Welcome to the Physical Resources Sustainability Office!
The Sustainability Office aims to foster an institutional culture of sustainability, as well as empower individuals to take part in the university's commitment to practicing institutional ecology. These two goals are tenets of the Talloires Declaration, to which the University of Guelph is a signatory member.
The University of Guelph is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. AASHE's vision is to see higher education take a leadership role in preparing students and employees to achieve a just and sustainable society, with the campus itself serving as a model of sustainability, with curriculum and operations reflecting an integrative approach to learning and practice.
Sustainability Week kicks off with Resilience Partnership
Mar 22-28, 2013
Presenting a fantastic week of FREE events that are open and accessible to everyone!
In a shifting environment, faced with great potential for change, Sustainability Week will empower our community, inspire individuals, and organize our collective capacity for positive change. This week's theme is Open-source Communities.
Open Source philosophy promotes free redistribution of information and encourages collaboration of all individuals in developing innovative solutions to today's problems. The week starts off with a keynote speaker presented by the Resilience Festival. It will be filled with provoking workshops on the themes of skill-sharing, low-impact living and open-forums, in which we hope to bring about new perspectives on space and our relationship with fellow community members. Full event listings available here.. .
Sustainability Office hiring for Composting Co-ordinator
Mar 1, 2013
The composting co-ordinator is a very hands-on job, with a lot of outreach as well. The position is responsible for running the small-scale composting program, including maintaining the composters, monitoring and expanding the program, encouraging staff, faculty and students to participate, and coming up with creative and engaging communications approaches. Responsibilities now also include coordinating volunteers for the Coffee to Compost program. Position description. Application deadline: Mar 12, 2013 Application deadline extended: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 4pm.
OCL hiring for Move-Out Madness Facilitator
Jan 11, 2013
Off-campus Living is now hiring for this year's Move-Out Madness Facilitator. The Move Out Madness program consists of the following projects: Stuff Swap, Food Drive (in collaboration with Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge), Off-campus Bulky Item collection, and E- waste Collection. The role of the Move Out Madness Facilitator is to coordinate the planning, partnerships, and implementation of the Move Out Madness program. Applications are due to OCL January 25, 2013.
Sustainability Week Committee accepting applications for co-ordinator positions
Jan 9, 2013
Planning for the 4th annual Sustainability Week at the University of Guelph is underway and looking for involvement from students, staff and faculty who want to help make this year another amazing year of hands-on events and inspiring speakers. Applications are available for the volunteers who want to help co-ordinate any one of the planning committee positions. Co-leads are also encouraged!
University publishes sustainability highlights report
Dec 10, 2012
Updates on the university's progress and programs towards sustainability have been summarized and highlighted in the new Sustainability Highlights Report, written by Director of Sustainability Maurice Nelischer.
University runs contest to name new sustainability and energy initiative
Nov 19, 2012
Physical Resources is pleased to announce that the University has an exciting new sustainability and energy project under way. We are looking for assistance from the University of Guelph community to name the project. With this in mind, we have initiated a project naming contest open to students, faculty and staff with the top prize being an electric bike! Details and the entry form are at http://www.mcw.com/uofguelph/. The contest ends November 30th.