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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!

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) at!

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!



THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN! For everyone who missed out on succulents at Society for Conservation Biology’s Succulent Sale on Sep 27, FEAR NOT, we are bringing you a SECOND SUCCULENT SALE – this time with MORE PLANTS, MORE BAGS, MORE POTS, and MORE LOVE!

** CASH ONLY, $5-7! **

To make sure we order enough plants, post in this event with how many you would like to buy! Special thanks to our event sponsor,! ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CONSERVATION!

This fundraiser was incredibly successful yet again, and SCB managed to make a $825 profit, officially putting our year in the green! Thanks again to Succuterra!


SCB is pairing up with Conservation Queens and The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to pick up litter on the shoreline of Lake Ontario near KGH and Queen’s Campus. Come on out to support community cleanliness, healthy habitats, and a beautiful shoreline!

“Wednesday at 5:30pm the Sustainability and Issues Committee will be teaming up with Conservation Queen’s and the Outdoors Club to do a really great cleanup of the Shoreline along Breakwater Park (near the Prism on the lakefront) and MacDonald Memorial Park (below the hospital and up to the start of City Park). We will be meeting at the Prism at 5:30pm on September 27th (this Wednesday) and will cleanup for roughly 1-2 hours.

We would really appreciate the participation of anyone who wants to help from the Queen’s or Kingston Community! Participants will be working in teams of 4-5 and all supplies to ensure safe wate pickup and disposal will be provided thanks to the Sustainability Office at Queen’s.

Saftey will be reviewed but please note:
– Wear closed-toe shoes (no Birks or sandals)
– Bring water if you would like to keep hydrated
– Wear sunscreen its going to be hot and sunny smile emoticon:)
– Hand sanitizer (optional – gloves provided)
– Bring a pen (1 per group to record waste types collected and weight estimate)

We are really excited and hope to see you all there! 😍🌳🌼”


This was an incredible fundraiser! Thank you to everyone who came to purchase a succulent, and all the lovely volunteers who dealt with the madness of the sale. We made $600 for SCB and sold out in THREE HOURS!!!! Incredible.


Thanks for everyone who showed up to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! It was an incredible celebration, and we hope that people continue to visit it the garden throughout the years to come. Go Pollinators!


You’re invited! After a long semester of planning and fundraising, this summer the Society for Conservation Biology Kingston Chapter was able to create Queen’s first ever Bee Garden outside Bioscences Complex, and we want to celebrate it! Come to our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:30pm on September 21 to talk pollinator conservation with beekeepers and local conservation organizations!


Are you looking for a fun, flexible, light extracurricular activity this fall? Do you love nature? Need a resume booster? Want the chance to work with a prominent faculty member? Then look no further! Try out the Society for Conservation Biology at our First General Meeting, on Thursday Sept 14! With 3 different committees (Sustainability Initiatives, Education, and Fundraising) and activities varying from shoreline cleanups to teaching in elementary schools, we have something for you!


Stay tuned for more information about a Fall Nature Hike, a Succulent Sale and a pre-classroom visit tutorial on Education’s new programs!

2016-2017 Events:

We’re looking forward to our new year, starting September 2016! Stay tuned!

2015-2016 Events:

October 2015 – Campus clean-up post-Homecoming 2015. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

November 2015 – Bake Sale to support the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre.

December 2015 – Scales Nature Park came to visit during our Snake Break!

February 2016 – Screening of This Changes Everything. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

March 2016 – Our Annual Photo Contest was a huge success!

March 2016 – Microbead Trade-in

UPDATE: Microbeads are now recognized as a toxic substance in Canada! Check it out on CBC.

March 2016 – Wild Ontario comes to Queen’s!


2014-2015 Events:

Thanks to Scales Nature Park who came out to give a workshop on reptiles at risk in Ontario. The students loved it! Learn more about scales here:



Thanks to everyone who came out to support our bake sale. All the proceeds went to the amazing Kwartha Turtle Trama Centre. Learn more about the centre here:


Thanks to everyone who came out to our movie night. It was a great success!


Thanks to everyone who came to support the halloween bake sale. All the money went to the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre to help build new bat houses!



Our Past Events:

    • Presentations at Sydenham Public School and R.J. Sinclair Public School (October 2007)
    • Environmental Education programs to Grade 5 classes at Collin’s Bay Elementary School (March/April 2006)
    • Phase II of SCB’s schoolyard naturalization project with Collin’s Bay Elementary school was completed as hard-working volunteers helped to create an outdoor classroom for students at Collin’s Bay Elementary School (June 2004)
    • Phase I of SCB’s tree planting naturalization project at Collin’s Bay Elementary School. They welcomed two green ashes, two pin oaks, a poplar, and two service berries – 7 beautiful new trees! (November 2004)
    • Schoolground naturalization tree planting at Polson Park Public School (May 2002)
    • Schoolground naturalization tree & shrub planting at Polson Park Public School (October 2001)

School Yard Makeover: Eco Edition

Congratulations to the Mulberry Waldorf School for winning the school-yard makeover in Spring 2010! The illustrations from the grade 3/4 and 5/6 classes really captured the importance of native gardening and conservation. Thank you to Western Landscape Services for providing all of the labour and equipment for no cost and to Lemoine Point for the discount on the native plants. Thank you to all of the other schools for submitting their portfolios, check back later this year for the Spring 2011 contest!

About the contest:

  • Open to all elementary schools in the city of Kingston
  • Your challenge: showcase your desire for a greener and more environmentally friendly school yard. Each participating school will submit a portfolio that can include drawings, poems, pictures, stories and movies created by the students to demonstrate their views of an ecologically friendly school yard.
  • The grand prize of the contest is a school yard naturalization project worth up to $2000. This naturalization project will be a collaborative effort between The Society for Conservation Biology and the winning school who will work together to decide what is planted, making student involvement a priority throughout the process. Consolation prizes will be awarded to all participating schools so that they can also promote biodiversity and gardening with native plants in their school yards.
  • Upon completion of the project we will hold an unveiling ceremony to showcase the project and highlight the benefits of gardening with native plants to parents and other members of the community.

For more information, download the information sheet.



Special Presentations:

    • Fish and Frogs Committee, presented at the Best Foot Forward environmental student conference at St. Lawrence College to about 30 students from various highschools in the Kingston area. (October 2010)


    • Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario gave his informational talk “Reconciling our Priorities”. (January 2008)


    • Brian Keating, an active member of the Calgary Zoo Conservation fund and a part time Adjunct Assistant Professor of anthropology at the U of Calgary. His talk “Going Wild”, was a spirit lifting journey into some of the planets best wilderness locations. (March 26, 2007)


    • Amelia Clarke, past president of the Sierra Club of Canada, currently a teacher and management PhD candidate at McGill’s School of the Environment. She gave a talk on sustainability practices specifically with respect to university campuses. (January 24, 2007)


    • Diana Beresford-Kroeger, Notable author and outspoken conservationist, gave a talk on the common sense of conservation and why it is important to protect our local native and rare species. (October 25, 2005)


    • Guy Dauncey, Solution-based views on climage change (February 9, 2005)


    • Evan Ferrari, Wildlands League – A discussion on the future of the parks system in Canada


    • Jenn Gregg, Rene Levasseur Island and the Ancient Northern Boreal Forest (Noember 11, 2004)


    • Vicki Friesen, Cormorants on High Bluff Island in Presquile Park (October 21, 2004)


    • Jane Murphy, Conservation of the Lemoin Point Native Tree Nursery (October 4, 2004)


    • Chris Grooms, Ontario Nature (October 7, 2004)


    • Tim Birt, Effects of the Emerald Ash Borer in Ontario (November 27, 2003)


    • Chris Grooms, Building Ontario’s nature network (November 6, 2003)





    • Lorraine Johnson, Author and Organic Gardener, Native Gardening Workshop: Learn more about gardening with native plants (March 8, 2003)



    • Dale Kristensen Queen’s Phytotron Manager, Native Gardening Workshop: Plant native trees that will thrive (March 8, 2003)


    • Ed Heuvel, from Halloway Farms (a native plant nursery), Native Gardening Workshop: Choose the right plants for this area (March 8, 2003)


    • Lorraine Johnson, Author and Organic Gardener (March 7 & 8, 2003)


    • People & the PlanetNational Environmental Conference, featuring many prominent speakers & workshop leaders (June 5-9, 2002)




    • Dr. Elizabeth May, Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada (February 7, 2002). Official announcement of the People and the Planet Conference that took place June 5-9, 2002 at Queen’s University.





All-Candidates Meetings:

  • Date:October 3, 2008
    Hosts: Society for Conservation Biology, Kingston Chapter; Graduate Students for Environmental Sustainability
    Participants: Brian Abrams, Conservative Party; Eric Walton, Green Party of Canada; Peter Milliken, Liberal Party; and Rick Downes, New Democratic Party
  • Date:January 13, 2006
    Hosts: Society for Conservation Biology, Kingston Chapter; National Farmers Union; Council of Canadians
    Participants: Don Rogers, Canadian Action Party; Lou Grimshaw, Conservative Party; Eric Walton, Green Party of Canada; Karl Eric Walker, Independant; Peter Milliken, Liberal Party; and Rob Hutchison, New Democratic Party
    Moderator: Dr. David Gordon, Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen’s University
  • Date: Monday, June 21, 2003 at 7:00pm
    Host: Society for Conservation Biology, Kingston Chapter
    Participants: Janina Fisher Balfour, Green Party; Rob Hutchison, NDP; Blair MacLean, Conserative Party; Terry Marshall, Christian Heritage Party; Peter Milliken, Liberal Party; Don Rogers, Canadian Action Party
  • Date: Monday, September 29, 2003 at 7:00pm
    Host: Society for Conservation Biology, Kingston Chapter
    Participants: Chris Beneteau, Family Coalition Party; Janet Collins, New Democratic Party; John Gerretsen, Liberal Party; Erin Walton, Green Party; Hans Westenberg, Progressive Conservative Party
    Moderator: John F. Varty, School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University

Photo Contest:

  • The 2011 Photo Contest was held at BioSci Atrium on Queen’s University’s Campus which served as a highly acessible area to maximize photo viewing potential. The greatly entertaining guest speaker Micheal Runtz spoke at the award ceremony about the importance of conservation photography and Reception at the Queen’s Grad Club followed. (March 2011)
  • Christmas cards were made using photos from past SCB photo contests and were sold as a fundraiser. (2011 & 2011)
  • The 2009 Photo contest was a great success. (March 2009)
  • The 2008 Photo Contest and Silent Auction (March 2008)
  • The 2007 Photo Contest and Silent Auction was once again huge success! Thanks to all who participated. (March 2007)
  • The 2007 Calendar featured 13 colour photos from the Society of Conservation Biology’s Annual Photo Contest including award winning photographs from the 2006 contest. All profits from calendars went towards supporting local conservation initiatives! (December 2006)


Social Events:

  • The SCB teamed up with the Queen’s University Biology Graduate Committee to host a “Endangered Species vs. Invasive Species” Hallowe’en Party at the Tir Na Nog Irish Pub. This event raised funds through donations for various SCB initiatives, including the School Yard Makeover Project. (October 2009)
  • The Green Ball was held at Alfie’s on Saturday March 1st – an event to raise awareness about the environment and raise funds for the School Yard Makeover: Eco-Edition and other SCB projects (March 2008)
  • David Attenborough movie night (November 2006)
  • Our smoker was held with Chris Eckert and the Purple Loostrife Lovechildren at the Grad Club (March 2006) 
  • Bio Blitz – a 24 hour inventory of various species was held at Queen’s Biological Station, hosted by Floyd Conner (March 2005)

Sustainable Campus:

Seeds were collected in the Fall and packaged as mixed seed packages to sell for a fundraiser for the SCB. Raised funds were put towards purchasing two signs for the Native Wildflower Garden in front of Queen’s University Biosciences Complex for information regarding the garden. (2009-2010)

  • More seeds were collected to sell and germinate. In addition to the five species available last year, we had turtlehead, bottle gentian, great blue lobelia, and swamp rose mallow for sale as seeds. (November 2008)
  • We collected seeds this fall to sell during the holiday season. This year New England aster, oxe-eye sunflower, spiked blazing star, butterfly milkweed and wild bergamot were available to start your own native garden. (December 2007)
  • Due to the success of our first native garden, we expanded our garden project and filled three additional garden plots next to our original butterfly garden in front of the Biosciences Complex on Arch Street. Be sure to check it out as you walk by! (May 2006)
  • The new SCB native butterfly garden was created. Look for it in the first garden plot just outside the main doors of the Biosciences Complex. Over 300 plants were put in, all of which are native to Kingston. (June 2005)

                                       First planting, 2005                                 Summer, 2008


Conservation Issues:

Action in the Community:


    • We had 21 volunteers come out to clean up MacDondald Memorial and Breakwater Parks as part of The TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup held all across Canada (September 2008)
    • Another donation was made to Lemoine Point’s Native Tree Nursery (December 2005)
    • The Kingston SCB urged Kingston City Council supporting the proposed by-law protecting the city’s trees(October 2005)
    • We leant our support to Lemoine Point’s Native Tree Nursery with a donation to help with their effort to repopulate former farmland with native trees and promote their pesticide-free growth (October 2004)
    • Donation to Cataraqui Conservation Foundation towards their acquisition of a 6.6 hectare parcel of land at Parrot’s Bay (March 2004)
    • Petition to support shade-grown, bird-friendly coffee locally and on Queen’s Campus (February 2004)
    • Door to door canvasing in support of an anti-pesticide bylaw for the Kingston area (January & February 2002)
    • Loggerhead shrike habitat restoration with the Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council, (November 2001)
    • SCB information booth at Green Fair in John Deutsch Centre, Queen’s University (November 2001)
    • Stream rehabilitation with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (November 2001)




  • We circulated a petition urging Queen’s University to purchase the Nature Conservancy’s property surrounding Elbow Lake (November 2008)
  • Encouraging Kingston’s MPP and Ontario Minister of Environment John Gerretsen to strengthen Ontario’s Pesticide Bylaw (October 2008)
  • We published the first SCB Kingston Chapter Bulletin. It was available in Kingston and on the Queen’s campus, as well as online here as a paper-free option (March 2008)
  • Supporting Kingston’s Pesticide By-Law and suggesting improvements to it (October 2007)
  • Wildlife and Aboriginal cultures being affected by development in the Boreal Forest (October 2005)Opposing lead jigs and sinkers in Canada – although anglers are not permitted to use them, they are still being manufactured (March 2005)
  • Encouraging David Ramsay to continue the moratorium on killing wolves around Algonquin Townships (January 2005)
  • Opposing logging in Temagami Park near North Bay, Ontario (January 2005)
  • Opposing clear-cutting on Rene Levasseur Island and the Ancient Northern Boreal Forest by Kruger (November 2004)
  • About the Annex Agreement – the United State’s plan to divert water from the Great Lakes (September 2004)
  • Supporting in their campaign to lobby Alberta’s provincial government to list grizzly bears as a threatened species under the Wildlife Act, after Premier Klein decided to allow sport hunting of them (March 2004)



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