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On Tuesday morning, November 21, 2017, the students of the Master’s of Environmental Sustainability hosted the second annual panel about local sustainability, titled “People Centred Sustainability”. The event focused on individual action and their impacts on the environment, and aimed to create a dialogue on environmental issues in the National Capital Region (NCR), as well as give local sustainability professionals a time and place to connect and network.
“The event went very well. This year I pretty much turned over all of the control to the students. They planned, organized and hosted an excellent event and I received many compliments from people who came.”
- Don Grant, professor of the Professional Skills in Environmental Sustainability course.
Student co-moderators, Alyssa Hine and Aaron Levine did a great job steering the conversation through the two main topics discussed – sustainable agriculture and active transportation. Speakers of the panel, Kate Whitfield of Alta Planning, Duncan Bury of Waste Watch Ottawa (link) and Carmen Perez of SunTech Greenhouses, offered valuable insights, along with some of their hopes and views on the future of sustainability in Ottawa, especially highlighting the importance of following through on green initiative plans once they’ve been put in place.
"The MES People - Centered Sustainability panel was a success with a great turn out. The discussions around urban waste, sustainable agriculture and active transport were insightful and engaging. The panel discussion touched on many areas that are in dire need of attention - highlighting career paths for MES students in the National Capital Region. I thoroughly enjoyed my role as the panel discussion moderator and am grateful for the opportunity to speak openly with local leading experts."
- Alyssa Hine, Student co-moderator
The panel discussion was followed by a networking period, where students were able to connect with the speakers and attendees of the panel and discuss sustainability issues.
Well done, and congratulations to all the students on another successful networking event for sustainability professionals in Ottawa!
“The event was a great opportunity to reinforce the importance of societal education and behavioural shifts towards a more sustainable future.”
- Aaron Levine, student co-moderator
Authored by Haley Terry, Junior Communications Officer (Graduate Programs) at the Institute of the Environment.