Before the AMS Student Nest was completed in 2015, AMS Sustainability developed the concept for a Student Life and Sustainability Center (SLSC). Kasha Foster, AMS Sustainability Manager tells us what to expect.
WHAT IS THE SLSC?
The SLSC aims to help students develop leadership skills by supporting their events and projects with tangible and intangible resources, ranging from stationary and printing to skill-based support. AMS clubs and constituencies will be able to rent dishware, serving utensils, and other items that can be used to ensure that hosted events are zero waste events.
The space will also be the new central location for the Mugshare program that was initiated by Common Energy, in collaboration with student groups such as Seedlings, Sprouts, and Agora Café.
WHAT ARE THE SUSTAINABILITY BENEFITS?
Within the space, we have a new digital dashboard that serves as an education and outreach mechanism for the AMS. We hope it will encourage sustainable behaviour choices by providing occupants feedback on the building’s water and energy use, as well as information about the building’s sustainability features.
By engaging the occupants of the building through the Dashboard, we hope that our efforts help reduce the
ecological footprint of both within the building, and outside, as students pass on newly gained knowledge to others.
In the coming year, we are hoping to engage more student groups in projects surrounding the Digital Dashboard. The SLSC will be a hub of sustainability outreach and education in the Nest, and will provide students with an inviting space to engage with sustainability.
“THE SLSC WILL BE A HUB OF SUSTAINABILITY OUTREACH AND EDUCATION IN THE NEST”