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Ecology, transportation, museums, global warming – Issues, Experts and Ideas

January 17, 2007
Sustainable dining
Here's some food for thought: North Americans are responsible for consuming the most energy in the world, on a per-capita basis. And a huge part of that consumption, which also causes contamination, is in the form of food. SFU’s ecotoxicology group, led by biology professor Leah Bendell-Young, has done a study on the ecological problems with food. The student group will present its research and suggestions on how to make dining more environmentally sustainable at a lecture at SFU Vancouver on Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Rm 1400.

Leah Bendell-Young, 604.291.5621,

Auto Network turns 10
“Just slightly incovenient” is how SFU alumna Tracey Axelsson describes using a vehicle from the Co-operative Auto Network – which she created 10 years ago while studying in the community economic development program at SFU. What began with 16 members and four cars back then now has over 2,600 members and 141 vehicles throughout the Lower Mainland. Members purchase shares, book vehicles and are billed for use. Axelsson can look at the rise of the network and where she sees the potential for growth – including back where it all began, at SFU.

Tracey Axelsson, 604.685.1393;

Weaving the Tapestry of Canada

More than 1,100 Latin American artifacts and images housed in SFU’s museum of archaeology and ethnology will take on a new role in cyberspace. A new project involving SFU, the Multilingual Orientation Service Associate for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC) and the Archaeological Society of BC is enabling the creation of an interactive, searchable website based on the culture and heritage of Latin American Canadians. Museum curator Barbara Winter can talk about how new technology is enhancing the role of museum collections.

Barbara Winter, 604.291.3325;

Planet U – an approach to global warming

Global warming is prompting new action strategies. In his book, Planet U: Sustaining the World, Reinventing the University, Michael M’Gonigle, a professor of environmental law and policy at the University of Victoria, considers the potential of universities to become models of transformative change at the community level. M’Gonigle, a co-founder of Greenpeace International, will talk on the subject at SFU’s Burnaby campus on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. (RCB 6152), and at SFU Surrey later that day at 2:30 p.m. in room 3090, Galleria 3.

Marianne Meadahl/Fiona Burrows, PAMR, 604.291.3210

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