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Explore the many opportunities available at Ryerson to get involved in contributing to an aspect of sustainability you are passionate about.

There is so much related to sustainability happening here at Ryerson from physical improvements to new initiatives, exciting events, groundbreaking research and more. Stay up to date on the latest developments and stories by using the links below to navigate to our News and Announcements and Events page.

Are you interested in being directly involved sustainability at Ryerson but don’t know where to start?  See the links below to find campus groups dedicated to a wide range of sustainability-related topics.

There are many events happening at Ryerson that are related to different aspects of sustainability. By attending these events you can learn more about sustainability at Ryerson and more broadly, meet new people and maybe even get inspired to reach out about your own creative idea!

Are you passionate about sustainability and interested in making a difference? See the list of volunteer opportunities available at Ryerson below.

Waste Monitor Program

Are you looking for a way to get involved on campus? Do you have a keen interest in the environment or waste management? Or perhaps you just love volunteering around campus?

Sustainability Matters, Ryerson’s official sustainability program is looking for volunteers for our Waste Monitoring Program. Sustainability Matters’ Waste Monitoring program is a new initiative where we are engaging with student volunteers to help educate Ryerson community members on “what goes where” in relation to waste on campus.

Our valuable volunteers will have a fun training session where they will learn how to properly separate waste on the Ryerson Campus (it’s different than the City of Toronto!). Once trained, the duties include standing at designated waste stations and letting people know how to properly dispose of their waste as well as educating them on Sustainability Matters.

We have two specific events coming up that we need volunteers for but are also looking for students who we can email when opportunities arise. The two events are:

  • The President's Installation: September 30th from 4:30-7:00pm.

  • Organic Waste Education: during the month of October we will be educating people on how to properly use the organic waste bins at the Hub Eatery. Volunteers will be needed for regular shifts throughout the month of October.

Please fill out this google form if you are interested: https://goo.gl/forms/BLtM4asYAOg0y7JE3

Please feel free to e-mail us at: rusustainability@ryerson.ca if you have any further questions or concerns.

Microbe Hub Volunteer

Microbe Hub Volunteer

Microbe Hub is a grant funded, student led group that is associated with Ryerson’s SocialVenture Zone. We have worked with the university to implement a worm composting system on campus in order to practice sustainable waste management. Currently 60% of Ryerson’s landfill waste is organic material, which we seek to divert in order to create a healthier community. This is a great volunteer opportunity for students who are passionate about sustainability and the environment, and want to be involved in an impactful, student led initiative and research study.

Responsibilities and Requirements:

– You will be working in a team to collect compost from the various pickup points on campus.
– Collections take place twice weekly on Wednesday and Friday, and also at special events on Ryerson campus.
– The commitment is a minimum of 2 hours per month for a period of at least 6 months. No hours will be required over the holidays.
– You will be collecting and sorting paper and food scraps from campus kitchens to feed the worms.
– As part of the research component of this project you will be measuring moisture levels, temperature, pH balance, and weighing the castings produced.
– This job has a lot of responsibility in terms of access to restricted areas. Therefore, it is critical that you have a professional demeanor while working for Microbe Hub.
– Must have good communication skills with staff and faculty.
– You will have the chance to speak at Microbe Hub related events.
– Criminal check may required for access to restricted areas.

This project is a chance to be a part of an EUS legacy project. It is a great gateway to become more involved with the Social Venture Zone, with potential to become a member of the zone through this commitment. It is also an opportunity to get hands on experience in a research project, vermiculture composting, sustainable waste management, and to get your hands dirty.

Please send in a copy of your resume with a cover letter to microbehub@gmail.com . We are looking forward to meeting some young, passionate, like-minded individuals!

Outreach Volunteer

Outreach

We are looking for a team of students to help spread the word about Ryerson’s innovative sustainability program and engage people across campus. This position  would involve everything from classroom presentations, community building and building relationships and collaboration with faculties, departments and student groups interested in addressing their sustainability.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please contact Karina at rusustainability@ryerson.ca for more information!

Ryerson Urban Farm Volunteer

Ryerson Urban Farm is looking for volunteers!

As the days are getting hotter and our crops are growing riper we are in need of more volunteers! This particular opportunity is related to our weekly Farmer’s Market that happens every Wednesday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm on Gould St. We need help setting up our market booth and tearing down at the end of the day along with assisting us with the ongoing sales and maintenance of the booth.
Each week we will need two volunteers who will each be responsible for one of the following two shifts: Set-up 10:00 – 1:00pm and Tear-Down 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Duties at the market will include:
– Interacting with patrons, introducing them to new foods, and educating them about where/how our food is grown
– Answering questions
– Selling our produce in a fun and friendly manner
– Assisting in keeping track of what was sold
– Replenishing stock, keeping the table clean and organized
– Either setting up the booth at the beginning of the day or tearing down at the end
As a reward for your hard work we can offer you a share of any unsold produce we have that day. :)

If you are interested in volunteering with us please send an email to Cindy at ryeshomegrown@gmail.com with a little information on why you would like to work with Ryerson Urban Farm’s Weekly Farmer’s Market.