With the new year, there’s a lot going on around campus! Here are some updates that might strike the fancy of Earth Centre supporters:
1.) Bike Kitchen Project (AMS Sustainability Office):
The “Bike Kitchen” will be a student run used bike shop available to the Queen’s population and the Kingston community. Here we will have a range of quality used bikes to sell at a student friendly cost, tune up and repair services, and the equipment and tools for rent for you to come in and fix your own bike or learn how from our student volunteers. Volunteers will be trained students interested in everything bikes and trained in bike repair. Email Theresa at firstname.lastname@example.org for info!
2.) JDUC Green Roof (Earth Centre and friends)
We’re currently talking with the fine folks at the student life centre to see how feasible it would be to install a Green Roof on the JDUC! Cool! Feel free to shoot us an email if you want to get involved or have any inputs/questions/comments/etc.
3.) Green Corps 2011-2012 Field School for Environmental Organizing
In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Greenpeace. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups. Hit up: www.greencorps.org for more info or shoot Angela an email at angela(at)greencorps.org.
4.) Farm jobs/interships in Kingston!
The CRAFT program operates all around Ontario providing regional nodes for sustainable farmers to connect with each other and get a hold of interns for the spring/summer seasons. There’s a whole pile of farms in the Kingston area that are part of this network so if you want to get to farming this summer and get an awesome experience/understanding of Kingston’s food system hit up: http://www.craftontario.ca/regions/eastern-ontario/craft-kingston-farms/.
5.) Kingston Community Gardening Network Launch! (Loving Spoonful and others)
Be sure to check out the recent launch of the Kingston Community Gardening Network, which is a recently formulated group advocating for community gardens in Kingston and promoting a culture of gardening and farming in Kingston. Feel free to sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on a series of gardening workshops (including seed starting, permaculture and urban gardening techniques). We’ll also be posting those dates in our monthly What’s On board in the centre. Cool? Cool.
6.) Recycle-mania 2011 (AMS Sustainability Office)
Recyclemania is an international competition encouraging students to increase recycling and waste diversion efforts. This project is headed by Queen’s Physical Plant Services, the Sustainability Office, the AMS Sustainability Office, MCRC Green Team and the SGPS. This initiative needs volunteers! It’s a great way to meet like minded individuals and get involved with larger campus sustainability project. Either shoot Anna an email at sustainabilitycommunications(at)ams.queensu.ca or check out their facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Queens-University-Recyclemania-2011/191751424171464.
Hope to see some of you around! –
the EC team