Upcoming Doctoral Defense

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 – 12:30pm – Room 203

Sylvia Coleman
Department: Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Analysing the New Normal in a Regenerative Building: The Social Practice of Being at CIRS

The Native American Dream: Ojibwe Woman Leads Sustainability Movement Off Reservation

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The Native American Dream: Ojibwe Woman Leads Sustainability Movement Off Reservation


Raising chickens, rabbits, and goats, and producing enough organic crops to keep a family of three plus friends and neighbors well fed brings to mind hay barns and fields amid a rural landscape.

But the farm-like environment of Monycka Snowbird’s property sits in the center of Colorado Springs, a city of more than 440,000 residents. Snowbird and her two daughters butcher their own meat, collect eggs and milk, and make cheeses and soaps in addition to growing and harvesting a variety of vegetation, which flourishes on about a tenth of an acre.

Urban farming—also known as urban homesteading or backyard or micro farming—isn’t rare, but what makes Snowbird’s endeavors unique is the mix of indigenous knowledge, techniques, and values the Ojibwe mother of two infuses into the food and household products she makes and teaches others to practice.

“You can’t be sovereign if you can’t feed yourself,” says Snowbird, 40, borrowing a line from Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), an environmental activist and founder of Honor the Earth. “One of the ways colonizers controlled Indian people was to take our food sources away. Let’s reclaim our food.”

Snowbird works with both Native and non-Native organizations throughout the Pikes Peak region to educate and promote the benefits of urban food production. She leads educational classes for children and adults, including seed cultivation, plant recognition, harvesting, livestock butchering, and more.


Job – UBC Sustainability Scholars Summer 2015, Due: Apr. 7, 2015

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Call for Applications – UBC Sustainability Scholars Summer 2015

The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) is pleased to offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work in funded sustainability internship projects this summer. Projects are available with both on and off-campus sustainability partners. Current graduate students at UBC Vancouver, from all academic disciplines, are eligible to apply.

The application deadline is 4:30pm Tuesday April 7th 2015.

Further information on the available projects can be found at our website:

Sustainability of Small Communities: Why and How, Parksville, BC

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Date: October 2nd 7pm-8:30pm; October 3rd 9:00-3:30pm PDT
Cost: Free
The Beach Club Resort
181 Beachside Dr
Parksville, BC V9P 2H5
Hosting Organization
International Sustainability Education Foundation

Event Description
What makes communities sustainable economically, socially and environmentally? How can sustainability be achieved in small communities? What are some of the inspiring international examples?

Join us for this workshop:

Evening talk on Oct 2nd – ‘Whistler’s Journey: making sense of Sustainability’. Listen to the story of Whistler’s journey to becoming one of the world’s most sustainable tourism based communities.

Morning of Oct 3rd – learn from experts in the morning about the following topics:

Regional economic development in Canada and the US

Sustainability planning in BC and internationally

Afternoon of Oct 3rd –

Contribute to the discussion through facilitated session in the afternoon:  What does the future hold for small communities in Canada? What makes your community a desirable and sustainable place to live?
Registration Instructions
Please register at e/sustainability-of-small- communities-why-and-how- tickets-12481040127

Or RSVP at info@sustainabilityeducation. ca

Website for more information and speakers:
http://www. events–publications.html

Contact e-mail for more information
info@sustainabilityeducation. ca