About SCB Kingston

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Welcome to the SCB Kingston Chapter!

The Society for Conservation Biology is a local group committed to promoting environmental and conservation endeavours in the Kingston area. The society is composed entirely of volunteers from the community who meet weekly to discuss relevant current events, host guest speakers, and organize the community outreach programs for which the SCB has become well known.The Kingston SCB has weekly meetings and hosts evening seminars on topics relating to conservation each school term. Weekly meetings usually include an overview of our events, information about local conservation efforts, and sign-ups for the multiple programs and activities our club has to offer. Visitors to weekly meetings are welcome! Weekly meetings for 2017/2018 will be on Thursdays at 5:30pm, room 3110 in the Biosciences Building on Queen’s Campus.

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Are YOU interested in climate action, reducing inequalities, peace and justice, eradicating poverty, clean energy, responsible consumption, sustainable economic growth, or working for the United Nations? Do YOU want to get involved in locally or internationally implementing these sustainable changes to help make the world a better place?

The Society for Conservation Biology Kingston Chapter and the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship are excited to bring the 17SDG Youth Training Seminar to Queen’s University! Students of all backgrounds have the opportunity to hear UN officials speak on the future of sustainability, and learn skills to influence policy worldwide! Each participant receives a certification from the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship for their portfolio!

TICKETS: www.queensu-unsdgtraining.eventbrite.ca
On September 25th, 2015, 193 UN Member States unanimously adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets, to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. At the very centre of this agenda are youth! The only way to achieve all 17 Goals is to inspire the bourgeoning
generation of leaders to take up the message and act proactively in their communities to create lasting and sustainable change.

The Foundation for Environmental Stewardship is a registered charity founded in 2012, headed by 24-year-old climate change activist and UN policy advocate Steve Lee. Their mission is to educate and empower the final generation who can solve climate change for a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future. The SDGs Youth Training Canada Seminars, an FES project in celebration of Canada’s 150th, mobilizes Canadian youth at universities across the country to gain skills to advocate for change and become the leaders of the future.

On November 16, a speaker from the United Nations itself (TBA) is coming to Queen’s University to instruct students in the 17SDGs and becoming leaders in sustainability! Come network and get certified in sustainability! GET YOUR TICKET NOW (ONLY $20-25) atwww.queensu-unsdgtraining.eventbrite.ca!

6:00-6:30PM: Registration
6:30-6:40PM: Welcome remarks
6:40-7:17PM: Session 1- SDGs Examples
7:17-8:02PM: UN Speaker & Q/A
8:02-9:02PM: Skills Development
9:02-9:30PM: Solution Design Session & Concluding remarks
9:30-9:45PM: Mingling & Photo Ops

BRUCE KNOTTS: UN for the most marginalized

How does UN serve the most marginalized: youth, women, children, and more? Bruce Knotts was born and raised in California. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Pepperdine University and his Master’s Degree in International Education from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; both in California. Bruce was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. He worked for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia and on a World Bank contract in Somalia, before he joined the Department of State as a U.S. diplomat in 1984. Bruce had diplomatic assignments in Greece, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and The Gambia, where he was Deputy Chief of Mission. While in Cote d’Ivoire, Bruce served as the Regional Refugee Coordinator for West Africa coving all 16 nations of West Africa from Mauritania to Nigeria, but focusing on the refugees from the conflicts in Sierra Leone, Liberia and later in Cote d’Ivoire itself. In 2004, Bruce was elected to the Board of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA). Bruce retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and joined the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office as its Executive Director at the beginning of 2008.

The Society for Conservation Biology Kingston Chapter is a group of Queen’s students and faculty striving to conserve local and global biodiversity. With innovative programming that brings conservation into the classroom, exciting initiatives covering climate change to shoreline cleanups, and intensive fundraisers for like-minded conservation groups, SCB is proud to host the UN 17SDG Youth Training Seminar at Queen’s University!
Use #CANYOUTH4SDGS to share your experience!

Our Chapter Committees

Visit our Events Page to see what we’ve been up to recently!

The Education Committee collaborates with schools in Kingston to present environmental conservation-based programming to classrooms. It is also involved with community outreach, organizing classroom-training events and brainstorming innovative new programs.

The Fundraising Committee organizes environmentally focused events for the members, including the annual Photo Contest and Silent Auction, and raises money for the Chapter so that it can better the Kingston community through various conservation efforts.

The Sustainable Campus & Issues Committee is responsible for many of the Chapter’s sustainable initiatives on campus, such as the implementation of the SCB Native Pollinator Garden, as well as keeping members up to date on conservation issues of local, regional and global focus.

Meet our 2017-2018 Executive Team




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Ashley Concessio        Zoe Walter        Georgina Preston

Co-President          Vice-President          Co-President

Contact us anytime at scb@queensu.ca!


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