Sustainability Events

2018 Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor

Dr. John Robinson

September 26-28, 2018

Dr. John Robinson is the 2018 Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor Award Winner. Throughout Dr. Robinson's visit, he will be speaking with students, faculty and administration about the importance of sustainability in education, operations and overall direction of the University.

Click here for Dr. Robinson's biography.

The following events are open to the University community:


 Wednesday, September 26

Normalizing Sustainability: Beyond Behaviour Change - Public Lecture (followed by wine and cheese)
7:30 - 9 PM, Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre, St. John's College

Tickets available on Eventbrite or by clicking here.

Normalizing Sustainability: Conventional approaches to encouraging sustainability-oriented behaviour change focus on individual conscious choice, and are often based on a an information-deficit model that assumes that providing better information on the unsustainable consequences of behaviour will cause behaviour change. Decades of research in multiple fields has shown that this approach is not effective. Using some results from analysis of behaviour in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability in Vancouver, this talk suggests that a social practice approach, recognizing the prevalence of unconscious and collective processes, may offer a more fruitful approach. I call this approach normalizing sustainability.



 Thursday, September 27

Student Engagement and Sustainability - Open Student Forum
1:30 - 3:30 PM, Centre Space, Russell Building

Dr. Robinson will be hosting an open forum for students around the importance of student and community engagement with campus sustainability. He will highlight different ways students can get involved with campus sustainability and how best to start creating sustainable change at your school. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Friday, September 28

Learning by Doing - Student Lecture
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM, 223 Wallace

Learning by Doing: The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS): Overview of regenerative building design and discuss our experience in designing, implementing and operating the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), a building at the University of British Columbia (UBC) that was designed to be net positive in terms of both environmental and human wellbeing, and a living lab of sustainability research, teaching and operations. Considerable attention will be paid to the challenges of implementing such a strong vision and the concrete difficulties and problems that resulted.  The presentation will discuss lessons learned from CIRS in terms of environmental and human performance, and the implementation of living lab approaches at universities. This event is free and all are welcome to attend.



 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals & World's Largest Lesson
September 24-28, 2018

The World’s Largest Lesson introduces the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to youth around the world and unites them in action. The SDGs target the challenges people face around the world and encourage everyone to take action and strive to make our planet a better place.

Starting Sept. 24, the University of Manitoba encourages you to start your journey to raise awareness about the 17 Global Goals, which strive to accomplish three things by 2030:

  • End extreme poverty
  • Fight inequality and injustice
  • Tackle climate change

What can you do to get involved?

What can you do to get involved?

Voice your vision. From Sept. 24 to 28, the Office of Sustainability will host events around campus to gather statements from students, staff and faculty on what world they would like to see in 2030. Stop by the vision board to share your action plan to tackle the 17 Global Goals.

Share your action. From Sept. 24 to 28, post on Instagram how you are working to achieve one or many of the Global Goals, and you will be entered to win a prize package! Follow these easy steps to be eligible to win (full contest details below):

  1. Snap a photo at the 2030 vision board, the SDG photo booth or in your life, with a caption explaining which SDG you are working toward.
  2. Hashtag your photos with #umsustainability and #TeachSDGs
  3. Follow @SustainableUofM
  4. Win prizes!

For example: After following @SustainableUofM on Instagram, Sarah posted a picture of her sampling water while conducting research for a U of M course. Her caption says, “Working toward cleaner waterways and healthier ecosystems in Manitoba. I am working toward SDG #6 & #14! #umsustainability #TeachSDGs

SDG & World's Largest Lesson Events

Monday, Sept. 24 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fair Trade Campus Designation and Celebration, Brodie Centre Atrium
Stop by to contribute to the 2030 vision board, participate in the SDG photo booth and snack on fair trade treats in celebration of the Bannatyne Campus Fair Trade Campus Designation. Stay tuned for more information about the designation and event.

Tuesday, Sept. 25 and Wednesday, Sept. 26 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
UMSU University Centre

Thursday, Sept. 27 and Friday, Sept. 28 – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dafoe Library Entrance

An interactive vision board will ask students: “What World Do You See In 2030?” Students are encouraged to write their vision on the board and take a photo at the SDG photo booth for a chance to win prizes!

The SDG Instagram Photo Contest (#umsustainability #TeachSDGs) runs from 9 a.m. CST on Monday, September 24, 2018 to midnight CST on Friday, September 28, 2018 on

To be entered to win, follow @SustainableUofM on Instagram, post a photo or video showing how you are helping achieve one or multiple of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and use the hashtags #umsustainability and #TeachSDGs. PRIVATE Instagram accounts must be PUBLIC during the contest in order to qualify for entry.

Images depicting dangerous behaviour or the consumption of alcohol or illegal substances will not be eligible. All other entries between 9 a.m. CST on Monday, September 24, 2018 to midnight CST on Friday, September 28, 2018 will be considered and one winner will be chosen. You may enter as many times as you like. The winning photo account owner will receive a sustainability prize package.

The winning entry will be chosen by the Office of Sustainability and will be selected based on composition, creativity, quality and adherence to the theme. The winner will be notified by Instagram direct message and then announced publicly on the account and on UM Today.

Prize must be picked up from the Office of Sustainability at 501 Fitzgerald Building during regular business hours.

Contest is open to all residents of Manitoba, and the prize must be picked up at the U of M Fort Garry campus. By tagging #umsustainability, you are agreeing to allow the U of M to share your photo(s) on our social media accounts and on our news site, UM Today.

Your photo(s) will not be used for commercial purposes. This contest is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc.

By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.