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Earth Centre finds new home in the JDUC

The Earth Centre has moved from MacGillivray Brown Hall to room 031 in the JDUC.

Raili Lakanen, co-chair of the Earth Centre and ArtSci ’09, said the move was made to increase student awareness about the pro-sustainability centre. The Earth Centre will re-open on Monday Oct. 6, she said.

“Our mission wasn’t fully matched to location,” she said. “We wanted a visible, accessible location.”

Lakanen said the AMS Executive and Stephen Chow, student centre and clubs co-ordinator, agreed to find the Earth Centre a new space.

“We are AMS ratified, so the AMS provided the space,” she said. “We had requested a space in the JDUC. When we were in Mac Brown, there were concerns over accessibility.”

Lakanen said the Earth Centre is located in last year’s Academic Grievance Centre, which is now located in room 040.

“The particular reason for that space is that the large window offers us a store front,” she said. “This gives us a chance to display our products and enhances awareness.”

Lakanen said last year was the first year the Earth Centre was fully operational. As well as offering sustainable products at cost, a practice supported by an AMS opt-out fee, the Earth Centre’s mandate includes educating students about sustainability.

“We are volunteer-run and a non-for-profit environmental resource centre,” she said.

Lakanen said advertising by sending e-mails to list-serves will prevent the unnecessary use of paper.

“Word of mouth has been really good for us,” she said. “Students become interested in unique ideas.”

—Clare Clancy

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