The Sustainable Campuses Conference (Feb. 16-19)

The Common Energy UBC delegation at the SFU Sustainable Campuses Conference has had an incredibly inspirational, educational, and fun past four days! We’d like to thank the conference organizers for establishing an awesome balance between learning, networking, and having lots of fun (we loved the dodgeball “personal sustainability” break).

Common Energy was lucky enough to have 12 current members and 2 alumni at the conference. The annual Sustainable Campuses Conference is run in collaboration between the Sierra Youth Coalition, the goBEYOND Campus Climate Network, and the host school’s organization which, this year, was Sustainable SFU.

Our members attended workshops covering topics which included: Personal Sustainability, Community Mapping, Energy in Western Canada, Building Effective Teams, and Reconnecting with Nature. For our newer members this was a fabulous introduction to the campus sustainability community fostered by goBEYOND as well as an important time for skills building and networking. For our more long-time members, this was a great chance to reconnect with old friends and colleagues from other campuses.

We were also able to share our experiences through two workshops. The first was by Angela Willock, Rosalind Sadowski, and Quinn Runkle entitled “Student Engagement in Sustainability” which introduced the participants to the concepts in Angela, Rosalind, and Quinn’s research on the topic as well as taking them through the thought process of using a framework to evaluate the “level” of engagement on one’s campus. Two frameworks were presented, one which addresses student engagement from an institutional perspective and the other from a personal perspective. The second workshop was by Kyuwon Kim and Quinn Runkle which used Common Energy as a case study for building a sustainable organizational structure. Common Energy has been consistently growing over the past five years and so it was an amazing opportunity to share its model with other students from similar campus organizations. We even got to connect with our partners at Common Energy uVic!

We also want to thank the UBC Student Environment Centre for generously funding a part or all of each participants’ fees. We really appreciate this support.

Enjoy your reading week!

Common Energy UBC

Chew On This: A Week of Perspectives on Sustainable Food

This week (Monday, February 13th to Thursday, February 16th) we present Chew on This: A Week of Perspectives on Sustainable Food

Here’s the quick run-through with a longer description below: (Check out the Facebook event and register here if you know which one’s you’re attending! If not, just drop-in!)

Mon, Feb, 13 4-6pm at IKBLC Lilooet Room – Business Speakers (free)

Tues, Feb, 14 4-6pm at IKBLC Lilooet Room – Local Workshop (free)

Wed, Feb, 15 4-6pm at IKBLC Lilooet Room – National Panel (free)

Thurs, Feb, 16 Doors 6pm, Dinner 7pm at Thea Koerner Lounge – Global Banquet ($5)

Each evening will examine Sustainable Food and Food Security from a different perspective:

Monday: Business Case Behind Sustainable Food, IKB Lillooet Room, 4-6pm
– Annie Moss/Randy Hooper, founders of Discovery Organics and Chef Steve Golob from Place Vanier Residence will discuss the business case behind sustainable food and the cost and benefit of eating local, organic.

Tuesday: Local Food Workshop, IKB Lillooet Room, 4-6pm
– Sprouts will lead this hands-on approach to local and sustainable food on campus through food mapping and what they do at Sprouts.

Wednesday: National Food Security Panel Discussion, IKB Lillooet Room, 4-6pm
– An interdisciplinary panel of researchers, professors, and farmers will discuss Canadian food security issues in this interactive panel discussion. Panelists include: Dr. Andrew Riseman, Dr. Sean Smukler, Will Valley, Anelyse Weiler, Jim Vercammen, and Sophia Baker-French.

Thursday: Global Oxfam’s Hungry For Change Banquet, Thea’s Lounge, Doors at 6pm ($5)
– Join us for Oxfam’s most popular event, Hungry for Change, to experience global food security in this delicious and thought-provoking evening
– For information on where and how to get your ticket, please visit this event:
or go directly to the eventbrite page:

Presented in partnership between:
Common Energy UBC (
Oxfam UBC (
CUS Sustainability (

And with generous support by:
AMS Sustainability Fund (
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (
UBC Food Services (