Mission: Sustainability - Week 2

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Making Space

Climate action goes way beyond active transportation and turning off the lights. Efforts need to include multiple ways of thinking, doing, and caring. Sometimes we’re not aware of the consequences of what we do every day.

Consider your thought patterns around sustainability and climate change. Have you left space for different perspectives, actions, and respectful discussion of ideas? 

It’s Global Citizens Week – Equity in Action. There are lots of activities going on, and they may result in a shift of your world view or maybe even your local view! Ways to participate in Global Citizens Week 

Ultimately, we’re looking to #KnowMore #DoBetter

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Read and Reflect – read this article “Colonialism, The Hidden Cause Of Our Environmental Crisis

How does this article shift your view/thinking of sustainability? Tell us in the Week 2 Report form.

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Consider - Email and the Internet may reduce paper use, but they have their own costs!

Check out this infographic of the carbon footprint of the internet

Tell us what surprised you most in the Week 2 Report form.


Watch - The Condor and the Eagle (movie trailer)

Monday, February 8, 11:30 am -1 pm or Tuesday, February 16, 7-8:30 pm

Hosted by the VIUSU Eco Club/Sustainability Advisory Committee.


Listen - Dr. Judith Sayers will be speaking on Indigenous leadership in sustainability

Wednesday, February 10, 10-11 am


Join - The Sustainability Advisory Committee’s book club!

Building a Resilient Tomorrow is first title up, and you can access it for free through the VIU library.

Wednesday, February 10, 5 - 6 pm via Facebook VIU Sustainability Book Club

Students and employees welcome!


Compete in the Sweaties (ongoing throughout the month)

We’re looking for the coziest, ugliest, and funkiest sweaters of VIU! Send us a picture of your best stay warm sweater look! Weekly random prize draws from entries received each week. The ugliest, the funkiest, and the coziest sweaters of VIU will be chosen at the end of this initiative.


See the heat and (ongoing through the month)

Investigate where heat loss is happening in your office/study/working space You can borrow an infrared camera that attaches to your phone from VIU’s Nanaimo Campus Library! It will show you where the heat is/isn’t! There’s one for Android phones and one for Apple phones.



Report on your VIU Mission

submit by Sunday, February 14 to be entered into the draw for this week’s prize (VIU Sustainability Hoodie/VIU Sustainability mug and a few other nifty items)

Not a fan of Google forms? Let us know (Sustainability@viu.ca ) and we’ll send you a document to fill in and send back to us.