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From trash to treasure

News Centre - Sustainability - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 15:58
Keep your eyes peeled for a freshly painted dumpster, bearing a message brought to you by three Queen’s students as part of Waste Reduction Week.
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Creating a smaller carbon footprint

News Centre - Sustainability - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:23
Part of CAPit, Chernoff Hall project is the single largest greenhouse gas reduction measure in the history of Queen’s University.
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Going green on campus

News Centre - Sustainability - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:29
Green Office Certification program highlights sustainable practices by offices and helps indentify opportunities to create a greener workplace.
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Reducing energy demand

News Centre - Sustainability - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 08:50
By participating in the Industrial Conservation Initiative, Queen's has avoided costs of close to $10 million to its electricity budget since 2012.
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Committed to food sustainability

News Centre - Sustainability - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:17
From using locally-grown products and information programs to meeting dietary and allergy restrictions, sustainability remains a core value at Queen's.
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A bigger and better Sustainability Week

News Centre - Sustainability - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 09:23
Sixth annual event at Queen's features a wide range of events bringing together the Queen's and Kingston communities to discuss sustainability.
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Queen’s researcher recognized for work on toxic algae blooms

News Centre - Sustainability - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:02
The Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (CJFAS) has selected a paper lead by Queen’s National Scholar and researcher Diane Orihel as Editor’s Choice for 2017.
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Bikesharing service moves into high gear

News Centre - Sustainability - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:03
Dropbike, a start-up which expanded to Kingston this summer, has added more bikes and bike drop-off locations around town.
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Power disruptors

Sustainability Office News - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 15:00
Power disruptors

Imagine a time in which electrical energy is generated all around you and the cost of that energy is continuously falling. Imagine that the only place to view electrical infrastructure, like transformers and telephone poles, is in a museum. Imagine that every building in your daily life generates the electricity that powers every device within it and charges a battery to maintain that power at night or when the sun is obscured. Imagine that the mass production of electrical energy does not add to the heating of the planet nor require massive public or private investments in unsightly carbon-producing infrastructure.

Read more in this article from the Queen's Alumni Review: http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/alumnireview/stories/power-disruptors 

In one of their labs at ePOWER, Praveen Jain, using tweezers, holds a tiny power converter. Marko Krstic holds a traditional integrated circuit board that can be replaced by the single microchip.

 

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Discussing Canada’s energy future

News Centre - Sustainability - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 16:04
Workshop addresses possible role of nuclear and renewables in a competitive low-carbon energy future.
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International students pitch in around Kingston

Sustainability Office News - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 09:16
International students pitch in around Kingston

For a group of international students, it has been a busy summer. The twenty students, representing Japan, China, Peru, the United Arab Emirates, and Korea, have been in town to upgrade their English skills through an English for Academic Purposes program. In their spare time, this group has been giving back to the community through the Queen’s School of English Volunteer Club. This has included planting a garden at the John Orr Tower Community Garden, preparing meals for Martha's Table and organizing a food drive for the Salvation Army. 

Learn more about this group at http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/international-students-pitch-around-kingston. 


The Queen's School of English Volunteer Club visits the Salvation Army Kingston (Supplied photo)

 


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Building research leaders

Sustainability Office News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:30
Building research leaders

Ten Queen’s University researchers have received more than $1.8 million in combined funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. The fund supports researchers by providing the foundational research infrastructure required to undertake leading-edge research. 

One such researcher, Diane Orihel from Environmental Studies has received $167,602 to support the creation of an outdoor research facility to simulate aquatic pollution in model ecosystems. Through this model, Dr. Orihel will be able to understand more thoroughly the impact of pollutants on aquatic ecosystems and drinking water. Through this research, Dr. Orihel and her team will also play a role in developing solutions to these problems.

Read more at: http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/building-research-leaders 

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Ban Righ Foundation awards honour inspirational women

Sustainability Office News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:25
Ban Righ Foundation awards honour inspirational women

Congratulations to Susan Belyea, the founder of the local food reclamation charity, Loving Spoonful for being named the 2017 recipient of the Ban Righ Foundation Leadership Award. The award honours a woman who has fostered opportunities for others, and made a positive contribution to the Kingston community. 

(Photo by Eric Brousseau)

Learn about how Ms. Belyea has provided greater food security for hundreds of residents throughout the Kingston area in the Queen's Gazette article below. 

http://www.queensu.ca/gazette/stories/ban-righ-foundation-awards-honour-inspirational-women

​We would also like to congratulate The Faculty of Law's Karla McGrath on being named the recipient of the Ban Righ Foundation Mentorship Award for inspiring and supporting women in achieving their goals. 

 

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Campus Electricity Demand Reduction Notification for August 10 (no electricity reduction today)

News Centre - Sustainability - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:35
Due to diminished provincial demand, there will be no electricity reduction today (August 10). 
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Campus Electricity Demand Reduction Notification for August 9

News Centre - Sustainability - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:27
Due to diminished provincial demand, there will be no electricity reduction today (August 9); however, tomorrow (August 10) still has the potential for a reduction. A separate notice will be issued tomorrow morning to either confirm or cancel the reduction. 
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Queen’s alum named Canadian ambassador to climate change

Sustainability Office News - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:44
Queen’s alum named Canadian ambassador to climate change

Congratulations to Queen's MPA ’08 alumnus and seasoned diplomat Jennifer MacIntyre on her recent appointment to the position of Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change. Learn about her plan for Canada’s climate agenda over the next three years in the Queen's Journal article below.

http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2017-07-30/news/queens-alum-named-cana...

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Doors Open Kingston features Queen’s Engineers

Sustainability Office News - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:41
Doors Open Kingston features Queen’s Engineers

On June 17th, the Queen’s Solar Design team unveiled to the Kingston community its current major project — a fully autonomous environmental house.  

Known as the Queen’s Solar Education Centre (QSEC), this net-zero energy home is located at 244 Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard and was featured at Doors Open Kingston on June 17. Run annually, this event acts as a public showcase of local business, organizations, historic sites and museums in the community. 

Check out this article on the Queen's Journal website for more information:

http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2017-07-30/news/doors-open-kingston-fe...

Arthur Cockfield, Business Manager (left), with Reid Alston (right), Project Manager, at the Queen’s Solar Education Centre. Credit: Supplied by Queen's Solar Design Team

 

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New bike sharing initiative brings 100 bikes to Kingston

Sustainability Office News - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:36
New bike sharing initiative brings 100 bikes to Kingston

In an effort to reduce the university’s carbon footprint, Queen’s and Kingston have both partnered with the Toronto bike-sharing company Dropbike. Check out this article on the Queen's Journal website featuring the Sustainability Manager, Aaron Ball speaking about this new partnership. 

http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2017-07-30/news/new-bike-sharing-initi...

One of the many Dropbike bikes on Queen's campus. Photo: Julia Balakrishnan

 

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LEED Designation Training on Campus

Sustainability Office News - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:23

Are you interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate? On Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, there will be a training session for anyone interested in getting their LEED designation. The training will occur in Ellis Hall Room 324. See the registration page below:

http://leadinggreen.ca/kingston

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is used to certify a build based on its sustainability features. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is a professional designation that you can use to stand out and advance in your career.

            

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Collaboration on sustainablity and development continues to grow

News Centre - Sustainability - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:24
Queen's welcomes delegation from China's Tongji University for 3rd Sino-Canada Workshop on Environmental Sustainability and Development.
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