CENTRES AND INITIATIVES

UNIVERSITY CENTRES

Thunder Bay

Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies 

Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies

The purpose of the Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies is to contribute to the wellbeing of people and places. The Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies incubates and supports diverse place and sustainability related research, education, and action initiatives within the Lakehead University community, in the region, and internationally in order to create more socially and ecologically just environments. The Centre for Place and Sustainability Studies will: 

  • Convene a meeting ground for reflection and action around key social and ecological sustainability issues impacting diverse communities and places in the local region; 
  • Support relationship and capacity-building around shared interests across university departments and communities in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario; 
  • Develop collaborative partnerships through place and sustainability related research, education, and outreach initiatives, and 
  • Experiment with and model ways of being and working together that help foster wellbeing, compassion, courage, and care.

Contact: Dr. David Greenwood, Director, Tel. (807)766-7193

Email: david.greenwood@lakeheadu.ca


 Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration

Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration

The goal of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration is to encourage and support research, education and outreach activities regarding the nature and impacts of mineral resource exploration and extraction particularly in Northern Ontario. 

Website: http://cesme.lakeheadu.ca/

Contact: Dr. Peter Hollings, Director, Tel.  (807) 343 8329

Email: peter.hollings@lakeheadu.ca


 Orillia

Centre for Sustainable Communities

The general aim of Research Centre for Sustainable Communities (RCSC) is the development of an improved understanding of factors that influence the sustainability of communities. The term “communities” refers to any social grouping, which might include: animal and plant communities, online communities, university communities, localized geographical communities, and/or any other group of people with shared interests, activities or characteristics. The inherent complexity of this research objective demands an innovative approach that is comprehensive and focused. The research projects and activities undertaken as part of the proposed Research Centre will not only fall under at least one of the core areas; Environmental Sustainability, Political Economy or Social Justice, but will additionally focus on interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary methodologies. RCSC rather than merely providing a “home” for contrasting research projects related to community sustainability, the proposed centre will cultivate research programs which target areas only accessible by an interdisciplinary methodological approach. Viewed through the compound lenses of the social and natural sciences, the humanities and fine arts, the complex problem of sustainable communities will get proper attention.

Contact: Dr. Nandakumar Kanavillil, Director, Tel (1-705-330-4008 ext. 2633)

Emailnkanavil@lakeheadu.ca

STUDENT INITIATIVES 

LUSU Sustainability Initiative 

LUSU Sustainability Initiative


 Community Spokes Bicycle Collective

Founded and operated by a mix of LU student, alumni and community volunteers.
Community Spokes provides a number of services. Chief among them is education for everyone who enters the space, because we believe that knowledge held by all is more valuable than knowledge held by few. For those who know little about their bikes, we instruct you to fix it on your own, guiding you along the way. To this end, we can repair any part of your bike that needs attention, and provide routine maintenance for those parts that jiggle loose. We provide products and spare parts for a nominal donation: things like new cables, tires, and oil for your chain. We also rebuild used bikes and sell them at a reasonable price, in order to help fund our supplies.

communityspokes@gmail.com


Planeteers
LU Residence student-led volunteer group. 
The purpose of this committee is to help make students more aware of their actions and how they are impacting the environment. 


Fossil Free Lakehead
Fossil Free Lakehead calls upon Lakehead University to divest its endowment funds from the fossil fuel corporations that own the majority of carbon reserves and reinvest in socially responsible funds.


Lakehead Orillia GREEN club