Students' News, Fall 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009 11:00:00 AM



CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT'S MOST RECENT GRADUATE ALUMNI (NOVEMBER, 2009)  (please click on link)


CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT REVAMPS ECOLINK WEBSITE:
A VIRTUAL MEETING PLACE FOR U OF T STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THE ENVIRONMENT

By Tim Welsh

The Centre for Environment has recently unveiled the latest version of Ecolink, an online undergraduate hub for all University of Toronto students interested in environment and sustainability issues, found online at http://ecolink.environment.utoronto.ca/.   
     The recently overhauled site improves on the original by providing more up-to-date, dynamic content, and improved interactivity features.  By adopting a blog-style format, the new Ecolink is easily updatable with the latest news, campus events and job postings and can serve as a virtual hub for networking among students and young activists. Regular contributors will provide in-depth articles, highlighting local sustainability issues, faculty environmental research at U of T and tips for green living.       
    To coincide with the relaunch of the website, Ecolink has announced the first annual EcoMedia Contest.  This is a new initiative designed to increase traffic to the website, promote engagement with environmental issues, and recognize the creative talents of our students.  The contest is open to all U of T undergraduate students, and accepts video, photography and graphic design entries around the theme of "The Natural City".  Entries will be judged by a panel of experts and winners will be announced in the spring of 2010; at stake are a number of prizes including laptop computers, netbooks, iPods and a bicycle.  The contest got off to a great start with a pizza lunch party held on November 25, 2009 attended by over 60 students and organized by Ecolink Marketing Coordinator student Victoria Chu.
    
The new and improved Ecolink website will facilitate student engagement and interaction, and will act in a social-marketing capacity for the Centre for Environment.  In the coming year, we hope to see the site become the go-to web destination for U of T students interested in the environment and related issues.  For more information about Ecolink, or to contribute articles or events, please email tim.welsh@utoronto.ca

Tim Welsh is Research Coordinator at the Centre for Environment.

THE CAMPUS AGRICULTURE PROJECT HOPES TO MAKE U OF T A MODEL OF URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
U of T Campus Agricultural Project (UTCAP) is a cross-campus collaboration of community partners, students, staff and faculty are dedicated to unifying and expanding agricultural initiatives on campus. 
     They have coordinated five garden projects this year: a rooftop garden on the Galbraith Building initiated by engineering graduate students, expanded plots at Hart House and Hart House Farm, the U of T Students' Union equity garden and a new student-run garden at U of T Scarborough.  Fresh vegetables will be shared among the U of T community including chefs, U of T's Hot Yam cooking collective, volunteers and food banks.  The projects reflect a goal of promoting well-co-ordinated gardening projects that provide the university community with healthy food and community-building opportunities, as well as a living classroom.  In the long term, the group hopes to establish U of T as a model institution for sustainable urban living.  David Berliner, June 2009 Centre for Environment B.Sc. alumnus, was one of the students who spearheaded the collaboration, with help from the U of T Environmental Resource Network and dozens of committed volunteers.  He has been hired by Hart House to continue working on sustainability projects, including the gardens, this fall.
(This is an edited excerpt of an article found at http://www.news.utoronto.ca.)

For more information please contact uoftagriculture@gmail.com.