Walking the Talk

As hosts of The Kingston Climate Change Symposium, we want to walk the talk when it comes to the fight against climate change. We acknowledge that by hosting this special event, however, we are producing waste and harmful emissions. From lighting the venue, to food waste, to transportation and paper usage - an event’s carbon footprint can really pile up.  

Sustainable Kingston knows that in order to inspire change and action, we must all lead by example. Therefore, we are striving to reduce the symposium’s negative impacts on the environment wherever possible. Please see the examples below of how we are actively reducing energy usage, waste and the production of greenhouse gas. We believe that by working together, as a community, we can accomplish a lot more in our fight against climate change.


waste - free

We are working with Skeleton Parks Arts Festival and the City of Kingston Solid Waste Division, to make The Kingston Climate Change Symposium a waste-free event.

Waste Sorting Stations, led by a small team of volunteers, will be provided at The Grand Theatre. They will take garbage, recycling and organics from attendees and dispose it into the appropriate bins, offering an educational element as well as ensuring effective waste diversion.

Reduce and Reuse

In addition to supporting a waste-free initiative, we have partnered with local food vendors who will use reusable and compostable materials. Rather than bringing disposable plates, vendors will provide compostable napkins, paper plates and reusable coffee mugs. They will serve all food on reusable trays and will strive to reduce packaging wherever possible.

Post-consumer food leftovers will be added to compost bins at the Waste Sorting Stations located throughout the venue.


Tip: Please bring your own reusable water bottle – water refill stations are provided at The Grand Theatre.


Inspiring Youth

As part of the event, we are working with Queen’s Sustainability Conference (QSUS) to inspire innovation and collaboration among the trailblazers of the next generation.

QSUS is an annual student-led conference and competition (January 19-21, 2018) that works to improve the sustainability of Queen’s campus and of the Kingston community. This year, QSUS offers a weekend full of case competitions, networking events, speaker panels, workshops, and socials, with an impressive portfolio of speakers and sponsors.  As part of their theme- Forging Solidarity- student delegates from Queen’s University will be joined by their peers from St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College of Canada. 

Local & Healthy Food Choices

All food provided will be a combination of vegetarian and vegan items, sourced from local businesses. By not serving meat and fish, we are reducing the carbon footprint associated to the food consumed at the event.

CRAVE Catering offers fresh, local food that is thoughtfully prepared. Their Coffee House & Bakery is committed to providing the premier coffee house experience by serving only the finest coffees that are fair trade, organic, and roasted on-site in small batches. At Bread and Butter Bakery and Fine Pastries everything in store is made fresh daily, using all natural ingredients and local produce whenever possible.

BREAD BUTTER logo small.jpg


Carbon Neutral

Sustainable Kingston is working with Carbonzero to offset the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the Kingston Climate Change Symposium. A total of 4 tonnes of CO2-equivalent will be mitigated, by supporting the Southern Quebec Afforestation Project from the CSA Clean Projects Registry .