AMS kicks off Sustainability Month

Initiatives and events bring together Queen’s, SLC, and Sustainable Kingston

Lettuce love garden run by the AMS.

The beginning of October kicked off AMS Sustainability Month.

Sustainability Month is happening from Oct. 3 to 28. There will be three weeks dedicated to the following themes: Land and Agriculture (Oct. 3 to 7), Sustainable Homes and Cities (Oct. 17 to 21), and Fashion (Oct. 24 to 28).

Emily Rolph, AMS commissioner of environmental sustainability, spoke about the month in an interview with The Journal.

“[Sustainability Month] strives to cultivate a culture of sustainability in Kingston and provides participants the opportunity to engage and inquire about environmental issues facing our local and global communities, and ecosystems,” Rolph said.

Rolph said Sustainability Month brings together both the Kingston and Queen’s community, as well as Sustainable Kingston, a non-profit group which aims to make the city more livable and resilient.

As part of the month, the Commission of Environmental Sustainability (CES) is running a sticker campaign to support Indigenous Climate Action, an Indigenous-led organization using Indigenous knowledge to develop solutions to the climate crisis.

Students can grab free stickers in the LaSalle building and the Queen’s Centre.

The AMS is also hosting a variety of events throughout October, which highlight different aspects of sustainability and discuss how individuals and the community can tackle climate change. The events match the given week’s theme, Rolph said.

The first week—Land and Agriculture—featured an AMS Food Drive, in which the AMS shared low-cost and low-waste recipes. The Earth Centre also ran an online series with information and tips about sustainable eating.

On Oct. 11, the CES hosted a pollinator houses workshop in collaboration with Footprint St. Lawrence College and Sustainable Kingston, which taught participants about the importance of pollination in the ecosystem.

Rolph said students can become involved in the Sustainability Month through participating and engaging in the coordinated events.

“I am hoping the range of events and initiatives taking place will be able to provide something for everyone.”

Rolph added on top of the events and initiatives offered this month, the CES will be running sustainable initiatives throughout the entire year.

Students can get involved in the Collective Closet, the Sustainable Action Fund (SAF), and the Sustainable Events Certificate (SEC). 

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