World population The world’s population is growing at an exponential rate. There are currently seven billion people in the world, and the number is growing every second. This means that at one point or another, land space and resources will run out. Fears of pollution, water, and food shortages are everywhere, yet people continue to [...]
A preview of the Apocalypse Dinner Series By Alicia Alves Staff Writer If the industrial food system collapsed, would you be able to survive? The Apocalypse Dinner Series, put on by Sustainability, aims to teach you how you could survive without that system. The Apocalypse Dinner Series is comprised of three events: “Snack Attack!” on [...]
Campus Market brings fresh, local produce to Lakehead By Alicia Alves Staff Writer “We are all living on this campus together. It’s like a small city; it has everything a city has, but it’s just smaller. Let’s celebrate that,” Jody Mitchell, Sustainability Director, says about the Campus Market’s role at Lakehead. The Campus Market, held [...]
GIC, Pride, AAC, MCC, Sustainability and Food bank – at your service! By Alicia Alves There are several centres on campus that aim to help students. These centres — Gender Issues Centre, Pride Central, the Aboriginal Awareness Centre, the Multi-Cultural Centre, Sustainability, and the Food Bank – are run for students by students and offers [...]
Featuring local artisans, food producers, and student artists By Stephanie Simko Staff Writer Every Wednesday in the Study from 10 am until 4 pm, tables laden with handcrafted goods, local foods and teas are on display for the student body to peruse and purchase. A large sign board, made from recycled materials and hand painted [...]
By Erin Collins News Editor Lakehead is brimming with green ideas, as proved last Monday in the Study. In an attempt to unite the environmentally-minded on campus and engage all in fluid discussion, LUSU Sustainability Initiative Co-Commissioners Ian Kaufman and Megan Clarkinvited members of the university community to sit down and share efforts and ideas [...]
By Ellen Stevens Staff Writer On Monday, November 19, 2012, Lakehead University will host an environmental discussion, focused oncreating more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices here on campus. The event will take place in the Study from 7-10 p.m. All are invited and free pizza will be provided. According to Megan Clark, Co-Commissioner of the [...]
The booth at the Thunder Bay Country Market where Shannon Venlenthe, the Squash Queen, sells her produce was located outside in brutally windy, cold weather. Well-bundled up, Venlenthe seemed accustomed to braving the impending elements of northwestern Ontario fall turning to winter.
Lakehead students came out to educate one another about the value of our local food network on Wednesday. Students from Dr. Scott Pound’s “Food, Writing, and the Community” class organized Shake the Hand that Feeds You – a showcase of local agriculture.
“I’ve been an environmentalist for over two decades,” Andrew Telfer tells me. “Back then we used to call it sustainable development, but people didn’t like the word development – the growth aspect of the word – so they changed it to just plain ‘sustainability.’ But I really like the term ‘sustainable development.’ We don’t live in a zero-growth world; the world economy is based on growth.”
How easy is it to eat locally in Thunder Bay? According to Nick Buragina from Aramark Campus Services, the university’s chief supplier of food, Aramark does its best to make local food available on campus. But it’s not easy.
Last Wednesday, the first Lakehead Campus Market took place in the Agora. The market is one of the projects that new Sustainability Commissioner, Ian Kaufman, has started up.
Letters to the editor, September 19, 2011
Camosun College will soon be using biodiesel from cafeteria cooking oil waste, thanks to some students in the environmental technology program.
Back in 2007, students at the newly-formed Sustainability Initiative succeeded at passing a referendum that granted $18,000 per year to its operations via a $3.00 fee tacked on to every student’s LUSU membership dues.
Just a few months after reversing its infamous prohibition of wireless internet, Lakehead may be wading into another controversial ban – this time on the sale of bottled water on campus. An online survey conducted between February 28th and March 10th asked students, faculty, and other employees if they were in favour of the ban. Nearly five thousand responded, with about 59% voting yes.
With the sale of bottled water in limbo on Lakehead campus, the Argus thought it would be appropriate to look into the facts of the beverage’s consumption in Canada.
The survival of the human race and our earth are at a crossroads. Increasing human consumption is unnecessarily diminishing our supply of natural resources and harming the environment. While it would be convenient to blame consumers or corporations for harming the environment, the truth is that there is no one to blame.
The LUSU Sustainability Initiative recently polled students via MyInfo, asking if they felt the sale of bottled water should be banned on campus. While I speak unofficially, it’s been said that over 6,000 people, including students, staff, faculty, and alumni voted in the poll. To my astonishment, over two thirds of the participants apparently voted in favour of the ban. I’m not exactly sure what these thousands of people have against bottled water, and quite frankly I don’t care.
Last Thursday, the LUSU Sustainability Initiative teamed up with a handful of local environmental organizations to present “Moving Towards Adaptation.” The jam-packed conference showcased presentations and workshops on the various impacts of climate change and how we can adapt.