Do you ever feel like you could do more to be sustainable but aren’t sure how?
If so, you’ll be excited to know that this March at UFV will be full of events dedicated to sustainability.
UFV’s Office of Sustainability, alongside 20 other departments and groups, will host the March for Sustainability event series again this year, featuring special events on Abbotsford and Chilliwack campuses throughout the month.
“There’s something for everyone across two campuses,” notes Jennifer Martel, sustainability coordinator with UFV’s Office of Sustainability.
“The events are open to everyone — students, staff, faculty, admin, and the wider community. You can get involved in sustainability no matter what your background or career,” says Martel.
This is the second year the March for Sustainability series is being held and there are nearly three times as many events as last year, with 20 different partners and groups, including external organizations, involved with the events.
“It’s not just films, lectures, and picking up garbage,” says Stefania Pizzirani, an assistant professor in UFV’s School of Land Use and Environmental Change (SLUEC). “It’s about the wider sustainability movement — environmental, social, cultural — and creating opportunities to learn, get connected, and involved.”
For more information on the March for Sustainability events, view the event page here:
Schedule of events
Wed, March 1 — Clothes the Loop: Renew, Reuse, Restyle (Abbotsford)
Learn basic clothing repairs, explore the Fibre Museum, and take part in the everyday clothing exchange! While you’re there, try something on from the “Career Closet” for your next interview!
11 am-3 pm
Fri, March 3 — Sustainable Development Goals Lab (Abbotsford)
SDGs Lab is a program to launch youth awareness and action towards building a more sustainable future. Through a speaker series, seminar, and interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to reflect and build on their understanding of sustainable development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
8:30 am-3 pm
Wed, March 8 — International Women’s Day: I am Belmaya film screening (Abbotsford)
In honour of International Women’s Day, come watch a screening of the film I am Belmaya about a low-caste girl in Nepal who becomes a filmmaker. You will also have the opportunity to learn and reflect through a photovoice exhibit of female Nepalese survivors of human trafficking.
10 am- 1 pm
Wed, March 15 — Sustainability Career Panel
Hear from industry professionals working in the broad and evolving field of sustainability. The event will be held in person and will be available to watch online as well.
Wed, March 15 — Rails, Jails, and Trolleys film screening (Chilliwack)
Rails, Jails and Trolleys is a documentary produced by UFV’s South Asian Studies Insitute. The film presents the history and present-day events related to pressures on agriculture in India
Chilliwack campus library
Wed, March 22 — Science Café (Chilliwack)
A casual event with expert speakers sharing short presentations on the theme “Food Sustainability in the Fraser Valley” with Q&A. Science Cafés welcome people who may or may not typically get involved with scientific discussions.
Chilliwack campus library
Wed, March 22 — Early Earth Day (Abbotsford)
The Early Earth Day event will showcase strategies for many leading environmental issues and celebrate the beautiful place we all call home — Earth! This event will be held at the Abbotsford campus.
11 am-3 pm
Tues, March 28 — Early Earth Day (Chilliwack)
The Early Earth Day event will showcase strategies for many leading environmental issues and celebrate the beautiful place we all call home — Earth! This event will be held at the Chilliwack campus.
Tues, March 28 — Sustainability Open Mic Night (Abbotsford)
The Sustainability Open Mic Night is an opportunity for the UFV community to use creativity as an outlet dealing with the sustainability issues we are facing. From climate change to social injustice, we invite participants to share through song, dance, spoken word, slam poetry, etc.
strEATS — SUB
Wed, March 29 — Sustainable Food Production: Field to Porch (Chilliwack)
Regardless of the scale of food production, our changing climate requires everyone “pitch” in. Learn about practices that growers are using, the challenges they face, and how the same practices can be used for home growing. Don’t have the luxury of a yard? Don’t worry we have suggestions for taking these practices to containers! — Limited spots available —
Wed, March 29 — Pollinator Garden Event (Abbotsford)
This event will focus on plant biodiversity, native pollinators, and plant maintenance. Building off of last year’s event, we will prep the new pollinator garden behind Lá:lem te Baker for the Spring and be making a mason bee home.
11 am-1 pm
Behind Lá:lem te Baker residence.
Fri, March 31 — Confronting the Climate Emergency (Abbotsford)
In celebration of the launch of the School of Social Justice and Global Stewardship, come hear from Sarah Kamal. Sarah is a disaster displacement and community engagement specialist, currently working as the Wow-um (“calling all people”) project lead with the Kanaka Bar Indian Band.
Sat, April 1 — Planting Stewardship (Chilliwack)
In celebration of the launch of the School of Social Justice and Global Stewardship, we will be planting a pocket forest on the land in Chilliwack. We plan to feature performance and stories and are working with artists and the Soowahlie First Nation.
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