Sustainability Circle: The Future of British Columbia

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This is the final episode for the first season of Sustainability Circle. Navreet and Teghan get to talk to British Columbia’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, George Heyman. They discuss how his career led him to the influential position he now holds today. As well, he explains how young people have inspired him throughout his career as an environmental leader.

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Sustainability Circle: Building Bridges

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Teghan and Navreet have the opportunity to talk to Wade Grant, a nominee for Vancouver city councillor as part of the Non-Partisan Association and former band councillor of the Musqueam Nation. They discuss how sustainability ties into his personal life as a member currently residing on the Musqueam reserve. Conversations about Indigenous politics come up and how the recent process of reconciliation interlinks itself to existing policies and practices throughout the province and the city of Vancouver.

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Welcoming Ruth, our new Programs Manager

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Embark would like to welcome Ruth Elizabeth Briggs to the team as our new Programs Manager. Since this role is central to all of Embark's programming and events, get ready to see more of Ruth all over campus. Click below to read a short biography of her sustainability journey.

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I’m Graduating. Can Embark come with me?

Congratulations, graduating members! You made it through everything from papers to all-nighters to nail-biting finals. You can be proud of everything you’ve achieved. Finishing university isn’t easy, but you hung on and now you’re here. What's next? Olivia shares how she plans to take Embark with her after graduation.

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Welcoming the new Embark Board of Directors

Introducing Embark's new Board of Directors. Our board is comprised of SFU undergraduate and graduate students, as well as one associate member! Learn more about each board member and their relationship with sustainability.

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Sustainability Circle: The Ocean is Our Garden

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On this week’s episode of The Sustainability Circle, we have Rhiannon Moore joining us on the conversation on microplastics in the ocean. Rhiannon is a masters student at SFU and a researcher with Oceanwise. She has one question in mind how are microplastics affecting the food web for belugas in the Arctic. We talk about her thesis, the way of life in the Arctic, Indigenous perspectives, climate change and the interconnectivity of different systems.

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Catching the Elusive Salmon Farming Story

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For our last Sustainability Peer Program reflection this year, Kris talks about his audio documentary, Plight of the Coast. This documentary is centred around the BC Salmon Farming industry and includes a variety of perspectives on the topic. Read more about the documentary and his time in the Peer Program.

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Sustainability Circle: Linear to Looped

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For episode three, Teghan and Navreet talk to Linh Truong, the co-founder of Soap Dispensary & Kitchen Staples. She shares her experiences as a business owner trying to thrive as sustainably as possible, with a main focus on minimal waste. Her perspectives shine a light on changes we can make in our everyday life to reduce plastic. Listen in to learn more and open your mind to the waste streams we participate in daily.

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Plastic Straws, A Thing of the Past?

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A new movement has been sweeping the globe, tackling the plastic pollution problem head-on by banning single-use plastic straws in restaurants, bars, and other businesses.  The majority of plastic straws are used only for a few minutes and then discarded, where they are then left to biodegrade in our oceans and landfills. While tackling plastic pollution can seem like a daunting task, eliminating single-use straws provides an easy way to begin reducing plastic waste from our day-to-day lives.  By eliminating plastic straws, we help cut down plastic waste and perhaps, more importantly, helps to spread awareness about plastic pollution. Read more on the impacts of plastic straws.

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Sustainability Circle: Embark Behind The Scenes

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For episode two, Teghan and Navreet talk to the Embark Board of Directors Chair, Sophie Dodd. They discuss her work with Embark and how they each got involved with the organization and the impact it has had on their university careers. This episode also goes into the inner workings of Embark outside of a volunteer perspective. Listen in to learn more about Embark, volunteering at SFU and sustainability from a student perspective.

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