Telling the story of sustainability

Phil and his volunteers stand together behind bags of trash they cleaned up in Arnprior.

Environment student advocates for sustainability on- and offline

This past weekend, a group of volunteers organized by third-year Environment & Business student Phil Murphy gathered in Arnprior, Ontario to clean-up their community together. In just one hour they filled five garbage bags while working along the marina. Phil’s commitment to the environment reaches far beyond his hometown though.

As well as being a founding member of University of Waterloo H2O, Phil is the creator and manager of SustainED (or Sustain Education), a website dedicated to telling the story of sustainability from different perspectives.

“SustainED is really focused on making sustainability a topic of everyday conversation. I really believe that sustainability will be an integral part of our future, and SustainED was created as a starting point for people to become informed and inspired,” said Phil.

Phil and volunteers clean up their community.

SustainED provides do-it-yourself tips to stay sustainable, like how to start countertop composting, as well as “Sustain Stories”. UWaterloo students regularly provide guest blogs about their experiences with sustainability, including past UWaterloo Life blog feature Elspeth Holland.

“I started with wanting to simply create conversations and discussions around guest contributions to the blog, but as I continued to think about the idea itself, I realized that I wanted to initiate action as well,” said Phil. “I intend on continuing my work in Arnprior this summer and hopefully collaborating with the municipality to accomplish a number of other projects.”

Keep up the great work, Phil!

Visit SustainED to read about Phil’s and other UWaterloo student work with the environment and follow SustainED on Twitter at @sustaineducate.

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