On April 21, Sustainable Concordia was thrilled to join with many other participating organizations to co-host the 2021 Sustainability Mixer. This event is an annual opportunity for people to learn more about and connect with the different sustainability initiatives that take place in and around the Concordia community. Cancelled for the first time in over five years in 2020 due to the pandemic, 2021 saw our first virtual Sustainability Mixer.
Montreal-based singer-songwriter Clerel performed an acoustic set to open the event. It felt surreal to listen to live music again and it really warmed the online space. After the performance, many organizations working at Concordia presented their mission, and then we got to mixing!
Each organization present hosted a break out rooms for participants to have one-on-one conversations with the representatives of varied organizations. There is a diversity in the sustainability projects in our community, which allowed people to gravitate towards initiatives that best reflected their interests throughout the evening. For example, there were organizations like the Concordia Food Coalition, the People’s Potato, and the Hive Café Solidarity Cooperative present, who provide food related services like food banks and free Meals on Wheels delivery services. Other organizations, like Zero Waste Concordia and CUCCR, focus on ways to reduce waste and to give a second life to objects people tend to throw away without a second thought.
To conclude the event, participants gathered for a virtual dance party. Thank you to everyone who participated and brought warmth and movement to the online space – we hope you enjoyed this year’s Sustainability Mixer and we look forward to next year’s event!
If you would like to access the mixer information pamphlet, which includes information and contact details for all participating organizations, you can download it here.
The following participants are winners of this year’s mixer raffle prizes:
2 Frigo Vert veggie baskets – Elise Gellatly & Andrew Kaprielian
2 gift cards to Lloydie’s – Flore Cretel & Megan Clarke
3 gift cards for Radish Co-Op – Maya Bobotis, Vatsal Trivedi, & Eseosa Idemudia
2 gift cards to BUYPOC market participating businesses – Robert Forrester, & Tim Law
Tiohtià:ke (so-called Montréal) is located on unceded Indigenous territory. It has historically been a meeting place for many nations, with the Kanien’kehá:ka as the stewards. We encourage you to reflect on your current and historical relationship to this land.