UTM’s First Annual Sustainability Week

March 9th – 13th & March 21st, 2020

All events and activities scheduled for Friday, March 13th are cancelled due to University recommendations. To stay updated on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please visit the University of Toronto coronavirus page.

What is Your Footprint?

UTM’s first annual Sustainability Week is themed around understanding the impact that we have on the world around us: our ‘footprint’. Each day is intended to explore this theme from a different angle, opening the opportunity for various campus community members to showcase and share what sustainability means to them.

Note that registration is required for many events listed in the program below. Click on the event to view the registration link.

Students who participate in at least 3 CCR Approved events will be eligible to receive a Co-Curricular Record Credits . Official volunteers will also receive CCR Credits. Click here to learn more!

About UTM Sustainability Week

UTM Sustainability Week is a series of student-led and organized events designed to educate and encourage sustainable behaviour on and off-campus.

Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday is all about reducing the environmental impact of the food we consume.

We will be giving away reusable food containers and providing organic waste bins at the Davis and IB cafeterias. UTM Hospitality and Retail Services will be providing $1 discounts on select plant-based meals around campus.

Community and student-led events will be held at the Davis Meeting Place and in the Innovation Complex Rotunda.

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Davis Meeting Place, IB Food Court
Organizing Groups: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: Learn how to properly sort your campus cafeteria waste into single-stream recycling, landfill, and organics bins. Bins will be provided all week, sorting on Monday & Tuesday only.
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Davis Meeting Place
Organizing Groups: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: Free re-usable lunch containers for students courtesy of the UTM Hospitality and Retail Services.
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Davis Meeting Place
Organizing Groups: UTM Rotaract Club, Erindale Biology Society
Registration: None
Description: Come visualize the impact that your personal footprint has on the environment through this fun, interactive activity.
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Davis Meeting Place
Organizing Groups: Greenpeace, UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: Through their 2020 #GlobalFoodChallenge initiative, Greenpeace seeks to empower UTM students to take action and create change in our local food systems. This campaign will challenge students, faculty, and staff to think about the effects of our global and local food systems on climate change. Greenpeace will be seeking signatures for petitions and support for their current campaigns. Look out for some Greenpeace swag as well! They will also be actively looking for student volunteers to join their organization, so don’t be shy to approach any of the volunteers to find out how you can get involved with one of the most established environmental non-profit organizations in the world.
Time: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Location: IB Food Court
Organizing Groups: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: Free re-usable lunch containers for students courtesy of the UTM Hospitality and Retail Services.
Trashless Tuesday

Trashless Tuesday

Trashless Tuesday is themed around reducing the waste that we produce as individuals, and as a campus.

We will be giving away free coffee and reusable mugs near the Davis and IB cafeterias.

Community and student-led events will be held throughout the day, primarily in the Innovation Complex Rotunda.

Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Davis Meeting Place, IB Food Court
Organizing Groups: IMI Business Association , UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: Learn how to properly sort your campus cafeteria waste into single-stream recycling, landfill, and organics bins. Bins will be provided all week, sorting on Monday & Tuesday only.
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Locations: Davis Cafeteria, IB Food Court
Organizing Groups: J. Tuzo Wilson Geology Club, UTMSU
Registration: None
Description: Free coffee & reusable mug giveaway!
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Meeting Place: Innovation Complex Rotunda
Organizing Groups: Albanian Society of UTM, MScSM Program
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: Come join us in making our campus and nearby parks beautiful! Lunch and all supplies will be provided.
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: KN 2213
Organizing Groups: UTM Sustainability Office
Registration: No
Description: Bring your broken clothing, small appliances, and electronics, and our expert volunteer fixers will do their best to fix them for FREE!
Time: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Innovation Complex Rotunda
Organizing Groups: Creatives For a Change - UTM/UofT, Zero Waste UTM, UTMSU. Thanks to Diana Wei Dai!
Registration: Yes, Register Here
Event Page: Facebook Event
Description: UTM's second annual Trashion Show. This year's theme is : REBELLION! Revolt against the wasteful fast fashion industry!
Time: 5:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Innovation Complex Rotunda
Organizing Groups: Greenpeace, UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: Yes, Register Here
Event Page: Facebook Event
Description: Greenpeace will tabling to raise awareness around the vicious cycle of environmental degradation and injustice generated by unsustainable consumption. Greenpeace volunteers will share their Top 5 Plastic Polluters campaign and seek your support and signatures for their ongoing plastics and oceans campaigns. Look out for some Greenpeace swag as well! They will also be actively looking for student volunteers to join their organization, so don’t be shy to approach any of the volunteers to find out how you can get involved with one of the most established environmental non-profit organizations in the world.
Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday

Wellness Wednesday touches on the social and spiritual sides of sustainability, recognizing the impact that our wellbeing has on the world around us (and vice versa!).

Several student-led events will be held in The Grand Hall and Reception area of the Maanjiwe nendamowinan (formerly new North Building) building, along with events in other locations. The day concludes with a documentary screening and boxing boot camp.

Time: 9:00am - 10:00am
Locations: MN3220
Organizing Group: Students for a Free Tibet - UTM
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: A free hour-long meditation session led by Tibetan Monks who will give teachings on stress and anxiety management, mindfulness, breathing exercises, and other beneficial meditative practices.
Time: 9:30am - 1:30am
Locations: MN Grand Hall
Organizing Group: Sugaring & Massages Spalon
Registration: No
Description: Free massages from Sugaring & Massages Spalon. First come, first serve!
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Locations: MN3220
Organizing Group: Professor Shashi Kant, UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: Heartfulness Meditation: We always express our love by the heart and not by the mind because any idea baffles the mind but not the heart. The heart is a source of internal peace while the mind is a source of external turmoil. In this session, we will discuss and practice heart-based meditation.
Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: MN 3320
Organizing Group: The Institution of Healthy Living
Registration: Yes, Registration Link (CCR Approved)
Description: A nutrition workshop lead by guest speaker professor Dr. De Souza-Kenney.
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Locations: MN Grand Hall
Organizing Group: Zero Waste UTM
Registration: None
Description: Learn to make useful items out of wax: candles, deodorants, cremes, beeswax wraps, and more!
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Locations: Wellness Hub
Organizing Group: Be Well UTM
Registration: Yes, Registration Link (CCR Approved)
Description: Indigenous Wellness: Our Connection with the Environment through an Indigenous Perspective. Facilitated by Cat Criger.
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Locations: Wellness Hub
Organizing Group: Be Well UTM
Registration: Yes, Registration Link (CCR Approved)
Description: Indigenous Wellness: Our Connection with the Environment through an Indigenous Perspective. Facilitated by Cat Criger.
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: MN Grand Hall
Organizing Group: Boss Women UTM
Registration: None
Description: Learn about women working in sustainability and important female activists within the field.
Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: MN Grand Hall
Organizing Group: Social Justice Club, Student Association for Geography and Environment
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: This year the Social Justice Club (SJC) and the Student Association for Geography and Environment (SAGE) have joined forces to present an event centred around environmental sustainability and well-being. Come learn about the effects of single-use waste and ways to repurpose them, by participating in a relaxing afternoon of planting herbs in recycled cups collected from the UTM campus!
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Locations: Davis Grad Student Lounge
Organizing Group: Path to Resilience
Registration: None
Description: Eco-friendly craft with sustainably sourced tea. Bring an old T-Shirt if you have one - we will be turning them into reusable shopping bags!
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Locations: CCT Building
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: Participating student groups and organizations will be hosted in the CCT Building atrium where they will showcase their commitment towards sustainability. Come and engage with these groups to see how you can support or get involved in sustainability related work. Participating organizations include the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance (PEYA) and Greenpeace.
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Locations: MN 3230
Organizing Group: Sean Martindale
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: Learn about ecologically-informed urban intervention!
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Locations: TBA
Organizing Group: The Boxing Club
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: The Boxing Club is hosting an exclusive class just for Sustainability Week! Come out in your workout attire to sweat out some of the stress and learn a new form of self-defence. Check out a little sneak peek on our social media page @utmboxingclub.
Time: 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Locations: CCIT Room 1080
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: After browsing through the Sustainability Fair, join us for an evening of thought provoking visual stimulation as we share 2 stellar award-winning documentaries.
Is your coffee cup really being recycled? Named the Best Short Documentary at the Canadian International Film Festival, Hot Cup of Garbage reveals the truth behind the non-recyclable nature of coffee cups and the recycling system in Toronto.
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Locations: CCIT Room 1080
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: After browsing through the Sustainability Fair, join us for an evening of thought provoking visual stimulation as we share 2 stellar award-winning documentaries.
RiverBlue is an award-winning documentary that spans the globe to infiltrate one of the world’s most pollutive industries, fashion. Narrated by clean water supporter Jason Priestley, this ground-breaking documentary examines the destruction of our rivers, its effect on humanity, and the solutions that inspire hope for a sustainable future.
Tech Thursday

Tech Thursday

Tech Thursday will take time to appreciate the role that technology has in reducing our footprint. UTM will be running clean-tech and green-building feature tours.

The Innovation Complex Rotunda will be booked throughout the day for several community and student-led events, concluding with a climate march poster-making session.

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Locations: Innovation Complex Rotunda
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: Join us as aspiring young entrepreneurs from various Peel District Schools to showcase their inventions. This will do until we have an update description from the school.
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Locations: Innovation Complex Rotunda
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: An exhibition featuring sustainable and clean-tech start-ups from the Mississauga region.
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Locations: Innovation Complex Rotunda
Organizing Group: UTM Robotics Club
Registration: None
Description: Come see fully-built RC cars designed to drive around campus and pick up garbage.
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Locations: Innovation Complex Rotunda
Organizing Group: Aspiring Physicians of Tomorrow
Registration: None
Description: Drop off outdated, malfunctioning, and/or old electronics that are no longer used.
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Locations: Meet at Innovation Centre Rotunda
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Office
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: This tour will visit some of the campus’ green features. Stormwater management, green roofs, transportation initiatives, and LEED buildings will be viewed and discussed. Attendees will get an overview of many of the initiatives and infrastructure projects that UTM has undertaken to reduce our environmental footprint. This tour will be less technical than the geothermal tour and will cover a wider array of initiatives. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Locations: Meet at Innovation Centre Rotunda
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Office
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: Learn about the ground-source heat pump system that provides low-carbon heating and cooling to the LEED silver certified Instructional Building at UTM. In this tour, attendees will learn about how the ground-source heat pump works and how it saves energy compared to a conventional system. Attendees will get a chance to view some of the components of the system, such as the mechanical room piping and pumps. Attendees will also learn about other energy-saving features of the building, such as the solar photovoltaic system, energy recovery wheel, and rainwater reuse system. Closed shoes must be worn for this tour. Ear protection and safety glasses will be provided.
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Locations: KN L1220
Organizing Group: MScSM Program
Registration: Yes, Registration Link (CCR Approved)
Description: Career talks from MScSM program alumni.
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Locations: MiST Theathre CC 0150
Organizing Group: Department of Political Science, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.
Registration: None
Description: Political struggles in and through the global Internet and related technologies are entering into a particularly dangerous phase for openness, security, and human rights. A growing number of governments and private companies have turned to "offense" operations, with means ranging from from sophisticated and expensive to home-grown and cheap. A large and largely unregulated market for commercial surveillance technology is finding willing clientele among the world's least accountable regimes. Powerful spyware tools are used to infiltrate civil society networks, targeting the devices of journalists, human rights defenders, minority movements, and political opposition, often with lethal consequences. Meanwhile, numerous disinformation and harassment campaigns are feeding intolerance and even violence, largely without mitigation. Drawing from the last decade of research of the Uoft's Citizen Lab, Professor Deibert will provide an overview of these disturbing trends and discuss some pathways to repairing and restoring the Internet as a sphere that supports, rather than diminishes, human rights.
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Locations: Innovation Complex Rotunda
Organizing Group: Blackwood Gallery
Registration: None
Description: The Blackwood Gallery will be leading a climate march poster-making session for Future Friday (tomorrow)! All supplies willl be provided.
Future Friday

Future Friday

Future Friday is intended to challenge us to look forward at the sustainability challenges that we face, and to take action towards a better future.

The main events of the day will be a climate march and speaker in the Maanjiwe nendamowinan building grand hall, along with a keynote speaker and world cafe in the Innovation Complex Rotunda. The day ends with a movie and popcorn.

All events and activities scheduled for Friday, March 13th are cancelled due to University recommendations. To stay updated on the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, please visit the University of Toronto coronavirus page.

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Locations: MN Grand Hall
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: TBA
Time: 10:30am - 11:00pm
Locations: MN Grand Hall
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: TBA
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Locations: KN L1220
Organizing Group: UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: Yes, Registration Link (CCR Approved)
Description: Come listen to Rachel Parent, climate activist and founder of Kid's Right to Know. Rachel Parent is a Toronto-based activist for issues related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods, and especially government regulation in regard to food labeling. She is the founder of the non-profit Kids Right To Know and the associated website.
Rachel Parent
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Locations: Innovation Complex Rotunda
Organizing Group: MScSM Students, UTM Sustainability Week
Registration: None
Description: Continue discussions sparked by the keynote speaker in the Innovation Complex Rotunda.
Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Locations: KN L1230
Organizing Group: Horror Club
Registration: None
Description: A film screening of the movie "Day After Tomorrow"

SMG Saturday

Join us for an all-day conference and case competition hosted by the IMI Business Association.

Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Location: UTM
Organizing Group: Show Me the Green, IMI Business Association
Registration: Yes, Registration Link
Description: Ontario's only sustainability-focused conference that includes a case competition, networking sessions with industry leaders and professionals, and interactive workshops for university students across Ontario.

Organizing Team

Participating Groups

Albanian Society of UTM
Aspiring Physicians of Tomorrow
Be Well UTM
Blackwood Gallery
Boss Women UTM
Creatives For a Change – UTM/UofT
Greenpeace
Horror Club
J. Tuzo Wilson Geology Club
MScSM Program
Show Me The Green
Social Justice Club

The Boxing Club
The Institution of Healthy Living
UTM Hospitality and Retail Services
J. Tuzo Wilson Geology Club
MScSM Program
Show Me The Green
Social Justice Club
Student Association for Geography and Environment
Students for a Free Tibet – UTM
The Boxing Club
The Institution of Healthy Living

UTM Robotics Club
UTM Rotaract Club
UTM Sustainability Office
UTM Sustainability Week
UTMSU
Women and Gender Studies Student Alliance
Your Path the Resilience Mental Health Team
Zero Waste UTM
Student Association for Geography and Environment