Sustainability Lunch and Learn Series

Wind Energy in Southern Ontario



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How is renewable wind energy making Ontario more sustainable?

Tuesday March 13, 2018


Room M3013

What are the opportunities and pitfalls of large scale renewable wind energy? Why has Ontario become a leader in renewable wind energy? What are the environmental benefits and impacts? Where is the future of renewable energy moving?

Join William Pol, MCIP, RPP, as he answers these questions and more. William has worked in the renewable energy sector of over 15 years for municipalities and energy developers. He will share is experience and passion for renewable wind energy in Ontario.

All attendees will receive a FREE coffee coupon!

Please register with Fanshawelearns to confirm your attendance.

Students can email to attend. Drop-ins welcome


Toilets Are Not Garbage Cans



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Toilets Are Not Garbage Cans

Wednesday December 6, 2017

Clogged sewers, massive piles of wipes, condoms, tampons – all things that currently go down the toilet that never should. You need to see and hear the issues that lurk below the ground in our London sewer systems!

Join Barry Orr, the City of London Sewer Outreach and Control Inspector, while he discusses the project “Toilets are not garbage cans”. With over 20 years of experience in environmental and wastewater fields, Barry is an active member and spokesperson for the Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group in Ontario, and is a member of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, the Water Environment Association of Ontario, and the Canadian Standards Association.


Fitness and Health Part 2


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How to Eat For Your Goals: Balanced Clean Eating

Wednesday October 4, 2017

It's no secret that a large percentage of our population is overweight, sick and unhappy! Join Personal Trainer and Life Coach Jenn Garrett while she addresses common myths about nutrition to steer you in the right direction for success. Jenn will discuss how to eat for your goals, and show you that the most successful ‘diet’ is one that you can sustain for the rest of your life: balanced clean eating!

All attendees will be entered into a draw for a free assessment and two personal training sessions with Jenn!


Growing Native Plants


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Growing Native Plants at Home

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Native plants are being lost to habitat destruction, invasive species and introduced pests and diseases. Planting native species is increasingly necessary, but how do you know what to plant, without doing hours of research?

Join Master Gardener Amy Turnbull for a discussion on why you should grow native plants in your garden and which plants are best in different situations. You will leave feeling empowered to plant native species in your garden and all registrants will receive a plant to grow at home.


Happiness and Fitness Part 1


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Increase Your Productivity and Happiness with Fitness: Part 1

Wednesday May 17, 2017

It's no secret that a large percentage of our population is overweight, sick and unhappy! In a 2 part series, Personal Trainer and Life Coach Jenn Garrett will be addressing common myths about exercise and nutrition to steer you in the right direction for success. In Part 1, she will discuss exercise strategies and give helpful pointers to address muscular imbalances that are a source of pain and injury for office workers or anyone who spends time sitting.


Probiotics: A Global Perspective


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Probiotics: A Global Perspective

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Probiotics are something we have all heard about, but what are they, really? Why do we need them? Should you be taking a supplement? Please join Jeremy Burton, the Deputy Director of the Canadian Centre for Human Microbiome and Probiotics, for a presentation and discussion about probiotics and why you should care about them.




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Wednesday March 15, 2017

Discover how a mindful practice of meditation can boost your overall health, decrease pain, improve your focus and attention, an decrease stress. In this workshop, you will learn and practice some basic meditative and mindful techniques, and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. By the end of the session, you will have a practical toolkit of meditation techniques, current research on the benefits of mindfulness training, and online and local resources.


Honeybees and Insecticides: What is the Connection?


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Honeybees and Insecticides: What is the Connection?

Wednesday February 15, 2017

Honey bees are pollinator insects that are important both ecologically and economically. However, they are currently experiencing a massive population decline known as Colony Collapse Disorder and pesticides may be to blame. Please join Brendan Daisley, MSc candidate in Microbiology and Immunology at UWO, for a discussion of this issue and possible solutions that may be adopted.


How to Eliminate 90% of Toxins from Your Life: The 4 Simple Secrets


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How to Eliminate 90% of Toxins from Your Life: The 4 Simple Secrets

Wednesday January 25, 2017

Have you ever received 'You should avoid that, it's bad for you,' advice from your friends, but never known why? There is so much information available on toxic household products and chemicals that it would take years to sort through! Please join Meg Haggitt as she walks through 4 easy ways to have a healthy home, cutting through all the information overload.


Winter Energy Conservation


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Winter Energy Conservation


Wednesday January 11, 2017

Interested in saving some energy and money this winter? Join us as we discuss strategies to reduce energy consumption during the cold winter months. Topics to be covered include the benefits of setting back your thermostat, understanding which items use the most energy at home, available incentives through Union Gas and London Hydro, and how to do a self-assessment of your home energy usage.


Essential Oils


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Essential Oils 101 with Mindy Willis-Menard

Monday July 11, 2016

Curious about taking your health to the next level?

Join us for free class on essential oils.


Bike Maintenance


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Bike Maintenance 101

Thursday June 16, 2016

Presented by MEC London, this Bike Maintenance Clinic is best suited to beginners who are new to bike maintenance. In our session, you will learn the anatomy of the bike, diagnosing a problem, basic maintenance, fixing a flat tire, and when to bring your bike in for more major repairs.


Garden Tour


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Garden Tour

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Did you know Fanshawe's gardens are part of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, and more home to endangered and thought-to-be extinct species?

Join 'plant nut' Michael Pascoe, Coordinator of the Horticulture Technician Program, as he leads a walking tour through these 'living laboratories' and discusses the nature and history of these beautiful gardens.

The tour will begin with ten minute overview of the gardens, and will be followed by a half hour walking tour highlighting some of the rare and unique species we have on campus. The tour will then finish at the Spriet Family Greenhouse.


Back Country 101


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Back Country 101 - How to Pack a Pack

Wednesday August 19, 2015

This Back Country 101 program is intended to help outdoor enthusiasts. It is an overview if the equipment needed for an overnight hiking/backpacking trip. What do you need? What type of pack is essential? Lastly, how should you pack your pack to be efficient and safe?

Learn about:

  • Understand the importance of a properly fitted pack
  • How much to pack for your trip
  • Know how to pack a backpack to ensure comfort and safety
  • Where exactly to pack everything in your pack


Green-up Your Spring Clean-up


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Green-up Your Spring Clean-up

Wednesday March 25, 2015

Although it does not feel like it, Spring is just around the corner! And with the coming of Spring, comes thoughts and ideas of “spring cleaning”, renovations and gardening.

What many people don’t think of, are the mounds of garbage sent to landfill as a result of those activities. Much of the waste in Ontario’s landfills is comprised of items like drywall, concrete rubble, discarded furniture, scrap metal and wood, and represents as much as 30% of Ontario’s Waste. The real shame is that most of it is recyclable. As our landfills shrink, more and more emphasis needs to be placed on finding sustainable alternatives to manage these types of waste.

TRY Recycling, based right here in London Ontario, has been in the business of transforming waste from Ontarians into usable consumer products since 1991. Through innovation, technology and science, TRY has diverted thousands of tonnes of resources from landfills and continues to do so.

Come and join us for a lunch time conversation with Rick Vandersluis, Vice President of TRY Recycling Inc., for information and resources on how you can more effectively and efficiently manage your spring time garbage.


Whale Wars


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Whale Wars: Anecdotes from the Front Line

Thursday January 29, 2015

The Sea Sheppard Conservation Society has been featured on the documentary style reality show, Whale Wars, for the past 7 years. Using their vessels, many volunteers and a lot of passion, this group valiantly defends some of the planet’s most vulnerable species on the open waters, including whales, dolphins and marine turtles.

Join us on January 29th for an exciting conversation with Hillary Watson, Quartermaster on board four of the Sea Sheppard Vessels. Learn more about the Sea Sheppard’s campaigns worldwide, and what it was like for Hillary as a first hand participant in some of the most thrilling confrontations on the open waters defending marine wild life.


Solar Power


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Solar Power

Thursday November 27, 2014

Have you ever wondered how home solar projects work? How do you install solar panels on your roof? Is it worth it? There are many different options for solar energy, which one is best for you? Please join Mike Bloxam, owner of SunTap Technologies, for answers to these questions and more, in this interactive presentation on solar power.


Climate Change


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Climate Change

Thursday October 23, 2014

Climate change is a controversial topic that has been at the forefront of politics across the world for decades. Stories about it appear frequently in the media, governments are constantly trying craft policy to deal with it and everybody seems to have an opinion. But even with all of this focus there is still a lot of confusion and uncertainty surrounding what is climate change and its effects. Please join Ivan Lee, PhD candidate at Western University ,for this interactive presentation on Climate Change.


DIY Fall Planters


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DIY Fall Planters

Thursday September 25, 2014

Fall is a time of colour and wonder, and it is beneficial in so many ways to bring these colours into the office. Adding living plants to your office space can improve air quality, increase productivity, and help with general wellness. Please join Michael Pascoe, Coordinator of the Horticulture Technician Program, as he teaches you how to make fall planters for your office. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Please note: you will be working with soil, so either bring a change of clothes or wear something that can get dirty!


What is Sustainability?


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What is Sustainability?

Wednesday August 14, 2014

Sustainability is a concept that has been around since the 1970s. It involves every aspect of humanity and its interaction with nature, locally, nationally, and globally. Please join Fanshawe’s own Sustainability Coordinator, Amanda Richman, as you learn more about the social, environmental, and economic aspects of sustainability, why it is so important, and how differences are being made.


The Value of Trees


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The Value of Trees and Sapling Giveaway

Thursday July 17, 2014

What value do trees have? What do they do for us? What is so important about planting native trees? Since the beginning, trees have given us two of life’s essentials: food and oxygen. Not only do they provide wildlife habitat, they have also allowed us to build our shelters and communities. Please join Reforest London as you learn more about the social, environmental, and economic benefits of trees, as well as why it is important to plant native trees in this dynamic presentation.


Summer Water Conservation


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Summer Water Conservation

Wednesday June 19, 2014

There is a sizeable increase in residential water use during summer months. Why is it important to conserve water during the summer? How can you have a stunning property that eliminates outdoor water use? Please join Michael Albanese of Green Venture as he discusses rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, xeriscaping, and green roofs. Suited to all homeowners, this presentation illustrates simple ways to reduce your water footprint.


DIY Natural, Chemical Free Sunscreen


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DIY Natural, Chemical Free Sunscreen

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Have you ever wondered what is in your sunscreen? Are all the chemicals in it necessary? Join Stephen Szucs, Founder of SustainableJoes, as he explores those questions and teaches you how to make your own natural and chemical free sunscreen. After living off the electrical grid for almost a year in downtown London, Stephen has many interesting stories to share with you, including how to make your own natural sunscreen.

BONUS: You will also learn how to make bottle gardens!


Organic Skin Care


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Safe, Effective and For Real Organic Skin Care

Wednesday August 15, 2013

Are you confused with all the talk and marketing surrounding ‘organic & natural’ products these days? What does it all mean and where do you begin to make the switch from chemical laden products to a more natural alternative? If you don’t want to spend a fortune to make this transition, this workshop can help! VICKIE BALAZ, FOUNDER OF JAYDANCIN INC., offers this informed workshop on what is real and what is not in the world of skin care and cosmetics, so that you can make well‐versed choices for you and your family.


Green Cleaning 101


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Green Cleaning 101

Wednesday July 31, 2013

At this workshop, you will learn how to make your own cleaning supplies with effective and safe ingredients to thoroughly clean and disinfect your home. Take home enough supplies for 3 months! Join APRIL ANDERSON, THE QUEEN OF GREEN AND OWNER OF JANN’S NATURALS, for this hands on experience!




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How to Grow Your Own Food Without a Vegetable Patch

Wednesday July 4, 2013

There is nothing better than the taste of a home‐grown tomato, but they can be a lot of work. Permaculture systems allow you to grow a large amount of food with very little work using holistic integrated design and perennial systems. Join JESSICA ROBERTSON, FROM WILD CRAFT PERMACULTURE, to learn what permaculture is (it can pretty much save the world and it goes way beyond food!), and how you can easily produce delectable edibles right outside your doorstep.