Western Sustainability Leaders Program

The Western Sustainability Leaders Program is a way for students to engage with sustainability throughout the year. Each month a different sustainability theme is featured with educational and experiential opportunities to get involved! 

Monthly virtual events feature guest speakers working in the sustainability field from across campus and the broader community, providing pathways for students to meet professionals and build their networks. 

WSLP Events

Waste at Western - Thursday, September 24 at 3:30 - 4:30pm

  • Mary-Lee Townsend, Sustainability & Compliance Manager and Anne Zok, Nutrition Manager in Hospitality Services, discuss the impact COVID-19 has on waste at Western, how we're mitigating the excess waste and what you can do to help on campus and at home! Webinar recording available here.

Buying Sustainably - Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00 - 6:00pm

  • Dr. Wren Montgomery, Assistant Professor, Sustainability & General Management at Ivey Business School and Heenal Rajani, Co-Founder of Reimagine Co will discuss the topic of "Buying Sustainably," and what that means for individuals and corporations. 

Sustainable Food - Wednesday, November 25 at 5:00 - 6:00pm

  • Ron Hill, Cultural Resource Coordinator, N'Amerind Friendship Coordinator, "Indigenous Food Sovereignty: A Perspective"
  • Benjamin Hill, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Western University & Chair, Middlesex London Food Policy Council, "Eating Sustainably"
  • Nina Trask & Hailey Beliare, VP's Education, Food Resources and Education for Student Health (FRESH) & Nutrition and Dietetics students, "Reducing Food Waste & Buying in Season"

Energy Retrofits & Conservation Tips - Monday, January 25 at 4:00 - 5:00pm

This webinar includes presentations on Western's deep energy retrofit projects, and Student Energy's initiatives and energy saving tips for students, as well as 30 minutes for Q&A! Webinar recording available here. 

  • Evan Green, Manager, Energy & Carbon, Western University
  • Elijah Dietrich, President, Student Energy at Western
  • Elizabeth Blokker, Projects Manager, Student Energy at Western 

Land Protectors Panel - Thursday, February 4 at 3:00 - 4:00pm

As part of Western's Indigenous Awareness Week the Land Protectors Panel, with panelists Awâsis, Shawn Johnston and Camille Di Iulio, discusses land issues such as, what is land back, O:se Kenhionhata:tie, also known as Land Back Camp, allyship for land back initiatives, and more. The panel recording is available in two parts:

WWF-Canada Native Plant Gardening Webinar - Wednesday, March 31 at 3:00 - 4:00pm

  • WWF-Canada's resident botanist Ryan Godfrey gives us a tour of his native plant container gardens on his balcony in downtown Toronto and shares about the importance of native plant gardening for wildlife, addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as other important benefits! He also answers questions about how to choose native plants, his favourites, and resources to learn more. Webinar recording available here. 

Benefits for Students

This program has been designed collaboratively by Western Sustainability and a team of students! We believe student leadership is key for sustainability and have built this program to benefit students and build leadership skills in a number of ways:

  • Gain recognition on Western's Co-Curricular Record by attending a minimum of four of our monthly events
  • Network with professionals in various sustainability sectors
  • Learn about a range of sustainability themes
  • Stay updated on volunteer and leadership opportunities
  • Connect with students from various academic backgrounds to discuss interdisciplinary solutions to sustainability challenges

The program is open to all Western students! If you would like to get involved, email us at sustainability@uwo.ca. Follow us on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to stay updated on our events, contests and leadership opportunities.