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Going green across campus

Learn about environmental conservation, sustainability across campus, and the global impact of everyday actions at Queen’s during Sustainability Week.

More than a dozen events during Queen’s Sustainability Week (Sept. 30 to Oct. 4) will showcase sustainability in all its forms.

Students participate in a waste audit during Sustainability Week 2017. (Photo: PPS)
Students participate in a waste audit during Sustainability Week 2017. (Photo: PPS)

Award-winning filmmaker, eco-activist, and TED fellow Shalini Kantayya will kick off the week as the keynote speaker on Monday, Oct. 1, 7 pm at Grant Hall. Her talk will explore how entrepreneurship and economic innovations can help solve some of the biggest environmental concerns of the 21st century. The event is free and registration is requested.

Also on Oct. 1, Queen’s celebrates partnering with Sustainable Kingston in Richardson Hall, Room 340 at 10:30 am. The event will include the official signing of the Green Economy Program partnership and highlight new sustainability initiatives across campus.

For Queen’s community members interested in the Climate Action Plan, the Queen’s Sustainability Office will deliver Carbon in Context, a CAPit program update, on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Learn about the findings of the 2017 Carbon Footprint Report and what Queen’s plans to do to minimize its environmental impact by 2020, 2030, and 2040.

Booths on the corner of University Avenue and Union Street will feature student-run sustainability initiatives on Oct. 1-3 to highlight the work students are doing to support the environment at Queen’s.

Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to explore, act, conserve, eat, and learn together with 17 activities in total. From a shoreline cleanup to garbage bin art, cooking classes to a trivia night, Sustainability Week covers every angle of sustainability.

For a full list of events, including times and locations, check out the Sustainability Week calendar.