The O-Week Sustainability Challenge Is Back!
Sustainability at Brock
by tthayalalingam
10M ago
By: Thurkkha Thayalalingam and Evan Rodenburg Back by popular demand, the O-Week Sustainability Challenge initiative is calling on Brock University students to track their sustainable actions for the chance to win one of five prizes.  In partnership with Blackstone Energy Services, Brock University is hosting its third annual Welcome Back Sustainability Challenge! From September 11 to 15, students can log their sustainability actions, ranging anywhere from taking public transportation to turning off the lights, onto the EcoBoss app.  The five students with the most actions logged by ..read more
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Nuclear Power in Ontario
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by tthayalalingam
10M ago
By: Thurkkha Thayalalingam Nuclear power is the electricity generated by nuclear reactions such as nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, or nuclear decay. The most commonly used process for generating nuclear power is nuclear fission, typically of uranium or plutonium atoms. Although nuclear fusion produces a much higher energy yield, it is a very volatile and challenging process in comparison (World Nuclear Association).  Nuclear energy currently accounts for over half of Ontario’s electricity and 15 per cent of Canada’s electricity (World Nuclear Association). There are currently three oper ..read more
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Sustainability in Brock’s Dining Services
Sustainability at Brock
by tthayalalingam
10M ago
By: Thurkkha Thayalalingam Did you know that about 25 per cent of the food served by Dining Services is locally sourced? These foods come from Canadian sites that are within 200km from the university. Brock’s Dining Services has many different sustainability initiatives in place including plant-forward meals and “cool foods”.    A dietary labelling program with special menu icons is also used to provide additional information regarding dietary restrictions. This includes identifying any foods that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy- free, halal, or plant-forward. &n ..read more
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The Niagara Escarpment
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by tthayalalingam
11M ago
By: Thurkkha Thayalalingam Brock University is proud to be located atop the Niagara Escarpment, an incredible topographical feature spanning southern Ontario and the United States. Officially designated as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Biosphere Reserve, the escarpment is a focus for biodiversity conservation and a learning site for sustainability (UNESCO). Within Ontario, the Niagara Escarpment is hundreds of kilometres long from the Niagara River up to Tobermory and Manitoulin Island (Bruce Trail Conservancy). The escarpment also played a critic ..read more
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Summer Sustainability Reads
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by tthayalalingam
11M ago
By: Thurkkha Thayalalingam This list presents to you a few great sustainability books that can help you learn about the history of sustainability and provide an outlook on our future with some practical solutions. Both new and old, some of these books explore revolutionary ways of thinking about our impact and role on this planet.  Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things  By: William McDonough & Michael Braungart  Cradle to Cradle is a seminal book written by an architect and a chemist who together explore the societal and environmental benefits of a circular econ ..read more
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Volunteering in Sustainability: How to Find Volunteer Opportunities to Complete your Living Planet Leader Certification
Sustainability at Brock
by tthayalalingam
11M ago
By: Brenna Mervyn* About the Program  The WWF Living Planet Leader program (LPL) has provided an opportunity for students at Brock to complete a certificate in sustainability while completing their degree. LPL is a professionally recognized certification with four main pillars: volunteerism, sustainability in academics, personal sustainability, and leadership. Any student at Brock is eligible to complete this certification, regardless of program or faculty. The following post will be focused on the volunteerism pillar, and how Brock students can complete their 40 hours of volunteer work r ..read more
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The energy transition needed to meet global net-zero goals
Sustainability at Brock
by tthayalalingam
1y ago
By: Thurkkha Thayalalingam Accounting for about 75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuels are currently the largest contributor to global climate change. Transitioning to alternative renewable energy sources is a vital step towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Not only are renewable energy sources better for the environment, but they are often cheaper than “dirty” energy sources and better for human health. Keep reading to learn more about two of the most popular renewable energy sources: solar and wind! There are many more clean sources that are not mentioned here includ ..read more
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Climate Change and Sustainability Documentaries to Watch This Summer!
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by tthayalalingam
1y ago
By: Thurkkha Thayalalingam Documentaries can be a great way to learn more about sustainability and environmental issues, requiring only a couple hours of your time. It can often be overwhelming to think or learn about climate change and the future of our planet, for which there are also more reflective and hopeful documentaries on the topic. We’ve compiled a small list of great documentaries from the past two decades that cover a variety of environmental issues and concerns.   Kiss The Ground (2020)  Narrated by Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground discusses how soil and regenerati ..read more
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Certified B Corporations
Sustainability at Brock
by tthayalalingam
1y ago
By: Thurkkha Thayalalingam Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, are businesses that are global leaders in sustainability and support an ‘inclusive, equitable and regenerative economy’ (B Corporations). B Corps demonstrate high standards in social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. By becoming a B Corp, businesses are able to build a positive relationship based on trust with their consumers, employees, communities, and suppliers. Keep reading to learn about some B Corps that you may have heard about before!  Patagonia   Patagonia is one of the most ..read more
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Trails in the Niagara Region
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by tthayalalingam
1y ago
By: Thurkkha Thayalalingam Situated on the Niagara Escarpment, Brock University is one of a handful of Canadian Universities located within a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Biosphere reserves support conservation and sustainable development and aim to “provide local solutions to global challenges.” (UNESCO, n.d.) The Niagara Escarpment is home to many beautiful walking trails, some of which are even located steps from the Brock campus! If you’re looking for a fun summer activity to connect with nature, here are some trails that you can check out this summer. Make sure to bring a camera as these tr ..read more
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