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GUIDE TO GOING GREEN AT QUEEN’S
The Main Campus Resident’s Council has many projects and initiatives that are aimed at getting first year students involved with the local campus community and helping to promote being Green. The MCRC Sustainability Office is the arm of the MCRC that is responsible for these projects. The following is a contribution from the MCRC Sustainability Office detailing what first year students can do to be more environmentally friendly:
What is the Main Campus Residents’ Council’s Sustainability Office? We are the sustainability and environmental advocacy arm of the Main Campus Residents’ Council (MCRC), an incorporated student government entity with jurisdiction over the main campus residence buildings in Queen’s University. Our role is to audit and analyze both the MCRC and the residence buildings to implement initiatives that improve our environmental standing. Similar to the MCRC in general, we offer both interactive events for student residents and opportunities for residents to get involved as an intern for our office or volunteer. What programs and initiatives do we offer? (We offer programs that are modified on a year-to-year basis; the following is only a brief list of recurrent initiatives that are expected to run in every year.) Green-fest: A five-day carnival that takes place in the winter semester, organized collaboratively with other sustainability organizations on-campus. A wide variety of events such as a competitive trash-sort, vegetarian buffet, farmer’s market, keynote speaker, garage sale and campustours will be offered. Campus Organics Composting: A great floor-bonding project in which bins are placed in common-rooms to store your organic waste, which can be paper, cardboard or any food waste. When these bins are full, pairs empty them out into a storage unit outside each residence. The waste in such holding units is then processed into fertilizer and soil amendment materials. Campus Clean-up: A volunteer and respondent based campus activity in which a representative of our office leads a Saturday clean-up to beautify the campus grounds and buildings. Kitchen Tours: An arrangement made with the Queen’s hospitality services in which kitchen chefs take students around a tour of the kitchen while preparations for the next meal are taking place. A fantastic way to raise awareness about food wastage!
Vegetarian Floor Dinners: A request based program where a team from our office work with a floor of residents to cook a vegetarian floor dinner. Afterwards, a short presentation on sustainable food choices will be given to interest and encourage awareness of the impact of our food choices on our world. Residence Innovation Challenge: A residence wide competition on who can conceptualize and pitch the best new way to make residences more sustainable. Judges from our office, residence administration and other residents will form a panel to evaluate each idea. The best concepts will be rewarded! What are some ways students can get involved? Our office welcomes applications for the positions of executive interns and volunteers. For now, please make use of our tip-sheet to live more sustainably on-campus. Flick Off: Always turn off your room and bathroom lights when you are not in the room. Lazy is Just the Name: Separate your trash out to the appropriate waste bin when at the Lazy Scholar. Fast and Furious: The average North American shower time is 8 minutes, cut it down to 5 to save tens of liters of water a day. Be a Two Face: Always use both sides of paper when printing or taking notes. Lick your Plate Clean: Don’t waste food. Only take what you need; the cafeterias donate extra food to local homeless shelters. Unplugged: Unplug unused electronics or appliances – they can still ‘sip’ energy even when not in use. Power Trip: Dim your computer screen slightly or put your computer on energy saver mode if possible. Unload: Only do laundry once you have a full load (you can save money this way too). Bottle it Up: Use a reusable water bottle, there are refills stations all over campus.
Housing Tips Being environmentally friendly in your home can do much more than just help the Earth, but can also save you a ton of money. The following is a list of tips that can the average resident can do to help the environment and the wallet. Recycling and Composting The City of Kingston supports recycling programs through a three bin system used to collect recycling and organic compost. The Grey bin is used to collect paper products such as newspaper, cardboard, etc. as well as plastic bags. The Blue bin is used to collect the remainder of recyclable materials such as metal and plastic packaging and food containers. The Green bin is used to collect organic composting. More information on these bins can be found on the City of Kingston website under the Flickr - Dougtone Residents tab. Recycling and composting help the environment while also reducing the amount of waste that needs to be thrown out in the garbage and reduce the number of bags you put out each week. Reusable Grocery Bags Consider purchasing a set of reusable grocery bags to use when doing grocery trips. There are many different kinds of these bags that you can purchase from a variety of locations. Consider getting the type of reusable bag that will best serve your purchase. Compressible lightweight bags will allow you to easily carry the bags with you to the grocery store whereas heavier bags will be able to carry more weight. The use of these bags will not only help the environment but save you money at the grocery store. As well, if you have disposable grocery bags, consider using them as garbage bags for smaller garbage cans. Water Bottles and Filters In the 2012-2013 school year, Queen’s has gone bottled-water free in an effort to be more environmentally friendly. The Queen’s Sustainability Office has put together a good website with information and facts about the effects of bottled water use. You can help the environment by making the switch to carrying a reusable bottle of water. These bottles can be purchased at a variety of locations, in a multitude of types and for a range of prices. If you find the water from your tap has an unpleasant taste, consider purchasing a water filter instead of bulk bottled water. Not only will you save money in the long run, but you’ll be helping the environment. Laundry Tips When it comes to doing laundry, each individual item of clothing has its own special instructions. While some items may need to be specifically washed in hot water, most items can be safely washed in cold
water. Using less hot water not only helps the environment by cutting down on excess energy use, but it can also help you save a few bucks if you pay for the utilities used by your washer. When drying your clothes, consider using a clothes line or drying rack rather than the dryer to save energy. This will again help the environment while also helping your utilities bill. When buying laundry detergent, look on the label to see which ones are environmentally friendly while also still being appropriate for your needs. Proper washing and drying of your clothes can help increase the lifespan of your wardrobe which again helps the environment and your wallet. Energy Tips Each house will be unique but there is a multitude of ways to decrease energy usage. Most electric devices (especially electronics such as TVs and laptops) continue to use energy even when not in use. Some of these devices will use more electricity than others while in “sleep” mode but this extra drain can increase your electricity bill and is harmful to the environment. Unplug devices that you won’t be using for a while and turn off all electric devices that aren’t currently in use. The IESO website gives a larger list of specific ways to reduce energy use. As well, electricity is priced based on when devices are being used. There are specific times of day and days of the week when electricity is cheapest. This reflects when electricity can be generated using methods that are less harmful to the environment. Online Billing Most banks have the option to get all of your bills online and will allow you to cancel your paper statement. This reduces not only the amount of paper used but also the energy used to deliver the bill to your house. As well, Utilities Kingston, Bell, Cogeco and most other major companies will have online billing or the ability to have your bill sent to your email via epost. These options will not only help the environment but will also allow for you to most efficiently deal with your bills. Epost bills can be connected directly to your bank accounts to allow easy online payments. Winter Tips Winterizing your house can be a very complicated process involving massive home renovations; however, there are a few things that can be cheaply and easily done to help save money spent on heating. Windows and doors can be huge sources of heat loss but this can be fixed to some degree through a variety of methods. Windows can be covered with insulating plastic which helps to reduce heat loss. Doors often lose heat out of the bottom which can be reduced by placing something along the bottom of the door. As well, consult with your landlord to see how low you can turn the heat down in the winter without risking the pipes freezing. Space heaters can be large users of electricity so consider wearing additional layers instead of using one. Cleaning Tips Look at the labels of cleaning products and try to buy ones that are proven environmentally friendly. There are also many cleaning items that can be made at home by a combination of simple natural ingredients. There are many sources on the web for making environmentally friendly cleaning products to meet the task at hand. As well, use old t-shirts that are no longer wearable and other rags to clean instead of disposable clothes. Washing and reusing these items helps save the environment while saving money.
Planning a Move It is important to consider the environment when moving between houses or to and from Queen’s. Aside from just the actual act of moving itself, often furniture and other household items need to be acquired or disposed of very quickly. Here we present a few tips to keep in mind when moving to help reduce the impact on the environment. Moving Between Houses There are many ways to reduce the environmental effects of moving between houses that can be accomplished simply and easily. Flickr - mikecogh The biggest thing that you can do is to reduce the number of vehicles that you use to move items. The fewer trips you make, the more environmentally friendly your move. Consider getting rid of excess household items to help reduce the load that needs to be moved. Coordinate with your housemates to reduce the total number of cars. Often a large van or truck can be rented for relatively cheap which will help you move more items with less environmental impact. As well, the fewer trips you need to make, the easier, and often cheaper, the trip will be. Moving Home When moving home, most of the same tips that were given for moving between houses can be applied. However, there are some important things to consider when moving between cities. If you are just moving home for the summer, a trip can often be very quick and easy without moving many items. Consider using environmentally friendly packing materials when packing to move back home. If you are moving home more permanently, it can be very important to properly dispose of any household items that you will not be bringing back with you. How to Get Rid of Excess Household Items When moving between houses, home for the summer or home permanently or to a new city permanently, it is very important to get rid of excess household items in an environmentally friendly manner. Using sites like Kijiji, Facebook, Craigslist and many others (including the AMS marketplace!) to get rid of you household items can help you get find someone else who will use it as well as perhaps making a few dollars. If you just want to get rid of a large selection of items, consider donating to local charities or thrift shops. Putting items in the recycling or garbage should be restricted to items that are beyond repair or cannot be reused or repurposed. By taking some time before you move to plan out how you will get rid of these items, you will not only help the environment but make your move much faster and easier.
Where to Buy Groceries Major Grocery Stores: Stores like Metro and Loblaws carry a wide variety of brands and products that allow you to be more environmentally friendly while shopping. The easiest way to reduce your impact on the environment is to think critically about how far the food you are purchasing has to travel. Fruits and vegetables that are out of season have to be brought in from areas where they are Flickr - m.gifford in season. Locally produced meat and vegetables have to travel a much smaller distance than those from across the country. As well, consider purchasing items that don’t spoil in bulk, this reduces the amount of packaging that you need to recycle, saves you additional trips to the grocery store and saves you money all while being more environmentally friendly. Major grocery stores are great places to do your shopping and with a little bit of research, you can be environmentally friendly too. Small Local Grocers: Kingston has a plethora of small local grocers that provide many locally grown products at very reasonable prices. Often the selection may not be as broad as at the major grocery store, but a meal can still be very easily obtained nonetheless. The Queen’s Centre has a prime example of one of these local grocers where a full, healthy and environmentally friendly meal can be easily obtained. As well, by reducing the distance that you need to commute to get groceries, it is not only easier and cheaper for you, but more environmentally friendly. Farmer’s Market: Queen’s is lucky to have a Farmer’s Market on campus every Wednesday which allows for students to get vegetables and other products from local suppliers. As well, the Farmer’s Market it in Market Square downtown every weekend. Vendors at this Farmer’s Market are a great place to get locally grown vegetables, meat and other food. By purchasing locally, the distance that the food has to move is greatly reduced and thus, it is friendlier to the Earth. As well, you can get food at very reasonable prices and without travelling very far from home. The Farmer’s Market on campus is a great way to pick up necessary food between classes. Things to Look For When Shopping Specific Brands: There are many brands that are available for purchase depending on where you shop. Lots of brands advertise themselves are environmentally friendly as well. It is always worth doing research into the specific brands that you buy to see what their practices and policies are when it comes to being
environmentally friendly. Generally, the same rule as above applies. Try to buy brands that use local suppliers, have ingredients that are in season and try to reduce their impact on the environment. Types of Food: As mentioned above, the biggest way to reduce your impact on the environment is to buy locally, buy in season and buy products that don’t have a ton of packaging. Buying in bulk helps with the packaging, especially for items such as rice, pasta, etc. which are typically not an in season or local item. Before you purchase an item, take a minute to think about the trip that it would have to take to go from where it is produced to the store at which you are buying it. By doing this, you can a feel for which types of food have to travel the farthest distance and which foods require the most processing. Generally, the less travel and processing an item undergoes, the more environmentally friendly it is. Myths about Organic Food: As of June 2009, much stricter regulations have been placed around what can be labeled “Organic”. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has adopted a set of regulations wherein a product can have the Canada Organic label. The same general set of regulations applies to products marked by the USDA Organic Label. There are three broad categories of organic products. First though, it is useful to note that labeling anything as “organic” means that it has followed a very specific set of regulations to be considered organic including whether pesticides were used, how the food was processed and transporter as well as a host of other things. Products on grocery store shelves which contain 95% organic content are considered “organic” and can bear the Canada Organic label. Products with 70-95% organic content are considered “made with organic products” and can write on the product packaging the percentage of organic components. Anything with less than 70% organic components may only say which components are organic on the products ingredient list. Hopefully this overview allows you to get a feel for what a product means when it says that it is “organic”. Checking the CFIA website gives a full and more in depth definition of these terms. Organic foods may not be for everyone, certainly they are more expensive, but it is a simple way to buy foods that are friendlier to the environment.
Kingston Public Transit Kingston’s Public Transit system is a great way to get to the big box stores that are on the west side of the Kingston. As well, you can easily get to the Kingston Centre, the bus station and the train station. The Kingston Transit website has a very easy to use Transit Planner which will help you get to where you need to go. While some of these routes may take a little longer, using public transit helps cut down on vehicle
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emissions and can really help the environment. As well, taking public transit can help you get around the city without spending money on gas or cabs. A free transit pass is included with your student fees and all you have to do is show your student card. Biking Kingston is a beautiful city to bike around in the summer and there are many interesting and exciting locations that can be discovered. On a more practical note, properly outfitting and maintaining your bike can give you a fast and effective method to get to various places around the city especially in the downtown area. The AMS Bike Shop (located in MacGillivray-Brown Hall on the corner of Earl and Barrie) is a fantastic resource to help you fix, maintain and learn more about your bike. Maintenance can be done for relatively inexpensive, the staff is knowledgeable and very helpful and they can be a great resource for information on biking in Kingston. Walking With the condensed nature of the Kingston downtown area, almost everything that you may need as a Queen’s student can be reached with a short walk. The downtown Kingston area has many shops that contain everything you may need. Before making the trip out to a big box store, take a wander down Princess Street and the surrounding area to see if there is a store that may have it there. Not only will you save time and money, but you are helping the environment too. As well, many of the downtown Kingston stores sell locally made products which help to reduce the impact on the environment. Inter-City Travel When travelling between cities (especially in Ontario) the bus and train are great options for getting from one city to the other. There are often deals and seat sales which can help to reduce the cost of the transit and make it very affordable. If you are considering driving between cities, carpooling is a very effective way to help the environment. Not only will it make the drive less expensive but a little extra company always makes a long drive easier. There are many Queen’s groups on Facebook and you can always use the AMS marketplace to try and find travel companions.
There are many ways to get involved in environmentally friendly endeavors both in the Queen’s community and in the Kingston community at large. This section aims to give a brief intro to many of those groups and how to get in touch with them. Volunteering is a fantastic way to make a difference, meet new people and have a great time. Where available, group descriptions are taken from the relevant websites.
Projects in the CES
Along with all the groups and committees that operate within the CES, there are also specific projects that we are doing throughout the year. Each of the following projects is run directly out of the CES and we are always looking for volunteers to help with most of these projects! Community Gardens The CES runs an annual program in which students can apply to have a backyard garden installed at their house in the University District at no cost to them. This project is perfect for students staying in Kingston over the summer who want to both save money on purchasing herbs and veggies as well as contribute to the local food movement by minimizing their purchase of crops coming from beyond the Kingston area. Applications are released in March and installations by Living Cities, an urban planning company, occur throughout April. Apply online and myams.org. GreenFest GreenFest is a new collaborative initiative between the CES, Queen’s Sustainability Office, SGPS, MCRC, SIFE, and a host of other environmental groups on campus. It is a week-long celebration of sustainability on campus, occurring from March 4-8. Each day is themed: Energy & Climate, Waste, Food & Water, Transportation, and a general day are the themes this year. Each themed day contains a variety of different activities, from speakers to workshops to interactive games with prizes to be won, all over campus. More information and a schedule for the week can be found at www.queensgreenfest.ca. Sustainability Action Fund The Sustainability Action Fund is a $2.00 opt-out student fee. The SAF seeks to provide financial assistance to student-run projects that increase campus energy efficiency, reduce waste and/or educate the Queen’s community on sustainability-related issues. Have a project that’s going to help the environment? We can probably give you some cash to help you out. The granting committee will accept and review applications. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered for the next scheduled deadline. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within two weeks of the deadline. Applications must be handed in electronically (via email) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00 pm on February 1st. Sustainability Forum The forum serves to foster collaboration, resource-sharing and discussion between the Commission, student societies, campus environmental groups, the University Sustainability Office, and other interested individuals. We put together an agenda for each meeting (anyone is welcome to add an item to the agenda) to guide discussion. The forum strengthens the cohesion of the sustainability movement on campus and helps individuals and groups with similar interests get to know one another. It also serves as a sounding board for people to make recommendations to the CES about what they'd like to see from their student government with regards to sustainability. For more information, drop by the CES office or email email@example.com.
Committees in the CES
The CES has three committees and one student service that run events and initiatives throughout the year. Hiring for these committee chairs and members is done during the spring and fall hiring sessions. For more information about each of these groups, feel free to drop by the CES office or email the committee chairs! Greenovations Greenovations is a student run initiative to reach out to the campus community and make their everyday lives “greener”. The aim of our committee is to promote individual sustainability through awareness of ways to alternate lifestyles that are accessible, affordable and applicable. Our main initiative is to retrofit students’ homes, enabling them to lead their daily lives while saving money on energy, utilities and gas, at the same time, benefitting the environment as a whole. Apply for the Greenovations Retrofit below; save money on your utilities and become more sustainable! Apply by February 1st and if you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth Mentoring Youth Youth Mentoring Youth is a committee under the CES that strives to educate Kingston elementary school youth on the importance of the environment and sustainability. To do this, we partner with the Queen's Solar Design Team and run interactive workshops on the Queen's Campus. In previous years we educated the children on topics such as waste, water, food, transportation, and energy. Our committee endeavours to educate children on environmental topics, hoping that they will expand on this knowledge as they grow. We are recruiting volunteers to help run our program in March 2013. They would help run the environmental workshops for a few hours during a 1-2 week span. Interested students should contact us at email@example.com. STRIVE STRIVE stands for Students Taking Responsible Initiatives for a Viable Environment. It is a committee whose mandate is to spread awareness about environmental issues around campus. We generally focus on one large event per semester as well as smaller awareness/marketing campaigns during the year. This year we are focusing on recycling and water conservation. In the winter term we will be focusing on water conservation, culminating in a water conference that will be held late February or early March. The Queen’s Bike Shop The Bike Shop seeks to provide students with a centre for bike safety, security and maintenance to promote carbon-free alternative transport and healthy lifestyles. By providing students with an outlet that actively encourages community support and enthusiasm for active, pollution-free transportation, the Bike Shop provides: a space to teach and transfer knowledge regarding bike maintenance skills.
a centre for monitoring local bike theft the promotion of social, environmental and economic sustainability through its internal operations and community outreach programming.
The Bike Shop can provide a variety of biking services including: bike repairs bike workshops so you can fix your own bikes educational workshops where you can learn to fix bikes maps of popular cycle routes opportunities to connect with other cyclers knowledgeable staff to answer all of your questions much much more!
The hours of operation over the winter months are 11am to 2 pm on Sundays. Email us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups at Queen’s
External to the AMS there are plenty of volunteer groups that do a lot of work on sustainable and environmentally focused initiatives. Each of the following groups plays a role in addressing these issues on the Queen’s campus and most of them are actively seeking volunteers. Commerce and Engineering Environmental Conference The Commerce & Engineering Environmental Conference is organized annually by an executive comprised of Queen’s University students in Commerce, Engineering, and Arts & Science. It attracts over 100 delegates from across Canada participate in an interactive weekend of education and networking with progressive speakers and sponsors from government, industry and business, and academia.
CEEC was formally created in 1991 by a group of students from the School of Business and the Faculty of Applied Science at Queen’s University. These students realized that environmental issues facing society would require a multidisciplinary response through regulation, technology development, and strategy execution in business and industry. Entirely student-run CEEC is unique in Canada as it combines the skill sets of commerce, engineering, and arts and science students to explore ways in which we can combat the environmental issues of today and create a better, sustainable tomorrow. By providing an open forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas, CEEC aims to increase education about the economic, environmental and social impact of our decisions. Through partnership with speakers and sponsors, embodying a broad range of experience, the conference addresses sustainability in the context of government, industry and business, academia, and citizen organizations. These
dynamic partners create a forum for delegates to learn and discuss the challenges in developing environmentally conscious policies while discovering opportunities presented by a commitment to sustainable practice. Earth Centre The Earth Centre offers Queen’s students, faculty and community members an opportunity to transform their environmental concern into positive action through green consumerism and innovative discussion. The Earth Centre encourages students to engage in positive dialogue about the environment through exposure to new information and opinions on environmental topics. The products The Earth Centre carries offer a more sustainable, responsible alternative to students’ consumer needs. The Earth Centre is an AMS Club that receives its funding primarily through student opt-out fees with the occasional grant. We are a non-profit store composed of a seven-person executive committee responsible for store operations, education, and marketing. Along with a group of dedicated volunteers who oversee store transactions and customer service, The Earth Centre grants the Queen’s community convenient access to inexpensive environmentally-friendly products and information through its expanding library. While the best consumerism is always non-consumerism, The Earth Centre offers a more realistic alternative by selling necessary products that were made with an environmental mind frame and have lower impacts on the environment than many store-brand products. Queen’s Project on International Development Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID) is a student run organization operating out of the Queen’s Engineering Society since 1990. We host a variety of initiatives on campus, in Kingston, in Canada and internationally. On campus, QPID hosts a weekly forum (discussion, presentations and workshops), which focus on a variety of development and global justice issues. All students are welcome to come out to think, talk and learn together about questions that aren’t necessarily addressed in students’ classes or everyday lives. In Kingston, QPID runs workshops and a conference for high school students. Many of the same issues addressed in weekly forum are introduced to Kingston youth. Through these education initiatives QPID hopes to stimulate more awareness of global problems that our generation faces.
Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change Queen's Backing Action on Climate Change is an activist based campus group that aims to create an environmental social movement at Queen's and contribute to a national movement through a diversity of tactics and whatever non-violent means necessary. QBACC's campaigns are primarily politically focused, attempting to achieve local and regional victories on climate that send strong political messages to other communities (regional, provincial and national in scale) that climate change is a priority that needs to be addressed. SGPS Sustainability Office The SGPS is committed to improving the sustainability of its operations and practices and is actively involved in running and promoting numerous campus initiatives. The Sustainability Coordinator and Sustainability Standing Committee act on this commitment by: working with other campus organizations - including the AMS, the Sustainability Office, and QBACC - on campus-wide initiatives: distributing funding from the SGPS Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) to new or recurring projects with measurable benefits; and reviewing SGPS practices and policies on a recurring basis to improve environmental performance. SGPS members wishing to get involved in sustainability may join the committee by contacting the Sustainability Coordinator at email@example.com Additionally, any groups/individuals within the SGPS membership can apply for a grant from the SAF to support their sustainability project. More information and the application form can be found at <http://www.sgps.ca/services/downloads/sustainability-fund.pdf> Students in Free Enterprise SIFE’s mission is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. It is an innovative blend of community outreach programs and international business competition. SIFE aims to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Currently, there are over 1,600 SIFE teams in 39 countries. SIFE Queen’s is a team of students who possess an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for providing more opportunities to those in need to improve their lives. Our mission is to bring together the student leaders at Queen's University and develop meaningful projects on campus and in the Kingston community to empower people in need and improve their quality of life. We develop and execute three community outreach programs that focus on youth, disadvantaged groups, and the environment. Our approach to helping these groups is through financial literacy, entrepreneurial development, personal and professional development, and environmental sustainability. We also provide professional, financial, and teamwork skills development opportunities to Queen’s University students.
This year, SIFE Queen's will participate in the ACE Regional Exposition in Mississauga, Ontario and the ACE National Exposition in Toronto, Ontario. There, we will present our portfolio of projects and their successes to industry leaders and network with bright entrepreneurial minds from all over the country. For more information, or to join our team as a volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org ASUS Committee for the Environment ACE is a student group committed to promoting sustainable living on Queen's campus and in the Kingston community. This year, the Committee is focused on supporting community organizations to extend their impact on the environmental movement. Email email@example.com for more info. Queen’s Fuel Cell Team The Queen's Fuel Cell Team (QFCT) is an interfaculty, undergraduate design team headquartered in the Integrated Learning Centre at Queen's University. Affiliated with the Queen's-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre (FCRC), the Queen's Fuel Cell Team is entirely student run. The primary goal of the team is to provide a hands on learning environment for students, and to harbour relevant projects which can allow for the real world application of classroom skills. QFCT has teams dedicated to designing electrical, mechanical and fuel cell stack systems. In addition, QFCT also has IT, finance, sponsorship and marketing teams, allowing for the concurrent development of engineering and commerce skills. Working with the team exposes students to numerous real world challenges, such as budgetary constraints, working with project teams and adherence to strict deadlines. In addition, students may also spend time working with QFCT for course credit. The Fuel Cell Team offers many exciting challenges, which can be applied towards credits in engineering design courses. QFCT's current focus is to build the world's first fuel cell powered snowmobile. The project was initiated in the 2009-2010 school year, and is nearing completion, with an expected finish date of early 2013. Upon completion, the snowmobile will compete in the 2013 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge at Michigan Technical University. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Soul Food Queen’s Soul Food is a student run organization which delivers the unconsumed food from Queen’s University campus cafeterias to local Kingston shelters every night. The organization was founded in 2007 by Sheri Krell and Tyler Peikes. In our fifth year, we have now expanded to bringing the unused food from both Leonard and Ban Righ cafeteria to four local shelters as well as the Kingston Street Truck Mission in the winter.
Soul Food is a great way to get involved with the Queen’s community and with the Kingston community as a whole. We aim to raise awareness not only of the help we can give to the local shelters, but also to bring awareness and raise questions about our personal food consumption as a whole student body. Soul Food’s initiatives create an effective way to gain first-hand exposure to the difference that more thoughtful food consumption can create. We are always looking for more volunteers to help out, whether it’s to offer an extra set of hands for our nightly deliveries or to join our Social Awareness Committee for more ways to get involved with local Kingston charitable initiatives. You can get in contact with us by sending us an e-mail at email@example.com. Conservation Queen’s Conservation Queen’s is a fun and passionate club dedicated to endangered species awareness and conservation. We hold many special events to raise awareness and fundraise for our cause. From bake sales to larger, more formal events such as social gatherings, Conservation Queen’s provides students with a fun and safe environment to support endangered species awareness. We use the money from our fundraising campaign to visit conservation centers and to become personally engaged in local and international conservation programs. Our participation in ongoing conservation efforts is the primary focus of the club. Club contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups in Kingston
As well as groups specifically aimed at initiatives on the Queen’s campus, there are also some groups that the CES works with in the Kingston community. These organizations work to improve the green focus of Kingston and have many events and initiatives throughout the year. As well, most of these organizations are looking for volunteers. Sustainable Kingston Sustainable Kingston is a community‐driven; non‐profit that supports those who strive to integrate the values of the four pillars of sustainability – social equity, cultural vitality, economic health and environmental responsibility. Sustainable Kingston will, in collaboration with the community and their partners, facilitate, connect, and educate in order to drive initiatives as described in the Sustainable Kingston Plan. Sustainable Kingston is the community’s organization for leading the integrated community sustainability plan which was developed through numerous community consultations. As such the Plan expresses the collective will and aspiration to be Canada’s most sustainable community. Going forward Sustainable Kingston in collaboration with community partners, citizens and elected representatives will design and develop programs and services to advance the goals and aspirations expressed in the Plan.
The first Board of Directors is in place to govern, direct and lead the future of Sustainable Kingston, whose job will be to manage and implement the Plan. To guide their work the Board will continue to focus on community consultations and engagement to ensure that aspirations & goals in the Plan reflect changing expectations and needs. Sustainable Kingston’s strategy is to build community capacity by focusing on existing strengths through collaborative outreach. Sustainable Kingston will work to drive initiatives in support of the Plan by connecting the community through partners, through citizen’s commitments, through developing learning and sharing networks, through educational programs and services using all forms of media. The Plan defines a sustainable community as “active, inclusive, safe, well planned and built, well connected and thriving. A sustainable community offers equal opportunities and good services for all.” Collaborative outreach is the way to highlight actions that different businesses, organizations and citizens are doing that are aligned with the Sustainable Kingston Plan. Sustainable Kingston will look to existing resources within businesses, community organizations and with individual citizens to strengthen the collective energy for actions and positive change that are the hallmarks of a sustainable community. Where appropriate, Sustainable Kingston will facilitate and drive new initiatives where there is an identified need for improvement and change that is not now identified with an existing entity. Once operational the new initiatives will be turned over to an appropriate organization to maintain for the good of the community. Sustainable Kingston will be the host organization for an annual community forum where partners and citizens join in dialogue about current success, focus on future opportunities and provide guidance for Sustainable Kingston initiatives. More information, as well as information on how to get involved, can be found at www.sustainablekingston.ca. SWITCH SWITCH is dedicated to improving the environmental and economic sustainability of the Kingston region through promoting development and commercialization of energy efficient and alternative energy technologies, products, processes, and services. SWITCH aims to create a local concentration of industrial, commercial, investment, applied research, and educational activities in the alternative energy sector by providing networking, technical advisory, project facilitation, and informational services to local private and public sector organizations, research and educational institutions, community groups, and individuals. SWITCH provides a number of services for its contributing members, including: Facilitation of communication between the private sector, all levels of government, research & educational institutions, interested individuals, and community groups.
Monthly Roundtable Meetings of the Kingston region's sustainable energy community, including circulation of minutes and action items to members. Brokering of partnerships in support of member initiatives that reduce the impact of energy use on our environment. Representation of the sustainable energy community's interests to local, provincial, and federal governments. Expert review of business and technical proposals. Staging of educational events and symposia. Collection and monitoring of sustainable energy news and events, delivering information to members through an email distribution, online calendar etc. Promotion of the Kingston region's growing sustainable energy community locally, nationally, and internationally. Acting as the "first call" resource for those interested in Sustainable Energy in Eastern Ontario.
Find out more and learn how to join SWITCH. Email email@example.com for more information! Kingston Coalition for Active Transport KCAT is comprised of representatives of the community, and people who work and volunteer in many sectors including education, the municipality, not-for-profit, business, recreation, and health. Its members use a variety of transportation modes, including walking, cycling and transit in daily life. KCAT members represent a diversity of ages and abilities, and both genders. The Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation collaborates with a variety of partners within the City of Kingston to facilitate an environment that continues to be more conducive to walking and cycling. The Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation is working to make our city a place where walking, cycling and other kinds of active transportation are more safe, secure, convenient and efficient. Coalition members represent a diversity of ages, genders, and abilities. They themselves are people who walk and/or cycle and/or use public transit. Each spring/summer, community members are invited to apply to be a member on the Coalition. Watch for more information on this website, and local print media. Like KCAT on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for the most up to date information and conversation about active transportation in Kingston! What would make it easier for you to get from "A" to "B"? Send KCAT your suggestions to make walking and cycling easier in Kingston. Have you noticed walking or cycling hazards? Please report major cracks and other risks for tripping on sidewalks as well as dangers on roads that interfere with Active Transportation. Call 613-546-0000 and a customer service representative will take your information for follow-up.