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The Beauty of Sustainability

June 2nd, 2017

June 5 is World Environment Day, a global event lead by the United Nations that draws attention to the need for “an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment.”

Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI) is a service run by students that is committed to the advocacy of environmental issues on campus. Its main objective is to bring about positive behavioural and social change in the Waterloo community that benefits the environment.

 “We do various initiatives every year. The things we do range from used clothing sales, promoting fair trade and sustainable fashion, workshops, and even cutlery rental days,” says Maria Nestorovska, one of the service coordinators at SCI. “We try to make campus sustainable in as many ways as we can.”

 On May 24, SCI embarked on one of their many initiatives at The Bombshelter Pub, weeding and planting throughout the patio.

 “It’s something we do every year. We beautify their space and remind people of nature while also making The Bomber look great,” says Nestorovska.

 SCI will continue to make sure that the plants are watered three times a week throughout the warmer seasons to keep the plants happy and healthy.  

Campus Compost is another SCI project that provides a composting program on campus in an effort to raise environmental awareness, divert waste from landfills and provide students with campus-processed compost.

 “Sustainability is something we should all be committed to,” Nestorovska said. “It’s part of our job as humans to be involved with sustaining the environment.”

 Currently, Campus Compost is giving away free compost in an effort to make room to produce more. If you’re looking to live more sustainably, this is an efficient and eco-friendly way to fertilize and grow your plants. Contact them to grab your own batch of compost.

 “In the wake of climate change and global issues, the environment is something we should all be [looking after],” said Nestorovska. “It’s not hard either – the little changes in your everyday life add up.”

 

Written by Kathy Nguyen, Communications Assistant.