Sustainability in plain sight!

The sheer range of topics in sustainability today can be quite daunting. Issues like climate change can seem out of reach and above our heads…๐ŸŒŽ But sustainability doesn’t always have to be about the “big” stuff. Today we bring to you 5 topics in sustainability that are, well, in plain sight!

1) Pets!

By Freya H-T

‘Tis the season…Lots of people gift their loved ones a furry friend for the holiday season. If we’re lucky, most of us see a couple dogs or cats per day. Achieving Sustainability estimates that it costs taxpayers around $2 billion to round up and care for homeless animals every year in the US. Lots of pets are out there in need of a home or spay/neuter procedures to keep animals off the streets.

FUN FACT: The Edmonton Humane Society is always accepting volunteer “Cat Socializers” to play with rescued kitties & assist customers in the adoption process…


2) Light pollution ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

By Anika Wong

Check out this wicked time lapse of light pollution over the years above Rogers Place…Compare the nights in 2017 to the nights in 2014 (play the time-lapse on the current day, it will continue the loop starting from 2014 again). Notice anything different? There was a lot less light pollution in 2014, ie. less lit-up buildings and not as many light sources packed into a small space creating greater spots of light.

Then notice how on cloudy nights the light gets refracted and lights up the night, kind of like how shining a flashlight through a clear jar with milk in it creates a makeshift lantern. ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŒŸ

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3) โ˜• Haiku on reusable mugs โœŒ๏ธ

By Anika Wong

Drink coffee responsibly, folks.

Quick break for coffee

With a reusable mug

Happily waste free

4) Cars

By Wendy Yao

Our goal is to be sustainable on the way to campus with less CO2 emissions, therefore, more transit options are needed for people who live far away to get to school or work place for outside of the central area. Instead of having people to retain a car and drive them more on a regular basis, carpooling with your friends would be a sustainable choice during our โ€œlovelyโ€ winter time ๐Ÿ˜‰. Itโ€™s also very effective to reduce road congestion and save you lots of time and gas on the road ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš—.

park n ride
Check out Calgary’s new park n’ ride system.

5) Fooooddddd ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿ˜›

By Mariem Oloroso

Whenever I go out to eat, any leftovers I have pretty much always come home with me. Over the years, Iโ€™ve noticed that thereโ€™s been a noticeable change in the takeout containers restaurants provide. Many of them have become compostable, reusable, or more recyclable. Despite these commendable attempts to greenify* the takeout process, there are still a number of issues surrounding takeout containers:

  • They are not properly segregated and end up in regular waste, which ends up in the landfill
  • They are not cleaned out properly and due to the amount of resources it takes to sanitize them, they may just end up in the landfill
  • They are made out of a certain plastic that is difficult to recycle (looking at you plastic #6 AKA Styrofoam) which makes it likely to, you guessed it, end up in the landfill

Just as we take our own travel mugs to cafรฉs, Iโ€™ve often thought about bringing my own containers to restaurants but have always wondered if it is an acceptable thing to do. As it turns out, this is an actual thing(!) as evidenced by this Toronto-based campaign to reduce restaurant waste.

What are your thoughts on bringing your own container? Have you ever thought about it? Do you think youโ€™ll try it out? Is this old news because you already bring your own container?

*Yes, this is an actual word. Urban Dictionary says so.

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Check out Toronto’s “TakeOut Without” campaign!

Blog Team Community Hour

By Anika Wong, Mariam Oloroso, Wendy Yao, and Freya H-T.

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