address problematic relationships with/in nature.

Darren Hoeg is an assistant professor of science and environmental education in the Department of Secondary Education. His research focuses on how nature is constituted in schools, and how education might provide holistic ways students might engage with/in nature.

5:30–7 p.m.
RED Solar Charger Unveiling Event
8A-222, East Mezzanine, Donadeo Centre for Innovation in Engineering

The Renewable Energy Design team is a new, student-led initiative to design and build clean energy devices. Over the past year, they have been working on a solar charger that will hopefully soon be installed on campus for student and faculty use. Come learn more about the creation process, as well as the chance to interact with the prototype. Refreshments will be provided.