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Welcome to the first issue of our newsletter!
We are excited to keep you up-to-date with all the latest news about sustainable events, volunteer opportunities, and initiatives happening within the Carleton community.

Have a sustainability-related event that you'd like to share? Feel free to submit it by emailing sustainability@carleton.ca.
Commute Ontario has launched!
Carleton University has teamed up with Commute Ontario to offer its faculty, staff and students with sustainable commuting programs for an easier, healthier, and more enjoyable commute. Visit commuteontario.ca/carleton to take the first steps towards a sustainable commute!

Programs include:
  • Carpool Ontario - A ride-matching tool that helps users find people to carpool with. Carpool searches can be restricted to the campus or open to the community. Active users automatically entered into a monthly prize draw.
  • Active Switch program - Users can set goals and track their person powered transportation and recreation activities, including walking, cycling and more. Tracking activity is flexible and can be entered in steps, distance or time. Logging activity automatically enters users into a monthly prize draw!
  • Year-round Events & Promotions - Watch for exciting year-round events & promotions to participate in such as Carpool Month, Bike Month Ontario, Transit Month Ontario, Walktober and much more!
September is Transit Month Ontario
Take the Pledge. Ride Transit.
Carleton University has partnered with Commute Ontario, a province-wide program designed to encourage commuters just like you to adopt healthy and sustainable transportation options. This September, you're invited to make a pledge to ride transit for
achance to WIN a $500 Apple gift card!

Looking to brag a little about your transit experience? Share your photos using #TransitMonthON and let's get transit trending on social media.

 
ValidFill: One bottle. Unlimited beverages.

Carleton is Canada’s first university to use ValidFill technology in their Coke Freestyle machines to reduce single-use plastic cup waste!

The Freestyle machines in Oasis and the Food Court have been retrofitted with scanners that read RFID chips. Carleton University Dining Services now sells reusable bottles with an RFID chip in the bottom, and each bottle’s RFID chip is loaded with a full semester’s worth of unlimited beverages.

The Valid Fill program makes it easy to reduce plastic cup waste while also providing a great deal for those who are frequent consumers of cold drinks. Loaded reusable Valid Fill bottles can be purchased in the Food Court or Oasis for only $34.99!

Stay hydrated sustainably this semester and get your own Valid Fill bottle today!

New Recycling Stations
Have you seen our new recycling stations around campus? These new bins are made from 97% recycled material, and most importantly, they include compost! This campus-wide compost initiative is an ongoing mission to reduce our waste, as well as keeping valuable resources from going into the landfill.

Not sure where a certain item goes? Check out our waste management guide here.

 
Sustainability Tip of the Month
Have textbooks you weren't able to sell? If they have been published in the last 15 years, you can donate your used textbooks in the Textbooks for Change bins.Textbooks for Change will donate your textbooks to partner campuses, resell them at affordable prices, or recycle any out-of-date, damaged, or unusable textbooks.
Donate your used textbooks at the following locations:
  • 4th Floor MacOdrum Library
  • 1st Floor MacOdrum Library
  • 5th Floor Richcraft Building
Featured Group of the Month:
Climate Action Carleton
Climate Action Carleton brings together clubs and students to address the climate emergency through concrete action and advocacy. Their first point of action is to mobilize as many students as possible to attend the Global Climate Strike on September 27th that will unite millions of people marching across the world demanding world leaders to address the current climate emergency with the attention that it needs.
Upcoming events:
  • General Meeting: September 19 5:30pm in TB 230 
    General Meeting for anyone interested in helping mobilize more students.
  • Sign-Making Event: September 25 & 26 at 4-8pm at UC Atrium
    Sign-making events with paint, paintbrushes, and cardboards to bring to the march. You are encouraged to bring your own supplies as well!
  • Global Climate Strike: September 27
Find more information on their Facebook Page.
 
Upcoming Events
SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase
September 21
Don't miss Eastern Ontario's Largest Sustainability Event! And it's FREE to attend.

It features: A sustainability showcase featuring local experts, businesses, and organizations to answer any question about living sustainably or purchasing a sustainable product you may have. An electric vehicle exhibition that includes over 20 EV's with diverse makes and models available in the North American Markets.
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Local Food Week
September 23 - 27
Carleton Dining Services will be serving up a week full of local flavour! Local farmers and artisans will be visiting campus throughout the week to meet students and share stories about their work. This semester we’re taking Local Food Week across campus and into The Market and Bent Coin. You will be able to find locally inspired dishes at these locations all throughout the week!
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Global Climate Strike
September 27
Carleton acknowledges the climate strikes and kindly reminds students that it is their responsibility to make alternate arrangements with their courses ahead of time if they wish to participate in the strike action.
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Fueling Your Brain
September 27

Preparing for exams? Come learn how to fuel your brain with food! The foods that we eat can impact our brain function, including our memory and focus. At this workshop, you will learn which foods can nourish your brain for optimal academic success. We will discuss what and when to eat before an exam to ensure you are fully prepared. This session will be led by Jackeline Samaniego, Carleton Dining Services' in-house Registered Dietitian.
 
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Carleton University is committed to embedding continuous environmental and sustainable improvement to further enhance performance in all our operations. A commitment to sustainability allows for us to reduce our collective impact while ensuring that both existing and future generations of students, staff and faculty continue to enjoy our unique campus.
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