Eco Committee

Sustainability in Residence

How You Can Get Involved...

Student Volunteers or Sustainability Educators are an integral part of the Eco Committee.  If residents would like to get involved by volunteering to help organize our events, Weekly meetings are held on Mondays at 7:00pm in meeting room C1005 (between the towers of Barbara Rae and Shadbolt, or one can contact any member of the Eco Committee at our events.

Meeting Times:

The 'Green' Things You Can Do...

How to reduce your waste in Residence

  1. Join the campus-wide containers   program and swap Styrofoam for a reusable plastic container at all  Chartwells and Renaissance locations.
  2. Bring a travel mug and save $0.25 on your coffee or tea at all Chartwells and Renaissance locations.
  3. Check out the Attic, Residence’s thrift shop, for new kitchen and room items, clothes and more!
  4. Check before you print. Are you using double sides? Do you really need to print your document?

Reduce your water consumption in Residence

  • Turn off the tap:  When you brush your teeth, while lathering your hands when washing, and while shaving
  • Try shorter showers. Can you shower in 5 minutes?
  • Don’t run a load of laundry unless it is full.
  • Run a sink of soapy water to do dishes instead of letting the tap run.

Find sustainable food options on campus

  1. SFU Pocket Market takes place every Wednesday from April- October at Cornerstone. Find local fruits, vegetables, bread, and more.
  2. SFU Harvest Box is a delivery service that provides fresh local produce, delivered to campus bi-weekly. Check out http://hb.sustainablesfu.org/ for more info!
  3. Nature’s Garden café at Cornerstone features organic and fair trade coffee and snacks.

Who We Are...

The Eco Committee is composed of SFU residents with a passion for sustainability and environmental justice. Our mission is creating and promoting sustainability in residence through events, programs, initiatives, and volunteer opportunities.

Dine in the Dark is the Eco Committee’s most well known event. Last fall, We dimmed the lights in the Dining Hall, offered a special vegetarian entrée, and encouraged residents to ride a “smoothie bike”, (a stationary bike which powers a blender to make smoothies). This event raised awareness about energy conservation by using less energy for lighting. Overall, approximately 200 residents participated, and many of them signed a pledge sheet to turn off their own lights. In addition, the fall semester also included a Meatless Mondays program, an Open Meeting, a Documentary Night, and had approximately 150 residents complete a Sustainability Survey.

For the Spring 2014 terms we are looking forward to planning a Whistler Trip, photobooth for National Sweater Day, shoreline cleanup, gardening project, and more!

Eco Committee Programs:

  • Dine in the Dark is the Eco Committee’s most well known event. Last fall, We dimmed the lights in the Dining Hall, offered a special vegetarian entrée, and encouraged residents to ride a “smoothie bike”, (a stationary bike which powers a blender to make smoothies). This event raised awareness about energy conservation by using less energy for lighting. Overall, approximately 200 residents participated, and many of them signed a pledge sheet to turn off their own lights. In addition, the fall semester also included a Meatless Mondays program, an Open Meeting, a Documentary Night, and had approximately 150 residents complete a Sustainability Survey.

Eco Committee Events:

Throughout the year, the SFU ResLife Eco Committee organizes various events at Residence that students can participate in.  Previous events have included:

  • Water Day
  • Dine in the Dark Dinner