VIU SDG Week 2024

SDG poster

SDG Week Canada is a national collaboration from March 4 – 8, 2024 featuring workshops, panels, and other interactive programming to increase awareness of and engagement with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on university and college campuses. It is intended to: a) raise awareness around SDGs through interdisciplinary teaching and learning opportunities, b) institutionalize SDGs in campus operations, strategic planning, instruction and research, c) create collaborative, cross disciplinary environment, and d) incorporate guiding values from the SDGs into conversations that inform solutions.

Join to to the 2024 SDG events here at VIU.

All Week

Take 5 in the library

24/7 | Take 5 in the Library | B305, 3rd Floor

5 Graduate Students/5 Sustainable Development Goals 

Look and learn a lot!
Stop by and take a look at these 5 infographic posters outlining the impact these grad students are making in their fields. 

SDG 13 Climate Action

11:00 - 1:00pm | How Do You Commute to VIU? | Upper and Lower Cafeterias

How do you commute to VIU? The VIU Climate Collaborative wants to know!

We’re looking for ways to increase active transportation as a way of commuting to VIU and we need your help. Taking a few moments to do this short and anonymous questionnaire will help uncover barriers to active transportation (taking transit, walking, cycling). The information will also set the stage for a culminating workshop (you’re invited!) on March 21. This initiative is supported by VIU and funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). Questions? Email the VIU Climate Collaborative at sustainability@viu.ca.

Monday, March 4

SDG Wheel

12:30-2:00pm | How We Get to VIU & the SDGs | B356 R111

This workshop will assess VIU commuting habits, present information about vehicle impacts on greenhouse gas and the environment. 

 Focus groups will be part of the workshop, as well as examination of transportation systems and their links to city layout. 

To register--

E-mail Michael Bassili (michael@beautifulnanaimo.ca) or Don Alexander (don.alexander@viu.ca)

Wednesday, March 6

SDG Wheel

1:00pm | MABR and the SDGs | B305 R507

As learning spaces for sustainable development, biosphere regions inherently connect to the SDGs and other sustainability agendas. Learn about these connections and their local relevance by attending a presentation hosted by the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI), followed by a question period.

SDG 12 Responsible consumption and production

12:00-4pm | Eco Club Clothing Swap and Plant Sale | Upper Cafeteria

Eco Club will be holding a plant sale and clothing swap in the cafeteria . The plant sales will go towards helping the club do more sustainability-related events on campus and the clothing swap is a large amount of gently used clothing that will be free for anyone to take.

SDG 14 Life Below Water

5:30-7pm | VIU Science & Technology Lecture Series | B355 R203

(lecture starts at 6)

Dr. Erik Krogh - VIU Department of Chemistry

Fate and Distribution of Tire Wear Salmon Toxins on Vancouver Island using High Throughput Direct Mass Spectrometry

Tracking lethal tire toxins and their impacts on Pacific salmon health


Chemistry PhD candidate Joseph Monaghan presents Environmental Applications of membrane introduction mass spectrometry

Things We Do For Fun poster

6:00-8:00pm | Nanaimo 20x20 -- Things We Do for Fun | White Sails Brewing 125 Comox Road

A Pecha-Kucha style event with presentations ranging from Empowerment through Burlesque to Adult Playdate Ideas

Tickets at Eventbrite (free)

Thursday, March 7

SDG Wheel

3:00 - 4:30 pm | Active Hope: An Introduction | Zoom

Come have a taste of a key resource for “nourishing our capacity to make a difference in the world,” Active Hope Foundations Training. In this webinar, we will have an overview of the free, 7-week, video-based online training and will experience some of the first week’s activities. The intention is to whet our appetites to continue the training, either individually or by creating study groups.


Active Hope Foundations Training is based on the book Active Hope by Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD and Chris Johnstone MD, an expert on resilience. Now in its revised 10th anniversary edition, Active Hope draws on their decades of teaching a renowned empowerment approach known as The Work That Reconnects.

Zoom Link

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