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2020 Sustainability Week events

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WWF Socially Distance Shoreline Clean up

Organize a small, socially distanced shoreline cleanup in your community with your friends. Get a small group together to walk the trails or along the water’s edge to help clean up the places we call home. For those pursuing a Living Planet Leader designation, this is also a great opportunity to lead a clean-up event. Visit Living Planet @ Campus for full details.

UNB Art Centre

Check out this amazing video on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the environment, created by UNB's Art Centre.  

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020

International Students Leadership in Sustainability: 12 – 1 p.m. ADT, online

We understand that the world of sustainability is complex and evolving. Join The International Students Advisors Office for a panel discussion on global sustainability and learn about the great work being built and developed by UNB international students to reinforce environmental problems around the world. We are proud to have a panel full of student leaders that will discuss their passion projects and goals; whether you're new or already knowledgeable about sustainability, you're welcome to attend the session!

Join online: International Students Leadership in Sustainability

Sustainability in the Business Industry: 5 – 7 p.m. ADT

Is sustainability the future of business? Local business owners will discuss their sustainable businesses, the impact, the opportunities, and threats of using a sustainable business model and provide tips on how to successfully implement sustainability into future businesses. Join UNB Student Union for this interactive discussion panel, and for a chance to meet the founders of your very own local businesses. The panel will be held online from 5 – 7 p.m. ADT, with a 30 mins Q&A session.

Panelist bios

Peyton Juhnke, founder of Campus Closet

Peyton Juhnke is Métis from Treaty 4 Territory (Regina, SK).  Payton is in her last year of her Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Renaissance College at UNB. She currently works for the Office of Experiential Education working to provide students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, with experiential learning placements in NB that are relevant to their academic and professional goals. Recognizing the barrier of accessing professional attire for these placements, which can often be very expensive, she started Campus Closet: a free, on-campus resource providing work attire to all students.

Natasha Dhayagude, owner of Chinova Bioworks

Natasha Dhayagude is the CEO and co-founder of Chinova Bioworks. The company was founded in 2016 and it is a food technology company, developing natural, clean-label preservatives extracted from mushrooms for the food and beverage industry. Natasha was named and awarded Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 and Startup Canada's Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 for her work in founding Chinova.  Since then she has raised $2.5M in investment from major food-tech venture capitalists and has formed strategic partnerships with major multinational producers in the food-tech industry. Headquartered in Atlantic Canada her team consists of 90% of women in STEM fields.

Ingrid Munroe, owner of The NB Box 

Ingrid started The NB Box as a way of showcasing the abundance of high-quality goods available in the province. The NB Box is about supporting artisanal crafts from makers and creatives in Saint John and beyond, and having pride in the diverse and unique products they make.

Katelyn Price, owner of Juniper

Katelyn Price is an entrepreneur, focusing on providing her community with sustainable and ethical consumer options. She attended St Thomas University, where the Great Books program introduced her to a holistic approach to education. Maintaining this interest, Katelyn pursued graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with an interdisciplinary degree in Renaissance Studies in 2015. After returning home to NB, Katelyn became increasingly interested in sustainable living.  Katelyn began to view sustainability as a holistic lifestyle. In developing this understanding, Katelyn recognized the need for greater access to sustainable solutions in her community, hence the concept for Juniper arose. Juniper will provide the Saint John community with a one-stop-shop for sustainable and ethically produced clothing, skincare, gifts, and lifestyle products.

Join online: Sustainability in the Business Industry

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

Indigenous Holistic Wellness, 2 p.m. ADT, online

Indigenous Holistic Wellness: Join Nancy Harn, the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre Wellness Coordinator for a virtual smudge, a discussion on holistic wellness, and a short guided meditation.

Speaker bio

Nancy Harn is Mi’kmaq from the Ugpi’ganjig First Nation and is the coordinator of the Ntulsonawt Wellness Centre where she also provides Indigenous counseling services. As coordinator, Nancy offers students an opportunity to gather and participate in a variety of workshops and events rich in the Indigenous culture and way of being. Nancy sees her role as an Indigenous Student Counsellor as an opportunity to assist First Nation students with their overall wellbeing as they manage their journey throughout their time here at UNB. The Ntulsonawt Wellness Centre is part of the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre on the UNB Fredericton campus.

Join online: Indigenous Holistic Wellness

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020

Isolation Recreation @ UNB Libraries. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ADT, online

Learn about streaming film/music, online newspapers/magazines, and eBooks available to all members of our university community, wherever you find yourself at this time. Ask any questions you might have about library services and resources, or just feel free to drop by and say "hello."

Join online: Isolation Recreation 

Lunchtime Yoga with URec. 12 – 1 p.m. ADT, online 

Did you know health also plays a role in sustainability? To effectively care for our external environment, we must care for ourselves. For this event, URec will be hosting a Yoga session. FYI: URec will be hosting online sessions throughout the year for all students to access. This is a great resource for students looking to incorporate sustainable health practices from home.

Join online: Lunchtime Yoga with URec 

Creating an At-Home Workspace. 2 - 3 p.m. ADT, online 

Kaila Winter-Smith, Assistive Technologist for the Student Accessibility Center will provide a general overview of how to set up your at-home workspace. In this session, we will look at the physical ergonomic space set up using what you have or what is available to you, as well as talking about setting up your digital space. In addition, we will look at taking advantage of some of the accessibility and other computer features already built-in.

Join online: Creating an At-Home Workspace

The Sustainable Food Panel. 4 – 5:30 p.m. ADT, online

Do you love food and are mindful of what goes on your plate? Join UNBSU FOOD and UNB Sustainability over a Live Round Table Discussion to learn more about sustainable food practices from local experts in New Brunswick, including UNB professors. Feel free to ask any burning questions!

Join online: The Sustainable Food Panel

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

UNB Sustainability Q&A. 2 – 3:00 p.m. ADT, online 

Do you have questions about sustainability at UNB? Are you interested in living more sustainably at home? Join UNB Sustainability staff for a discussion about how you can contribute to making the university a sustainability leader!

Staff bios

Danielle Smith - Sustainability coordinator

Danielle studied at UNB and holds a BSc in Biology and a MScF, with a focus on wildlife management. She was the founding Sustainability Coordinator and has developed the program at UNB from the ground up. Danielle is passionate about sustainable living and is a fabric artist, which she does in her spare time.

Mike Hardy - Climate change officer

Mike holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Prince Edward Island and a Master of Environmental Management from UNB. He oversees a number of programs focused on climate change and engaging the campus community.

Join online: UNB Sustainability Q&A