Sustainability Office

Sustainable Queen's
Sustainable Queen's

Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day: April 22, 2020

Earth Day 2020 looked very different from past years. People across the world celebrated Earth from home by engaging in virtual activities and tours, educational opportunities, and idea sharing. It was evident that even from home, people wanted to share their love for the Earth. Sustainable Queen's believes that Earth Day is everyday, and we encourage our community to continue engaging in environmentally conscious activities all the time. 

Here are some tips and tricks you can enjoy this Earth Day and every day:

Virtual Tours and Events
Wellness and the Environment
  • Go meat-free at least one day a week.
  • Participate in the 2020 Earth Day Run presented by The Virtual Run Challenge
  • Take your workout outdoors: bring your weights or yoga mat outside or go for a run to save the energy you would use to light and heat/cool your home gym.
  • Green your outdoor space: start a garden or plant bee and bird friendly plants.
  • Pick up trash and recyclables as you go out for walks or hikes.
Engagement
  • Become a citizen scientist by downloading the Earth Challenge 2020 app to gather important environmental data in your community.
  • Use social media to follow local sustainability champions like Sustainable Queen’s and Sustainable Kingston. Learn more about ways to engage and tips and tricks on living a more sustainable lifestyle that you can easily share with friends and family.
  • Prioritize purchases from businesses that are conscientious of their environmental footprint. Find local businesses who are taking measurable actions towards sustainability using Sustainable Kingston’s sustainable.eco badge program.
  • Conserve energy! Turn off lights, unplug tools and appliances when not in use, wash your clothes in cold water and hang them outside to dry.
  • Recycle! Download the Queen’s Waste Wizard app and the City of Kingston Waste Sorting Lookup tool to learn the differences between the Queen’s and Kingston recycling programs.
Reading
  • For kids (more suggestions found here):
    • The Watcher – Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps (Jeanette Winter)
    • Bee & Me (Alison Jay)
    • 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World (Melanie Walsh)
    • The Water Princess (Susan Verde)
    • The Great Kapok Tree – A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (Lynne Cherry)
    • Miss Maple’s Seeds (Eliza Wheeler)
    • The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)
    • Grandma’s Garden (Hillary Clinton)
  • For adults:
    • On Fire – The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (Naomi Klein)
    • Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)
    • Inconspicuous Consumption – the Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have (Tatiana Schlossberg)
    • The Sixth Extinction – An Unnatural History (Elizabeth Kolbert)
    • A Sand County Almanac (Aldo Leopold)
    • How to Do Nothing – Resisting the Attention Economy (Jenny Odell)
    • Walden (Henry D. Thoreau)
    • The Story of Stuff – The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health – And How We Can Make It Better (Annie Leonard)
    • Love Earth Now – The Power of Doing One Thing Every Day (Cheryl Leutjen)