Queen's University

Student wins place at national sustainability conference

 
2009-05-07

Cassandra Eberhardt, a graduate student in Sociology at Queen's, has been selected to attend a national conference on leadership in sustainability.

Cassandra Eberhardt, a graduate student in Sociology at Queen's, has been selected to attend a national conference on leadership in sustainability. Ms Eberhardt is one of 180 post-secondary students chosen from more than 900 across Canada to participate in this major event.

Impact! The Co-operators Youth Conference for Sustainability Leadership, takes place on the University of Guelph campus from Sept. 24 to 27.

“The timing of this conference couldn't be more significant with the current global economic crisis, concerns over global warming and the very active movements to adapt a ‘greener' lifestyle” says Ms Eberhardt. “To be chosen out of so many qualified and motivated students is truly a privilege. This opportunity will provide me with valuable tools that can bring back to the Kingston and Queen's community to raise more awareness about issues of sustainability and how to put these ideas into practice.”

Participants will conduct pre-conference research into sustainability practices of large and small organizations in a variety of sectors. Ms Eberhardt will be looking specifically at the sustainability practices of Planet Bean, a Guelph company that sells fair trade and organic coffee products. At the conference, participants will team up with experts to develop real sustainability solutions to take back to their campuses, communities, and current and future workplaces.

David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, will be the keynote speaker, and many other experts are participating in this diverse and multi-disciplinary conference.

www.impactyouthsustainability.ca

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