Sustainability News from your Student Union
By: Charlotte McEwen, Sustainability Coordinator
Earlier this month, The Lakehead University Sustainability Stewardship Council (LUSSC) launched their walk series, Explore this Place. Beginning at the Chancellor Paterson Library, these walks will be held every second Thursday at noon throughout the fall term. All are welcome to attend and participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes with weather-appropriate clothing.
The first walk of the series was a guided tour of edible wild plants on the Lakehead Thunder Bay campus, led by forager Will Stolz. Learning to forage for wild food is an excellent way for students to develop a greater connection to the land they inhabit and increase awareness of their campus environment. Participants of this walk learned about the availability and functionality of the plants on Lakehead’s campus.
The second walk of the series took place on October 19th, and was led by Ledah McKellar, the Lakehead University Sustainability Coordinator. This walk was based on the popular Nature Walk she guided earlier in September. As posted on the Office of Sustainability event page, the Nature Walk proved that “you don’t need to go far to access the beautiful scenery and tranquil nature that is all around us!”
A collaboration between the Student Success Center, LUSU Sustainability Center and the LUSCC, the walk series was inspired by a LUSCC Engagement Working Group discussion of how to increase awareness of and engage with the Thunder Bay campus’ sustainable features. You can look forward to future walks on topics such as the history of the land that Lakehead University occupies, meditation and self-reflection in nature, and the history of the sustainability movement at Lakehead University.
The LUSCC was launched in the spring of 2016 after the creation of the Office of Sustainability. The council has three working groups: Engagement, Academics, and Operations. All groups are made up of faculty, students, and staff who are passionate about all aspects of sustainability. Since its creation, the council has been busy at work. Throughout the first year of the LUSCC, the Sustainability Action Plan was developed, which the council is working on this year to implement the action plan across the university.
The LUSCC is currently looking for student representatives for the 2017-18 term. Student representatives are required to attend working group meetings as active members, provide feedback and perspective, and get involved with initiatives that increase on-campus sustainability. Working groups meet monthly and the entire LUSCC meets biannually.
If you are interested in becoming a student representative on a LUSCC working group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.