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October 17, 2017
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Sustainable Hawk Fund supports six projects to make positive environmental impact at Laurier

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Jan 18/17

Wilfrid Laurier University's Sustainability Office has announced six new projects that will receive funding through the Sustainable Hawk Fund. With up to $20,000 available annually, the program has three key components: funding, mentorship and impact. 

The fund leverages Laurier's entrepreneurial and community spirit and integrates sustainability practices into student life in order to positively transform the Laurier community. Projects must be led by Laurier students, staff or faculty, and meet the following conditions:
  • Focus on environment, social and/or economic sustainability.
  • Be located within the physical boundaries of Laurierís campuses, if applying for a capital project.
  • Be applied toward one-time expenses or seed funding, and not ongoing operational costs.
This yearís Sustainable Hawk Fund projects are:

  • Peter Thomson, physical resources project manager
    • Project: Partial funding for a water fill station in the Market Darling Centre on Laurier's Brantford campus
  • Peter Farrugia, associate professor of Society Culture & Environment and History
    • Project: Sustainable Cafe Part 1 ó For a Hamilton based entrepreneur, the owner of the community focused Cafe 541, to speak to students enrolled in CT401 - Food, which examines the connections between food and society from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Doris Bara, undergraduate student
    • Project: Funding for a pilot program to equip residence buildings on Laurier's Brantford campus with green bins and partner with a local farmer for organics collection.
  • Suzanne Luke, curator of the Robert Langen Art Gallery on Laurier's Waterloo campus
    • Project: Partial funding for local artist Ron Benner to install a mixed-media installation at the gallery; a garden installation outside the library; and hosting a corn roast on Laurierís campus for the Laurier community in the fall.
  • Fani Hsieh, undergraduate student
    • Project One: Funding for the Laurier EcoHawks to run a student tour of Waterloo Regionís waste management facility and raise awareness of recycling on Laurier's Waterloo campus.
    • Project Two: Funding for the Laurier Ecohawks to host an on-campus repair event focused on textile waste and consumer culture. This will be a workshop led by a sewing instructor and will offer attendees a discounted price for sewing kits ($2 per kit).

This was the first of two Sustainable Hawk Fund funding rounds for 2016/17. The second funding application deadline is March 31


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