Workshop Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions – 2016 Campus Sustainability Conference

Workshop Description of workshop
Exploration  Following his keynote address, Charles Hopkins will lead this workshop which will engage participants in discussions of what could, should and is being done to create an effective response from higher education. Examples of issues that could be raised and considered include: “Should Higher Education even become a tool in implementing national policy?” and “What additional undertakings could be done to build upon the current successes of Greening the Campus?” The issues and the discussion will arise from the participants and Hopkins will share observations from his international engagements. The workshop format will be a participatory exploration of crucial philosophical and practical questions concluding with a compilation of answers/suggestions for both personal and institutional consideration and action.
Caregiver Burnout and Sustainability – Fleming College Caregiver burnout is a term used in the medical field to describe various symptoms from over stress including apathy, insomnia, low concentration, and poor performance.  However, caregiver burnout is becoming prevalent in sustainability careers.  Using writing exercises, role-playing, and creativity, this workshop will supply participants with tools and techniques to combat over-stress in the environmental field, and build a positive, productive attitude.
TRACKS – linking science & indigenous knowledge for sustainability Making TRACKS: Weaving Indigenous and Western scientific knowledges in
environmental science engagement TRACKS is a youth program operated in partnership with Trent University’s Indigenous Environmental Studies/Sciences and the Kawartha World Issues Centre. Using fun, hands-on activities we work to explore environmental science from both Western and Indigenous perspectives.Join us for activities and conversation around the importance of including Indigenous
knowledge and perspectives into environmental science disciplines. While our focus is
around education, we’ll be discussing reconciliation and relationship building between
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and send you off with some basic tools and
strategies to decolonizing your environmental perspective and approach.
Our workshop will be a combination of conversation circle, hands-on activities, and
strategizing around ways that Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmentalists can
work together, bringing new perspectives to sustainability work by including the best of multiple knowledge systems.
Reducing your personal greenhouse gases What is the difference between a kilowatt and a kilowatt-hour? Did you know that residences are the major source of greenhouse gases in Peterborough? Is it better to replace all my light bulbs with LED’s or to turn the apartment temperature down 1 degree? How much difference does it make if I take a bus or drive a car? This workshop will give enough basic knowledge (also provided in a handout) to make these decisions. You will then work in pairs or small groups to determine how best to reduce your personal greenhouse gases. Bring pencil, paper, a calculator and the desire to help the planet.
Divestment and Re-investment at Trent University and beyond Interested in learning about the divestment campaign at Trent? In this informal workshop we will talk about the past and present divestment campaigns at Trent, the national divestment movement, and how students can learn more and get involved. There will be lots of time for question and answer.
Garden TOUR Come along for a walking tour to Trent’s very own rooftop gardens. They grow food for our on campus, student-run cafe the Seasoned Spoon. There’s a great view of the campus from the gardens!
What They Do at Waterloo: U. of Waterloo Campus Sustainability Initiatives  Come learn from students all the way from University of Waterloo who will be sharing their experiences about the barriers and successes of creating a sustainable campus. The will discuss their goals, how we have achieved them on at Waterloo campus and the resources they’ve used/how they go about funding/planning and structuring environmentally driven programs on campus.
Bringing Climate Justice to Campus Activism Fatin is here with us from Toronto, Ontario where he is a Studio Y Fellow at the MaRS Discovery District.
Workshop topic: The Paris Climate Agreement at the end of 2015 gave a resounding global call for a phase out of fossil fuels and accelerate our transition into a clean energy economy. This workshop will track the climate justice movement in the last few years through multimedia and personal narratives. We will discuss how to incorporate anti-oppression frameworks, intersectionality, and indigenous solidarity into climate activism. How can you engage with climate justice in a meaningful and impactful way ?
The Rotten Reality of Food Waste & Climate Change “Food connects us each and every one of us. It is the source of life, after all! But have you ever wondered what happens to the food that does not make it to the grocery store, or that you scrape off your plate? This workshop will look at how food waste comes to exist and the damage it is doing to our planet. Through hands-on activities we will get creative (and maybe dirty) in exploring how we can each reduce the food waste in our food system, stores, schools and homes.” In this workshop will explore how we use youth engagement, popular education and anti-oppressive models to engage our community on environmental topics and in our workshops. The Seeds for Justice Facilitators Collective peer-to-peer model encourages dialogue and an understanding of both local and global issues while inspiring hope and change!
Campus Food Production: the Trent Market Garden This worshop discusses on-campus food production at Trent, focusing on our on-campus Market Garden as a case study. Presenters will discuss the project’s first production year, barriers encountered so far, and plans for this upcoming growing season. This case study will be framed within a larger discussion of campus and community gardens across Canada.
Student Strategies for Creating Sustainable Campus Food Systems This workshop will encourage participants to be creative and use art materials to map and/or draw what they are talking about. We will bring these all together to serve as a visual record of our efforts. The presentation will talk about the WHAT of campus food system change at Trent since 2012 (new contract, actual changes thus far). The WHO of campus food system change (actors and their roles). The HOW and WHEN of change – political opportunity structures and policy windows, framing issues and perseverance. The WHY is likely self-evident but I will touch on some key points, and critique the assumption that “local food is good food” with reference to scale having no inherent qualities.
Panel: Opportunities for 
Re-Investment Trent
As support for the divestment movement continues to grow nationally and internationally, many are considering an important question: Where will institutions re-invest their divested funds? In this panel, speakers will discuss the possibilities that they envision for re-investment at Trent.
Fleming College Sustainability – Frost Campus This workshop will highlight the current sustainability initiatives that Fleming’s Frost Campus implements. This includes the Green Roof, Living Wall, Butterfly Garden/Xeriscaping, Community Garden, Bike Loan Program, Free Market, Waste Strategy, Vermicomposting, Wind turbine, Geothermal heating, Frost Organic garden and the New Technology Wing in general. We will follow this overview with what specifically our program (Ecosystem Management Technology) has been doing with regards to future sustainability practices. Specifically, we will highlight our annual conference we organize, a platform for community members to come together and discuss a differing environmental issue each year. The session will end with a question period talking about how other campuses might implement similar initiatives and how sustainable campus initiatives might be further improved upon.
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