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Happy Tuesday! It's officially spring, even if it might not feel like it. 

Here in University Operations, we have just completed significant projects – worth more than $50 million in investments –  to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on all three U of T campuses. Check out this solar-electricity project (pictured below during installation phase). Another green project features a solar hot water panel installation atop Clara Benson, which will be used to generate hot water for our swimming pools! Stay tuned for more news about green energy projects on campus.

This month's habit in focus: Let spring into your space by keeping your blinds open to allow sunlight in, and reduce energy-use for heating! 

U of T Sustainability Innovation Prize

Have a sustainable student-led idea, project or startup? Apply by April 8th, for a change to win $5,000 to bring your project to life! 
Reframing the Sustainability Challenge

A U of T environmental conference on April 3rd aims to shift the narrative about climate change towards more postive, aspirational messaging. 
Fulfilling the Promise of Robarts

The new structure, Robarts Common, will flood the library with natural light and improve the overall student environment and experience.
U of T's Office of Indigenous Initiatives offers cultural competency training

The new day-long workshops will help fill in gaps in people's knowledge of Indigenous communities. 
Varsity Blues to host annual spring campus bike tune-up event

Spring is here - it's time to dust off your bike and bring it in for a tune-up to the Athletic Center for only $30! 
Students, staff, and faculty recognized for equity & anti-racism efforts

Seven individuals and three groups received an IDERD award for their equity work on campus. 

The group was honored for reimagining how a Florida county can deal with climate change-related flooding.

The partnership will help explore how AI may be a force for good to improve health and health care.

The study found that deforestation and climate change have different outcomes at different elevations.
U of T announces new mental health plan

The four-point plan addresses student mental health and includes a task force to review U of T mental health services.
Experiencing conflict in grad school? 

The U of T Graduate Conflict Resolution Center supports graduate students in taking steps to prevent, manage or resolve conflict.
Everyone feels stressed now and then. There’s no wrong time to reach out. See the resources available for every situation.
10 innovative U of T startups to watch
U of T alumna talks about the importance of being grateful
U of T responds to panel's review of Asbestos Management Program
Alternative Reading Week connected students to communities
Tue, April 2nd 6 - 8:30 pm
Join the Sustainable Engineers Association at this networking event meets panel discussion! The event is free but seats are limited.
Wed, April 3rd, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Explore ideas from different perspectives and participate in interactive sessions on creating pathways to a sustainable society.
Wed, April 3rd, 6 - 8 pm
Bill McKibben, the founder of the 350 grassroots climate movement, explores the growing movement behind climate change resistance.
Fri, April 5th, 11 am - 3 pm
Review, refresh, de-stress at Sid Smith for Exam Jam! Attend review sessions, eat healthy snacks, and participate in fun activities! 
Fri, April 5th, 5- 11 pm 
CRAM festival connects Toronto universities with communities to discuss local and global challenges from homelessness to climate change.
Wed, April 10th, 5 - 7 pm
Get hands-on with Dig in! Campus Agriculture for a workshop on cowpots and seed starting, and help prep seedlings for the campus gardens.
Wed, April 17th, 12:15 - 6 pm
The event showcases faculty and graduate research on a broad range of environmental issues such as climate change and plastic pollution.
Sun, May 5th, 10 am
Want to keep waste out of our waterways? Join the U of T Trash Team to clean up the shores of the Don River Valley. Register ASAP! 
A reminder to take time for self-care. Is exam season getting you stressed? Has the weather got you down? The U of T Student Life Health and Wellness Centre has a suite of resources available to help. 
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