Acadia Sustainability Week Schedule of Events

Monday October 22

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner Social with the Acadia Community Farm and Friends

Social Dinner

Join the Acadia Community Farm and friends for a special dinner social in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Acadia Farm just prior to the documentary screening of Eating Animals. Dinner features delicious local soup, salad and bread made by students and volunteers from the Nutrition and Dietetics Society (NADS).

Location: K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre downstairs lobby (outside the auditorium)  

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Documentary Screening and Discussion: Eating Animals

Eating AnimalsHow much do you know about the food that’s on your plate? Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, and directed by Christopher Quinn (GOD GREW TIRED OF US), Eating Animals is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming.  Spotlighting farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, common sense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.

Discussion facilitated by Liesel Carlsson, School of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Presented by the Acadia Community Farm, the Acadia Sustainability Office and the School of Nutrition and Dietetics 

Location: K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium

Tuesday October 23

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Upcycling with Chelsea & Daniella

This event will be a drop-in upcycling tutorial, where participants will have the opportunity to learn how to create fun, unique, and easy to do upcycled items. Some of the items on the schedule include a T-shirt tote bag, garbage bag dish scrubber, light bulb terrarium, and a jar dish soap dispenser. This project is presented as part of the ESST 4003 Sustainability Projects course.

Location: Student Union Building

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Poet-tree in The Gardens: Discovering Inspiration within the Natural World & Bonfire


Join us in celebration of the diversity of the Acadian Forest Region by creating nature-inspired poetry by the bonfire. All poems written will adorn a chosen tree in The Garden until the end of Acadia Sustainability Week for visitors to enjoy, find inspiration and add their own to the collection!

Location: Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens (meet at the Bonfire)

Wednesday October 24

7:00 PM-9:00 PM  Lecture and Book Signing with Author Joan Baxter: The Mill: 50 Years of Pulp and Protest

The Mill –Fifty Years of Pulp and Protest explores the power that a single industry can wield. For fifty years, the pulp mill near Pictou in northern Nova Scotia has buoyed the local economy and found support from governments at all levels. But it has also pulped millions of acres of forests, spewed millions of tonnes of noxious emissions into the air, consumed quadrillions of litres of fresh water and then pumped them out again as toxic effluent into nearby Boat Harbour, and eventually into the Northumberland Strait.

Joan Baxter is a journalist, science writer, anthropologist and an award-winning author. She has written seven books, authored many media and research reports on international development and foreign investment, and reported for the BBC World Service and contributed to many other media, including the CBC, Le Monde Diplomatique, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Chronicle Herald, The Coast.

Joan Baxter will be preceded by a presentation of the annual Acadia Community Development Leadership Award. 

Presented by the Departments of Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Community Development and the Acadia Sustainability Office.

Location: K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Auditorium

Thursday October 25

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Exhibit: Sustainability Concepts and Systems Student Poster Exhibit

Posters on a variety of sustainability topics created by first year students in Environmental and Sustainability Studies will be on display in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre throughout the morning. Students will present their posters at 10:00 am. This project is presented as part of ESST 1003 Sustainability Concepts and Systems course.

Location: K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre lobby

4:30 PM- 6:00 PM DIY Beeswax Food Wrap Workshop

Come join ESSA in making reusable beeswax food wraps! This is a workshop promoting sustainable, local and homemade products and you get to take yours home too! 

Location: Basement of the Acadia Chapel

Friday October 26

All Day: Fair Trade Friday

Look for Fair Trade pop-ups and promotions sponsored by Chartwells, the Acadia Students' Union and the K.C. Irving Centre Café. 

Mid-Morning: Free coffee and hot chocolate Pop-Up sponsored by Chartwells.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunchtime Learning Series with Michael Shaw: "Why Electric Vehicles Win!"

The Lunchtime Learning Series for Acadia Sustainability Week features a talk by Michael Shaw on electric vehicles.

Location: Patterson Hall Room 107

Saturday October 27

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Wolfville Farmer's Market

Visit the Wolfville Farmer's Market with over sixty farmers, chefs and artisans every week featuring their own locally grown and hand-made products.