If you’re a member of the Capilano U community, you’re probably familiar with the Sustainability initiatives that occur each semester, including Farmers’ Markets, Zero Waste Stations, Building Challenge, and many more.

All of these related campaigns, events, and projects fall under the umbrella of CapU Works—including Energy Management, EarthWorks, and our CapU Works Student Organizers.

This year, the CapU Works team embraced four new Student Organizers—Christine Hudson, Teresa Summer, Natalia Pisarek and Emma Courtney—who are working on sustainability initiatives on campus.

In addition to attending weekly team meetings and building community engagement, these students act as catalysts, bringing energy, support for the team and a vision to challenge the series to grow into a rallying point of knowledge and action. They seek to engage other students within the campus, as well as the external community.

The organizers are encouraged to network with environmental organizations, arts-based organizations, performance artists, policy makers, and leaders and experts in sustainable change-making to bring a richness of views and opinions to the series. Throughout the remainder of the semester, this group will continue to deliver news and events that educate and inspire.

Meet your CapU Works Student Organizers for 2015-2106:

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Christine Hudson — Garden PatchWorks Student Organizer

In collaboration with Projects in Place, Capilano University opened its first-ever community garden in April of 2013. Located at the north end of the North Vancouver campus, the garden provides a site for shared experience among students from different programs and a place for everyone in our community to connect.

Christine will help to organize workshops, invasive species and weed pulls, and make sure things are running smoothly in the garden for students, staff, faculty and community members who hold plots. She will also be planning Ode to Spring this year, so stay tuned!

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Teresa Summer — FoodWorks Student Organizer

Since April 2012, Capilano U students have been identifying opportunities for food systems change, as part of the National Campus Food Systems Project. In 2013, our former student Tiaré supported students to bring local and seasonal food to campus events and community garden workshops. And five key food values are being crafted to capture key concerns of campus community members:

  • Nourishment and sustenance
  • Community engagement and evidence-based decision-making
  • Effective resource management
  • Connection to the regional food resources and ecosystem
  • Learn and make evidence-based decisions

Teresa is the lead on our next Holiday Market—currently scheduled for the first week of December—and is also looking into bringing a food bank to Cap U.

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Natalia Pisarek — PowerWorks Student Organizer

Natalia’s goal is to embed energy conservation into the curriculum in order to help students become energy conservation ambassadors, as well as engage staff members on behaviour change initiatives. She has helped promote the 30 Day Challenge throughout September, and will be bringing electronics recycling to campus on the day of the Waste Audit (October 20), as well as working on the Building Challenge in the spring.

Did you know that TVs, DVD players, computers, printers, radios and many other electronics use energy even when they aren’t turned on? Unplug these items when you’re not using them and enjoy the energy savings!

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Emma Courtney — EarthWorks Student Organizer

Continuing on from last year, Emma helps plan EarthWorks events each semester, which take the form of lunchtime discussion sessions, student training and workshops, sustainability socials, potlucks or film screenings. She liaises between the EarthWorks team, Capilano Students’ Union Environmental Justice Committee and other sustainability groups to connect ChatLive themes with opportunities for engagement and action. For the fall, she will be one of the leads on the Waste Audit, and then assist with the Holiday Market (coming at the end of the term!).

Stay tuned for more campaign and event info!

Submitted by Marina Van Driel, Sustainability Assistant, Facilities Department

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