An exciting start to the year…

Hello all!

It has been a busy past 6 weeks. We met many, many new faces throughout the first 3 weeks of September at Imagine Day, Farmade, Clubs Days, and then the Kick-Off. The Kick-Off was allowed all of our new team members to get to know one another, brainstorm for all of the teams, eat some delicious vegetarian food, and choose their teams for the year.

Since the teams formed, they have been meeting weekly to get the ball rolling for Term 1 and making plans for the entire year. Each team has incorporated the ideas from the Kick-Off into their long-term goals and are now making them happen.

Some highlights:

The Food team has been collaborating with CUS Sustainability to plan a sustainable food event set to take place on December 1st. Should be fun and educational (and yummy)! They’ve also planned a sustainable food movie series to take place throughout November at the Global Lounge. More details will be available soon.

The Dialogue team, through partnership with ESSA, has gotten the UBC Green Drinks going! Green Drinks is an opportunity to talk sustainability with your peers at the Gallery (the pub on the main floor of the SUB). The first one went well and brought together a bunch of new folks. Next set to take place Monday, Oct. 24 @ 5:30pm. See you there for discussion and bzzr!

The Challenges team is in crazy preparation mode for Do It in the Dark 2011. This energy competition will be placing UBC’s Totem Park and Place Vanier residences in competition against each other AND against residences at SFU, UNBC, TRU, UFV, VIU, and UVic! The organization that coordinates this competition is goBEYOND, a climate action network for post-secondary institutions in BC. Challengers are also getting pumped for the DIITD training set to take place this upcoming Saturday.

Updates from both the Education team and the Tangible Solutions team will be arriving shortly!

In other news…

The goBEYOND Regional Training Summit took place this past weekend and was co-hosted by Common Energy UBC. It was a fabulous opportunity to network with other climate activists from SFU, Capilano U, and, of course, UBC. The weekend featured workshops on Personal Sustainability, Stories of Sustainability Leadership, Navigating the Institution, Finding Resources on your Campus, and Using Media and Marketing.

Okay, that’s all for now!

Much love,

Common Energy UBC

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