Pasta straws, more bicycle self-repair stations, a community fridge, more green roofs and clothing donation of formal business wear for students.
These are just some of the ideas that McMaster undergraduate students from an Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability course presented to university leaders as ways to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on campus.
Students aiming to make environmentally sustainable choices at campus disposal bins sometimes miss the mark, unintentionally placing recyclables in the trash and non-biodegradable products into organic waste bins.
As part of an Advocating for Sustainability course at McMaster, students Hannah Christie, Emma Darrach, Belvina Mao and Mahimah Reancy wondered if the signage at the bins affated disposal behaviour and decided to take a closer look by surveying students on McMaster’s waste sorting.
Thanks to funding from McMaster Okanagan, Facility Services, the MSU and EcoCanada, McMaster’s Student Sustainability Ambassador Program is an important connection in a virtual world.
What do supporting local farmers, uplifting youth mental health and championing active travel have in common? They all address one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and were the topics of projects led by McMaster sustainability students this year.