March 2014 



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March 10, 2014 


March 21, 2014

Aboriginal Power: Changing the Landscape of Energy & Sustainability Coast-to-Coast Across Canada 


March 26, 2014 
Climate Change Warning Labels on Gas Pumps 

March 27, 2014 
SAVE THE DATE: Annual IRIS Research Showcase: Books Launch - Ellie Perkins and Dawn Bazely

March 28, 2014

Earth Hour Every Hour






CERLAC Graduate Awards & Fellowship


Read the latest W3WCR #25 - February 2014

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TODAY: Explore health research, 2-4pm

Healthy Individuals, Healthy Communities & Global Health 


This event will highlight research of five York scholars: Joe Baker, Dawn Bazely, Tamara Daly and Guy Bernard Prouix. Presenters will deliver mini-research presentations followed by a Q and A session from the audience and a reception.  


Date: March 7, 2014 
Time: 2-4pm 

Location: Lobby, Life Sciences Building


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University Affairs Discusses Switching Disciplines Mid-Career as an Academic

Dawn Bazely: From biology to sustainability  


 Last month University Affairs published "Meet 5 academics who have switched disciplines mid-career". This article featured IRIS Director and York biology professor, Dawn Bazely, where she discussed her learning curve as she switched disciplines by joining IRIS. Sustainability exposed Dawn to social sciences and ethics, and she continues to learn how scientists can enhance their credibility situating their knowledge in broader landscape. 

2014 Campus Sustainability Survey Coming Soon 

"Are you an active bystander? Building a safer community, together"


The annual campus sustainability survey put together by IRIS and the University administration will soon be released to York's community. This year's topic focuses on the experiences of being an active bystander at York University, as well as views about campus safety. This information will inform the university about future safety initiatives, particularly about current knowledge and concerns, feelings about intervening, and feelings abut the general community. The survey is anonymous and open to students, staff and Faculty of York University. After you have completed the survey, you will have the option to be entered into a draw for a prize and/or receive future communications about IRIS or campus sustainability.

Look out for an IRIS survey table in the coming weeks!

MAR.14: 2014 Schulich Net Impact Conference


Join us for this year's Schulich Net Impact Conference. Leaders from major organizations, including Unilever, Hudson's Bay, Interface, Ernst & Young, RBC, TD, Tim Hortons, and Oxford Properties have joned the event and will share industry trends, opportunities, and best practices in sustainability. The opening
keynote speaker, Richard St. John has a "Top 20 Most Viewed" TED talk,
and will be presenting on "The 8 traits successful people have in common". 
The full day conference will conclude with a networking wine and cheese. 
Date: March 14, 2014
Time: 8:30am-5:30pm 
Location: Schulich School of Business


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MAR.10: The Ghosts in the Water: Collective Rights, Law and the Environment

IRIS Speaker Series and MES/JD Joint Program Seminars
This session will be an informal lunch with Jeffrey Hewitt, Osgoode Visiting McMurty Fellow, counsel to the Rama First Nation, followed by a talk (as part of the International Environmental Law class). Jeffrey's research focuses on the connection between Indigenous law and art forms, in particular story-telling and the possible applications to modern day innovation and problem-solving.
Date: March 10, 2014
Time: 2:30-3:30
Location: 2003 Osgoode Hall
MAR.21: Aboriginal Power: Changing the Landscape of Energy & Sustainability Coast-to-Coast Across Canada

IRIS, COERB and SSB present
Chris Henderson is the preeminent advisor to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities across Canada in the development of clean energy generating projects meeting Aboriginal rights, and inclusive of indigenous economic benefits and equity participation. Chris will be presenting his book, Aboriginal Power, followed by an interactive session that covers issues such as community engagement, partnership negotiations and terms, climate change and more.
Date: March 21, 2014
Time: 10-11:30am
Location: Room N109, Schulich School of Business 
MAR.21:Book Launch - Urban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region

Join editors Anders Sandberg, Colins Coates, Stephan Bocking, and Ken Cruikshank, as they launch their new book, "Urban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region". This book invites readers to look for nature in the built environment, and the built environment in the natural world. Contributers guide readers through different regions in the region, from downtown Toronto to the Oak Ridges Morraine, from the Leslie Spit to Niagara Falls, from the sacred Indigenous mounds of High Park to the queer groves of David L. Bedford Park, from the engineering achievments of R.C. Harris to the imagined landscapes of Lawren Harris.
Date: March 21, 2014

Time: 6-8pm

Location: 366 Bay St.

MAR.25: Inaugural James Love Lecture on Avian Conservation

Tropical Forests & the Migration of Song Birds


Dr. Bridget Stutchbury is a

distinguished research professor, and former Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology, as well as an IRIS Senior Fellow, at York University. In this lecture, Bridget will reveal her surprising migration tracking results for Purple Martins, Red-eyed Vireos and Wood Thrushes and discuss how this research can help us save songbirds.  


Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Registration & Refreshments: 6:15pm
Lecture: 7:00pm
Location: Schulich Executive Learning Centre, Private Dining Room, York University 


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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!

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