There are lots of opportunities on campus all throughout North America for students to dive into environmental activities. But what if you want to broaden your reach, and be a part of something bigger? The University of Victoria Sustainability Project (UVSP) has always been a supporter in providing funding for grass-root environmental and social projects. We do have a limited budget, so we generally don’t provide funding a second time.
We challenge students to be financially resilient after their initial start-up funds, and to get creative. Another funding priority is to allow youth to experience national-scale sustainable leadership trainings and conferences. What can you get out of these training? Check out the descriptions and videos below to see how you can get involved!
Whether you are Irish by heritage or green by heart, there is an opportunity for everyone to green their St. Patrick’s day and lower their personal carbon footprint. It’s certainly a chance for everyone to have a bit of fun. Here are a few suggested items you can do:
Drink green: before you plan to consume alcohol, consider having a proper breakfast in the morning, and maybe add on a green spinach or kale smoothie. When it comes time for alcohol, make sure you know your limits, and choose local craft or organic beers; support the local economy.
Eat organically and locally green: Try having a meatless St. Patrick ’s Day. There are delicious vegetable roast recipes you can try. You could invite friends over for some communal cooking; Irish vegetable stew is always a great option for this occasion.
Wear green organics: Invest in an outfit you will wear again, and if possible, make sure it’s made from recycled or organic materials. You could also shop at a thrift store and give a second life to the clothing item.
Switch on the Green Transport mode:
If you are drinking, please don’t drive. If you are the designated driver, try using an electric vehicle or a car-share option. Taking the public bus or walking by foot is the better and safer option. Try to walk with groups of friends or pairs; safety is first.
St. Patrick ’s Day doesn’t have to be about binge drinking and getting a heavy hangover the next day. It’s important to have fun, and why not do it while visiting a pub within walking or bussing distance, and getting locally craft beer in a reusable glass cup. You could also fill up a growler if you are planning to go to friend’s house or host a party at your own. There are so many creative and low-carbon footprint ways to celebrate this fun holiday.
Try not to buy cheap disposable party gear. Instead, decorate your home with real long-lasting green plants. They will create cleaner air for you and your guests! No matter how you plan to ‘green’ your St. Patrick’s day, make sure you make careful decisions and think about the impact of those on yourself, the people around you, and the larger ecosystem. You could even start a friendly competition to see who can celebrate the lowest-carbon footprint St. Patrick’s day, and the winner gets to wear the ultimate green hat!