Sustainable Living Series

The Sustainable Living Series has been developed by Sustainable Queen's to provide education and resources on a range of sustainability topics. These sessions are open to all. Members of the public are welcome. 

We provide information on how to get involved and connect with different partners at Queen's and beyond.

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Upcoming Sessions

Overview: Please join Nathan Splinter, Manager of Energy and Sustainability, for a presentation and Q & A on the Queen’s University’s Climate Action Plan. The University recently announced our success in meeting our first target year, 2020, achieving a 35% reduction from 2008 emissions levels. Nathan will discuss the results, provide context on how they were achieved.

When: Thursday, November 18, 2:30-3:30 pm

Where: Zoom

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Past Sessions

Explore our past sessions for links to resources, recordings and more information. 

This four-part series in June 2021 engaged attendees in insightful conversations around the intersection of sustainability and Indigenous perspectives. Below are summaries of the topics presented.


Indigenous Perspectives on Stewardship with Dave Mowat

Overview: Join a conversation with Chief Dave Mowat from the Alderville First Nation who will be providing a session on Indigenous Perspectives on Stewardship!

Giving Back with Wendy Phillips

Overview: While Indigenous Ways of Knowing encompass many beliefs and values, there are some core principles:

  • how to live within the laws of creation
  • how to be good stewards to the land
  •  the concept of giving back.

Join a conversation with Wendy Phillips from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Bald Eagle Clan to learn more about these values and how they are applied.

One Dish with One Spoon with Kevin Deer

Overview: Join Kevin Deer from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory as he discusses the current climate crisis, humanities financial woes, and solutions steeped from deep within the Indigenous Knowledge of Turtle Island. Learn how this knowledge must be incorporated into the mindset of every human being if we are in fact going to have a home that the future generations can live in.

The 4 Medicines with Wendy Phillips

Overview: Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island have an abundance of medicines used for living in balance and ceremonial purposes. There are 4 medicines commonly used in our territories and these 4 medicines are tobacco, sweetgrass, sage and cedar. Join Wendy Phillips from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives and Turtle Clan to learn more!

Overview: This session will provide important tips on cycling safety, and the benefits of cycling as a sustainable commuting option. Neal Scott, of Cycle Kingston and Queen’s University, will share his knowledge on safe cycling practices and cycle commuting in Kingston, and how cycling can contribute to a healthy lifestyle and planet.

Watch the session on YouTube

Overview: Interested in switching to public transit for your commute to save money and the planet? This session is for you! Learn from Adam Pennock of Kingston Transit on how transit can help you get to work, and how you can save money on your bus pass through the Transpass program. Plan your trip with your host and learn how to get real-time transit updates using an app.

Watch the session on YouTube

Sustainable Queen's was pleased to partner with the Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners for a three-part series on gardening.

  • Part One - Composting: Nature's way of Recycling 
  • Part Two - No Mow May! 
  • Part Three - Vegetable Crop Timing 

Check out the Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners site for more resources.

This two-part session provides attendees with an overview of what greenhouse gases (GHGs) are, how they are measured and their impact on the environment. Nathan Splinter, Manager, Energy, and Sustainability at Queen’s also covers how GHGs are generated, the targets and plans that exist, and how projects at the university along with individual decisions and actions in your daily life can influence the rate of climate change around us and the policies governing its mitigation.

Watch Part One here.

Watch Part Two here.

As a Climate Champion, you may sometimes feel weary and exhausted by the challenges before us. Personal resilience can help you to bounce back from worry and anxiety, and become even stronger in order to take the actions needed to protect our planet. Lisa Sansom, Organizational Development Consultant, provides tips for practical mindset shifts and behaviors that can enhance your ability to be resilient, so you can move forward in the ways that you want.

To view the webinar, please click here.

In partnership with Sustainable Kingston, we explored how to sustainably enjoy the holiday season.

To view the webinar recording please click here.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Sustainable Kingston's Tess Whittman.

 Sustainable Holidays (PDF, 256 KB)

This session covered the fundamentals of home energy use, including ways to shrink your utility bills and carbon footprint.

View the presentation here: Home Energy Efficiency

Soil: The Foundation of sustainable gardening 

Rainscaping: Slow, sink, spread water for sustainable landscapes

Wildscaping: A new approach to gardening in a changing climate

The three-part Sustainable Living Through Food Series was put on by Davide Del Brocco, Queen's former Sustainability Chef. Check out the recorded webinars below!