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Sustainability: it’s in our hands

  Posted on: January 30, 2017

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Find out how sustainable thinking can directly improve your life and work at this year’s InService Day for staff and faculty on Feb. 22.

Cultural, social, economic and environmental sustainability are a priority for the people who work and study at TRU—which is why increasing sustainability is one of the five Strategic Priorities of our institution. InService Day 2017 explores this broad theme with talks, a keynote presentation, group sessions and display booths.

Keynote speaker Alex Steffen, an award-winning writer, speaker and futurist, shines a light on what you can expect and prepare for in the years ahead. From 2003 to 2010, Steffen ran the pioneering sustainability and social innovation project His 2012 book Carbon Zero: Imagining Cities that Can Save the Planet is an exploration of the kinds of design, technological and policy innovations that can transform our cities into low-carbon engines of prosperity. Over the last ten years he has advised some of the world’s most forward-looking institutions, investors, philanthropists and NGOs, and from 2013 to 2014, he was planetary futurist in residence at the design and innovation firm IDEO.

The Vancouver Sun called Steffen “one of the world’s leading voices on sustainability and the future of the planet,” and said “Alex Steffen explores our planet’s future, telling powerful, inspiring stories about the hard choices facing humanity… and our opportunity to create a much better tomorrow.”

We’ll also hear from Jim Gudjonson, Director of Environment and Sustainability, who will share his experience in one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems—the Antarctic.

Learn what you can do personally toward sustainable living at afternoon sessions on personal financial sustainability and making your home more environmentally sustainable. Paul Michel, Director of Aboriginal Education, will lead a session on social and cultural sustainability.

The day begins with refreshments and a slideshow starting at 8:30 a.m., and includes lunch and a draw for a great lineup of sustainability prizes. For more information on sessions and prizes, read the full agenda on the Human Resources OneTRU site (network login required).

To register for InService Day, accept the meeting invitation in your Outlook inbox or email


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