Connect to nature: Environment Week & Commuter Challenge, June 5 to 9, 2017.

Environment Week & Commuter Challenge

Five days to connect with Canada's natural heritage, and to realise all that we need to protect.

It all starts with World Environment Day on June 5, 2017 (this year, Canada is hosting this United Nations celebration). A kick-off event in sunny Main Quad will help you get outdoors and into nature! Then, throughout the week, you can take an outdoor walking tour, tune up your bicycle, see solar panels at work, and more.

Date & Location Event details

Mon. June 5
11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Main Quad

Environment Week Kick-Off Event: Join the Office of Sustainability for snacks, games and more to celebrate World Environment Day and kick-off Environment Week. Come learn about Canadian National Parks and receive the Canada 150 free Discovery Pass from Parks Canada’s Learn-to-Camp.

Tues. June 6
6–8 p.m.

Campus Community Garden

Garden Party Potluck: Join Sustain SU and other gardens/food enthusiasts for a potluck at the Campus Community Garden. This is a drop-in event; please bring a delicious, sustainable food item and an appetite to discuss food sovereignty and security topics.

Wed. June 7
11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m

Meet at 2-06 North Power Plant

Net Zero Home Tour: This home is on the tour to show that it is possible to live a completely energy independent lifestyle in a northern climate. A lifestyle without gas bills or driving to a gas station for the rest of your life. The home also is an example of a creative way of increasing density in a mature neighborhood. Meet at the Office of Sustainability (2-06 North Power Plant) and make sure to bring your walking shoes, as this will be a walking tour.
Wed. June 7
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

3-003 Katz Building

Freecycle Your Labware: If you work in a lab, come donate or pick up some free labware, small equipment under $500, and office/lab supplies. We will accept donations before 1 p.m. Donations must be safe to use—properly cleaned and decontaminated; free of chemical, biological or radioactive residues; and in working order. We reserve the right to reject any items that are unclean, unsafe or inappropriate.

Thur. June 8
5–8 p.m.


Sustainability Networking Event: Come and connect with campus members to discuss relevant sustainability issues, make new connections and learn how to get involved on campus. This event will also be open to all faculty and staff on campus.

Fri. June 9
9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Main Quad

Environment Week Sustainability Fair: Join on-and-off campus organizations to discuss relevant sustainability issues regarding the environment, sustainable transportation and environmentally-friendly initiatives on campus and learn more about how you can get incorporate sustainability in your daily life.

You will also have the opportunity to join in a free walking tour of North Campus (with free fair trade coffee if you bring your reusable mug) to discover some of the features that make the University of Alberta a leader in campus sustainability. Tours will run at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Get from point A to B while reducing your C—carbon emissions!

As part of Environment Week, offices and other campus groups are encouraged to take part in the Commuter Challenge from June 5 to 9, 2017. Leave your car at home and choose a more sustainable method of transportation instead. You could take public transit, bike, walk, or carpool, for instance.

If your office or campus group can get the most people to commute sustainably to work, you could win this friendly competition. Winners will receive awesome prizes from the Office of Sustainability—as well as bragging rights for the year.

Register for Commuter Challenge

Contest Details

  1. Your office must be registered in the challenge to participate.
  2. After your office has registered, the main contact from your office will receive all of the Commuter Challenge communications/promotional materials, and will be responsible for sharing these items with your office.
  3. Once the challenge starts, participants from your office must input their commutes into the Commuter Challenge Tracking Form, which will be sent to you one week prior to the start of the Commuter Challenge. Using this form, the participants from your office will track how they sustainably commuted to work, as well as the distance commuted.
  4. Winners will be chosen based on the amount of participation from your office. Prizes will be awarded for the offices with the highest percent of participation as well as for the office which has the highest number of people who participate.

*Want to reduce your impact beyond Environment Week? UAlberta staff members can take part in a pilot project to facilitate swapping and trading office supplies.

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.

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