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Speaking About Sustainability
Are you interested in creating a greener, more sustainable world? If so, the SCI Talks series might be for you. Every term, Sustainable Campus Initiative – SCI – hosts a variety of great speakers to discuss ways in which local members of the community are involved in sustainability, and what you can do to help as well.
“We want to promote sustainability around campus as well as showing what different local organizations are doing,” said Jacqueline Chung, director of advocacy at SCI.
This term, SCI Talks are taking place on Thursdays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in EV3, room 4408.
Each talk features draw prizes from local businesses—and the more SCI Talks you attend, the more chance you have to win. There’s also free food and drinks for attendees at each talk.
“We try to bring something different every term, so this term I wanted it to be more like workshops,” said Chung. “We also decided to bring in different types of food from different sustainable spots on campus and draw prizes from sustainable companies.”
SCI aims for these talks to be not only a presentation, but also an open conversation with students.
“It’s also a way to get the community to join the conversation about sustainability, and how you can get involved,” said Chung.
To allow students to contribute, this term’s talks are organized in more of a Q&A format than before and are more interactive.
“We wanted to allow different organizations to discuss what they’re passionate about and get different parts of the spectrum, from carsharing to travel to DIY,” said Chung. “We wanted to showcase how students can get sustainability in their lives, even if they don’t realize it.”
The topics for this term are as follows:
- October 5th’s talk featured Jen Novakovich from The Eco Well, who discussed why DIY beauty hacks are crucial for anyone looking to be more eco-friendly. Attendees also got to help prepare their own take-home skin product
- October 19th’s talk featured Matthew Piggot from Community CarShare, discussing how to live a life less dependent on cars
- October 26th’s talk features Simone Weinstein from Provision Coalition, who will cover how to embed sustainability into business processes from the ground up
- November 2nd’s talk will cover what Waterloo is doing to build sustainability on campus, with a discussion from Mat Thijssen, the university’s Sustainability Coordinator
- November 9th’s talk features a screening of the film Beyond Crisis, with its director Kai Reimer-Watts on hand to discuss and reflect on what everyone can do to help with climate change
If you’re interested in volunteering, there’s still space available—check out this form.