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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Sustainability Champions

Sustainability Champions are campus leaders that promote and develop sustainability initiatives at the university. These students work collaboratively with the Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability to bring sustainable project ideas to life through the use of social media, engagement events, and workshops.

Sustainability Ambassadors are supported by the Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability through training, resource connections, mentorship, and institutional support. 

Time commitment:

This position runs from September 2023 to April 2024. During this time, Sustainability Champions will:

  • Complete Leadership Foundations training
    • If you have already completed Leadership Foundations or Ambassador Level 1 training, you do not need to complete this again.  
  • Write sustainability-themed blog posts
  • Attend monthly Sustainability Ambassador meetings to brainstorm, plan, and learn about upcoming sustainability events and initiatives
  • Attend sustainability events as a volunteer to help promote sustainability initiatives to the Ontario Tech community
  • Lead or participate in a sustainability project (can create your own or join existing ones such as Biodiversity Inventory, Pollinator Project, Fair Trade Campus, Climate Cafe etc.)

Why become a Sustainability Champion?

  • Gain an understanding of community and campus sustainability 
  • Mobilize students, staff, faculty and the community to take action on environmental issues
  • Earn volunteer hours that can be used to apply for a WWF Living Planet Leader Certificate
  • Receive recognition as a sustainability leader on campus
  • Gain skills such as leadership, project management, and event organization which will help you become a career-ready citizen
  • Opportunity to visit the Windfields Farm and meet other students, staff and faculty 
  • Receive recognition for your involvement on the Student Experience Record


  • Act as representatives of the Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability
  • Collaborate with other university departments and student clubs to build community
  • Work as a part of a team to plan sustainability campaigns, events, and projects
  • Work independently to curate content for the Sustainability social channels and website—including but not limited to—blogs, interviews, stories, reels etc.

Desired skills and experience:

  • Effective project management skills with strong attention to detail. 
  • Experience creating digital content such as stories, reels, carousels using applications such as Canva, Instagram etc.
  • Time management and self-motivation
  • Willingness to attend in-person sustainability events and promoting them to the Ontario Tech community
  • Willingness to help others bring their sustainability ideas to life.

How do I get involved?

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