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UNB Sustainability Month

Sustainability isn't just limited to trees and recycling; it incorporates multiple elements. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approach includes multidisciplinary actions with goals for the world to meet by 2030.

We are committed to these goals as they provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The SDGs are a set of 17 wide-ranging goals adopted in 2015 by UN member states – including Canada – as central to the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

They cover an array of objectives including, but not limited to:

  • eradicating poverty and hunger,
  • increasing health and wellbeing, and
  • advancing climate action and clean energy.

While distinct, the goals are multidisciplinary and interdependent. True progress requires committed effort toward each goal.

During October, there will be a poster series in the Student Union Building and on the screens across the Saint John campus highlighting the work the UNB community is doing to meet these targets. You can also check them out on our Facebook and Instagram to learn more about the impactful work done across the UNB community!

All events hosted during Sustainability month will be related to one or more SDGs. See what we have in store in the Sustainability Month schedule!

UNB Community Cleanup Competition

This competition encourages each student society, department, or faculty member(s) to organize group/individual trash cleanups throughout October. Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Most Impact (kg per person),
  • Highest Overall Weight, and
  • Most Interesting Discovery!

You can submit your result using our Community Cleanup Form by Oct. 31. Results will be listed soon after!

Week 1

Fredericton | Beeswax Wrap Workshop

Come join the SU and make your own Beeswax Wraps. Reduce your single-use plastic waste and get crafty with simple to make functional food wraps!

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: SUB 103


Fredericton | Sustainable Trivia

Think you know a thing or two about sustainability? Go test your knowledge at our Sustainability Trivia Night hosted by the SU! Prizes will be provided!

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: The Cellar Pub


Saint John | Game Night

Did someone say board games and free pizza? Come join the SRC and challenge your friends at the Whitebone Pizzeria for a game night. Pizza on us!

Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: Whitebone Pizzeria


Fredericton | Sustainable Entrepreneurship 4 You!

SU wants you to enjoy FREE pizza and pop while you mix, mingle, and hear about local sustainability success stories presented by Youth for Entrepreneurship! Connect to funding resources and share sustainable business ideas.

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Event Space HIL 318


Fredericton | Grab a Bite with Anna Jackson

The SU has partnered with the UNB Registered Dietitian from the Student Health Centre to offer snacks and refreshments while chatting about ways to eat healthier, save money, and reduce waste. You also can enter a draw to win a gift card from Sequoia!

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: SUB Entrance


Fredericton | DIY Scrunchie

Your favourite hair accessory from the '80s and '90s is making a comeback! Learn how to make a trendy scrunchie with the SU and Research Commons.

Time: 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Fabrication Lab, Third floor of the HIL


Saint John | Community Garden Clean-Up

Get involved in the community garden and learn some tips from experts! The garden needs your help as they prepare for winter. Volunteers get Gifts provided by the Garden Committee and the Green Society!

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Community Garden


Fredericton | Paint & Plant

Come join the UNB Biology Society, ArtZone, and the SU to unwind with some art therapy and learn about growing your own herbs! This is a free event that you can drop into at any time.

Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: HIL Patio; Rain day location: SUB Ballroom


Week 2

Saint John | Tai Chi

Take some time for yourself and focus on your own Personal Sustainability. Join us in the Quad to learn Yang Style Tai Chi. The form enables beginners, young and old, to concentrate on, and appreciate, the essential principles of Tai Chi.

Time: 12:10 – 1 p.m.
Location: Quad; Rain day location: Athletics Centre Gym


Saint John | Last of the Right Whale Film Screening

Are you into films and learning about endangered species? Then, come and watch the critically acclaimed movie, Last of the Right Whale. It follows the North Atlantic right whale migration and the people committed to saving a species still struggling to recover from centuries of hunting.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre


Saint John | Catch Wind of It, Environmentally Engaged Art

Did someone say live artists, musicians, reading circles, and hands-on painting? That’s right! UNB Sustainability is hosting an Environmentally Engaged Art event, 'Catch Wind Of It'. Listen to live music while you paint your energy-efficient windmill, which is then displayed in the RB Studio & Gallery. There also will be a live artist who can paint your clothes; check out her work @doonmoon_.

Also, there will be a giveaway for the first 15 participants!

Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: Quad; Rain day location: TBD


Fredericton | Last of the Right Whale Film Screening

Are you into films and learning about endangered species? Then, come and watch the critically acclaimed movie, Last of the Right Whale! It follows the North Atlantic right whale migration and the people committed to saving a species still struggling to recover from centuries of hunting.

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Tilley Hall 102


Saint John | Cruze on a E-Scooter

Take a ride on the green side! UNB Sustainability partnered with Cruze Scooters to give UNB students the chance to try electric scooters and explore sustainable spots on campus for 15 minutes!

Time: 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Quad


Week 3

Both campuses | Clothing Swap

Tired of the same boring clothes? Don't Support Fast Fashion, Support your Community! On Monday, the UNB community is invited to donate their clean, unwanted clothes to our team!

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fredericton location: Cellar Landing (Downstairs SUB Entrance)
Saint John location: Outside of dining hall


Saint John | Clothing Swap

Did you bring in articles of clothing that you no longer wear? If yes, today is the day to swap your clothing for a fashionable new look!

Time: 11 – 4 p.m.
Location: Oland Hall 203


Fredericton | Clothing Swap

Did you bring in articles of clothing that you no longer wear? If yes, today is the day to swap your clothing for a fashionable new look!

Time: 10 – 3 p.m.
Location: SUB Ballroom


Fredericton | VVS Snack and Learn

Thinking about becoming a Vegan or Vegetarian but unsure where to start? Start your journey by snacking on vegan protein balls and chatting with the Vegan and Vegetarian Society!

Time: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: SUB Atrium


Fredericton | Clothing Swap

Did you bring in articles of clothing that you no longer wear? If yes, today is the day to swap your clothing for a fashionable new look!

Time: 10 – 3 p.m.
Location: SUB Ballroom

 


Week 4

Fredericton | Laptop Maintenance Workshop

Want tips on how to keep your laptop running fast and efficiently? Drop by the Fab Lab to see Vivek for some hands-on tips and tricks for keeping your laptop's exterior and hardware in tip-top shape for years to come.

Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Fabrication Lab, Third floor of the HIL


Saint John | Beeswax Wrap Workshop

Come join the SRC and make your own Beeswax Wrap. Reduce your single-use plastic waste and get crafty with simple to make functional food wraps!

Time: 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Location: K. C. Irving Hall, Room 106


Fredericton | Climate Policy Forum

Attend the first interdisciplinary policy forum organized and hosted by the Vice President of Research and Policy. This event is an interdisciplinary approach to climate change in the current political climate. Presentations will be conducted by university administration, academics, stakeholders, university clubs and societies, and students.

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: SUB Ballroom


Saint John | SRC Event TBD

The SRC is excited to provide the UNB Saint John community with fun, educational, and sustainable events for the last week of October! Keep checking our social platforms for any updates.


Fredericton | Mending Made Easy

UNB Classics student April will provide guidance and advice on addressing common mending issues with garments such as (unwanted) rips, loose or missing buttons, etc. Materials provided, but if you have a patching fabric in mind, bring it along.

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Fabrication Lab, Third floor of the HIL


Saint John | SRC Event TBD

The SRC is excited to provide the UNB Saint John community with fun, educational, and sustainable events for the last week of October! Keep checking our social platforms for any updates.


Saint John | Stitch-It-Up!

Stop throwing away clothes just because they have a small hole or rip! You can Stitch It Up! Learn the basics of sewing and get your questions answered from our experts ready to share their knowledge with you! The first 10 people get a FREE sewing kit!

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Hazen Hall 127


Fredericton | PumpKIN Carving

Come and join the Kin Society as they host their Sustainable Pumpkin Carving. Food waste will be composted by Fredericton Organic Community Garden! De-stress, carve a Pumpkin and enjoy some amazing UNB Student Performances! This event is completely FREE and the best Pumpkin carving will win a prize!

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.
Location: Kin Undergraduate Lounge, 2nd Floor of the Kin Building


Saint John | SRC Event TBD

The SRC is excited to provide the UNB Saint John community with fun, educational, and sustainable events for the last week of October! Keep checking our social platforms for any updates.


Contact us

Have questions about Sustainability Month? Contact our office at sustain@unb.ca for more information.