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.
“We know that 2020 has been a strange year and that it could be a tough time for students with midterms and adjusting to online school, so we wanted to encourage students to get outside, think about the food they eat, the nutrients they get, relax with some fun crafts and switch off their power, lights and laptop to conserve energy and unwind,” Little explained.
Food insecurity is a term rarely used, but experienced by many university students, including those here at McMaster University. In a recent survey conducted by students enrolled in SUSTAIN 3S03, it was discovered that 39 per cent of students experience some form of food insecurity, with 12 per cent experiencing severe food insecurity.
“The students found an extremely innovative way to give back to the community, while at the same time encouraging a sustainable alternative to discarding computers”
This year, the Climate Change and Health — Innovation Award went to a SUSTAIN 3S03 student group, working on the ‘Trash to Treasure’ project that helped refurbish and donate used computers to children in need!