Please join us for the first Sustainability Council lecture of the year, featuring Aditi Mayer, sustainable fashion blogger, journalist, and speaker whose work explores the intersections of style, sustainability, and social justice.

Our lecture series for fall 2021 is shaping up as we write. Expect to hear from diverse speakers from the University of Alberta, Edmonton and around the world. We'll explore topics ranging from renewable energy in Indigenous communities, the impacts of climate change on health, environmental economics and theatre activism.

More details will follow as the fall term begins. For now, please save the date for our kick-off: Wednesday, Sep. 29 at noon with Aditi Mayer.

Since 2014, her freshman college year, Aditi has been writing on the historical and sociopolitical underpinnings that allow the fashion industry to function in a colonial manner, rooted in exploitation and extraction of both labor and the natural environment. Combining photojournalism and grassroots organizing in Downtown L.A.’s garment district has developed her unique voice and approach to making change in the world of fashion. Aditi will spend 2022 as a National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow, spending one year documenting the social and environmental impacts of India’s fashion supply chain.


Other upcoming talks

Apr. 7, 2021 at Noon
Event details as listed below
Degrowth in the time of COVID-19

Joëlle Saey-Volckrick and Nick von Andrian

Two leaders of the website degrowth.info present this introduction to degrowth as a critique of the current system, as a way of rethinking the foundations of our economies, and as a three-fold strategy for the post-COVID-19 world: produce less, share more, and decide together.

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April 8, 2021 at 7 PM
Event details as listed below
Into the Arctic: Awakening

Film screening and live Q&A

Cory Trepanier and Fiona Schmiegelow

See incredible images of a rapidly landscape under threat. Join filmmaker Cory Trepanier and UAlberta North's Fiona Schmiegelow for a free film screening and discussion.

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The Sustainability Council’s ongoing lecture series explores local and global perspectives on sustainability, equity and climate action. Hear researchers and practitioners from the University of Alberta and beyond in fields ranging from engineering to ecology, public health to poetry, native studies to nanotechnology.

Steering Committee

The Sustainability Council’s Research Steering Committee guides the selection of speakers for this lecture series.

Meet the Committee