Sustainability Week is your chance to engage with local and global environmental issues. Join in on dozens of events on-campus and in the community – including a pitch-in shoreline cleanup, a meetup with Electric Vehicle Owners, tours of the Kingston Area Recycling Centre and lots more!

“5 DAYS 5 WAYS”Explore! Act! Inspire! Eat! Engage! with a variety of topics in sustainability at Queen’s!

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Queen's Sustainability Week events


Queen’s Climate Strike – 12pm-2pm @ University & Union:

The science is clear. We know what’s needed to mitigate the climate crisis – but our greatest challenge now is corporate interests lobbying to water down or quash climate action policies. So it’s time for us to get louder and pressure the University to listen to the science, ignore the lobbyists and take action. Together, we can amplify our voices towards a common goal — a greener, more equitable world, where profit is not prioritized over people and our planet. As we speak, communities are getting stronger and fighting back against this broken system. It’s on our shoulders now to speak truth to power. Read the Strike Demands here.

12pm – eat, chant, listen to music and speeches, wave posters around wildly
~1:15pm: Climate March through Campus.
~1:45pm-2pm: Concluding speakers.

Post-Strike Social – 2pm-4pm @ Victoria Park (Alfred & Brock).

Connect with like-minded people after the Climate Strike for this social event! Hosted by Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC), this is a great chance to share ideas on building a strong community to fight for our future! Food includes vegan, waste-conscious burgers and other treats. The food will be limited so come early and stay a while! RSVP on Facebook and invite friends!

Antique Furniture Auction begins! – 1pm-9pm @ the JDUC – McLaughlin Room (2nd floor).


FREE Bouldering Adventure – 5:30pm-8:30pm – meet @ Stauffer Library at 5:30pm.

Trips by Transit runs free, local, environmentally-conscious and public transit accessible outdoors trips for the Kingston community. No sign-up is necessary, just show up! The Kingston Bouldering Cooperative is hosting free climbing this week from 6-10pm every night, and we’re going as a group on Friday! We’re meeting at 5:30pm in front of stauffer library, look for our trip leaders in the grey long sleeves! We’ll be taking the #801 or #802 bus at 5:39 from the Union Street bus stop! Please wear athletic clothes and running shoes, bring water and your Queen’s ID or fare for the bus. No experience is necessary, but please be cautious when climbing! Must be 14+ to climb. RSVP and invite friends!

Antique Furniture Auction – 1pm-9pm @ the JDUC – McLaughlin Room (2nd floor).

The Sustainability Office and AMS student government are looking to find new homes for several recovered antique furniture pieces. Come re-use and give these awesome pieces a new home and new purpose! The items will be on display daily from 1pm-9pm starting Friday, Sept 27 until Tuesday, Oct. 1. Please come in at your own convenience and enter your bid! Winning bids will be announced on Tuesday, Oct. 1.


Doors Open: Sustainable Home Engineering – drop-in 11am-2pm @ 244 Sir John A Blvd.

Running only on solar energy and rainwater, the Queen’s Solar Education Center is Queen’s University’s very own cutting-edge hub for resource efficiency research, student and community education, and sustainable living demonstrations. Stop in to explore the Solar Education Center’s power, heating and water systems, learn about sustainable building technology from our team of engineers, and find out about our progress on this year’s Solar Decathlon competition! Don’t forget to pickup your very own FREE home energy and water conservation kit on your way out! RSVP and invite friends!


CEEC x Trips by Transit Hike to Belle Island – 1:45pm sharp @ in front of Stauffer Library..

This is a great opportunity to have meaningful discussions and meet like-minded people who are interested in environmental innovation. Everyone is welcome, and the event is FREE, if you bring your student card to use the Kingston city bus. This event will have a sustainability focus! We will begin by exploring the island followed by some trail clean up! Then we’ll hang out with some slack-lines and spike ball! Learn more about sustainability from the Commerce & Engineering Environmental Conference (CEEC). We will be meeting in front of Stauffer Library at 1:45 pm to grab the #801 bus together at 1:54 pm as a group to Belle Island! Should be a gorgeous day!!

Antique Furniture Auction continues – 1pm-9pm @ the JDUC – McLaughlin Room (2nd floor).


Sustainability Trivia night this Sunday at QP

Sustain-ability Trivia (19+) – 9pm-11pm @ Queen’s Pub (in the JDUC).

What a better way to learn how to be more sustainable than with good ol’ QP Trivia! Hosted by Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID), come out and learn more about Sustainability! No cover, 19+ only, must have Queen’s ID. RSVP on Facebook and invite friends!

Green Campus Tour: Who knew Stauffer has a penthouse? – 9:30am-10:30am Registration required.

Come join the Sustainability Office for a tour of the back of house operations of Queen’s University. Participants will get a behind the scenes perspective on the energy and mechanical operations required for Queen’s University’s operations. The first tour on Monday, September 30 will take participants on a tour of the Stauffer Library mechanical penthouse. The second tour on Thursday, October 3 will take participants on a tour of the Central Heating Plant which supplies 95% of Queen’s campus with electricity.


Queen’s Sustainability Clubs booths – 10am to 2pm @ Univ & Union.

Interested in joining a club or learning more about how you can get involved with sustainability? Come out to University & Union to learn about what’s happening to make our campus and city more sustainable environments.

Recycling Workshop “Where our Waste Ends Up” – 11:30am-12:30pm @ ARC room 505.

Join Sustainable Kingston and Queen’s Sustainability Office as they discuss the municipal and on campus waste streams and recycling systems. The two organizations will highlight the important differences between the municipal and campus waste streams, and where our waste ends up. The workshop will also touch on how the recycling industry is changing both nationally and globally.

Breakwater Park Pitch-In Cleanup – 12pm-4pm.

Want to take an afternoon break and make a tangible difference for sustainability on campus? Take part in this campus cleanup! Bags, gloves, and drop-off locations all provided. Yellow Pitch-In bags and latex gloves can be picked up at the Queen’s Sustainability Office (Rideau Building, 207 Stuart St.) or the AMS front desk in the JDUC. Clean up as much as you’d like between 12-4pm and then drop the full garbage bags at the Waste Stations.


Clothing Repair Workshop – 1pm @ ARC room 506.

Don’t toss out your ripped bags and tattered pants! learn to repair your clothes, save money and be more sustainable. This clothing repair workshop will teach you the basics of clothing repair for the low cost of $5! Register here!

Antique Furniture Auction continues – 1pm-9pm @ the JDUC – McLaughlin Room (2nd floor).


Tour of Kingston Area Recycling Centre – 1:50pm meet @ Goodes Hall bus stop, bus leaves 2:10pm sharp!

Gain a better understanding of our municipal waste streams, where our waste ends up and waste management. This tour will also touch on aspects of the recycling industry, such as finding buyers for Kingston’s recycling and waste. Transportation is generously being provided by Kingston Transit one way. The Kingston Transit shuttle will be leaving the Goodes Hall bus stop (Alfred St. north side of Union) at 2:10 p.m. We will be taking public transit on our return trip. Sign-up here!

QUEST & The Tea Room Speaker Series – 4pm @ The Tea Room in the ILC.


FREE Documentary Screening: “Colonization Road” – 5pm-6:30pm @ Queen’s Law building, room 300 (Sir John A, across from Goodes Hall).

This documentary looks at the startling reminders of colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people throughout Ontario. Activist Ryan McMahon explores the history of this province’s colonization roads and raises significant questions about reconciliation and what it means to decolonize. FREE, all welcome. Hosted by the Society for Graduate & Professional Students (SGPS).


Beeswax Wrap Workshop – 5:30pm @ Kingston Hall room 304 (3rd floor). Registration required ($5).

Are you interested in making your own reusable beeswax food wraps? The Society for Conservation Biology Kingston Chapter will be showing you how to make 2 food wraps to cover your dishes instead of using plastic cling wrap. Cost of materials is $5. Sign-up here! P.S. This workshops runs right before the Potting Night workshop! If you want to participate in both, you could purchase a bundle for $15.


Queen’s Outdoors Club: Fun at the Park!– 6pm-8pm @ Victoria Park.

Celebrating our love for the outdoors! BBQ, slackline, frisbee & show off your spike ball skillz! Please bring a snack or dish to share + bring reusable plates/utensils/containers! Hosted by Queen’s Outdoors Club – a great way to meet new people!


Potting Night – 6:30pm-8pm @ Kingston Hall room 200 (2nd floor) .

Take a break from studying and join us for a fun filled potting night. Pick a seed and decorate your own terracotta pot! To minimize waste and consumption feel free to bring old recycled materials that you can use as decorations! Cost of materials is $12, registration required. Sign-up here! Hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology Kingston Chapter.

“Sustainability initiatives at Queen’s: be an agent of change” – 9am-12pm @ MacCorry room B176 (lower level).

Queen’s Sustainability Clubs – 10am-2pm @ Univ & Union.

Interested in joining a club or learning more about how you can get involved with sustainability? Come out to University & Union to learn about what’s happening to make our campus and city more sustainable environments.

Electric Vehicles Owners Presentation/Workshop – 10am-11am @ MacCorry room B176 (lower level).

Go Green Baby: Eco Parenting Workshop – 12:30pm-1:30pm @ MacCorry room D214 (main floor). FREE.

Antique Furniture Auction – ends at 1pm @ the JDUC – McLaughlin Room (2nd floor).

Tour of Tomlinson Organics in Joyceville – bus leaves the JDUC at 1:30pm sharp, returns at 3:30pm. FREE.

Sustainability Week Clothing Exchange – 3:30pm-6:30pm @ the JDUC, Robert Sutherland Room (2nd floor). FREE.

Panel Discussion: Queen’s Global Climate Primer – 3:30pm-5pm – A discussion of research, policies, justice and transformation in a climate emergency @ Miller Hall room 201 (2nd floor). FREE.

City of Kingston Waste Diversion Strategies open house – 5pm-7pm @ JDUC, Wallace Hall (main floor). FREE.

ALL DAY – Break Up With Your Cup Day – first 1000 people get a free reusable cup! @ Common Ground Coffeehouse (2nd floor of the Queen’s Centre/ARC).

Waste Audit of Stauffer Library and AMS Services – 8am @ Stauffer & JDUC.

“Waste in a Global Context with Myra Hird” – 9am @ location TBA. More info coming soon.

Queen’s Sustainability Clubs – 10am-2pm @ Univ & Union

Back of Leonard Hall Tour – 12pm-12:50pm – Join Executive Chef Drew Carroll for this fascinating look behind the scenes at Leonard Cafeteria. Meet at Leonard Dining Hall at 12pm.

Daily Green Campus Tour: Central Heating Plant – 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Food Security Workshop – 4pm-5:30pm @ JDUC John Orr Room (3rd floor)  – FREE – Learn about food security, food rescue efforts locally, and the impacts that food waste have on climate change. Hosted by Loving Spoonful Kingston and Queen’s Soul Food, both who deliver excess food from cafeterias to local shelters for people in need.

Sustainable Cooking Class – 5:30pm-7:30pm @ QUIC Kitchen (Mitchell Hall, 2nd floor) Sign up here! We will be making a vegetable risotto with locally grown veggies instructed by Maria Gerrard, the owner of Dream Come True Kitchen. Throughout the event we will be collecting donations to contribute to Loving Spoonful Kingston. You won’t regret this opportunity to do so, but please come prepared with your own plate / knife and fork! Hosted by Queen’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB), the Tea Room, Queen’s Soul Food & the AMS Food Bank.


Queen’s UC3 Forum – 9am-3pm @ Mitchell Hall Event Commons. FREE, but Registration required.

9am – Mike Gerbis, “Applying a Queen’s Degree to Combating Climate Change”
10:30am – John Robinson, “Making a Difference: Universities as Living Labs and Agents of Change”
11am – Climate Change Research and Innovation Panel
1:30pm – John P. Smol, “The Burden of Proof: Academia’s Responsibility in Informing the Public on Climate Change”
2:30pm – Panel Discussion: “Community Partnerships for Sustainability

KAIROS Blanket Exercise – 9am-11:30am @ Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre.

SNID Talk: “Brazil and the Amazon” – 1pm @ Mac-Corry room D214 (main floor). FREE public lecture.

Steven Moore, Radical Activism & Systems Change” – 3pm-4pm @ Goodes Hall room 302 (3rd floor). FREE.

CEEC Fall Taster Speaker Series – 6pm-8pm @ Rose Innovation Hub, Mitchell Hall (main floor) Sign-up here! – Have a TASTE of what the Commerce & Engineering Environmental Conference (CEEC) is like, and get to know our executive team!  A panel of students who have had internships in the sustainability sector will talk about their experiences. Following the panel, we will also be hosting a GUEST SPEAKER discussing agriculture and the important role soil plays in the redevelopment of our environment. As always, FREE FOOD and DRINKS will be provided thanks to our partners at Social Lite, Cottage Springs, and Steam Whistle!  Following the event, we will be hosting an after-party for all attendees! Mystery location to be announced at the event!  So bring your friends for a night of good times and CEEC vibes! Dress code is business casual. *If you are 19+ please bring a valid piece of ID*

Speaker Series: Food Storage and Local Agriculture – 6:30pm-7:30pm @ The Tea Room – Hate wasting food? Want to learn about food options that are sourced in Kingston? Free food & drinks this Thursday as we welcome guest speaker Diane Huddle, an expert on food storage and reducing food waste, who will be sharing easy and realistic ways that students can reduce their food waste! Our second guest speaker, Xiaobing Shen, is a farmer in Kingston who sells “farm sum” at the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market every Sunday! He also makes AMAZING steamed buns from his grown ingredients and he will be bringing them for everyone to try! Hosted by Queen’s EWB and The Tea Room.

“Local Vibes” concert – 8pm-11pm @ Clark Hall Pub (19+ only, must have Queen’s ID). Hosted by Queen’s Global Energy Conference.