The Embark Solar Demonstrator: Renewables Feels For Reals

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Have you ever seen the huge ten thousand watt solar array on the facilities building at SFU’s Burnaby Campus? The bus goes right by it all day long. Most people have seen it but never noticed. Being engineering students with an interest in sustainability, we asked our peers if they’d noticed.

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Volunteers of the Semester Fall 2017: Angela Ang and Priscilla Lam

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We’d like to present the recipients of the Embark Volunteer of the Semester award, Angela Ang and Priscilla Lam. This acknowledgement is meant to celebrate a particularly outstanding volunteer who has shown a high level of commitment and initiative. They have gone above and beyond what’s expected at Embark and we wanted to explore why they love volunteering for Embark. This time around, we just couldn’t pick one person to award so we’ve picked TWO! Read more for quick interviews with each recipient talking about what they’ve done with our organization.

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I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

HolidayTrash.jpgChristmas is just around the corner, and with the mass consumption that comes with shopping and endless food, comes mass waste. According to Zero Waste Canada, the average Canadian will throw away about 110 pounds of garbage during this holiday season. Read more to find out a few ways to reduce Christmas waste.

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Know before you throw: The truth about Best-Before dates


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How many times have you found yourself looking through your pantry, coming across that can of soup you’d purchased all those months ago and forgotten about, only to find that it’s past the Best-Before date? How often has this ended with you simply tossing it into the bin?

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Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability: Gary George


image.img.2000.high.jpgI had the pleasure of meeting Gary George and gained more insight on his views on sustainability as a First Nation’s member in British Columbia. Gary said his first experiences with sustainability started when he was working in Indigenous Fisheries where he became aware of the traditional salmon traps that were banned as a technique in 1906 by Colonial Governments. In today’s world, the salmon traps of the past would be ideal for sustainable practices.

 

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Eat Wild


Salmon_Farms.jpgYou know that famous saying, “you are what you eat”? Well, if that were true I would definitely be salmon considering the mass amounts of salmon sashimi I consume. I could probably argue that I eat sushi for 180/365 days a year. Recently, I started cluing in on the fact that some restaurants have the option for “wild” salmon. What is wild salmon and why isn’t all the salmon on the menu wild? 

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Veggie Lunch at SFU: Affordable 3-course vegan meal on campus!


IMG_0818.JPGVeggie Lunch is a great way to keep your momentum from Monday Veggie Challenge rolling forward all week. Affordably priced at $6 ($6.5 takeout), you’ll get a hot main dish, salad or vegetable side, a drink, and a two-part dessert. Lunch is served every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the Maggie Benson Forum Chambers from 11:30am-2:30pm. 

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Sipping and Snacking Sustainably at SFU


embark_blog_photo_1.2.jpgRight under our noses, SFU has made a small change with a lasting impact. All Sodexo locations such as the Dining Hall, Mackenzie Café and Junction 65 have transitioned over to compostable packaging. This includes cups, cup lids, food containers and even straws! Our campus has taken a significant step towards their zero waste and sustainability goals included in the SFU 20-Year Sustainability Vision. 

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Welcoming Lu, the new Assistant to the Executive Director


LuDaly.jpgLast but not least, Embark would like to welcome the final addition to the team for the Fall 2017 semester. Please welcome Lu, our new Assistant to the Executive Director! 

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Welcoming Emily and Janmie, the Newest Additions to the Media Team


Emily_Final_Compressed.jpgEmbark welcomes two new media coordinators to complete our Communications team! Meeting Emily and Janmie, two individuals who are passionate and creative sustainability leaders on campus. Continue reading for their full biographies. 

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