New Ecolink Website to connect students with U of T's environmental resources

Friday, December 5, 2008 10:00:00 AM

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Students Angus Ni, Ibtissam Mustaq and Liam O’Doherty provide information on the Centre for Environment’s new Ecolink Website during U of T’s Environment Week.
PHOTO: Students Angus Ni, Ibtissam Mustaq and Liam O'Doherty provide information on the Centre for Environment's new Ecolink Website during U of T's Environment Week.


By Angus Fei Ni

The beginning of autumn heralded the launch of "Ecolink", a new Website launched by the Centre for Environment. Designed to consolidate educational and event-related information and to serve as a virtual meeting hub for University of Toronto students, Ecolink provides a new online destination for those interested in the environment. With funding from the Vice-President and Provost's Student Experience Fund, a team of half a dozen dedicated students, faculty, and staff worked throughout the summer designing, building, and testing the Website from the ground up.

Ecolink hosts an online environmental community which has the ability to inform and connect students with U of T's vast environmental resources in four main areas:

  1. Academics: includes U of T environmental program and course listings, and profiles of faculty at U of T doing environmental research;
  2. Events: includes listings of environment-related events held at U of T and the Greater Toronto Area;
  3. Get Involved: includes ecotips for green living, information on organizations and careers, and how to get involved in U of T's major environmental initiatives; and
  4. Forum and Jobs: to facilitate discussions by students on issues, programs and courses.

To showcase the Website and inform the student body, the Centre organized a day-long launch event in the lobby of Sidney Smith Hall on Monday September 29, 2008 to coincide with the start of U of T's Environment Week. Adorned with large posters and free, organic and locally sourced cookies, students Angus Ni, Ibtissam Mustaq, and Liam O'Doherty offered quick rundowns and demonstrations of the Website's purpose and capabilities to curious students. Free tote bags, flyers, pens and mugs made of 100% recycled plastic were given out, as well as lightweight U of T stainless steel water bottles to a few lucky students with special vouchers in their tote bags.

Students who stopped by indicated that environmental concerns topped their list of priorities in the fall federal election and were delighted to find that the University was devoting resources to environmental research, education, and communication.

Thanks to the students who worked on the project: Meccana Ali, third-year Sociology, U of T Scarborough; Haris Chowdhry, fourth-year Electrical Engineering; Liam O'Doherty, third-year Semiotics and Sociology; and Ibtissam Mustaq, Recent Honours B.A. graduate, International Development, U of T Scarborough.

Ecolink can be accessed at: http://ecolink.environment.utoronto.ca.  For more information, please email Imran Hasan, IT Manager, Centre for Environment, imran.hasan@utoronto.ca.

Angus Fei Ni is a work/study student at the Centre for Environment.