It is almost the end of term. Whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, you are looking forward to a few free moments at the end of this term.
Until you are done, we have a few wonderful deals to help make your days go by.
LUG A MUG FOR FREE COFFEE
On April 15, 2010 (Thursday), Starbucks is offering FREE COFFEE to anybody who comes with their reusable mug.
By lugging your mug to campus, you are saving a forest (and you thought you weren’t making an impact!) To calculate how many trees you are saving, click on the picture below.
BUY ONE OF THE $5 MEAL DEALS
Until April 23, 2010, bring $5 to one of the participating locations listed below and get an entire meal! For menu items and locations, click on the picture below.
We hope you will take advantage of these deals.
Best of luck with exams, tests and deadlines!
Tomorrow (Saturday), a mob of buyers will enter G’s Fine Foods with empty reusable bags in their hands and cash in their wallets. They will purchase food items like they do on any other Saturday, and they will feel good about it. Why? The wonderful people at G’s Fine Foods have promised to use 100% of the money they make on Saturday towards increasing environmental sustainability in their store. They will also connect with Local Food Plus and their environmentally-awesome list of local farmers to provide fresh food for their shoppers. In return, the Carrotmob has promised a mob of customers to their store on Saturday.
Since G’s Fine Foods is so close to campus, we recommend that you (and your friends and family) join in the festivities tomorrow. There will be music, an after-party and a mob of environmentally aware people…fun!! And the best part is that your dollars (which you were going to spend on groceries anyways) will support an LFP farmer who treats the livestock on the farm with love, uses environmental sustainable practices on the farm, and ensures that all staff are paid a fair wage.
For more information on LFP farmers, check out the LFP website.
(Interesting fact: U of T is the first University to become LFP certified!!)
Not quite sure what a Carrotmob is?
The Carrotmob Toronto blog explains: “Carrotmob is an emerging form of activism. This is not a brutal fight – this is about partnership for change. Carrotmob is community organized consumer power that partners with businesses to reward them for their socially and environmentally choices. A “buycott”, the anti-boycott, that travels in masses to help consumers see the change they want, and rewards businesses who are willing to compete and act for profits.”
How does this Carrotmob work?
“Buycotting allows consumers to vote with their dollars,” says event organizer Nico Koenig, a graduate student in the Adult Education and Community Development Program of OISE/University of Toronto. “Through Carrotmob, people are making a significant difference in the fight for environmental responsibility – and against climate change. In these hard times, Carrotmobs are economically feasible – all we ask is that people buy groceries they would already be buying. Every dollar counts!”
Why is it important for U of T??
U of T students are part of the Carrotmob organizing team as well as the “mob” that will hit up G’s Fine Foods at the corner of Bloor and Huron.
You can find videos, cartoons, discussions, and other cool stuff on their website:
The end of the year is just around the corner, as are exams and assignments, deadlines, warmer weather and Earth Hour! Remember to turn off your lights and electric appliances on Saturday…and eat vegan on Monday!
Yes, it’s true. U of T is celebrating Earth Day on Monday, March 29, 2010. All day, the Green Team will be out in cafeterias to share tips with you on how to be encironmentally sustainable every day. Be sure to drop by and share a tip with the Green Team! Also, ASSU’s Environmental group will be showing you how to recycle and compost properly….in the Sid Smith lobby!
And to top it all off, you can buy VEGAN CHILI for only $3.50 at Sid’s Cafe, MSB Cafeteria, Robarts Cafeteria, The Buttery at Trinity, Veda in Sanford Fleming, OISE and Howard Ferguson Dining Hall.
So come on down UeaTers, for this year’s last event….share a vegan meal with your friends and some green tips with the Green Team!!
Please join us in welcoming The Cutting Veg, our newest farmer at the U of T Farmer’s Market (held on Wednesdays). Come on down to the Farmer’s Market and pick up their fresh produce, brought to you from their farm in Brampton.
The Cutting Veg (TCV) is not just a farm, it is a community-health promotion enterprise rooted in organic farming. TCV runs programs aimed at cultivating personal, social, environmental, and economic health, and grows a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, which are sold at the U of T Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.
The Cutting Veg also runs the “Global Garlic Project.” They grow over a dozen varieties of garlic from around the world, including Tibet, Persia, Italy, Russia, Korea, and Israel.
TCV also provides Food Coaching Services, which offers garden & composting project support, educational workshops & urban farming internships, dietary & meal planning support, and food-career counselling; and one-on-one “Wellness Counselling” for individuals who want to take steps forward with their health and happiness.
Or better yet, you can come on down to the U of T Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm (inside University College) and speak to The Cutting Veg farmer while buying amazing local produce from Brampton, Ontario.
See you there!