Thursday September 9, 2010
Mixed faculty groups of first year students circulated through various stations around the campus on Thursday, September 9. The Sustainability office hosted a station to raise awareness about sustainability on campus and the role students can play. Around 500 students joined in the festivities.
Students were welcomed to Queen's by the Sustainability Manager, Aaron Ball, and Environmental Studies Grad student Mike McHugh. Both speakers provided an overview of the various sustainability initiatives, course offerings and projects. Many of the students had questions or comments about issues such as solar PV, student-run groups and volunteer opportunities
Students were next challenged to demonstrate their knowledge of waste and recyclable items. This activity was designed to engage incoming students and raise awareness about waste diversion efforts on campus. Students were separated into teams and had to quickly and correctly sort a box of recyclable/waste items to into the appropriate waste and recycle containers in the style of a relay race.
Finally, students were provided with information about the University's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by PPS Energy Engineer, Nathan Splinter and Waste Coordinator, Llynwen Osborne. Students were given ideas about how they could contribute and were invited to sign a pledge using either a handprint or footprint as a gesture of their commitment.
The pledge currently has over 200 handprints/footprints and will continue to be used and/or displayed at other campus sustainability events.