Sustainability

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EnviroWestern

EnviroWestern is a student-run group that provides both action and advocacy for environmental issues important to students at Western. The group also provides numerous opportunities for students to get involved. EnviroWestern has many new and exciting initiatives that the Western community can take advantage of each year. Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/479932978809373/ for more information.

For questions, project ideas or to join, contact EnviroWestern’s Coordinator at envirowestern@westernusc.ca.

Society of Graduate Students

The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Sustainability Committee is comprised of graduate students striving to promote sustainability on and off campus. The goal of the committee is to address ecological and social challenges by engaging Western’s diverse graduate community. The committee is also a member of the Student Sustainability Collaborative, bringing together student sustainability groups from all over campus, including EnviroWestern and Ivey Sustainability Club.

SOGS Sustainability is working on several projects to promote sustainability during the upcoming school year. Providing graduate students with the opportunity to compost organic material is one of the committee’s major initiatives. SOGS Sustainability has partnered with Facilities Management to provide compost bins in graduate lunch rooms. Either party can be contacted to receive a small green pail for compost in offices or lunch rooms. The committee is also funding a composting program for the Grad Club kitchen and would like to start post-consumer composting in the dining room. This will require the education and cooperation of all Grad Club patrons, but the committee is optimistic that it is possible.
Look forward to the SOGS Green Challenge starting Fall 2012. SOGS Sustainability will be hosting a competition of ideas for sustainability projects focusing on campus community, campus systems, and climate and resources. There will be prizes and recognition for the top three proposals. More details are provided on the website (http://sogs.ca/index.php/sustainability-committee).

If you want to get involved and make a difference, the SOGS Sustainability Committee is always looking for new members and ideas. Please contact: sogs.sustainability@uwo.ca.

The Environment and Sustainability Society (ESS)

The Environment & Sustainability Society (ESS) is an active organization on campus that aims to “do green,” by virtue, “do good” and have fun while doing it! ESS is mainly comprised of graduate students affiliated with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, both from the Masters of Environment & Sustainability and collaborative programs, although not exclusive to these students by any means.

The ESS has planned various activities in the past such as documentary film nights, a sustainability speaker series, an Eco Challenge, guided hiking tours, and volunteer opportunities with environmental organizations such as Friends of the Cove, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and Adopt a Street London.

Any interested students can get involved in the ESS or find details about the organization by joining the facebook group “Environment & Sustainability Society (ESS).”