This newsletter features current events, courses and updates on sustainability education at UBC. It is produced by the Teaching, Learning & Research office of the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI).
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SCIE 420: Sustainability for the Community and the World
Have you taken sustainability courses at UBC? This new course is designed to help you tie together your sustainability education at UBC. It explores systems thinking in the context of sustainability and it re-examines the three pillar model of sustainability – environment, society and economy – highlighting uses and limitations of systems thinking and the three pillar model. This course is open to 3rd or 4th undergraduate students from any faculty. Term 2 (January – April 2018)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00am – 12:20pm
2018 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture
The UBC Farm Practicum is an experiential-learning program designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. It can be taken in six months (April-October) or four months (April-August), and as a non-credit certificate program, or for 6-9 academic credits. Applications are due on November 5th.
The Three Stages of Environmentalism Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 7:30pm Location: Telus Studio Theatre, Chan Centre
Join the Environmental Sciences Students’ Association (ESSA) for their beginning of the year keystone event, The Three Stages of Environmentalism. Four speakers, Grace Hermansen, Briony Penn, Joan Phillip, and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, will share their stories and experiences of activism and environmentalism in hopes of bridging the gap between age groups surrounding issues of environmental protection. Learn more and purchase tickets.
Wingspan Grand Opening Dates: October 19-21
The Wingspan Collaborative, an intellectual ‘studio’ of interdisciplinary scholars in disability studies, arts, culture and public pedagogy, is hosting a series of engaging events for their grand opening. Learn more about their work and check out the event schedule to join them this weekend.
Common Energy’s First Big Team: Social + Pipeline Politics Debate Date: Friday, October 27
Location: Room 2306/2309, AMS Student Nest
Join Common Energy‘s first Big Team meeting of the season. It’s a great chance to meet others in the UBC sustainability community, eat some delicious (free) food and learn about current environmental issues. Everyone is welcome. Event Details.
Thrive Week Dates: October 30 – November 3 Thrive is a mindset and a week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for everyone at UBC. Attend an event.
Zero Waste Workshop: Consuming Differently Date: Tuesday, November 7
Location: UBC Engineering Student Centre, 2335 Engineering Lane
Learn how to challenge modern consumerism with a workshop and discussion brought to you by the Zero Waste Squad, Sprouts, Common Energy UBC and the UBC Engineering Undergraduate Society. Students who live a zero-waste lifestyle will share their tips on how and where to shop zero-waste. They will also host an engaging discussion on how zero waste living and other sustainable lifestyle choices fit into broader environmental activism. Sprouts brownies will also be served! RSVP to the event on Facebook.
Changemaker Series 2017: Local Environmental Issues + Pitch Your Idea! (5 X $100 prizes) Date: Thursday, November 9
Location: BC Hydro Theatre, CIRS, 2260 West Mall
The Changemaker event is a unique opportunity for students and alum to engage with guest speakers in discussions related to environmental issues. This is followed by activities that prepare interested students to pitch an idea to a panel of judges. All changemaking ideas are welcome! Winners will receive a small honorarium to launch their idea. Register to attend.
Feeding 9 Billion Challenge Date: November 12 – 13
Location: UBC Engineering Student CentreThe Feeding 9 Billion Challenge is a 24-hour case competition that challenges students to work in interdisciplinary teams to create sustainable solutions to food system issues. Participants will get three meals, receive guidance from mentors, and present their projects to a panel of judges. There will be 3 top winners: 1st place gets $1000, 2nd place $750 and 3rd place $250. Learn more and purchase your tickets.
UBC Earth Charter Club
The UBC Earth Charter Club is officially up and running. Members are gathering awesome ideas for initiative-based projects and events. With access to many resources to foster a sustainable future, the UBC Earth Charter Club hopes to empower the UBC community through partnerships, intensive collaboration, and networks of sustainability. Anyone can lead, create, or join any project in the club. Join the Facebook group or shoot them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch and learn more.
Looking for Volunteers? Submit to the SSN
If you are hosting a sustainability-related event and are looking for volunteers, you can submit your opportunity to the Sustainability Student Network (SSN), an online resource where students find out about volunteer opportunities in the sustainability community. Learn the submission criteria and send in an opportunity to the SSN.
BIKE TO WORK WEEK
Celebration Station Date: October 25
Location: Lee Square (by the UBC Bookstore)
Join us at the Celebration Station on Wednesday, October 25 at Lee Square by the UBC Bookstore to get a free tune-up and grab some bike goodies. You can also register your bike for free with Project 529, an anti-theft bike program and recovery service. Bring your bike and helmet to get a free bike bell, coffee and snacks!
Stadium Neighbourhood Public Consultation
Campus and Community Planning is beginning to plan a new neighbourhood in the area around Thunderbird Stadium, and wants your input and ideas to help shape this process. Share your insights on living, working, studying and playing at UBC until October 22. Your experience can help guide planning decisions. Join the conversation by attending an open house or taking the online survey.