This month marks the second anniversary of the SustainSU blog. Started in 2017 as an online network to connect SustainSU's 13 projects, the blog is now an archive of the amazing people, ideas, and projects that lead sustainability at the University of Alberta and beyond. With that in mind, here is a countdown of the … Continue reading Top Five Blog Posts of 2018
An estimated 3000-4000 people joined the Student Climate Strike in Edmonton on Friday, September 27th. Students from the University of Alberta, MacEwan, NorQuest College, and public and Catholic schools walked out of their classrooms and gathered outside the legislature to protest political leaders' lack of urgent and appropriate action in the face of the climate … Continue reading University of Alberta Students Strike for the Climate
After taking two Sociology of Globalization courses (SOC269 and SOC369) with Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea, I started to notice a key trend...climate change and its related energy issues are not just about the environment, but also all kinds of global, social and human rights issues. I interviewed Dr. Mookerjea, Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of … Continue reading Interview: A feminist sociologist on renewable energy transition
Note: We suggest queuing up the song “We Are the Champions” by Queen to play on repeat as you read this post! To all the 2018-2019 Sustain SU executive team, leadership team and student ambassadors...we did it! We have crossed the academic finish line with our reusable water bottles in hand. (Unless you’re enrolled in … Continue reading Year End & Volunteer Spotlights
As another school year comes to a close, we reflect on our sustainability efforts and think about what we can do better for the rest of 2019. Claire (Farmers' Market) I try my best to be as sustainable as possible because I believe it’s important that we all do our part to help the … Continue reading Reflecting on Sustainability Efforts
Winter term is over, and exams are upon us. But don’t worry, April exams mean soon It’s gonna be May (). With the summer coming we’ve put together the best places in Edmonton based on accessibility, cost, and of course, places that you can enjoy nature! 1.Clareview Stairs, Northeast Edmonton Caroline’s favourite not well-known hidden … Continue reading 10 Wonderful Places to Enjoy Nature in Edmonton
When I signed up to be the Bike Library LT, I knew nothing about bike maintenance. I loved cycling, and I loved bikes, but I barely knew how to pump up my tire. WD-40? What’s that? Seven months volunteering in the bike library later… Honestly, I still didn’t feel like I knew what I was … Continue reading Finding Your Zen With the Art of Bike Maintenance
Did you know that almost 58% of all food produced in Canada is wasted? Just like single-use plastic, food waste has become a topic of big concern nowadays. According to Edmonton City Council, around 22% to 26% of average Edmontonians’ garbage contains food waste. But why is it so important? Well, wasting food costs money … Continue reading Taste It, Don’t Waste It!
How many of you were inspired to go zero-water after watching videos where people keep their year-round landfill waste in a mason jar? I know I did. On the bright side, I was inspired to reduce waste and live a plastic-free life. But, on the dark side, I ended up making more waste than I … Continue reading The Mason Jar Trap
Often when we think about sustainability, we focus on the problems. Recent headlines raised alarm about the whale that washed up in the Philippines with 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach. The effect of excessive waste is clear. But how do we solve these problems? Right now, we live in a linear economy. Products … Continue reading What would a circular economy look like?