Environment Week 2015

Environment Week

From June 1 to 5, 2015, the Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Sustain SU, is hosting a series of free Environment Week activities. Start the summer right by celebrating your relationship with the environment and discovering new skills.

For events with registration (indicated by ★), please sign up by Sunday May 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

Events at the University of Alberta

Registration required for most events. Please follow the workshop links below for more information.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sustainability Campus Tour
Noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mosaic Centre: Net-Zero Building Tour
1 to 3:30 p.m.

Bike Library and Workshop Open House
2 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Free Bike Checks
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Devonian Botanic Garden Tour
Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Basic Bicycle Maintenance Workshop
5 to 7 p.m.

Film Screening: Growing Cities
5 to 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sustainability Campus Tour
1 to 2 p.m.

Garden & Salad Party
6 to 9 p.m.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Celebrate World Environment Day
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sustainable Cooking Class
5 to 8 p.m.

Monday

Sustainability Campus Tour

Monday, June 1, 2015
Noon to 1 p.m.
Admin Building – Meet at front desk

Did you know? The weight of five blue whales in paper and cardboard recycling is diverted from landfills every year at the U of A! This is just one fact you’ll discover by attending the Sustainability Campus Tour.

After a brief overview of some “hard to see” sustainability features, you will participate in a one-hour walking tour of North Campus that includes stops along the District Energy System, near beautiful gardens and in LEED® certified green buildings. Connect with others passionate about sustainability and enjoy a stroll through campus.

All are welcome. Please register at least one week in advance of your chosen tour date.

Hosted by: Office of the Registrar, Office of Sustainability.

Register via Campus Visits Program

Tuesday

Mosaic Centre: Net-Zero Building Tour

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Meet at the Office of Sustainability (2-06 North Power Plant)

Discover Edmonton’s newest and greatest green building. The Mosaic Centre is the first net-zero commercial building in Alberta: it generates as much energy as it uses. In so many ways, this building is sustainable, affordable and looks totally unique.

Join an hour-long tour to learn about the building’s construction materials, water conservation techniques and alternative energy sources. This event is free (including arranged transportation), however pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Hosted by: Office of Sustainability and Eco Ammo.

Register

Bike Library and Workshop Open House

Tuesday June 2, 2015
2 to 5 p.m.
SAB 1-13

Kick-off Bike Month by visiting Sustain SU’s Bike Library and Workshop. Learn what services they provide, have a mechanic give your bike a check over, and discover upcoming Sustain SU volunteer opportunities.

Be sure to BYOBike to make use of the expertise in the room. But with or without a bicycle, please feel free to simply drop in and say hello.

Hosted by: Sustain SU.

Wednesday

Free Bike Checks

Wednesday June 3, 2015
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bus Loop near South Academic Building

Get your ride ready for the summer. Have a mechanic from Sustain SU’s Bike Library and Workshop give your bicycle a check over to help you identify and fix any issues. You can also discover upcoming Sustain SU volunteer opportunities.

Hosted by: Sustain SU.

Devonian Botanic Garden Tour

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Meet at the Office of Sustainability (2-06 North Power Plant)

Established in 1959 near Devon, the 240 acre Devonian Botanic Garden is Canada’s most northerly botanical garden. It’s the perfect time of year to visit and explore the greenhouses, butterfly house, Native People’s Garden, Japanese gardens and more. Be sure to stop to smell the flowers!

This event is free (including arranged transportation), however pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Register

Hosted by: Office of Sustainability.

Basic Bicycle Maintenance Workshop

Wednesday June 3, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.
SAB 1-13

Gear up for Bike Month! The Sustain SU Bike Mechanic is offering a hands on learning experience. Gain the skills you need to keep your bike running smoothly and safely, just in time for the summer. Bring your own bike or practice on one from the Bike Library.

This event is open to the public and free for all attendees, however pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Hosted by: Sustain SU.

Register: Email sustain@su.ualberta.ca by Friday May 29, 2015.

Film Screening – Growing Cities

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.
SUBstage (Students' Union Building near the food court)

In this Kickstarter-funded documentary, Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette road trip across the United States to examine the successes and challenges of urban farming in America. They discover that urban farming does not just change the way food is grown and distributed, but it also yields stronger and more vibrant communities. Watch the trailer.

There is no cost to join and everyone is welcome. Popcorn will be provided!

Hosted by: Office of Sustainability, Sustain SU.

Thursday

Sustainability Campus Tour

Thursday, June 4, 2015
1 to 2 p.m.
Admin Building – Meet at front desk

Did you know? The weight of five blue whales in paper and cardboard recycling is diverted from landfills every year at the U of A! This is just one fact you’ll discover by attending the Sustainability Campus Tour.

After a brief overview of some “hard to see” sustainability features, you will participate in a one-hour walking tour of North Campus that includes stops along the District Energy System, near beautiful gardens and in LEED® certified green buildings. Connect with others passionate about sustainability and enjoy a stroll through campus.

All are welcome. Please register at least one week in advance of your chosen tour date.

Hosted by: Office of the Registrar, Office of Sustainability.

Register via Campus Visits Program

Garden & Salad Party

Thursday, June 4, 2015
6 to 9 p.m.
Campus Community Garden (89 Avenue between 110 and 111 Streets)

What better way to celebrate Environment Week than to spend some time in a local community garden? Join Sustain SU, Sustainable Food Initiative and the Office of Sustainability for a salad potluck dinner.

Lettuce and plates will be provided—all you have to do is bring utensils and a salad ingredient to share. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, salad dressings and other creative selections are welcome. While you eat, learn more about the garden, its partnerships with Reclaim Urban Farm and Prairie Urban Farm, and how you can get involved this summer.

Everyone is welcome to attend this evening event. No registration is required.

Note: Check here for the back-up location in case it rains.

Hosted by: Office of Sustainability, Sustain SU, Sustainable Food Initiative.

Friday

Celebrate World Environment Day

Friday, June 5, 2015
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Quad

Celebrate World Environment Day! This year’s theme is: Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. Join the Office of Sustainability and the City of Edmonton for snacks, games and more. Try your hand at Recycle-It-Right, a carnival-inspired waste-sorting game. The more you get right, the better your chance to win a handy Office of Sustainability travel mug.

Hosted by: Office of Sustainability, City of Edmonton.

Sustainable Cooking Class

Friday, June 5, 2015
5 to 8 p.m.
TBA

Join us for this workshop and cook a meal using sustainably-sourced food. Discover how simple it can be to incorporate more seasonal, organic, and local food choices into your daily life. All ingredients and recipes will be supplied, and an experienced cook will guide you through the process.

This event is free, however pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Hosted by: Office of Sustainability.

Register

About Environment Week

Environment Week is an annual celebration in communities across Canada. Dating back to 1970, this week celebrates the tremendous energy, enthusiasm and initiative of Canadians who are interested and engaged in environmental conservation.

Discover other Environment Week events happening in Edmonton from May 23 to June 13, 2015.

Environment Week Edmonton