SU Sustainability Projects
To date the Students’ Union has awarded over $50,000 to a variety of student-led projects through its Sustainability Fund. These diverse projects showcase how your SU is actively supporting students in creating a healthier, greener and more environmentally responsible campus.
SU SUSTAINABILITY FUND PROJECTS TO DATE:
The University of Calgary is a significant purchaser of goods and services. This project aims to promote more sustainable and environmentally friendly purchasing practices in all areas, but most specifically in the area of food. The project holders hope to work with a group of students to review the purchasing decisions made in food services. They will work to evaluate current practices and provide suggestions for more sustainable options. The group will aim to undertake a major student awareness and publicity campaign in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability in the fall of 2013. A report to the community outlining the results will also be provided at the completion of the project.
This project is working towards solving the mass excess of goods and materials discarded into landfill bins during the process of residence move out at the end of the academic year. Each year, 2300 students move out of residence and throw out their unwanted materials in the process. The project organizers have partnered with several different organizations and a team of volunteers to divert materials from the landfill to recycling facilities or by donating the items to those in need. This includes clothing and household goods, electronics, toiletries, cans and bottles, and non-perishable food items. This program also utilizes volunteers to educate students about the ability to recycle or donate their materials, and where they will be going. Additionally, this project will be part of a competition between the U of C and the U of A to see which school can collect the most material. The first round of this program took place in April 2013.
The festival hosted the following environmentally-themed activities:
- Digital Photography Competition
- Film Competition
- All-Night 24 hour Eco Film Challenge
- “Tools of the Trade” Artist Program (TTAP)
- Best in Show Exhibition
- Daily Short Exhibition Program on NUTV’s CCTV network
- Eco-Themed Documentary Screening
A grant was provided to the World University Services of Canada (WUSC) campus club to offset costs of educational material, advertising, promotion and sale of fair trade products in MacEwan Student Centre.
Organics collection is currently overseen by U of C Operations and Maintenance, but was started out as a student-led project called Eat Dirt in September 2008. Funded by the Students’ Union, Eat Dirt piloted organics collection at three pre-consumer food vendors and a post-consumer collection bin in ICT.
Students’ Union facilities staff assisted with transfer of the waste to the composting site that has been determined and approved by the university. The SU Sustainability Board (SUSB) and the U of C Office of Sustainability provided technical support to the project group. To learn more about Eat Dirt visit www.ucalgary.ca/eatdirt.
A waste audit by 2cg Waste Management Consultant Services was conducted at MacEwan Student Centre (MSC) on March 27 and 28, 2008.
The goal of this audit was to determine waste composition, the effectiveness of current source separation programs and to identify additional waste that could be diverted. The audit also established baseline waste composition data for MacEwan Student Centre. A final waste audit analysis was received on May 29, 2008. This analysis will be used to determine benchmark levels of waste.