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MARCH 2011




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IRIS Speaker Series Presents... The 'Climate, Culture, Change' Book Launch   

On March 3rd, York professor Timothy B. Leduc will launch his book, Climate, Culture, Change: Western and Inuit Dialogues with a Warming North, which is about the impacts of Northern warming on traditional Inuit knowledge. Join us in HNES 130 at 3 pm. 

Earth Hour, Every Hour 

On March 16th, IRIS, and student clubs ECO and Net Impact will host an Earth Hour event to promote energy reductions, inspired by the international WWF Earth Hour event. Our version, Earth Hour, Every Hour, will include live performances, keynote speaker Andrew Bowerbank, a fashion show and more!  


Join us from 4:30-9 pm at Founders Assembly Hall. There is no cost and dinner will be provided.  


Earth Hour Pre-Loved Fashion Showdown   

The Fashion show is one of the Earth Hour Events. Designers are asked to focus on the reinvention of pre-loved clothes which will have been donated by the York student body. Designers are asked to create 2 or 3 outfits using these pre-loved clothes. Participants will be provided with models as well as hair and makeup services on the big day.

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IRIS Junior Fellow enters Competition 

IRIS Junior Fellow Hazel Sutton, and Michael Charendoff, both MES students, have entered the TD Go Green Challenge. Their idea: to create an online Campus Sustainability Hub website where dynamic electronic documentation creates instiutional sustainability memory. Visit the TD Go Green Challenge website before March 11th to vote for the People's Choice Award. Search for York, Keele or Glendon to find other entries by York students. Good luck to all!  

view the York entries and vote for your favourite idea... 

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The Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability is a university-wide research centre that pursues an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of sustainability. Through our collaborations on sustainability related research projects and innovative initiatives, we hope to generate awareness amongst the York University community of our social, natural and economic spheres, while engaging students, staff and faculty in action that creates change on campus and beyond.


The IRIS Newsletter is a way to keep you informed about what we are up to so that you can drop by an event, get involved, or just learn about what research projects we are currently undertaking. The Newsletter is sent out once or twice per month, highlighting the IRIS, York University, and broader community's sustainability news and events!