Join the Office of Sustainability for a free cup of locally roasted coffee, September 10 and 12

Event Date: 
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 9:00am EDT to Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:00am EDT
Event Location: 
CASES building, FB 2008

Sustainability Tour and Nature Walk

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 12:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
In front of Paterson Library steps

Meet the Sustainability Coordinator, and learn about sustainability services and features on campus - the rain garden, Lake Tamblyn, the sweat lodge and gitigaan, the community garden - and experience one of the many nature trails on the Thunder Bay campus. 

Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. 
Meet at the Paterson Library front steps.

Commuter Challenge Breakfast

Event Date: 
Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:00am to 9:00am EDT
Event Location: 
Outside the Paterson Library

The Office of Sustainability is offering free breakfast snacks to celebrate employees who participated in Commuter Challenge Week.

Stop by between 8-9 am to enjoy some free breakfast snacks and tell us how you have been commuting to work!

Commuter Challenge Week: Take the Challenge!

Event Date: 
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 8:20am EDT to Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 8:25pm EDT
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay Campus

Lakehead's Office of Sustainability is encouraging you to take the Commuter Challenge and win great prizes!

Commuter Challenge is a friendly, national competition that encourages daily commuters to choose sustainable modes of transportation for the benefit of their health and the environment. It’s also a fun way of building leadership and camaraderie in our workplace.

This year Lakehead University is taking the Challenge along with other workplaces in Thunder Bay, and we want you to join us!

From June 3 – June 9, hundreds of employees across Thunder Bay will cycle, walk, run, bus, carpool or telecommute their way to work, or where ever they would normally drive their car alone. You can register yourself and track your daily active commutes on the Commuter Challenge website at

By registering as an individual on the website you will have a chance to win exciting prizes.

The first 200 employees to register will receive free transit passes for the week of June 3-9.

The first 50 employees to register will be entered into a draw to receive prizes, including bike equipment and FREE registration in a workplace commuter cycling skills course!  

Post-challenge prizes will also be awarded to:

- The employee with the most CO2 saved

- The most epic or unconventional commute

- The most modes of commuting

You will also help our University win as we strive for the highest participation rates in our employee category!

Last year over 100 employees of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre participated in commuter challenge week. Think Lakehead University can surpass this? Help make it happen! Make Lakehead a workplace leader in sustainable transportation!

Stay tuned for programming during the week of June 3-9, including a free breakfast for commuter champions, and a free drop-in bike tune-up sponsored by a local bike shop.

Sustainable Communities Workshop - Lakehead Orillia

Event Date: 
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:45am to 5:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
OA 2014
Event Contact Name: 
Dr Nanda Kanavillil
Event Contact E-mail: 

The workshops are for the Lakehead University community from both campuses, including all faculty and graduate students.

The RCSC focuses on three core areas: Environmental Sustainability, Political Economy and Social Justice.

Environmental sustainability seeks to sustain global life-support systems by securing sufficient quality of natural resources, ecosystems and species diversity in all aspects of the natural and the human or built environment.

Political economy refers to examining how political and economic forces taken together affect the development of government legislation and policy.

Social justice refers to the belief that communities should be organized to allow for and promote equality, fairness, dignity and solidarity among community members such that all members of the community experience a just and fair society, experiencing equality not just in laws or on paper but also in social outcomes.

Sustainability Action Plan Consultations - Focus Group

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Study Coffeehouse

Over the past year and a half, the Lakehead University Sustainability Stewardship Council (LUSSC), and its three Working Groups have developed a 5 year Sustainability Action Plan for the University. This plan has three main sections: Academics, Operations, and Engagement.

Join an informal focus group to learn about the plan and share your feedback.

Explore This Place Series

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00pm EDT
Event Location: 
Meet in front of Chancellor Paterson Library

The LUSU Sustainability Center, Student Success Center and Lakehead Sustainability Office invite you to Explore this Place with an on campus bi-weekly walk series. Meet outside the library every second Thursday at noon to enjoy a short guided walk around campus. Comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing recommended.

Orillia, August 11, 2016

Event Date: 
Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
500 University Avenue

Lakehead’s Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) is launching a new “Sustainable Communities” speaker series to give the community an opportunity to hear from scholars beyond Lakehead University. 

Saidul Islam


The first talk takes place on Thursday, August 11 from 5 – 6:30 pm at Lakehead’s 500 University Avenue campus and features Dr. Md Saidul Islam, associate professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 

His topic will be “Globalization Project and the Neoliberal Paradox: Quest for a Sustainable Earth.” 

Dr. Saidul Islam’s research interests include international development and environmental sociology with particular emphasis on the global agro-food system, global commodity networks, global environmental governance, agrarian change, and labour and gender dimension in rural development. 

“The new series will focus on topics covering the three main research areas of the RCSC – environmental sustainability, political economy, and social justice,” explains Centre Director, Dr. Nanda Kanavillil. “This is a chance for members of the University and the public to hear from scholars on a wide variety of interdisciplinary research topics – all related to having a positive impact on the sustainability of our communities.” 

The Research Centre for Sustainable Communities was established in 2014 to focus on interdisciplinary research that supports sustainable communities. The Centre’s unconventional approach to research, with an emphasis on multi-disciplines and collaboration, will be a catalyst for research funding and community partnerships. 

The August 11 talk is free and open to the public. 

For further information, please contact Dr. Nanda Kanavillil at

Making Connections: A Workshop Bringing Together the Conversation on Water and Sustainability

Event Date: 
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am EST
Event Location: 
ATAC 5036, Lakehead University

Situated by Lake Superior/Gitchigami, our community is reminded daily that water is essential for the survival and productivity of all living things. Water is an essential aspect of our lives biologically, socially, economically, culturally, and also spiritually. Food production, energy production, access to clean and safe water, and peace and security are just a few ways water is critical to our survival.

“Making Connections” will provide a space for researchers, professionals and community members to come together to learn and share their involvement in local, regional, and global water issues related to sustainability. 

Participants will have three minutes to summarize their research or involvement in the area of water and sustainability. An informal gathering with refreshments will follow.

To further partnership and capacity building, an online, open-access catalogue of the research and projects presented will be created.

- Refreshments will be available -

Registration is required. RSVP to: