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.
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 a variety of initiatives including conferences, a greenhouse, a residence composting imitative, and a secure bike storage facility. This is an excellent opportunity to fund undergraduate projects focused on different aspects of sustainability. Applications are open three times a year.
Applications for the year 2022-2023 are:
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!
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.
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 .