As most of you probably know, April 22 was Earth Day
. It was a day to inspire and raise awareness about our planet and all the various environmental issues that we are facing. While Earth Day only comes once a year, we should do our part for the environment on a more regular basis. With that in mind, if you are looking to get involved with clubs or associations that promote a greener lifestyle, then look no further. At SFU, there are plenty of different organizations that are constantly looking for volunteers to help spread the word about sustainable living and going green. Here are just a few:
- Sustainable SFU: This organization is a collaboration between students, staff and alumni working together on sustainability-related projects. Their main focus is to “facilitate SFU’s transition into a model sustainable institution.” Some of their successful campaigns include include the SFU Local Food Project and the Water Sustainability Campaign. You can volunteer to be a part of their planning committee and be an SFU Student Sustainability Ambassador by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting http://sustainablesfu.org/.
- SFPIRG: The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group is a student-run non-profit organization, facilitating environmental and social change. They have plenty of different action groups related to sustainability such as the Climate Change and No Bottled Water action groups. Also, if you don’t find anything you like, there is also the option of starting you own action group and taking on a leadership role. If you would like to get involved in these, all the information can be found at http://sfpirg.ca/index.cgi?d=&g=/pirg/groups.htm.
These are just two of the many ways you can help promote sustainability at SFU. It is important to remember that this is a global issue and in order to combat it, we have to each do our small part. So, if you are passionate about the environment and would like to help make SFU a more sustainable university, go to http://www.sfu.ca/sustainability/ to learn about all the different volunteer opportunities that you can get involved with to help your community and the world become greener and more sustainable.