When my friend Anna invited me to a film screening event hosted by Embark of the movie Just Eat It last year, I didn't realize the path it would put me on. Flash forward to today and I am seven months into a food recovery non-profit organization named Food Stash Foundation that has grown to have collected over 80,000 lbs of leftover food from thirty-six different stores and delivered it to twenty-six different charities throughout Vancouver with the help of 12 weekly volunteers.
The Burnaby Mountain Tank Farm expansion has been a topic of much contention lately, and it is imperative that we understand what is happening in our community. In order to do so, Embark Sustainability, SFU 350, Force of Nature, World Literature Student Union, SFU Faculty Association, SFU Graduate Student Society, SFPIRG, and BROKE came together to host TankTalks, a dialogue-based town hall. On April 3rd, sixty guests attended the event to discuss the implications of the tank farm expansion and to build momentum for the Tank Farm Rally organized by the Simon Fraser Student Society.Read more
I was 17 years old, living in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. A blue-collar logging town with three pulp and paper mills, freight shipping trade on Lake Superior, and a strong outdoor community. But not the MEC kind of outdoors (Mountain Equipment Coop: BC’s trendy hipster outdoor store). We wore plaid but didn’t think it was cool. We canoed, hiked, fished, hunted. We sat by firesides. We sucked on sunflower seeds and spit their shells into the fire, while sipping Labatt Blue. Yeah, we even cheered for the ‘Leafs.Read more
Sustainable agriculture is the act of producing food with little to no harm to communities and animal welfare. It protects the environment as a whole and practices methods that will last for future generations. But to what extent are the labels or certificates printed on the products we buy in stores mean what they really mean? How do they get certified? Is it sustainable or simply “organic” in terms?Read more
This month we're focusing on conservation and mitigation. So, I propose that we try out a 5 Minute Shower Challenge. Now don't get me wrong, this doesn't mean you have that you only have this amount of time to hop in and out of the shower. This challenge suggests you limit your water consumption during showers to only five minutes.Read more
During the spring semester of 2016, I was searching for volunteer opportunities related to my favourite topic, the environment. As a student enrolled in SFU’s Environmental Resource Management major, I am always finding ways to lower humans impact on our surrounding ecosystems. The Food Rescue Program sounded like a great place to start.Read more
Lupii Cafe, located in Champlain Heights, is Vancouver’s first zero-waste cafe dedicated to environmental and social sustainability. Owned by SFU Beedie Professor, Lisa Papania, the cafe aims to reduce the amount of waste in our landfills and promote a sense of community among its neighbors.Read more
Since the fall semester, I have been working with the wonderful team at Embark as the Grants Coordinator. I am currently a Master’s of Public Health candidate at SFU. I am mainly interested in understanding how we can promote health and wellbeing on an international level. I am constantly inspired to learn from grassroots organizations and truly understand what sustainable community development looks like from the bottom-up.
As a New Year's Resolution this year, I encourage everyone to be more aware of the waste that they are creating. The challenge is to spread awareness that "reducing and reusing waste is a priority to managing waste sustainably". Our mission is to create a sustainable future for us and the ones we love; and in order to do that, we must start by being more conscious about the ways we consume and the waste we are producing. I understand that being completely zero waste is a big commitment, so I've gathered some tips, food for thought, and success stories to help spread awareness and motivation!Read more
We all approach fashion differently. Some people search for the latest trends while others are happy to buy $5 t-shirts at Walmart. No matter how we choose to dress, we all have one thing in common – everyone needs clothes. Like any other item, clothes have a lifespan. This lifespan may only be one season if you are fashion-conscious, but more often, we keep our clothes until either they are worn out or we are sick of them. Even if we donate them to charity, somewhere down the line they will end up in a landfill. While it may be possible to minimize our waste by cutting out things like single-use plastic, we can’t boycott clothes. Therefore, it is crucial to keep the environment in mind when we shop for a new wardrobe.Read more