Sustainable KSA

Upcoming Event: In Conversation: The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success

Join us for another conversation! This time we’re focusing on climate change and what we can do as individuals to make a difference. 
For the second event in this series, we’re featuring a book: The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success by Mark Jaccard. We’ll be hosting an online talk with Mark Jaccard during Science Literacy Week on September 23 at 7pm (PST), and we’re encouraging participants to read the book beforehand.
When: Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:00-8:00pm PST
Where: Online via Zoom. Register here for the Zoom link!

Event description: In this online talk, author Mark Jaccard speaks on how climate-concerned citizens can overcome myths that hinder us from acting in time to prevent extreme climate impacts. Their actions can involve personal consumption choices (electric vehicles, heat pumps) but these only have an effect if citizens are also engaged in the political process and civil society to elect and support climate-sincere politicians. These personal and collective efforts must align with and foster a global strategy of decarbonization, especially in developing countries. Be ready to learn what is required on a simple path to climate success and what you can contribute.
Read the book for free here or get it from KPU Library.

Our Initiatives

Sustainable KSA works to reduce the KSA’s environmental impact, engage students on sustainability topics, and advocate for increased environmental and social sustainability at KPU. We also work closely with Grassroots Cafe and KSA Multipass to achieve sustainable campus life.

Food
Waste Programs

  • REBOOT free computer repair service

  • WaterFillz machines — Bring your own water bottle and refill  with delicious filtered water!

  • Battery recycling, cell phone recycling, and pen recycling at KSA Member Services

  • Donate your clean used clothing  at KSA Member Services

  • Bring your own mug for a 25-cent discount  at the GrassRoots Café!

  • Confused about the waste bins on campus? Learn more here 
Carbon Neutral Commitment
  • The KSA has committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. As part of this commitment, we are working towards becoming Climate Smart Certified.
  • Aim to reduce air travel and offset the emissions from all KSA flights with Offsetters.

 Our Programs –Get involved!

Garden

Apply for a garden plot today! 

  • Sustainable KSA manages the 26-plot Westerman Campus Garden on KPU Surrey campus. KPU students and staff can apply for a plot to grow their own vegetables, fruits, and flowers.
  • Need seeds? Visit the KPU Seed Library. 
  • Follow Garden covid-19 guidelines
Sustainability Ambassadors

The KSA/KPU Sustainability Ambassadors Program is a new initiative set up by Sustainable KSA and KPU Campus & Community Planning to increase on-campus awareness about the importance of sustainability and to create opportunities for students to make change for a more sustainable future at KPU.

Why join the Sustainability Ambassadors?

  • Inspire the KPU community
  • Turn passion into action
  • Develop leadership and communication skills
  • Connect and build community with other KPU students
  • Create a project or event on campus (or virtually) – looks great on a resume!

Apply now

APPLICATIONS CLOSE SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 AT 11:59PM PST

Committee

Email jeremy.law@kusa.ca to join the KSA Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee is an advisory committee made up of elected student representatives as well as student-at-large members. The Committee advises the KSA on matters related to sustainability.  

Conferences

The KSA will be selecting 5 KPU students to attend AASHE’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education being held virtually from October 12 to 14, 2021.

AASHE is the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and their annual conference brings together more than 2000 sustainability folks from campuses around the world.

The conference is a great chance to virtually meet other students involved in sustainability on campus, find out current best practices, and share experiences from our own campuses.

For more conference details see http://www.aashe.org/conference/.

Apply Now

Applications are due to sustainability@kusa.ca by 12 noon on Monday, September 27, 2021.

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