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Fair Trade Week promotes awareness for sustainable consumption

Celebrate and sample fair trade products at events on campus, Sept. 26-30
September 27, 2016
The university receives its Fair Trade Campus designation Sept. 21, 2015. It is the first post-secondary campus in Alberta and the tenth ion Canada to receive this designation from Fairtrade Canada. Photo by Anna Nowaczyk

The University of Calgary receives its Fair Trade Campus designation on Sept. 21, 2015. We are the first post-secondary campus in Alberta and the 10th in Canada to receive this designation from Fairtrade Canada. Photo by Anna Nowaczyk, University of Calgary  

The university is continuing its commitment to be a leader in sustainable and healthy dining services by celebrating Fair Trade Week on campus, Sept. 26–30. This event is hosted by the university’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Food and Conference Services, and the Office of Sustainability to promote culture awareness for sustainable consumption. Last year, the university was designated the first Fair Trade Campus in Alberta.

Fair Trade Week provides the campus community with the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about fair trade and the positive impact of buying Fairtrade while maintaining our achieved designation from Fairtrade Canada. Fair Trade Week educates campus members about how buying fair trade supports fair wages, strengthens communities, prohibits child and forced labour, conserves the environment, and empowers farmers and workers in the Global South.

Fairtrade-certified products are offered at all food service locations under the university's control, including those operated by the university's caterers and food service companies such as Aramark. Providing Fairtrade options supports UCalgary’s objective to become a leader in sustainable and healthy dining service practices as outlined in the Framework for Sustainability in Administration and Operations of our recently launched Institutional Sustainability Strategy.

Throughout the week, Fairtrade-certified food and products like chocolate, bananas, gum, coffee and tea, donated by Fairtrade Canada and various vendors across campus, as well as promotional materials will be given out at events:

Tea Tuesday

Sept. 27, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Sustainability Resource Centre (Science B)
Teaja will be giving away fair trade tea from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Sustainability Resource Centre. Office of Sustainability Peer Helpers and Sustainability Ambassadors will be helping and handing out fair trade bananas, chocolate and information pamphlets.

Waffle Wednesday

Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m.–2 p.m. | Sustainability Resource Centre (Science B)
Engineers Without Borders will be hosting a Waffle Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sustainability Resource Centre. Office of Sustainability Peer Helpers and Sustainability Ambassadors will be helping with Waffle Wednesday and handing out fair trade bananas, chocolate and information pamphlets.

Fair Trade Thursday

Sept. 29, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Sustainability Resource Centre (Science B)
Teaja will be giving away fair trade tea from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Sustainability Resource Centre. Office of Sustainability Peer Helpers and Sustainability Ambassadors will be helping and handing out fair trade bananas, chocolate and information pamphlets.

Go Bananas Friday

Sept. 30, 2 p.m.–3 p.m. | Across campus
Keep your eyes out for Brendan Cave, Student's Union vice-president (operations and finance), who will be dressed in a banana mascot suit roaming around campus and handing out fair trade bananas, chocolate and information pamphlets with the help of Office of Sustainability Peer Helpers and Sustainability Ambassadors.