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Celebrate Sustainability Month at the University of Manitoba

September 30, 2020 — 

The University of Manitoba (UM) community – students, staff and faculty, are invited to participate in a variety of virtual green-focused initiatives throughout October. Join in the free Office of Sustainability (OOS) activities that promote a more sustainable UM and lifestyle.

Follow the OOS on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to keep up-to-date and be sure to include #UMSustainability on all your Sustainability Month posts. 


Sustainability Month bingo

Save the sustainable-themed bingo board that will be posted to our social media channels and repost to your Instagram or Facebook stories to share which activities you have completed. Be creative with how you mark up your board, whether you choose to use circles, checkmarks or even emojis. When you post it to your page, tag three friends to encourage them to become more sustainable, and don’t forget to tag @sustainableuofm. 


Meatless Mondays

Every Monday in October

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Are you looking for fun and exciting ways to reduce your meat consumption? Check out the recommended recipes to spice up your cooking. Look for a new meatless recipe each Monday throughout October! Contribute a recipe by emailing sustainability [at] umanitoba [dot] ca.


Green Flicks

Every Thursday in October

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Every Thursday, we will recommend sustainability-themed films to watch at home. The films will focus on topics like combating climate change, systemic injustices, waste reduction, food systems and energy efficiency. Throughout the month, we will post trivia questions on our Facebook and Instagram stories that relate to these films – test your knowledge for a chance to win prizes!


World Vegetarian Day

Thursday, October 1


Celebrate vegetarianism and learn how it benefits humans, other animals and our shared earth. Check out the OOS (@SustainableUofM) and UM Dining Services (@uofmdining) on Instagram for activities and interactive discussions. Make a difference by:

  • starting a discussion about the benefits of meat-free diets
  • sharing your favourite online recipes with a friend
  • hosting a virtual lunch with friends or co-workers and encourage everyone to share a vegetarian dish


National Energy Efficiency Day

Wednesday, October 7

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Join the OOS in pledging to lower utility bills and cut pollution by showcasing energy efficiency benefits. The day will contain simple, fast facts on energy efficiency, ways you can save energy in your home and how energy efficiency can improve health and wellbeing.


World Food Day – Expert Chats

Friday, October 16

Instagram TV Channel: @sustainableuofm

To celebrate World Food Day, tune into the Expert Chats series on our Instagram TV channel to hear from Dr. Marcos Cordeiro, an assistant professor from the department of animal science at UM. He will discuss his area of research and teaching – modelling of sustainable food systems. Participate in a discussion by commenting with an answer to the two-part question posed by Dr. Cordeiro.


Waste Reduction Week

Monday, October 19 – Sunday, October 25

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

This week will focus on engagement on key waste management issues and material streams: textiles, e-waste, food waste and plastics. The week will kick off with the release of the UM Waste Survey, followed by #DYK (Did you know?) facts and ways to extend the lifecycle of products found in the key streams.


Sustainable Halloween

Saturday, October 31

Although this year will look different due to the pandemic, there are plenty of creative ways to celebrate protecting your health and the planet. Here are some recommendations on how to make a spooky and special event while reducing the amount of waste associated with this year’s festivities:

  • Make your costumes from old clothing and textiles. Not only will this save resources, but it will also save you money!
  • Make your own treats to share with your household; the options are endless – like adding toppings to your popcorn for a movie night.
  • Host a virtual pumpkin carving contest. Don’t forget to put that pumpkin to use: make a pumpkin pie or roasted pumpkin seeds.
  • Create a Quarantine-O-Ween, whether that’s looking for treats in the backyard, a virtual Halloween-themed trivia night or a scary movie night. 


Going Green social media contest

Post a comment on the @SustainableUofM Instagram explaining what changes you’ve made this month, like the post and tag a friend – and you’re entered to win!  You could win one of three zero-waste prize packs, which includes a bamboo utensil set, produce bags, tote bag, water bottle and a camping mug. 



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