• Sustainability


    Welcome to the AMS Commission of Environmental Sustainability (CES). Having been reintroduced in 2020, the CES offers many opportunities for sustainable advocacy and engagement within the Queen’s community. Initiatives such as the Sustainable Action Fund (SAF), the Sustainable Event Certificate (SEC) and the Collective Closet encourage student participation in sustainable initiatives. The purpose of this page is to provide students with sustainability resources and content that is easily accessible. Enjoy!

  • End Coca-Cola’sexclusive selling rights!

    Sign the Petition to Prioritize sustainable business practices by ending Coca-Cola’s exclusive selling rights. Exercise your rights as an individual and a consumer by taking a tangible action towards positive change and holding Queen’s University to a standard that will contribute to the fight for social and climate justice on a global scale.

  • Apply to the Sustainable Event Certificate!

    Receive incentives and make a difference by hosting a certified sustainable event!

AMS Sustainable Resources

Sustainable Event Certificate

The Sustainable Event Certificate (SEC) is a campus initiative created to help educate and assist students in reducing the environmental impact associated with their events. The SEC guides the user through a variety of event planning options to minimize waste, reduce emissions, and create educational opportunities for attendees. This certification is intended to assist in the advertising of events that have been approved by allowing them to be marketed with the SEC Seal. On campus discounts are also available for the event if the SEC is awarded. Achieving this certification will require individuals to question the purpose of every product used, while also assessing the usefulness of more ecofriendly alternatives.

Sustainable Action Fund

The goal of the Sustainable Action Fund (SAF) is to improve and promote sustainability at Queen’s by providing funding to relevant events and initiatives that have applied during the application period. The applicability of the fund is extremely broad and has been granted to various initiatives, including conferences, a greenhouse, a residence composting initiative, and a secure bike storage facility. This is an excellent opportunity to fund undergraduate projects focused on sustainability. Applications are open three times a year.

Applications for the year 2023-2024 are:  

  • September 25th – October 6th 
  • November 6th –17th  
  • January 29th – February 9th

    Collective Closet

    The Collective Closet is a swap-based clothing initiative founded in collaboration with the Commission of Environmental Sustainability and Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change (QBACC). It was created to help promote slow fashion and a sustainable way of obtaining “new” clothing. The Collective Closet has a store front in LaSalle building on the first floor with regular weekly hours. For more information about store hours and pop-up shops, follow the Collective Closet Instagram!

    Procedure for Sustainable Actions

    The AMS Procedure for Sustainable Actions was introduced in 2021 as a breakdown of our hopes and expectations for both the government and services side of the AMS. It offers advice, resources, and descriptions of current initiatives for staff reference.

    Queen’s Environmental Coalition

    The Environmental Coalition is a group of environmental clubs, faculty society members and individuals who meet to discuss updates and work on collaborative work as a collective. Through this, common sustainability issues on campus are explored, and remediation is sought out with the support of the AMS Commissioner of Environmental Sustainability. This coalition promotes conservation, education, research and innovation, and acts as a place for advocacy of sustainable university operations. It is an excellent space to discuss individual initiatives, as well as create successful collaborations! If you are interested in joining the coalition email .

    Important Contacts

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    Emily Rolph

    AMS Commissioner of Environmental Sustainability

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    Cameron Humes

    AMS Deputy of Environmental Sustainability

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    Madeline Mcdemott

    AMS Collective Closet Deputy

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    Katelyn Kettle

    SLC Sustainability Operations Manager

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    Rebecca Wilson

    ENGSOC Environmental Representative

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    Katelin Boles

    ASUS Sustainability Director

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