Queen's is committed to making our planet a healthier place, starting with our own campus. Living green every day is about reducing our impact on the environment through choices about what and how much we consume, such as energy and food products, and what we leave behind, such as garbage and pollution. As a member of the Queen's community, there are a number of easy ways for you to "Live Green."
Video: ASUS Committee for the Environment (ACE) highlights some environmental initiatives on campus, introduced by students, faculty, and staff of Queen's University.
Cutting down on carbon emissions:
- Our small size is ideal for pedestrians. Leave your car at home and walk to class!
- Take advantage of more than 260 bike racks (PDF) and cycle to campus
- Ride the bus (students ride for free!)
- Carpool, car-share, or drive electric!
- Go bottled-water free! More than 70 bottle-fill stations have been installed across the campus in support of the campus-wide ban on bottled water sales and distribution that took effect September 1, 2012. Before this installation, an average of 98,000 bottles of water were sold on campus annually. Also, check out the QWater fountain in the Mac-Corry Cafeteria
- Learn about your role in recycling, waste reduction, and waste diversion in dining halls and across campus food outlets
- Recycle your e-waste! The Campus Bookstore accepts inkjet cartridges for recycling; the Sustainability Office hosts special e-waste recycling events, and the SGPS Office in the JDUC accepts used batteries, ink cartridges, and old cell phones
Consuming more sustainably:
- See the Sustainable U section of the Hospitality Services site for information on fair trade goods and local food initiatives
- Purchase fresh produce and local goods from the weekly Farmer's Market
- Maintain a garden plot at the Community Garden space on West Campus
- Visit the Earth Centre and learn how to transform environmental concerns into positive action through green consumerism and innovative discussion
- Indulge in your favourite coffees, teas, soups and sandwiches at the Tea Room, a student-run cafe that operates with an environmentally and fiscally sustainable business model and that also educates customers about the impact of their decisions on the environment
- Take part in the Residence Energy Challenge
- Take part in Earth Day, Earth Hour, and other sustainability-minded events and lectures on campus throughout the year
- Participate in student government sustainability offices and committees:
- ASUS Committee for the Environment
- MCRC Sustainability Office
- SGPS Sustainability Standing Committee
- AMS Commission of the Environment & Sustainability and its Committees:
- Students Taking Responsible Initiatives for a Viable Environment (STRIVE)
- Youth Mentoring Youth
- Room of Requirement
- Join a student-run design team, such as the Environmental Sustainability Team (QUEST), the Solar Design Team (QSDT) or the Fuel Cell Team (QFCT). Visit the Engineering Society site for more information on how to get involved.
- Join OPIRG Kingston
- Find other environmental groups on campus and in the community