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Celebrating 70 years of the Science '44 Co-op

[The Science '44 Co-Op was founded in 1941]Science '44 Co-op president Mobolaji Joseph (left) and past president Melanie Fortune outside the Co-op's main office at 397 Brock St.

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the Science ’44 Co-op. Started by 12 science students in 1941, the Co-op has grown into a vibrant community that now includes 21 houses and 172 students.

"The core values of the organization are ones of contribution and cooperation," says Melanie Fortune, a fourth-year environmental life sciences student and past president of the Co-op. “Every member has the opportunity to contribute to decisions about the Co-op, so everything we do is a result of student desires and student needs.”

The Co-op, also known as the Kingston Student Housing Co-operative, allows students to live together in houses close to campus, eat on an optional meal plan, and participate in a variety of social activities and outings. The Co-op is open to students from all disciplines, as well as students from Royal Military College and St. Lawrence College, and also offers four- and eight-month leases, making it a desirable option for international students.

Sustainability is one of the Co-op’s main priorities. Houses have efficient toilets and shower heads, members compost much of their waste, and ecological audits of the houses are conducted annually.

"A lot of our members are interested in living in a sustainable community and monitoring their ecological footprint," says Co-op President Mobolaji Joseph, a fourth-year environmental science student.

In addition to tenants’ rent, the Co-op generates revenue in a variety of ways. During the summer months, members operate a bed and breakfast, and groups including Camp Outlook and Future Quest rent rooms for their participants. While it’s a far bigger and more complex enterprise than it was when it began, its core values remain the same: to allow students to live economically, further their education, and participate in a cooperative and supportive community.

For more information visit the Co-op website.

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