SDG Week at Waterloo

Monday, March 6, 2023 12:00 am - Friday, March 10, 2023 11:59 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

SDG Week Canada is happening from March 6-10, 2023, led by SDSN Canada at the University of Waterloo, the Sustainability Hub at UBC, and Colleges and Institutes Canada.  Campuses across the country are leading programming and communications to raise awareness about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), spark conversations about opportunities for collaboration within and across campus borders, and accelerate progress on the SDGs in post-secondary institutions.

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SDG Week Activities at Waterloo

There is lots of work underway at the University of Waterloo to advance the SDGs, through our teaching and research, campus operations, and engagement programming. 

Many departments and groups across campus will be leading activities during SDG Week to showcase their unique contributions. See below for a full list of activities. Learn more and register through the event pages linked below.

MONDAY, MARCH 6

1. Repair Hub Drop-In 

When: Monday, March 6, 4-6 pm (EST)
Where: E7-1401
Organizers: 4RepairKW
Description: Do you have items in need of repair? Stop by the repair hub to consult with an expert on how to fix it! The repair hub also has tools you can borrow to complete your own projects.
Target Audience: Students, staff, faculty

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When: Monday, March 6, 4:30 pm (EST)
Where: EV1 Tree Lab & streamed online 
Organizers: Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) 
Description: Hear from UW PhD students, Sara Wickham and Katie Pita, on the Indigenous Wuikinuxv Nation's restoration project of the Lhènx̌ (crabapple- Malus fusca) orchards in BC's Great Bear Rainforest.
Target Audience: Students, staff, faculty

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TUESDAY, MARCH 7

1. Workshop: Taking Action Towards the SDGs

When: Tuesday, March 7, 12-1:30 pm (EST)
Where: TBC
Organizers: GreenHouse
Description: Learn more about problem spaces related to the SDGs, meet organizations who are looking to tackle innovation challenges, ideate potential solutions, and network with your peers! This event is day 1 of a 2-part series.
Target Audience: Students

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When: Tuesday, March 7, 1-2 pm (EST)
Where: Online
Organizers: Centre for Career Action
Description: Learn more about the SDGs, reflect on the kind of impact you want to have during your internships, explore resources and opportunities, and more!
Target Audience: Students

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When: Tuesday, March 7, 1-2:30 pm (EST)
Where: MS Teams Live Event
Organizers: Campus Wellness,Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism, Office of Indigenous Relations, and Sustainability Office
Description: Hear from leaders in Campus Wellness, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism, Indigenous Relations, and Sustainability on the connections between their four portfolios, how the work is mutually supportive and how we can create meaningful impact together.
Target Audience: Students, staff, faculty

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When: Tuesday, March 7, 2-3 pm (EST)
Where: Online (Zoom) 
Organizers: SDSN Canada, Sustainability Hub at UBC
Description: This panel will explore innovation in the context of teaching the SDGs, approaches to teaching using innovative strategies to help improve learning outcomes in universities and colleges across Canada. 
Target Audience: Students, staff, faculty 

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When: Tuesday, March 7, 4-6 pm (EST)
Where: E7-1401
Organizers: 4RepairKW
Description: Do you have items in need of repair? Stop by the repair hub to consult with an expert on how to fix it! The repair hub also has tools you can borrow to complete your own projects.
Target Audience: Students, staff, faculty

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8

1. Repair Hub Drop-In

When: Wednesday, March 8, 4-6 pm (EST)
Where: E7-1401
Organizers: 4RepairKW
Description: Do you have items in need of repair? Stop by the repair hub to consult with an expert on how to fix it! The repair hub also has tools you can borrow to complete your own projects.
Target Audience: Students, staff, faculty

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When: Wednesday, March 8, 4-5 pm (EST)
Where: EV3-1408 (auditorium)
Organizers: SDSN Canada, WUSA, Impact Alliance
Description: Brighton Kaoma, Global Director from SDSN Youth is coming to campus to talk about student leadership for the SDGs and share his experiences mobilizing young people around the world. A great opportunity to meet a prominent young leader working globally to push for change.
Target Audience: Students, staff, faculty

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When: Wednesday, March 8, 5-6:30 pm (EST)
Where: EV1-courtyard
Organizers: SDSN Canada, WUSA, Impact Alliance
Description: Following the discussion with Brighton Kaoma, Global Director from SDSN Youth, join us for a networking event with sustainability professionals from throughout the Waterloo Region. A great chance to learn about career journeys in sustainability fields.
Target Audience: Students

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THURSDAY, MARCH 9

1. Workshop: Taking Action Towards the SDGs

When: Thursday, March 9, 12-1:30 pm (EST)
Where: TBC
Organizers: GreenHouse
Description: Learn more about problem spaces related to the SDGs, meet organizations who are looking to tackle innovation challenges, ideate potential solutions, and network with your peers! This event is day 2 of a 2-part series.
Target Audience: Students

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2. Workshop: Soap Making

When: Thursday, March 9, 2:30-4 pm (EST)
Where: EV1-135
Organizers: Ecology Lab
Description: Learn how to make your own soap and contribute to SDG 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.
Target Audience: Students

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When: Thursday, March 9, 5:30-7:00 pm (EST)
Where: SLC-3216
Organizers: Climate Students
Description: Watch "Climate Exodus", enjoy some snacks, and stay for a discussion!   
Target Audience: Students

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When: Friday, March 10 from 11:15-1 pm (EST) 
Where: Online
Organizers: Sustainability Literacy Initiative, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), and Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada (SDSN) 
Description: Check out the Sustainability Literacy Initiative’s upcoming webinar on the importance of post-secondary sustainability education in creating a resilient workforce.
Target Audience: Students, faculty 

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2. Hackathon: SDG Impact Challenge 2023

When: Friday, March 10 at 5pm (EST) to Saturday, March 11 at 5 pm (EST)
Where: United College
Organizers: Co-operative Education, Impact Alliance, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)
Description: Do you have an innovative idea that could advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Then join the collaborative solutions hackathon, SDG Impact Challenge 2023!
Target Audience: Students

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If your department or group is hosting an activity or event and would like to be included in this calendar of events, please contact Andrea Bale with more information.