From left to right: Manan Kapoor, Lourdes Rodriguez, Moni Marouki, Mimi Tang, and Steffi Dhillon

During the COVID-19 pandemic, on-campus activities at Bow Valley College have been suspended. For this reason, the Student Sustainability Ambassadors program is paused. But, there are still many opportunities for Bow Valley College students and staff to learn about sustainability and take action in their own lives.

First, sign up for Sustainability 101, our free co-curricular sustainability course. Learn about many important topics, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, climate action, energy and water conservation, green jobs, and recycling. All Bow Valley College learners and employees are welcome to join this self-paced course. Receive a certificate if you complete the whole course! Sign up by following these instructions.

Second, check out the BVC Green and Intercultural Centre Summer Eco-Learning webinar series! During summer 2020, we are hosting webinars on important sustainability topics. Join us for our upcoming webinars on reducing your plastic waste and Calgary’s water system! All learners, staff, and alumni are welcome. Sign up here.

Finally, read our 2019 Sustainability Report. Learn about our progress towards our goals and the ways that all areas of the College are contributing to a more sustainable future.

To learn about past projects of the Student Sustainability Ambassadors, check out the Winter 2020 cohort’s posters below.

 

 

 

 

 

What is the Student Sustainability Ambassadors program?

This is a volunteer program where Bow Valley College students attend weekly meetings, help with waste & recycling education, work on a sustainability action project of their choosing, and receive a $250 stipend upon successful completion of the program. If you are passionate about a healthy environment and want to work collaboratively for creative solutions, this program is for you!

Recognition & benefits

  • $250 stipend
  • Recognized on co-curricular record
  • Listed on BVC Green website
  • Letter of reference (upon request)
  • Contribute to the sustainability portfolio at Bow Valley College
  • Build leadership skills, public speaking skills, and sustainability competencies

Eligibility & requirements

  • Length of position: Jan – Apr 2020
  • Must be in second semester at BVC (or later)
  • Attend at least 7 meetings
  • Commit to 2 volunteer hours per week
  • Demonstrate a passion for sustainability
  • Demonstrate your learning at the end of the program

What have past Ambassadors worked on?  

1. Researching possibilities for a community garden at Bow Valley College

Christine Abit (School of Health & Wellness) and Natasha Sergl (School of Creative Technologies) researched the benefits of community gardens and considered ways to start a garden at the College.

2. Researching women’s education in Jordan

Luwam Mogos (School of Global Access) worked with faculty member Trevor McIvor (Research & Innovation) to come up with ways to better understand the barriers women in Jordan face when seeking an education so that they can overcome them.

3. Sustainability Bingo

Henry Chavez Turcios, Ramandeep Kaur, and Mimi Tang designed a Sustainability Bingo activity for students. Students answered questions such as “What is your carbon footprint?” and “How much water does the College use in a single day?” for a chance to win great prizes.

 

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