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Sustainability Fair - March 21 to 23

Books, bees and batteries...

Want to make your own terrarium or trade in some old books for new ones? Those are just two of the events you can take part in during next week’s campus sustainability fair.

MRU’s Sustainability Committee is sponsoring the March 21 to 23 fair to promote environmentally sustainable practices among employees and students. Buy plants from the MRU greenhouse, recycle dead batteries, exchange your used household goods and trade textiles and garden tools as well.

Committee chair Diana Fletcher, a faculty member in the Environmental Science program, says raising awareness of sustainability efforts on campus is important.

“Any time we can show students that sustainability is important to us at Mount Royal, we think we should do it. We have changed to more efficient light bulbs, we control temperatures and we have implemented composting and recycling bins, but we need to increase awareness of these sustainable strategies.”

Next Tuesday’s sale of organically grown plants takes place on Main Street from 10 a.m. to noon. On Wednesday, bring your lunch and join Alex Farmer for a talk about bees and biodiversity at 12:30 in EA 1024. And on Thursday, you can learn how to build your own terrarium at a workshop -- just bring your own jar. Find out more about these events on the Event Calendar.

All three days on Main Street, the Sustainable MRU committee will have tables for recycling a variety of everyday items.

“The clothing exchange is a way of showing students that you don't have to go out and buy all new things; maybe you can reuse something from someone else,” Fletcher says. “The housewares, book and garden tool exchanges will hopefully keep more things out of the landfill, as will the e-waste and battery drop-off.”
The Sustainability Committee, sponsored by Facilities Management, includes a cross-section of staff, students and faculty and has been operating since 2007.