Sustainable Trent is an inclusive volunteer-run student organization at Trent University that advocates and takes action for environmental justice. Previously, we were a mandatory levy funded fee that was democratically implemented. We are no longer mandatory, however we do still receive funding due to valuable Trent students continuing to opt in to our levy fee. We are located in the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) Office in the Environmental Science Center (ESC 101), and meet weekly. Sustainable Trent is always open to new members, and is inclusive to all students, whether they are part-time, full-time, Masters, or PhD.
We engage in grassroots campaigns to hold the Trent administration accountable to our university’s reputation as a leader in environmental sustainability. We serve as a space for Trent students to access educational resources about environmental issues and activist training, and to organize for change both on campus and beyond.
While maintaining a strong presence on Trent campus, we build relationships and make connections in the Nogojiwanong (Peterborough) community. We also connect with broader movements for climate justice and Indigenous rights. These networks and collaborations strengthen the impact of our organizing by informing our politics and our actions and linking Trent students with diverse organizations and perspectives.
These are some of our key objectives as an organization:
– Achieve systemic change for environmental justice
– Provide funding for local initiatives that support our mandate
– Build an inclusive space through consensus decision making & non-hierarchical structure
– Access to education and training for Trent student
– Act in solidarity with Indigenous anti-colonial struggles for land, rights, sovereignty, and decolonization