Sustainability Council Annual Report 2021
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Speakers and Knowledge Dissemination

Despite the challenge of moving our programming online, the Sustainability Council’s technical expertise and experience with e-conferencing meant we were well prepared for it. This year represents our largest slate of events and perhaps our largest cumulative audience, in numbers and in geographic reach.
Lecture Series
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Our lecture series entered its second year, the first to be programmed by the Sustainability Council Research Steering Committee (Ken Caine, Cindy Gaudet, Leanne Lefsrud, and Sheena Wilson). We aimed to spotlight a mix of University of Alberta experts, alumni and academics from beyond Alberta with bi-weekly events.

Sustainability Council staff developed a process for delivering online events smoothly and effectively. The kick-off lecture with Mother Earth Essentials’ Carrie Armstrong reached a record 450 people, putting our process to an immediate test. Throughout the year, council staff handled pre-recorded productions, a zoom bombing, film screenings, large panels and breakout rooms. Our 19 events drew a total audience of 1,882 and featured 26 speakers.
Schedule of events
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Speaker
Title
Date
Attendance
1
Carrie Armstrong
Indigenous Healing Plants
Sep 30, 2020
450
2
Fahrook Hamzeh
Hidden Waste: Lean construction for sustainability
Oct 14, 2020
47
3
Kira Hunt
Biomimicry: Design Inspired by Nature
Nov 18, 2020
162
4
Tanya Kalmanovitch
Tar Sands Songbook live performance
Dec 2, 2020
110
5
Tanya Kalmanovitch
Tar Sands Songbook workshop
Dec 3, 2020
20
6
Michael Robidoux
Land-based Food Security in Northern Indigenous Communities
Dec 16, 2020
111
7
Lizzie O’Shea
Future Histories: Social movements can shape a sustainable, digital future
Feb 1, 2021
207
8
Geeta Belas
Bridging the Gender Gap with Design
Feb 24, 2021
73
9
Kari Marie Norgaard
Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People
Mar 4, 2021
63
10
PearlAnn Reichwein
The Banff School of Fine Arts and the Public University
Mar 10, 2021
55
11
Ashley Dawson
Green Capitalist Realism, CO2lonialism, and the Urban Climate Insurgency
Mar 24, 2021
74
12
Ashley Dawson
Environmentalism from Below
Mar 25, 2021
17
13
Kristof Van Assche
The Route to Reinvention
Mar 31, 2021
61
14
Joëlle Saey-Volckrick and Nick von Andrian
Degrowth in the Time of COVID-19
Apr 7, 2021
78
15
Corey Trépanier
Into The Arctic with Cory Trépanier
Apr 8, 2021
130
16
Soorayan Mookerjea and Malaika Collette
COP Hack: Student Engagement
May 12, 2021
52
17
Tang Lee
Synergy and Creativity in a Pandemic World
May 18, 2021
71
18
Panel
Right Research book launch
May 25, 2021
41
19
Aneri Garg and Justine Karst
Ecosystem restoration in coral reefs and boreal forests
Jun 9, 2021
60
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Disciplinary range of speakers
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Speakers were selected to cover a broad disciplinary range, from engineering to ethnology, critical thinking to creative arts.


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Sustainability Awareness Week
Held annually since 2008, Sustainability Awareness Week presents five days of engagement and learning opportunities for the campus and surrounding community. A week-long event series focuses the general university community’s attention on sustainability issues. The Sustainability Council plans, coordinates and promotes Sustainability Awareness Week with partners delivering roughly half of the events. By providing student groups, campus, and community partners the opportunity to present their work, we are also building capacity for the university’s sustainability champions.

Sustainability Awareness Week was held October 26–30, 2020 with two to four online events each day. Our keynote presentations put a spotlight on each of the University of Alberta’s five Signature Areas, showing how their research aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and raising the profile of early career researchers.
Signature Area Keynotes at SAW 2020
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Signature Area
1
Sustainability through an Intersectional Lens
Intersections of Gender
2
Risk Perception and Drinking Water in Dene Tha’ and Kátł’odeeche
Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples and Places (SKIPP)
3
Sun, Fire & Water: Optimizing climate change responses with AI
AI4Society
4
Energy and Sustainability in our Communities
Energy Systems
5
Climate Change Impacts Your Health
Precision Health
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A smaller slate of exclusively online events resulted in increased participation and geographic reach. Event attendance ranged from 20–70 participants. Certificate in Sustainability undergraduate students showcased their sustainability research through a virtual exhibit with projects related to waste reduction, climate change monitoring and more.
SAW 2020 attendance
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Events
Attendance
1
Keynote events
5
237
2
Other speaking events
11
198
3
Certificate in Sustainability Exhibit
1
75
4
SDG Scavenger Hunt
1
7
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517
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SAW 2020 geographic reach
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Diversity Reporting
The Sustainability Council assesses and strives to increase the diversity of speakers invited to present at our major events, including the Lecture Series and Sustainability Awareness Week, as well as the people we feature in our news and profiles.
Diversity of speakers
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