Sustainability Day 2021 Schedule

See below for complete list of presentations (schedule subject to change).

8:30 a.m. Welcome

Land acknowledgement and welcome from Markus Chambers, City Councillor/St. Norbert - Seine River Ward

8:40 a.m. Day Overview

Kale Kostick, Acting Director, Office of Sustainability, welcomes all attendees and presenters.

9:00 a.m. Message from UM President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Michael Benarroch

Message from UM President and Vice-President Dr. Michael Benarroch

9:15-10:00 a.m. Fairtrade Coffee: Responsible Consumption & Production

Presented by Laura Wiebe, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation

Learn how Kajiado Womens’ Savings Groups, a project of Tearfund Canada, work to address gender equality issues in Makueni, Kenya. This Manitoba Council for International Cooperation presentation features a video and interactive quiz, with a prize awarded for the quiz winner.

10:00-10:45 a.m. More Than Beauty: Small Urban Natures

Presented by Dietmar Straub, Landscape Architecture

The time of physical distancing, lockdowns and screen fatigue awakes a longing for physical spaces to re-connect with nature. This richly illustrated presentation shows ‘small natures’ in Winnipeg, which allow children and butterflies to immerse their bodies into an environment for their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth.
 

10:45 a.m. Exercise: Movement & Mobility

Try one of these exercises provided by Recreation Services:

Full Body Mobility

This is a 10 minute full body mobility sequence. Keep this sequence in your back pocket to use as a warm up, cool down or an active recovery day activity. 

Movement + Mobility: Shoulders

This series of exercises are designed to help improve shoulder mobility and shoulder function in all planes of movement. Working at a desk for prolonged periods can lead to tightness and bad posture. These exercises will help improve posture, reduce pain and prevent injury. Complete the circuit 2-3 times. It should take 10-15 minutes.

Chair Mobility

Sometimes standing movements are not an option for various reasons. If you are dealing with a movement limitation, injury or restricted workspace, give this 15 minute chair mobility sequence a try to loosen up adding full body mobility movements to your day.


 

11:00 a.m. Connecting EDI & Sustainability

Presented by Valerie Williams, Human Resources

In this interactive session, we will connect the values and desired outcomes inherent in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work with the values and goals of sustainability. The University of Manitoba has made commitments to sustainability and is engaged in sustainability initiatives. Aligning EDI initiatives with sustainability efforts will strengthen both the sustainability initiative and the EDI initiative, resulting in more focused use of resources and the ability to achieve goals.

11:45 a.m. Documenting the Campus Landscape

Presented by Kevin Handkammer & Vanessa Vermeulen

The Campus Planning Office has been working with other units on campus to create an inventory of our exterior spaces and urban forest. Data collected within these inventories will be used to foster a better understanding of our campus lands while supporting research and learning, as well as planning efforts at the university.

12:00 p.m. Canada Water Agency

Video presented by Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Western Economic Diversification Canada) and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Canada Water Agency).

1:00-1:45 p.m. Government Spending & the Sustainable Development Goals

Presented by Donna Dagg, Sustainable Procurement in Manitoba

The way we spend is important to achieving the SDGs. Because governments are large consumers, public procurement plays a key role    in pursuit of the goals. Sustainable Procurement in Manitoba, a local
information hub, assists with the incorporation of environmental and social benefits into procurement decisions in support of the SDGs.

1:45-2:00 p.m. An Introduction to the Sustainability-in-Action Facility

Presented by Danny Mann, Biosystems Engineering

The Department of Biosystems Engineering has established a Sustainability-in-Action Facility (SiAF) on the west side of the Fort Garry campus that will be available to the UM community for experiential learning and demonstration opportunities in the areas of sustainability (including but not limited to northern/urban food production, renewable energy, building practices and utilization of waste biomass fibre).

2:00-2:45 p.m. Exploring Sustainability Opportunities in the Residential Landscape

Presented by Bill Dowie, Environment & Geography

The average homeowner might not realize the opportunities to contribute towards the betterment of the environment by way of the UN-SDGs. Guided by several backyard conservation programs and professional sustainability rating systems, this virtual lecture will inform participants on how ecological design and maintenance practices can optimize biodiversity — while creating an aesthetically functional space.

2:45-3:00 p.m. Should I Worry About Microplastics?

Presented by Joe Ackerman, Biosystems Engineering

Learn about microplastics, their sources, locations of concentration and how they are measured. This short informative talk will expand your knowledge of microplastics and how to minimize exposure to them.
 

3:00-3:15 p.m. UM’s Bold Climate Action Plan in the Making

Presented by Jeremy Murphy, Sustainability Solutions Group

UM has started creating its Climate Action Plan. The plan will fuse sophisticated energy and emissions modelling with inputs from all over campus to produce an exciting set of big-move, low-carbon actions to get UM to its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Learn about how the plan will be developed and how you can get involved.

3:15-4:00 p.m. Addressing Gender Equality through Savings and Loans Groups

Presented by Laura Wiebe, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation

Learn how Kajiado Womens’ Savings Groups, a project of Tearfund Canada, work to address gender equality issues in Makueni, Kenya. This Manitoba Council for International Cooperation presentation features a video and interactive quiz, with a prize awarded for the quiz winner.

4:00-4:45 p.m. Propagate Food Plants Using a Fillable Ornament

Presented by Jo-Anne Joyce, Biological Sciences

Faculty of Science/Buller Greenhouse staff show you how to propagate perennial food plants by ‘air-layering’ using a fillable ornament! In this video, we review materials, suggest plants that respond best to this method, and demonstrate techniques, followed by the unveiling 5 weeks later of your new food plant.
 

4:45 p.m. Address from the Province

Video presented by the Honourable Sarah Guillemard, Minister of Conservation and Climate, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for the riding of Fort Richmond.

 

5:00 p.m. Exercise: Movement & Mobility

Try one of these exercises provided by Recreation Services: 

Full Body Mobility

This is a 10 minute full body mobility sequence. Keep this sequence in your back pocket to use as a warm up, cool down or an active recovery day activity. 

Movement + Mobility: Shoulders

This series of exercises are designed to help improve shoulder mobility and shoulder function in all planes of movement. Working at a desk for prolonged periods can lead to tightness and bad posture. These exercises will help improve posture, reduce pain and prevent injury. Complete the circuit 2-3 times. It should take 10-15 minutes.

Chair Mobility

Sometimes standing movements are not an option for various reasons. If you are dealing with a movement limitation, injury or restricted workspace, give this 15 minute chair mobility sequence a try to loosen up adding full body mobility movements to your day.

5:15-5:45 p.m. UM SDG Student Hub

Presented by Soomin Han, Chantal Vachon & Nicholas Pasieczka, SDG Student Hub

The SDG Student Hub is a student group under the guidance of Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Youth and the UM Office of Sustainability. Together, we are working towards creating a space for interdisciplinary collaboration and shifting the conversation around the SDGs to be more accessible and inclusive.

5:45-6:30 p.m. Campus Food Strategy Group and SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Presented by Page Chartrand & Chantal Perchotte, Campus Food Strategy Group

Food sustainability is crucial to tackling food insecurity as a population, as well as on campus. This presentation will introduce you to the Campus Food Strategy Group and its links to SDG Goal 2: Zero Hunger.

6:30-7:15 p.m. Advances in Farm Water Management to Protect Water Quality

Presented by (Ranjan) Ramanathan Sri Ranjan, Biosystems Engineering

Proper irrigation and drainage play a major role in sustainable agriculture. Better methods to manage water on a farm can help retain nutrients on the farm. Adoption of these advanced techniques will protect our rivers and lakes.

7:15 p.m. Sustainability Award Winners Announced

The winners for the 2021 Campus Sustainability Awards will be announced.

7:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

Closing remarks.

Sustainability awards

The UM Sustainability Awards recognize and celebrate the collaborative efforts of students, staff and faculty to advance our campus commitment to excellence and leadership in sustainability.

Undergraduate Sustainability Award

The individual demonstrates:

  • Leadership to educate, advocate and advance our understanding of sustainability in the campus context
  • Sustainable environmental practices on campus and a keen interest in sustainability
  • The link between environmental, economic and social well-being and sustainability in their studies and/or campus activities

Eligibility

Must be a full‐ or part‐time undergraduate student in good standing currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba.

 

Graduate Sustainability Award

The individual demonstrates:

  • Leadership to educate, advocate and advance our understanding of sustainability in the campus context 
  • Sustainable environmental practices on campus and a keen interest in sustainability
  • The link between environmental, economic and social well-being and sustainability in their studies and/or campus activities 

Eligibility

Must be a full‐ or part‐time graduate student in good standing currently enrolled at the University of Manitoba.

Student Group Sustainability Award

This group demonstrates:

  • Collective leadership and achievement in educating, advocating and advancing our understanding of sustainability within the University of Manitoba campus community
  • A measurable and lasting impact on environmental, economic and social well-being

Eligibility

  • Must be a current UMSU student organization, association or club, student or graduate student association or group in good standing.
  • Individuals are not eligible to receive this award
  • Sustainability does not have to be in the student group’s mandate or mission statement

Staff Sustainability Award

This individual demonstrates:

  • Leadership to educate, advocate and advance our understanding of sustainability in the campus context 
  • Sustainable environmental practices on campus and a keen interest in sustainability
  • Sustainability may or may not be a defined job responsibility

Eligibility

Must be an employee of the University of Manitoba.

Faculty Sustainability Award

This individual demonstrates:

  • Exceptional and continuous integration of sustainability into their teaching, research and engagement activities
  • Classroom teaching, course design and assignment creation to engage their students to make new and unique contributions to the environmental, economic and social wellbeing of their campus and global community
  • Research focus within the sustainability field
  • Sustainable environmental practices on campus and a keen interest in sustainability

Eligibility

Must be an active University of Manitoba faculty member, instructor or postdoctoral fellow.

Send us your nominations

If you know of an individual or group demonstrating leadership, creativity and dedication to sustainability on campus, nominate them for a 2021 UM Sustainability Award in the categories listed below.

Deadline for nominations: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Nominations will be reviewed and the award recipients will be selected by the UM Sustainability Committee.

The winners for the 2021 Campus Sustainability Awards will be announced at Sustainability Day on March 4, 2021.

Sustainability awards nomination form