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Banner 2019 Fall Sustainability Fair

Have you ever wondered why some items can be recycled at Mount Royal, but not in your blue bin at home? Or why urban beekeeping is not good practice?  Have you added cricket chips to your diet yet?

The following events have been organized to celebrate sustainability at Mount Royal, give campus members the opportunity experience our sustainability practices first hand, and learn from experts in the field!


Event ListingDate       Time      LocationAbout
Campus Commuter ChallengeSept 23 - Oct 4N/AN/ACampus commuter challenge is a friendly competition between Canadian post-secondary institutions that encourages campus members to leave their cars at home and rewards walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting. Mount Royal is registered as a participating institution. Sign up here as a participant and log your trips between Sept 23 - Oct 4 to help the environment and our campus win!
Information Fair!Sept. 24 & 2510:00 AM - 2:00 PMMain Street (west end)

Local and MRU internal representatives will be setting up informational displays on environmental and social sustainability on Main Street. Learn about why recycling is different at MRU from your blue bin at home, alternative products, and opportunities to get involved.

Confirmed participants include: City of Calgary Transit, City of Calgary Waste & Recycling, Waste Management, MRU Building Operations, MRU Environmental Services, Camola Sustainable Foods, and more!

Sustainability Literacy & Culture Assessment

(FREE HERBS!)

Sept. 24 & 2510:00 AM - 2:00 PMMain StreetAs part of our commitment to sustainability, the Sustainable MRU Committee is assessing the sustainability literacy and culture (values, behaviors, beliefs, and awareness) of the MRU community.

Stop by Main Street to complete the sustainability literacy and culture assessment and pick up a FREE herb grown in the MRU Greenhouse, and enter to win a $50 Barrow Espresso gift card!

Greenhouse ToursSept. 24 & 25

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Meet on Main StreetThe MRU Greenhouse is located on the 3rd floor of the B-Wing and is home to many plants and research projects. Take a short break from your day for a guided tour of this exclusive space on campus.

Led by Earth and Environmental Sciences Instructor, Diana Fletcher, tours will take approximately 15 minutes and you will learn about the plants currently grown in the greenhouse, upcoming research, and opportunities for greenhouse research use.

Limited spots available so RSVP here to save your space!

SAMRU Community Mobile Food MarketSept. 24TBCWyckham House

The Community Mobile Food Market (CMFM) is a community-driven grocery store on wheels that increases the availability of healthy and affordable foods in underserved neighbourhoods of Calgary. The CMFM is a collaboration between the City of Calgary, the Institute for Community Prosperity, Leftovers Calgary, local vendors, and community groups.

Open every Tuesday in Wyckham House, the market will have a variety of fresh produce, eggs, bread and some non-perishables. All items are budget friendly – the aim to be under market value, allowing all individuals to have access to healthy food. Some of these items include bananas, apples, berries, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, and almond milk. Items may vary throughout the pilot based on the seasons.

BYOB: Bring your own BAG! Cash, debit, and credit accepted.

Speaker Series: Sustainability & YOU!Sept. 24VariousJ301 (Lincoln Park Room)

On Sept. 24 and 25, the following guest speakers will address how YOU can make a sustainable difference in your life and in your community.

Drop in for one or all of the presentations! This event is free. 

11:30 AM | Derek Leahy | Rural Roads to Climate Change Solutions

Derek Leahy is the Director of Rural Routes to Climate Solutions, a central Alberta-based project providing learning opportunities for farmers and ranchers to find out how they can benefit from climate solutions. He has a decade of climate organizing experience spanning three continents—Europe, Canada and Australia—and his articles on climate issues and clean energy have been published in The Narwhal and National Observer. 


1:00 PM | Ruth Pickett Seltner | 40 Days and 40 Ways to Reduce Single-Use Plastic

Mount Royal biology Professor, Ruth Seltner, has recently published a booklet, 40 Days and 40 Ways to Reduce Single-Use Plastic, along with MRU colleague, Celeste MacConnachie.  Check it out here and learn more at the presentation! 


1:30 PM | Jerry Gao | War on Plastics

Jerry Gao is the Founder of LEAF Environmental Products Inc. located in Calgary, AB. LEAF's mission is to provide effective and cost efficient solutions to facilitate waste reduction through environmentally friendly products. Jerry has been featured on CTV News Calgary - see the clip here before attending his presentation! 


2:30 PM | Alexandria Farmer | A Lesson in Bees

Alexandria Farmer is a senior lab instructor in the biology department and leader of the Alberta Native Been Council. There are 327 native species of bees in Alberta ― such as ‘sweat bees’ (halictid), ‘leaf-cutters’ (Megachile rotundata) and ‘Nevada bumblebees’ (Bombus nevadensis), and conservation efforts should be focused on these species.  Drop in to learn more about how urban beekeeping is threatening native species, and what you can do you help the bees! 


3:00 PM | Camola Sustainable Foods | The Culinary Experience of Edible Insects!

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Camola Sustainable Foods, produces baked goods, chips and pasta based on traditional Italian recipes, with the nutritious and delicious insect flours.

Eating insects is a culinary adventure that helps the planet and is good for your health.  So join us in the food revolution, enjoy our tasty products, and help the environment one bite at a time!

Speaker Series: Sustainability & YOU!Sept. 25VariousJ301 (Lincoln Park Room)

1:00 PM | Paul, Shumlich | Deep Water Farms

Paul Shumlich is an MRU alumnus, co-founder of Deepwater Farms, and one of the Calgary Herald's 20 Compelling Calgarians for 2019. Deepwater Farms is a state-of-the-art aquaponics operation producing fish, greens and herbs with little to no waste. Shumlich saw entrepreneurial opportunities to improve Calgary’s food supply chain and wanted to provide restaurants with year-round, high-quality local ingredients.  Drop in to learn more!


1:30 PM | Lourdes Juan | The Leftovers Foundation

Lourdes Juan is the Founder and Executive Director of The Leftovers Foundation.  60 percent of the food produced in Canada is lost and wasted annually. 32 percent – equalling 11.2 million metric tonnes of lost food – is avoidable and is edible food that could be redirected to support people in our communities. The Leftovers Foundation exists to ensure nutritious food is kept out of the landfill and instead is redirected to service agencies and into the hands of those who need it most.   Drop in to learn more!

Edible Trees Planting PartySept 252:30 PM - 4:00 PMGauthier Courtyard (between Recreation and the Pond)Come celebrate National Tree Day with the planting of six new edible trees on campus!  The trees have been generously donated by sponsors, Trees Canada and the Pembina Institute.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Community Garden Harvest PartySept 254:00 PM - 6:00 PMCommunity Garden (next to RLLC and East Residence)Help us harvest the MRU community garden, and take home some FREE organic produce to boot!

For more details, please contact sustainablemru@mtroyal.ca.