Student Sustainability Summit: January 20-22, 2017.

Student Sustainability Summit

Want to build a better world, but you're unsure where to start? The Student Sustainability Summit aims to provide post-secondary students across Alberta with the information and tools needed to address current societal issues and to consider alternatives to existing conditions.

Taking place January 20-22, 2017 at the University of Alberta, the summit provides tools and resources needed to join in sustainable change and creates opportunities to develop relevant leadership and employability skills. The summit is hosted by the Office of Sustainability and Sustain SU.

2017 Theme Inclusive Approaches to Building a Sustainable World

Connect with movers and shakers who are already building the institutions, enterprises and ideas we need for a sustainable world. Speakers will encourage students to look at the world differently, to identify the historical and contemporary forces that impact society today, and learn how to foster inclusive, energized, and powerful movements.

Topics include: interdisciplinary approaches to project planning, embracing change, engaging the public, and movement-building techniques. Take part in the summit and discover inclusive ways to achieve your vision of a better world, effect change, and network with thought leaders in the field of sustainability.

Side A: smiling woman and man in hallway. Side B: hand drums.

Workshops & Presentations

  1. Circular Economy - A New Paradigm for the Environment and Economy
    Recycling Council of Alberta
  2. Green buildings and Smart Living
    Novhaus Inc.; EcoAmmo
  3. Green Building Tour
    Office of Sustainability, University of Alberta.
  4. Indigenous communities must play a critical role in conservation and land management decisions for the future
    The Firelight Group
  5. Natural Gas: Panacea or Pandora's Box?
    Debra Davidson, University of Alberta
  6. What is More Sustainable Than Nature? Biomimicry as a Design Paradigm Shift
    Biomimicry Alberta
  7. Blatchford: Creating a new way to live in Edmonton
    Blatchford Redevelopment, City of Edmonton
  8. Systems, sustainability and community engagement
    Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities
  9. Efforts to Ensure that the Right to a Healthy Environment is Enshrined in Canadian Law
    Ecojustice; Faculty of Law, University of Alberta; HealthyYeg
  10. Balancing Inclusion with Engagement: Lessons learned from a year with Net Impact
    Net Impact, Alberta School of Business
  11. Protecting Our Future
    Pesticide Free Edmonton
  12. Waste Diversion: On the Road to Zero Waste
    Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence
  13. Beyond Green Buildings: Healthy Spaces
    Office of Sustainability, MacEwan University
  14. Growing a Neighbourhood Food Initiative From the Ground Up
  15. Collaborative Project Planning Applied to Sustainable Operations
    Energy Management and Sustainable Operations, University of Alberta
  16. Environmental News Stories That Don't Just Make You Sad
    Terra Informa, CJSR 88.5 FM
  17. Parks and Protected Areas: A sustainable solution to future problems
    Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  18. Planning Cities and Trying to Give a Hoot about the Environment, Equality, and Equity
    Planning, City of Edmonton
  19. Empowering Youth to take Action on Energy Transition
    Student Energy; Pembina Institute
  20. Embracing Change: Commoning for a Sustainable Mode of Social and Ecological Reproduction
    Sourayan Mookerjea, University of Alberta
  21. Sustainable Community Planning Development
    Leith Deacon, University of Alberta
  22. Communicating Sustainability: How can we connect in a polarized, "post-truth" world?
    Parkland Institute
  23. Who’s In, Who’s Out: Transforming Our Spaces
    Employment Equity Program, University of Alberta
  24. Listening to women: why women's experiences matter to the municipal government
    Women’s Initiative, City of Edmonton
  25. The History and Theory of Sustainable Design and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Looking to the Past, Understanding the Present, Inventing the Future.
    Joan E. Greer, University of Alberta
  26. Holistic Approaches to Life and Living
    Dwayne Donald and Christine Stewart, University of Alberta

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About the Summit

The Summit explores sustainability on campus and beyond, and provides a forum for like-minded individuals, student groups, and leaders to learn about tools, theory, and skills that will help them in both their respective initiatives and personal/professional development.

What others are saying about previous Summits:

“My favourite part was the people that came and the discussions we had.”
— Jackie Mechlaoui

“I understand the different aspects of sustainability a lot better now and can incorporate that into my everyday lifestyle.”
— Kathy Le

“I really, really enjoyed this session. I thought it was great to be able to talk about what we were concerned about, and share our ideas with other like-minded people.”
— Stephanie Ramage


Presented by the University of Alberta's Office of Sustainability and Sustain SU.

Sponsored by Red Arrow Motorcoach


Early Bird Deadline:
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

All delegates who register prior to the early bird deadline will have a chance to have the value of their registration fee returned.

Closing Deadline:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Registration for the summit requires payment of a $30 non-refundable fee. Registration includes vegetarian/vegan friendly meals and attendance at all keynote and concurrent sessions. Logistical details will be emailed directly to you, and the program will be available on this webpage as the summit approaches.

Group Discount

Bring ten or more members of your student group (from any post-secondary institution in Alberta) to receive a 10 per cent discount on all registrations.

For more info and to apply for a discount code, contact Kayleigh Wiebe (details below).

Travel to Edmonton

Students from all across Alberta are welcome to participate. Thanks to our sponsor, Red Arrow Motorcoach, travel grants are available to students coming from Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer and Fort McMurray.

More information

Kayleigh Wiebe, Project Planner - Engagement