Alma Mater Society (AMS) Sustainability Office
- Spearheaded paperless orientation week by providing all first year students with a USB key pre-loaded with electronic versions of information
- Implemented the sale of compostable GreenShift cold beverage cups at the Common Ground
- Working with the Sci '44 Co-Op on installing a composter to divert organic waste from Queen's Pub and the Common Ground
Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) Committee for the Environment
- Placed environmentally friendly battery boxes at the P&CC, Earth Centre, Coffee Eco, ITS Stauffer and Dupuis, ArtSci Office and Tea Room
- Organized the Veggie Challenge, which sends out daily emails with fun facts and vegetarian recipes to students who have signed-up for the veggie challenge
- Presents to Elementary schools to educate students and staff on environmentally friendly living
Canadian Physicians for the Environment
Organizes an educational campaign about the environment as it relates to health, particularly focusing on food (be it local, organic, fresh, prepared, etc.)
Commerce and Engineering Environmental Conference
Organizes an annual conference open to all students to attend, which includes keynote speakers, case competition, trade and job fair and green globe awards to recognize those who have made notable contributions to the green sector
- Sells environmentally responsible products including detergents, soaps, shampoos, feminine hygiene products, t-shirts, facial tissues, paper towels and more
- Provides a library of environment-related books to lending members at a one-time payment of $10, refundable at the end of the year upon safe return of books
- Organizes environmental awareness events, including guest speakers, such as Greenpeace forest campaigner, Kim Fry
Environmental Studies Department Student Council
Organizes departmental events, including Pizza with Profs, Beer with Profs, Careers Night and a clothing sale
Graduate Students for Environmental Sustainability
- Have you ever wondered how much energy your microwave uses? how much it costs to keep your computer on 24/7? Now you can find out!
- Borrow an energy meter from the Circulation desk at Stauffer to measure how much energy your appliances use and how much it’s costing you. Meters are available on 24-hour loan.
- Funded by Graduate Students for Environmental Sustainability.
- Facilitates a group of "greenovators" to go to ten winning houses and retrofit the interiors to reduce energy and water consumption, and consequently, utilities bills
- Makes "do it yourself" home retrofit kits for sale to students, which include compact-fluorescent light bulbs, weather stripping and water tank insulation
- Planted nine trees on Aberdeen and William Streets during Homecoming 2007 and 2008.
- Planted eight trees in Victoria Park from 2006-2008
- Work in partnership with the Sydenham Ward Tennant and Ratepayers Association and the City of Kingston to plant street trees along King and Johnson Streets from 2006-2008
- Assisted the Cataraqui Mall with their waste audit and recycling improvement program
- Partnering with the SCB for schoolyard naturalizations
- Run a paper waste reduction campaign on campus
- Organize green orientation week activities for smaller schools and faculties, like Nursing and the School of Urban and Regional Planning
- Organizing a tree planting challenge/event for individuals/groups/offices/teams/etc to raise money and plant trees within the community
Living Energy Lab
Main Campus Residence Council (MCRC): Sustainability Office
- Auditing internal MCRC operations and making recommendations to executive staff
- Works with Physical Plant Services, Queen's Sustainability Office and Student Affairs to improve the sustainability of residence buildings and operations
- Organizes a "Green Team" of volunteers to collect garbage on the grounds surrounding residence buildings each Sunday
Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG): Kingston Chapter
- Supports three community gardens in Kingston, including Oak Street, FRILL and Sunnyside community gardens
- Operates a joint library with CUSEN of alternative books (not available at Queen's Library) on environmental and social issues and activism
- Supports Loving Spoonful, a community-based program to facilitate the donation of surplus food from conferences and events to local shelters and food tables
- Pursuing landlord and municipality negotiations to allow feasible house retrofits and alternative operations like gray water collection systems and backyard chicken coups
- Encouraging Queen's University administration to implement feasibility studies performed by student classes
Queen's Backing Action on Climate Change
Campaigning other campus clubs, groups, faculties and individuals from staff, faculty and students to sign QBACC's position paper
Approaching administration to respond to the position paper and begin drafting short and long-term targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Operates a Fair Trade Co-Op Tuesday-Friday in the JDUC, selling goods such as chocolate, spices and teas
- Campaigning for Queen's administration to adopt the Designated Suppliers Program (DSP) for Queen's clothing, while also working with the administration on a possible Canadian version of the DSP.
- Hosts educational campaigns about the importance of fair trade, sweat-shop free labour and availability of public services for all
Queen's Project on International Development
Residence Energy Challenge
- Organized volunteer training sessions on encouraging peers to partake in energy reduction activities and habits
- Organizing a Teach-In for March 2009; hosted guest speaker Jeanne Steffes, who spoke about how students can become social change agents on their campuses
Science '44 Co-Op
Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Sustainability Standing Committee
- The SGPS has formed a Sustainability Committee to take part in extending sustainable practices at the university.
- Works closely with the AMS and other related student and administrative organizations on and off campus.
- Encourages and develops initiatives and policies that reduce our ecological footprint while developing healthy and vibrant communities.
- Recycle with SGPS: Drop off your used batteries, ink cartridges and old cell phones at the SGPS office for recycling.