S-Week Event Details

These are ALL of the wonderful events being held during Sustainability Week! The "Who, Where, When + Details" for each event are listed below. Click on the name of the event to see all the details.

Date:       Time:              Event Name - Location:

9:30 pm
Keynote Event! - Alexander Hall 200

6:00pm –

Earth Hour Pot Luck - St. Georges Church- Mitchell Hall

Residence Earth Hour - Residence





Sustainability: A System (aka Systems analysis with EWB)- Thornborough 1002

Creating and Building with the Future in Mind - Thornborough 1002

Stephen Quilley - Open Source Economics - Mack 223



5:30 pm-
7:00 pm


Derek Alton - Building sustainable communities - MacKinnon 232

Visioning low impact living (AKA Knowledge share)Landscape Architecture "Pit"

Poetry slam/Community arts- Raithby House





Land Resilience- MacKinnon 317

The Tar Sands Come to Ontario: Line 9 Film Screening and Discussion
MacKinnon 232


 Community Resource Fair - University Centre Courtyard

More to come! Stay Updated!
Tentative Location
For an overview map of the campus buildings, pathways and parking lots please CLICK HERE
Individual building access information will be in the individual events.
Enjoy! :)

Vermicomposting Basics with Guelph Worm Composting Network Workshop:

posted Mar 23, 2012, 10:16 AM by Guelph Sustainability Week

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Where: Mackinnon (MACK) Room 310, University of Guelph

Did you know that through the power of worms, you can transform your food waste into an awesome microbially-active soil amendment INDOORS? Learn everything you need to design & set up your own worm bin in this hands-on workshop put on by the Guelph Worm Composting Network and the U of G Sustainability Office. Warning: there will be worms present.

Knowledge Share: The sustainable initiatives of UofG students

posted Mar 14, 2012, 9:37 AM by Guelph Sustainability Week   [ updated Mar 24, 2012, 2:55 PM ]

When: March 30, 2012 - 2:30pm to 4pm
Where: Landscape Architecture "The Pit" (the entrance of the LA building), UofG Campus

Knowledge Share: The sustainable initiatives of UofG students

S-Week presents a knowledge sharing event aimed to highlight the awesome initiatives that students of the UofG are doing! Each initiative will be linked to this year's theme: Food for our future. The event will be composed of short presentations (~5 minutes) by each of presenters on their respective topics. Afterwards, each of the presenters will have a designated space in the room for attendees to ask further questions about their particular initiative.


Eduardo Huesca- Temporary migrant farm workers in Canada
Carolyn Chan- Talking Sh*t: The Ultimate Fate of Food
Dylan Harding- PHosphorus and PHarming
Gryph Loubier- The realities of organic internships
Jonathan Behnke- Permablitz Guelph
Sean O'Donnell- How mushrooms can help save the world
Eli Winterfeld- Dumpster diving

Further details about the presenters' topic:

As many of the men and women working and living in Canada under temporary migrant farm worker programs continue to share testimonies of concern, frustration and anger, abuse and the violation of their rights, and in light of a continued inaction by government it becomes important to have dialogues about how communities can begin to hold agricultural production sites and other food related businesses accountable for these abuses.  Part of this community work involves discussing strategies of how to work with those under these programs  to ensure actions are guided by them, by their concerns, decisions and ideas. You are invited to share your thoughts on how we can develop this type of support work, and take steps towards making present day work in agricultural  within our communities align with our standards of safety and justice * The conversation will be directed at contextualizing this community work to address a particular agricultural production site/food business within the Guelph area that has increasingly become known for its abuse of its workers, both those employed as migrant farm workers as well as permanent Guelph community members.

"Talking Sh*t: The Ultimate Fate of Food". An environmental engineer wonders how our sewage system (aka food disposal post-consumption) can be more sustainable.
Come out and support the awesome projects our UofG students are doing to help create a sustainable food system!

Gryph has collected data from various organic farm interns over the past while. He will be covering some of the intrinsic value and extrinsic costs of interns.  It will be a great resource for anyone that is thinking of working as an organic intern or someone interested in conventional farming that would like to inform themselves about the "other side" of the farming spectrum.

Permablitz Guelph is an initiative to help members of the Guelph community build sustainable food-producing gardens in their yards using permaculture principles. Our goal is help people learn how to sustainably produce their own food, while building community and having fun.

The event is free. The location is accessible.

The Past, Present, and Future of Agriculture - Sweek Kick Off

posted Mar 9, 2011, 10:22 PM by Guelph Sustainability Week   [ updated Mar 8, 2012, 8:27 PM ]

The Past, Present and Future of Agriculture - Sweek Kick Off!

When    Mon, March 26, 6:30pm – 9:15pm
Where    Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) rm 1714 (map)

S-Week Kick Off Event: The Past, Present, and Future of Agriculture
Sustainability Week and the Plant Agriculture Department, OAC, are hosting a panel on The Past, Present, and Future of Agriculture. To kick off our week of Food for Our Future we have invited Arthur Loughton, former Director of OMAFRA’s Horticultural Experiment Station at Simcoe, Jeff Wilson, past President of Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association and farmer at Birk Bank Farm, and Tarrah Young, UofG Graduate and farmer at Green Being Farm, to come and share their experiences in their specific agricultural practice and then to layout where they believe agriculture needs to focus in order to sustain food production into the future. A special guest, Anita Steward, a culinary activist recently awarded the Order of Canada, will be providing a delicious perpective!

Join us Monday, March 26th, at 6:30pm in Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) room 1714, for refreshments and snacks. The panel discussion will begin at 7:00pm sharp with an introduction from Ralph Martin.

Any questions or comments, please email us at:

GSETA's Hidden Prices of Food

posted Mar 9, 2011, 8:32 PM by Guelph Sustainability Week   [ updated Mar 7, 2012, 9:16 AM ]

When: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Where: University Center (UC) Courtyard

Have you ever been curious about the environmental impact of your meals?

Come down to the university courtyard and celebrate Sustainability Week with GSETA by testing your food production knowledge!

Tell us what your typical lunch looks like and we'll tell you how it impacts our environment! We can also give you tips on how to replace certain meal options with options that are more sustainable. Samples will be available!

GSETA is offering a $1 to anyone who is willing to watch 4 and a half minutes of video on the production of meat and dairy products! If you think about it that's $13.33/hour! Higher than minimum wage!

Hope to see you all participating in Sustainability Week (March 26th - March 31st)!
Join the FACEBOOK event!


Growing Nut Trees and Permablitz. (Followed by Dirt! The Movie)

posted Mar 9, 2011, 8:24 PM by Guelph Sustainability Week   [ updated Mar 6, 2012, 10:37 PM ]

When: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 6:30 pm
Where: 10 Carden
Who: Hosted by GUFF: Guelph Urban Forest Friends
Cost: FREE!

A Transition Guelph Resilience 2012 event!

Norah Chaloner of Guelph Urban Forest Friends will give a presentation on growing nut trees in the city, the "how-to", the benefits to the environment and to sustainability and resilience in the community. This presentation will be followed by a presentation of the Transition Guelph Treemobile and Permablitz initiatives, and ends with a screening of DIRT! The Movie (Begins at 8:30pm).
<a href="http://guffguelph.wordpress.com/">Guelph Urban Forest Friends Website</a>

Dirt! The movie is an astonishing, humourous and substantial look at the glorious and unappreciated ground beneath our feet.

Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth's climate. Why do we humans ignore, abuse and destroy our most precious living natural resource? Consider the results of such behaviour: drought, mass starvation, floods and global warming.

Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, Dirt! The Movie tells the story of humans trying to reconnect to dirt - the living skin of the earth. Traveling from the vineyards of California to the plains of Kenya, Dirt! reveals how repairing our relationship with dirt can create new possibilities for all life on earth.
Dirt! The Movie Trailer

Cooking Basics with Local Produce: Let's Make Some Food!

posted Mar 9, 2011, 8:11 PM by Guelph Sustainability Week   [ updated Mar 6, 2012, 10:46 PM ]

When: 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 28th
Where: TBD - Email Michelle at sustainablecooking@gmail.com to save a spot and get the location!

Sign-up for a FREE workshop with a professionally trained cook and learn how to be organized, efficient and kitchen smart.
Do you want to buy from CSAs and the Farmer's Markets but the kitchen is a mystery? This workshop will give you skills that will enable you to be more confident in the kitchen and try new recipes. Even if you can cook, you may learn tips and tricks that will make you even better. We'll be making vegetable and bean soup, bread and dessert will also be provided. 
***Location will be given once you e-mailed Michelle at sustainablecooking@gmail.com by March 23rd to confirm your spot so enough food can be bought ahead of time. There's only 24 spots so don't miss out! ***

Resilience Healthcare Symposium

posted Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 PM by Guelph Sustainability Week   [ updated Mar 6, 2012, 10:49 PM ]

When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: 10 Carden St.
Who: Dr. Dan Benor, MD; Heather MacRae, ND; Martina Steiger, ThD, BEd, MA; Larry Steel
Cost: FREE!

Details: Join us for a Transition Guelph evening of information, demonstrations and experiential learning about ways you can use self-healing. Many self-healing approaches can rapidly and easily reduce or preclude the need for medications for pain, stress-related illnesses, allergies and more. Self-healing is also a healing for the environment. Medications that are excreted, dumped into the toilet, and/or washed off the skin are accumulating in our water supplies and creating a new kind of environmental pollution. This can be prevented if we increase self-healing and use less medication.

    Dr. Daniel J. Benor: Whole Health - Easily and Effectively (WHEE), a method enabling you to deal with physical and psychological pains, stress and distress.
    Heather MacRae: Back to Joy: Undoing the Damage - Personal and professional experiences with trauma recovery.
    Martina Steiger: Creative Conscious Transformation
    Larry Steel: Co-developer of Biocomputer Operating System(B.O.S.)

Our thanks to Green Table Foods for providing the snacks for our Transition Health evening event!

S-Week Resource Fair

posted Mar 9, 2011, 1:46 PM by Guelph Sustainability Week   [ updated Mar 8, 2012, 10:30 AM ]

Ever wonder what is actually in the food that you are buying or maybe you’re interested in starting to produce your own food! Great!


Come check out the Resource Fair ALL DAY, Thursday, March 29th, in the University Center (UC) for tons of amazing activities. We will be hosting 20+ informational and interactive booths surrounding all the connections to the stuff we eat – FOOD! There are many opportunities to learn new practices, network with like-minded individuals, and make connections.


Bring a friend and jump into some vermin-compost or blitz into permaculture!

Part of the 3rd Annual Sustainability Week: Food for Our Future! March 26-31st
If you have any questions or comments, pass along an email @ or visit our website:




Tour of Guelph Center for Urban Organic Farming

posted Mar 9, 2011, 1:22 PM by Guelph Sustainability Week   [ updated Mar 7, 2012, 9:48 AM ]

When: Thursday, March 29th @ 2:30pm
Where: Meet be the Cannon in Brannion Plaza (middle of campus by the UC where the painted cannon is))

This event will include a detailed tour of the Guelph Center for Urban Organic Farming (GCUOF) with a rundown of the site and the types of practices used there. The community outreach and volunteer opportunities with the GCUOF will be discussed. The tour will end with a volunteer session so bring clothes appropriate to get down and dirty in the soil!

Let's meet at 2:30pm by the Cannon --> look for the blonde guy wearing an S-week volunteer shirt (Torin!) and then we will walk down to the site at 2:45 sharp! So don't be late!

GCUOF is a small scale organic agriculture sight that integrates proponents of permaculture and acts as a site to educate people, experienced and none, on small scale farming techniques. Fantastic people, fantastic opportunities, and fantastic food!
Check them out at GCUOF Website  and like them on Facebook!

Oil Sands in the Crude: Stripping Down the Issues

posted Mar 1, 2011, 6:24 PM by Guelph Sustainability Week   [ updated Mar 7, 2012, 9:52 AM ]

When: Thursday, March 29th @ 7:00pm
Where: War Memorial Hall on UofG campus

Oil Sands in the Crude: Stripping Down the Issues
A Panel Discussion on the social, economic, and environmental effects of the Alberta oil sands

Civic Imprints presents a panel discussion with Clayton Thomas-Muller, Indiginous Environmental Network, Don Thompson, Canadian Oilsands Limited, Terisa Turner, UofG Sociology and Anthropology Professor,  and Patrick Martin UofG Economics Professor. We will open up and deepen the discussion surrounding the oil sands and the implications it has for Canada’s economy, natural ecosystems, and people. Moderated by Nadeem Jaffer, this will be casual edge-of-your-seat event! Not to be missed!

The venue is War Memorial Hall at the corner of Gordon and College. Doors open at 6:30pm and the discussion will begin at 7:00pm sharp and go to 9:15pm.
This event is FREE, accessible, and open to everyone, so bring your friends!

Any questions or comments, please email us at citizen@uoguelph.ca

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