Celebrating Environment Week at the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability and Sustain SU are celebrating Environment Week with 11 sustainability-related events, tours and workshops. These family-friendly activities are great ways to explore campus sustainability, get into active transportation and healthy eating, and celebrate the environment.

Tune-up your bike, stroll through beautiful gardens, discover green architecture, learn about community gardening and much more. For full event details, follow the links below or visit sustainability.ualberta.ca/enviroweek.

Registration: All events are free, but some require registration by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 2015.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sustainability Campus Tour *
Noon to 1 p.m.
Admin Building – Meet at front desk

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Mosaic Centre: Net-Zero Building Tour *
1 to 3:30 p.m.
Meet at the Office of Sustainability (2-06 North Power Plant)

Bike Library and Workshop Open House
2 to 5 p.m.
SAB 1-13

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Free Bike Checks
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bus Loop near South Academic Building

Devonian Botanic Garden Tour *
Noon to 3:30 p.m.
Meet at the Office of Sustainability (2-06 North Power Plant)

Basic Bicycle Maintenance Workshop *
5 to 7 p.m.
SAB 1-13

Film Screening: Growing Cities
5 to 7 p.m.
SUBstage (Students’ Union Building near the food court)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sustainability Campus Tour *
1 to 2 p.m.
Admin Building – Meet at front desk

Garden & Salad Party
6 to 9 p.m.
Campus Community Garden (89 Avenue between 110 and 111 Streets)

Friday, June 5, 2015

Celebrate World Environment Day
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Main Quad

Sustainable Cooking Class *
5 to 8 p.m.
Location TBA

For full descriptions of all these events, including registration and location information, visit:

Solar Energy and Sustainability Social

​Has your interest in solar been sparked? ​Are you curious about how to decrease your ecological footprint?

Join us on June 7 in the Riverdale Community to learn about some of the ideas behind Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy!

Discover what is possible for solar PV and talk to people who have taken the solar steps.

​There will be displays, presentations and activities for the whole family covering topics from permaculture and community gardens to composting, rain barrels and sustainable transportation.

Where: Riverdale House on the corner of 100 Avenue and 92 Street.

When: Drop by anytime between 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on June 7.


As part of Environment Week, we will be encouraging Edmontonians to learn more about sustainable buildings in Edmonton. If you can find our Summer Students and their friend, Wilbert the EcoWise Owl, you could win an EcoPrize!

Wilbert the EcoWise Owl checking out a green roof in Edmonton.

Wilbert the EcoWise Owl checking out Manulife Place’s green roof.

Keep an eye on the City of Edmonton’s Facebook and Twitter from June 1-5 to find out where in Edmonton they are hiding! They will be using the hashtags #EnvironmentWeek and #FindWilbert when they send out their clues.

Edmonton’s Downtown Sustainability Stroll

When people think of cities and downtowns, sustainability and environment are not often the first words that spring to mind. It is hoped that this tour will change that by highlighting the innovative ways Edmonton has reduced their impact on the environment and the environmentally friendly initiatives that are happening right within the heart of our city. We will also share information about the general state of the environment in Edmonton and the City of Edmonton’s goals for sustainability and energy transition. Be prepared for the weather and a walk of just under two kilometers which will take you from City Hall to the Shaw Convention Centre and back.

Meet a member of the Office of Environment at City Hall on June 3 at 12:00 pm. You will finish the walk around 1:00 in Churchill Square.

The Leader will be located at the base of the stairs to the Councillors’ Chambers in the City Hall Room. They will be holding a sign that says “Sustainability Stroll”.

There is a limited number of spots available, reserve yours by pre-registering.

Eco-Solar Home Tour

Environment Week is kicking off with the Eco Solar Home Tours on May 30th and 31st.

Locations on the tour feature solar power, energy efficiency, landscaping and sustainable features. There is a mix of new build homes and retrofits. The tour showcases​ some of Edmonton’s best examples of energy-efficient ideas.

​D​iscover how you can take steps to reduce your gas, electricity and water use, save money and lower your environmental footprint!

​ Find out more at ecosolar.ca.

Environment Week and Edmonton Public Library

Using a library is great for you and the environment. Your free Edmonton Public Library (EPL) card gives you access to over 6.5 million resources in their hard copy and digital collections. Plus, using a library is in itself eco-friendly. Instead of each person buying their own copy of a book and then putting it on their shelves, many people can borrow the same copy, reducing the overall number of copies that need to be printed.

Looking for a few books to read over Environment Week? Check out these titles, which all happen to be available at EPL!


  • Berenstain, J., & Berenstain, M. (2013). The Berenstain Bears go green. New York: Harper Festival.
  • Cole, J., & Degen, B. (2010). The magic school bus and the climate challenge. New York: Scholastic Press.
  • Dalgleish, S. (2003). Saving water. Philadelphia: Chelsea House.
  • Walsh, M. (2010). My green day: 10 green things I can do today. London: Walker.


  • Sivertsen, L., & Sivertsen, T. (2008). Generation green: The ultimate teen guide to living an eco-friendly life. New York: Simon Pulse.
  • Savedge, J. (2009). The green teen: The eco-friendly teen’s guide to saving the planet. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society.

*Although these books are aimed at teens, many of the concepts and activities are also engaging for adults..


  • Deacon, G. (2008). Green for life: 200 simple eco-ideas for every day. Toronto: Penguin Canada.
  • Loux, R. (2008). Easy green living: The ultimate guide to simple, eco-friendly choices for you and your home. Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodale.
  • Suzuki, D., & Hanington, I. (2012). Everything under the sun: Toward a brighter future on a small blue planet. Vancouver: Greystone Books.
  • Vasil, A. (2009). Ecoholic home: The greenest, cleanest and most energy-efficient information under one (Canadian) roof. Toronto: Vintage Canada

This is a suggested reading list only, and we do not endorse any of the authors, publishers, ideas, or books listed above. We do not receive sponsorship in any form for posting books to this list.