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Get Into the Green Scene
Are you passionate about reducing your carbon foot print? Do you want to live in planet that does not resemble a post-apocalyptic desert? Do you want to save Nemo? Learn how to live more sustainably at SCI Day 2019: A Sustainability Conference on January 26.
The conference is organized and hosted by Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI), a student-run service with the Federation of Students that focuses on sustainability through education and undertaking a variety of projects to make University of Waterloo’s campus more eco-friendly.
SCI coordinator Maggie Chang described SCI Day as “a networking event around sustainability focusing on three main goals: the first is to showcase the range of employment available within sustainability from non-profits to government and to waste management; the second is to get people outside the field of environmental studies to be interested in sustainability and to inspire them to integrate sustainability into their personal lives or into their future career regardless of their line of work; lastly, we want to highlight the wonderful work that has been done regarding sustainability in Southern Ontario.”
SCI Day consists of a full-day conference with two keynote panels featuring speakers from the public and private sectors, non-profit organizations, academics and Indigenous communities. The speakers will be sharing their experiences within the field of sustainability, leading into a question and answer session from the audience. There are also two networking sessions in the morning where the attendees get to network with different organizations (even potentially discover your next co-op placement!), followed by an afternoon of learning workshops on topics varying from using the Sustainable Development Goal to advance your career to minimalism to living with zero waste.
For students looking to go greener in their everyday life, SCI advises to be conscious about the non-sustainable elements in your daily use by trying alternatives such as carrying a reusable straw and using bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones. An easy way to get started is to take part in SCI’s Second-hand Clothing Sale on January 28 and 29, where you can give gently-used clothes a second round of life.
In addition to daily routines, students should let decision-makers know that they want to see a focus on sustainability, Chang said.
“We need to make our voices heard to big organizations, governments and to our universities so they understand that we care about sustainability and provide us more options to go green,” said Chang.