Special reading week edition 😉📖
by Freya H-T, Daphny Budaz, and Julia Lee
Happy reading week, from the blog team! Now that you have a couple minutes on your hands (between episodes of Greys Anatomy or Riverdale), we wanted to bring you a couple tips on how to contribute to the blog this year:
- What counts as a submission
- Some content examples
- Advice from Julia, our resident blogging n00b
Each SustainSU volunteer is required to contribute 1 piece to be published on SustainableU each year. But it doesn’t have to be a poetic masterpiece or heroic epic…
1. What counts as a submission:
- Writing- 500 words max
- Sound clip
- Event poster/collage
We want variety! Feel free to send in all content relating to personal/campus sustainability. Multiple submissions & submissions from non-volunteers always welcome!
2. Some content examples:
You can write about almost anything. We’ve provided some examples below:
- Take a look at our very first post about the University of Alberta Farmers’ Market!
- Here’s a fun picture with a quick caption to let everyone know what it’s about.
- You can also post some SustainSU initiative appreciation.
- A quick poem can also be inspiring:
Reaching for coffee
Served in reusable mugs
Made special for me
- If you attended any sustainability related events, you can share what went down with us. Check out a quick recap of SustainX’s Pop-up Thrift Shop!
- Know some amazing facts related to being sustainable? Make a list for everyone to see:
2 interesting facts about sustainability:
1) Plastic cutlery can be rinsed and thrown into the recycling bin
2) A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That’s more than one person uses in two weeks. (source)
- The world is an exciting place and there is plenty happening in sustainable development. You can share an article with a quick overview or even write your own.
For example, did you know China built a giant solar panel panda?
- You can share how you live a sustainable life, too
2 Things You Can Do To Be Sustainable
Turn off the lights when you leave a room
Recycle paper (that had your old first year notes and hopes and dreams on it, which, sadly, were too optimistic and are unattainable now)
- You can also share a list of useful books, movies, etc.
Daphny’s “Recommendeds” List:
Book: Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life written by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
Documentary: Blackfish directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
And for fun:
Movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy directed by Peter Jackson
Here are some possible topics to choose from:
- Projects that your SustainSU initiative is working on
- What happens during your SustainSU team meeting?
- How do you stay sustainable during the holidays?
- Community hours recap
- Quote/Fact of the Day
3. Advice from Julia the blogging n00b:
Are you a blogging n00b? ME TOO. I’ve only been with the Blogging Team for about a month, and my credentials are limited to sharing animal photos on FaceBook and making memes. Sometimes (read: most of the time), I’m all like:
Basically, submit whatever you have the time for. We’re thankful for a single picture (double points for a meme) or a “shower thought” about sustainability on campus or around the world. I’m personally passionate about renewable energy and memes, so I’ll be featuring both in my blogs (plug: coming next week on the 23rd).
Don’t be intimidated! Have fun! Blogging is honestly not that hard – especially since we can edit and format your submissions for you 🙂