What is Campus Sustainability Week?

Campus Sustainability Week is held every year in October to celebrate everything sustainability-related that the University of Saskatchewan has to offer. Campus Sustainability Week showcases the sustainability successes that we have seen around campus and bring attention to how students, staff, and faculty alike can all participate to increase sustainability at our university.

Events

Multi-Day Events

Title:

ART*Cycled

Description: Courtesy of Art 341 and 441 sculpture students at the U of S, ART*cycled will feature a collection of upcycled sculpture and art projects created with items taken from the university’s own surplus assets yard. Using found, discarded materials from the U of S campus, senior sculpture students in Art and Art History have joined a long lineage of artists to transform “readymades” into evocative and provocative works of art.
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 10 – Wednesday, Oct. 11
Times: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Title:

Campus Sustainability Tours

Description: Have you ever wanted to get a first-person look at what sustainability looks like at the U of S? Join our friendly and informative Office of Sustainability staff for a Campus Sustainability Tour! We’ll take you on a leisurely walk through the beautiful U of S campus to show off all the hidden gems and interesting tidbits that make up our work at the Office of Sustainability. Tours are available for booking through the Office at sustainable.engagement@usask.ca.
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 10 – Friday, Oct. 13
Times: Flexible - Book Ahead of Time
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Tuesday, October 10th

Title:

Integrative Health Seminar Series – The Public Health Impacts of Climate Change

Description:

You may be familiar with the environmental impacts of climate change, but how much do you know about its potential impact on your health? On Tuesday, October 10th, join Margret Asmuss, Sustainability Coordinator for the U of S Office of Sustainability, and the Centre for Integrative Medicine as we investigate the public health impacts of climate change. All are welcome to come to this talk, which will be loaded with information and discussions on what frontline medical practitioners can do to help curb these impacts. 

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Royal University Hospital SaskTel Lecture Theatre

Wednesday, October 11th

Title:

Bridge City Bicycle Co-op Bike Tune-Up Workshop

Description:

Have you ever wanted to learn how to keep your bike riding smoothly without having to spend a fortune on regular tune-ups and repairs? The Bridge City Bicycle Co-op is here to help! Join us on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 11th as the BCBC helps you navigate the machinery on your bike and helps you learn everything you need to know to keep your wheels spinning on your own!

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Title:

Ice-Cycling on Campus
Description:

Winter cycling can be a daunting task in Saskatoon; slick or snow-covered roads, frigid temperatures, and careless drivers can be enough to scare off even the most ardent of cyclists. Fear not, Huskies: the Office of Sustainability and Saskatoon’s extremely friendly cycling groups will be in the Place Riel North Concourse for a workshop on how to maintain a fun and frosty bike commute in the winter. They’ll offer information, safety tips, and personalized pointers on how to continue your sustainable commute even after the snow starts to fall.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Title:

Sustainable Drinks with What's Ur Cap, Louis', and Sperling Silver Distillery
Description:

Who said sustainability has to be stuffy? Join us after class on Wednesday, Oct. 11th to learn about how sustainable business practices have allowed Sperling Silver Distillery to become one of the most successful distilleries in Saskatchewan. Then, we’ll hear from our favorite campus pub about their decision to only feature local draught beers on tap and what it’s like encouraging and working within a local liquor market. Finally, What’s Your Cap will be on site to explore the realities of sustainable and healthy drinking behaviours to help you figure out how to enjoy your favorite drinks without going overboard.

$10 Cover will be charged at the door

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Louis'

Thursday, October 12th

Title:

Sustainable Swap Meet with Parents on Campus, SENSSA, and the USSU

Description:

Is your wardrobe feeling old and tired? Need a new look, but don’t want to waste your perfectly usable clothes by throwing them in the landfill? Parents on Campus, SENSSA, and the USSU want to help you out! Join us on Thursday, October 12th in Place Riel for a massive Campus Sustainability Week Swap Meet intended to help you reduce waste while trading your unwanted duds for a new wardrobe.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Title:

U of S Native Vegetation Tour and Picnic in the Garden with the Native Plants Society of Saskatchewan

Description:

The prairies are home to countless unique and special plant species that help make us the wonderful ecosystem that we are. Join Chet Neufeld of the Native Plants Society of Saskatchewan on a guided walk through the Meewasin River Valley as we learn about the plants that make our province unique. Afterwards, stick around for an informative picnic in the Education Building’s Prairie Habitat Garden as we learn about campus garden and vegetation initiatives with Profs. Janet McVittie and Grant Wood. Plants have never been this exciting!

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Prairie Habitat Garden

Title:

CareerMeetUp: Renewable Energy, Environment and Sustainability

Description:

Networking is about developing meaningful relationships. CareerMeetUps exists to connect multiple communities in a series of collaborative networking events. The Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) wants to build an ecosystem of key stakeholders that will lead to career development/opportunities and success for USask students. This is an opportunity to connect with others in your industry to help students with their quest for a creer.

Through this event, all participants will:

  • Have an opportunity to discuss the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as they relate to industry and your careers.
  • Have an opportunity to learn about and practice the key career readiness competencies.
  • Understand the importance of defining goals/intentions before engaging in networking activities.
  • Develop an authentic introduction and practice strategies to make a good first impression.
  • Receive guidance on professional etiquette including handshaking.
  • Identify strategies to network effetively in an informal or formal dining setting.

You do not need to be attending the UN SDG Youth Leadership Training Seminar to attend this FREE event. For registration info, please do so under the Events/Workshops module within CareerLink.

Time: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Education Building (Student Lounge)

Title:

UN Sustainable Development Goals Youth Leadership Training Seminar

Description:

Are you interested in climate action, reducing inequalities, peace and justice, eradicating poverty, clean energy, responsible consumption, sustainable economic growth, or working for the United Nations? Do you want to get involved in locally or internationally implementing these sustainable changes to help make the world a better place? The USSU Sustainability Committee and the USASK Model UN with the Office of Sustainability are excited to bring you a unique opportunity to explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals! In cooperation with the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, the U of S will be hosting a UN SDGs Youth Training Seminar led by UN officials and student leaders from around the country. This event is open to all, and seeks to encourage Canadian youth to learn more about how to contribute to international development. 

For more details, please visit our Facebook or Eventbrite event pages.

Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Education Building (Student Lounge and Quance Theatre)

Friday, October 13th

Title:

U of S Campus Market

Description: We’re proud to feature the Campus Market, the university’s first regular farmer’s market, at this year’s Campus Sustainability Week. Join us in the Place Riel North Concourse from 9:00am to 1:00 pm to select from a range of local producers offering a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, treats, and handcrafted goods. Visiting the farmer’s market has never been this easy and convenient!
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse
One of the fastest and easiest ways to stay up-to-date with Campus Sustainability Week events is to visit our Facebook page. We keep an updated list of our popular Campus Sustainability Week events and it's a great way to engage with us and other interested event-goers.

Multi-Day Events

Title:

Sustainability Expo

Description: The Campus Sustainability Expo will occupy the Place Riel North Concourse each day of the week from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and will feature the groups and clubs around campus that are developing upon sustainability at the university. Come meet new friends, learn about exciting events, or participate in new sustainability initiatives with groups like the School of Environment and Sustainability Student Association, the Environmental Studies Students Association, the USSU Food Centre, and many more!
Dates: Wednesday Oct. 12 – Thursday Oct. 13
Times: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Title:

Parents on Campus Item Swap

Description: At this year’s Sustainability Expo, the Parents on Campus will be hosting a multi-day item swap to help facilitate reuse on campus. Bring your old unwanted or unused items by to leave behind and take something new home!
Dates: Wednesday Oct. 12 – Thursday Oct. 13
Times: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Tuesday, October 11th

Title:

USSU Memorandum of Understanding Signing with President Peter Stoicheff

Description: We’re ringing in Campus Sustainability Week with a bang this year. Join the Office of Sustainability, President Peter Stoicheff, and USSU VP Student Affairs Renata Huyghebaert as they meet to sign an historic memorandum of understanding establishing a sustainability partnership between students and administration at the U of S. Many announcements are in store, including new funding opportunities, new opportunities for collaboration between students and the administration, and new strategic plans for the future of sustainability at the university.
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Title:

Local Action Workshop with Climate Friendly Zone and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society

Description:

Are you passionate about changing your community for the better but don’t know where to start? Join us, the Climate Friendly Zone, and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 11 for a short starter course on how to take local action in your community. Learn how to effectively leverage social media for your cause, identify methods for engaging and alerting city council to issues in your area, and expand on your letter-writing skills to begin drafting expert communications for your initiatives. Big changes start with movement on the ground floor; join us to learn how you can make a difference.

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Roy Romanow Student Council Chambers (Place Riel)

Wednesday, October 12th

Title:

Campus Sustainability Week Speaker Series, with Danny Blair and Doerthe Tetzlaff

Description: We’ve managed to line up an exciting day of sustainability talks for this year’s Campus Sustainability Week. Join us at 1:00 on Wednesday, October 12 in beautiful Convocation Hall to hear Dr. Danny Blair, Acting Dean of Science at the University of Winnipeg and founder of the Prairie Climate Atlas project, talk about climate change’s upcoming impacts on Saskatchewan and how we can best adapt to our new climate. Stick around for 3:30 for the GIWS Speaker Series, where Dr. Doerthe Tetzlaff, Chair in Hydrology and Landscape Ecology at the University of Aberdeen, will speak about how water interacts with the landscape around it and what that means for ecosystems. It’s sure to be an exciting afternoon full of sustainability-inspired learning.
Time: 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Convocation Hall (Peter MacKinnon Building)

Title:

Sustainability Doc Night with ESSA
Description: The Environmental Studies Students Association will once again be hosting a Campus Sustainability Week Doc Night on Wednesday Oct. 12. Come by for a free night of refreshments, sustainability-related films, and good company.
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Kirk Hall (Tentative)

Thursday, October 13th

Title:

Recycle with US: Waste Management and Recycling in Saskatoon and at the University of Saskatchewan (featuring Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and Loraas Recycling)

Description: Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage after the truck picks it up? How is it possible that your mess of a recycling bin is sorted? Is it really worth putting the work in to recycle what we can? With the help of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council and Loraas Recycling, we’ll answer all these questions and more. Come explore the world of recycling and waste management in Saskatoon, learn about how to properly recycle, and discover just what happens to all the garbage we throw out.
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Title:

Loraas Materials Recovery Facility Tour

Description: This Campus Sustainability Week, join us on an offsite adventure as we visit the Loraas Materials Recovery Facility to learn about how recycling is collected, sorted, and sold in Saskatoon. See a state-of-the-art collection line where recycling is sorted without human input, including an incredibly innovative plastic materials scanner. See how recycling is bundled and sold, and learn about the fail safes built into the system to prevent dangerous materials from entering the cycle. Recycling has never felt this thrilling! Advanced registration required; contact the Office of Sustainability for more information.
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Meet in Place Riel North Concourse

Friday, October 14th

Title:

U of S Campus Market

Description: We’re proud to feature the Campus Market, the university’s first regular farmer’s market, at this year’s Campus Sustainability Week. Join us in the Place Riel North Concourse from 9:00am to 1:00 pm to select from a range of local producers offering a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, treats, and handcrafted goods. Visiting the farmer’s market has never been this easy and convenient!
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Title:

Ice-Cycling on Campus

Description: Winter cycling can be a daunting task in Saskatoon; slick or snow-covered roads, frigid temperatures, and careless drivers can be enough to scare off even the most ardent of cyclists. Fear not, Huskies: the Office of Sustainability and Saskatoon’s extremely friendly cycling groups will be in the Place Riel North Concourse for a workshop on how to maintain a fun and frosty bike commute in the winter. They’ll offer information, safety tips, and personalized pointers on how to continue your sustainable commute even after the snow starts to fall.
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse

Multi-Day Events

Title: Sustainability Expo
Description: The Campus Sustainability Expo will occupy the Place Riel North Concourse each day of the week from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and will feature the groups and clubs around campus that are developing upon sustainability at the university. Come meet new friends, learn about exciting events, or participate in new sustainability initiatives with groups like the School of Environment and Sustainability Student Association, the Environmental Studies Students Association, the USSU Food Centre, and many more!
Dates: Tuesday Oct. 13 – Friday Oct. 16
Times: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse
Title:

Diefenbaker Canada Centre Campus Sustainability Tours

Description: The Office of Sustainability is proud to partner once again with the Diefenbaker Canada Centre to offer campus sustainability tours through the University of Saskatchewan. Come along as the Centre’s experienced tour guides facilitate a walk through the beautiful U of S campus while learning about everything sustainability-related you may not have known about your own university. Those interested in attending these tours must pre-register with the Diefenbaker Canada Centre by calling (306)966-8384.
Dates: Tuesday Oct. 13 and Thursday Oct. 15, 
Times:

Tues: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Thurs: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: Meet outside the University Services Building (110 Maintenance Rd.)
Title:

Sustainable Fresh Food Market

Description:

Join us as we support the USSU Food Centre in a celebration of sustainable and local food on campus. As a branch of the Saskatoon Food Bank, the USSU Food Centre is an important response to hunger on campus by providing emergency food hampers to students in financial need and selling nutritious fruit and vegetables at an affordable price to all students. With the help of CHEP Good Food Inc., we’ll be bringing sustainable and local food hampers to highlight what is available in Saskatoon to the health- and socially-conscious student.

Dates: Wednesday Oct. 14 and Friday Oct. 16
Times:

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:

Place Riel North Concourse

Tuesday, October 13th

Title: Recycle with US: Waste Management and Recycling in Saskatoon and at the University of Saskatchewan (featuring Loraas Recycling)
Description: Have you ever wondered what happens to your garbage after the truck picks it up? How is it possible that your mess of a recycling bin is sorted? Is it really worth putting the work in to recycle what we can? Come help us welcome Loraas Recycling to campus as we answer all these questions and more. We’ll explore the world of recycling and waste management in Saskatoon, learn about how to properly recycle, and discover just what happens to all the garbage we throw out.
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse
Title: SENSSA Clothing/Item Swap
Description:

SENSSA will be hosting a clothing swap as part of Sustainability Week on Tuesday, Oct.13, from 10am to 4pm, in the 3rd floor lounge in Kirk Hall. Clothing swaps are a great way to recycle good condition used clothing! If you have any clothing that you'd like to pass on to others, please bring it by the lounge anytime on Tuesday, Oct.13. (The earlier the better.) We can accept clothing, outer-wear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) and accessories. Everyone is welcome to stop by and browse, even if you don't have clothing to swap. We know that we have lots of new arrivals to Saskatoon in SENS, please use this opportunity to enhance your wardrobe!

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Kirk Hall - 3rd Floor Lounge
Title: Sustainable Film Double Header: Fractured Land and This Changes Everything
Description:

The Office of Sustainability joins the College of Law, the ICCC, PAVED Arts, and the Broadway Theatre to present a night of sustainability-themed films. Starting at 7:00 PM, ICCC and PAVED Arts team up to present Fractured Land, the journey of a young indigenous leader fighting the natural gas operations damaging his community. Caleb Behn, the young Dene lawyer at the heart of the film, will join us after the film for a panel discussion about the film. Following Caleb’s panel, the Broadway Theatre will continue with its screening of This Changes Everything, Avi Lewis’ adaptation of Naomi Klein’s recent book focusing on the front lines against climate change. The film will be attended by the Saskatoon chapter of Next Up, who will also be hosting a social event at Amigo’s Cantina beforehand which interested people are invited to join. It’s sure to be a thought provoking night of fantastic films!

Time: 7:00 PM - ~11:00 PM
Location: The Broadway Theatre

Wednesday, October 14th

Title:

2015 Co-Op Week Luncheon featuring Brett Fairbairn on Germany’s Renewable-Energy Co-operatives

Description: The Office of Sustainability is happy to promote the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives’ participation in the Co-operative Network of Saskatoon’s 2015 Co-op Week Luncheon featuring Brett Fairbairn. Brett is the acting director for the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives and will be speaking on Germany’s renewable energy co-operatives and how policy, governance, and social innovation are leading to significant gains in sustainable local and regional development. Cost is $15 per person (which includes a $5 donation to CDF) and entitles attendees to a fantastic hot buffet to accompany the talk. Please pre-register by calling the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association at 306-244-3702 or e-mailing them at sca@sask.coop by 1:00 PM on Friday, October 9.
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Park Town Hotel
Title:

Planning Students Association Nobel Plaza Urban Re-Use Demonstration

Description: The Planning Students Association has organized a fantastic demonstration of urban space re-use at Nobel Plaza for Sustainability Week. Visit the plaza in front of the Administration Building anytime between 10:00 - 4:00 to enjoy cafe-style seating, uplifting music, and temporary art installations courtesy of the U of S Arts students. Take a second to re-examine the urban spaces around you to realize how they could be used to build strong, thriving, sustainable communities.
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Nobel Plaza
Title:

Paul Hanley (Author, “Eleven”) Talk and Discussion

Description: We are proud to bring Saskatoon StarPhoenix environmental columnist, Canadian Environment Award recipient, and author of “Eleven” Paul Hanley to speak about his new book, his experience as an environmental columnist in Saskatoon and how the planet must leverage sustainability as it quickly develops towards 11 billion people. Join us for an evening discourse, discovery, and – of course – delicious refreshments with one of Saskatoon’s most accomplished environmental writers.
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Education 1004
Title:

1st Annual Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards

Description:

The 1st Annual Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards are approaching and it’s time to begin honoring sustainable energy innovations in Saskatoon. The Office of Sustainability is happy to be offering a limited number of tickets to both staff and students of the U of S to attend the cocktails, banquet, and award ceremony as an opportunity to network with others in the local sustainable energy community and to celebrate local sustainability successes. Staff and students interested in attending should contact Margret Asmuss with the Office of Sustainability at margret.asmuss@usask.ca.

Those interested in attending separately should note that tickets can be purchased for $50 through Picatic. Dress code is business attire.

Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Confederation Inn
Title:

ESSA Doc Night

Description:

Join the U of S Environmental Studies Students Association in a fun and enlightening documentary film screening night. Film and time TBA

Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Thursday, October 15th

Title:

Ice-Cycling on Campus

Description: Winter cycling can be a daunting task in Saskatoon; slick or snow-covered roads, frigid temperatures, and careless drivers can be enough to scare off even the most ardent of cyclists. Fear not, Huskies: the Office of Sustainability and Saskatoon’s extremely friendly cycling groups will be in the Place Riel North Concourse for information, safety tips, and personalized pointers on how to continue your sustainable commute throughout the winter.
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Place Riel North Concourse
Title:

Ice-Cycling on Campus Winter Cycling Workshop

Description: Jumping off of its presence at the Place Riel North Concourse Sustainability Expo, our group of Saskatoon cycling clubs will join us for an in-depth winter cycling workshop to talk gritty details of winter cycling in Saskatoon. Learn about recommended gear, experience maintenance demos, and hear personalized stories and recommendations from experienced winter cyclists to help get you prepared for your sustainable winter commute.
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: TBA

Friday, October 16th

Title: Planning Students Association Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
Description: Join the U of S Planning Students Association in an exciting scavenger hunt around town to win great prizes! Contac the Planning Students Association to register and get more information for the event at rup.psa.usask@gmail.com
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Title:

U of S Physics Students’ Society Clothing/Item Swap

Description: Drop in at the Physics Lounge at any time between 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM with items and clothes that you no longer use. In return, you can also check out and take home things that other people have brought! It is recommended that people take, at most, the same number of items that they have brought. Items must be clean and in decent/usable condition. Please do not bring large items (e.g. furniture), food, alcohol, drugs, fireworks, weapons, or anything dangerous/illegal. Examples of items you can bring are (but not limited to): clothe, jewellery, books, games, usable stationery, collectible cards/toys, etc. Everyone is welcome!
Time: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: Physics Lounge (Physics Room 4)
Title:

Documentary Film Screening – Line in the Sand 

Description: The Office of Sustainability is proud to bring an encore screening of the locally-produced documentary Line in the Sand. Line in the Sand is the result of a collaborative multimedia project which aims to share the opinions and personal stories of Canadians directly impacted by the Northern Gateway Pipeline.  Come join us for a night of pizza and thoughtful films, featuring a special Skype-in with project co-founder Tomas Borsa.
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Education 1004

Contributing Partners

The Office of Sustainability would like to thank all of the groups and local partners who have helped us make Campus Sustainability Week possible, including:

  • Facilities Management Division
  • USSU
  • USSU Food Centre
  • The School of Environment and Sustainability
  • The Global Institute for Water Security
  • Saskatoon Famer's Market
  • Bridge City Bicycle Co-Op
  • Loraas Disposal

The Office of Sustainability would like to thank all of the groups and local partners who have helped us make Campus Sustainability Week possible, including:

  • Facilities Management Division
  • Consumer Services
  • USSU
  • USSU Food Centre
  • Louis' and Louis' Loft
  • Paul Hanley
  • The Centre for the Study of Co-operatives
  • The School of Environment and Sustainability
  • The School of Environment and Sustainability Students Association
  • Graduate Students Association
  • Environmental Studies Students Association
  • Planning Students Association
  • Physics Students Society
  • Anatomy and Cell Biology Club
  • U of S Arts Students
  • EnactUS
  • ICCC
  • Loraas Recycling
  • Saskatoon Cycles
  • Campus Cycling Club
  • Bike Universe
  • Bridge City Bicycle Co-op
  • The Broadway Theatre
  • Tomas Borsa and Line in the Sand Productions
  • CHEP

Get Involved

Would you like to host an event, start an initiative, or participate in Campus Sustainability Week?

Please contact Matt Wolsfeld, our Community Engagement Co-ordinator, with your ideas and to find out how we can help facilitate your plans!