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Apr
3
Thu
Engaging Scholars: Critical Urbanism at York University
Apr 3 – Apr 4 all-day

A half day of presentations by York PhD students engaging in critical urban studies

Apr
4
Fri
York Model United Nations Conference
Apr 4 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm

Interested in: global affairs, current Issues, public speaking, debate, networking, awesome socials? Then the YMUN Conference is for you. The conference features a full three days of debate, a panel discussion featuring professors and external speakers, breakfasts and a dinner/dance social on Saturday, April 5. 

Our annual conference is a great opportunity for York students to become familiar with the UN, pertinent topics in world affairs and also for professional networking. Find us at ymun.org, and feel free to e-mail us with any questions or queries at registration@ymun.org

We hope to see you there.

Apr
6
Sun
McGill University/ISID Executive Education Program: CSR Strategy & Management
Apr 6 @ 1:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 3:30 am

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The program is designed for CSR Professionals, Private Sector, NGOs,Government, Civil Society, Multi-Lateral Organizations and International Organizations.

 
 
WHY? 
We are facing unprecedented economic, social and environmental change. With this comes new challenges for businesses, governments, NGOs, international institutions and other organizations. The McGill/ISID Executive Program in CSR Strategy and Management can help you meet these challenges, turning them into opportunities and creating value for all stakeholders.
 
 
"This program brought a level of strategic thinking to our CSR initiatives that had been lacking"
Patch Bonkemeyer, Group CEO, 
Cape Pine Investment Holdings, South Africa 

  

 
THE FEE FOR THIS INTENSIVE FIVE-DAY PROGRAM is $3,495 USD

 
DAY PROGRAM is $3,495 USD
All course related material, breakfast, lunch and health break refreshments are included. Participants will receive a Certificate from McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development.

The McGill ISID Exec course on CSR was an excellent experience for me and my team from Peru as it masterfully bridged the various theories, practices and results."
 
Joanne Freeze, 
CEO Candente Copper

WORLD CLASS FACULTY:
 
some of the world's leading academic, corporate and social experts in CSR will lead the program using lectures, case studies, group exercises and panel discussions. Participants will experience dynamic learning based on exploration of real projects and real perspectives.
 
 
CSR can create value 
for all - but it MUST be 
done properly
 

CSR is not a magic bullet making everything right and 'happy.' In the past it has sometimes been misapplied, destroying value and valuable relationships instead of creating them. But, if understood properly and practised strategically it can create value for companies, communities, governments and other stakeholders.

 

Participants will leave with strategic knowledge, a practical tool-kit and an extensive network to help make this happen through their organizations and projects.

  

"...knowledgeable, eye-opening and truly inspiring!"

Lamis Sabrah, Reach Out to Asia Qatar Foundation 

 

 MORE TESTIMONIALS>> 

 Register Now!

KEY TOPICS
Through lectures, case-studies, group-work and panel discussions the program comprehensively examines and integrates essential key topics such as:
  
 Role of the Private Sector in Development

 Governance, Communities and Sustainable Development

 The history of CSR

 Emerging trends in CSR 

 CSR in practice; heuristics, tools, frameworks

 CSR and value creation (ROI on CSR Investments)

 CSR - implementation challenges and solutions

 Role of International Financial Institutions & Multi- Lateral Development Agencies 

 CSR and working with development partners

 The Rule of Law and the Regulatory Environment

 The Corporate Perspective

 The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

 The Investor Perspective

 CSR Management strategies and frameworks

 Non-Governmental Organizations and CSR

 CSR, Infrastructure and Large Scale Project

 Capacity Building for Investment and Negotiation

 CSR Reporting, Tools, Frameworks and Strategies

 CSR and Education

 CSR, Micro Credit and Partnerships

 

Apr
28
Mon
Annual General Meeting and Potluck
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

AGM_invitation2014

We have had an amazing year filled with memorable events and we want to celebrate it with all of you. We will be recapping the year by sharing good food and stories. Come celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of all those involved with IRIS this past school year. Volunteers will be awarded their volunteer certificates and Junior Fellow status. Please bring a dish of your choice to share. 

Please RSVP by April 23rd on this website  http://iris.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=10849.

Jul
15
Tue
Cohousing Design Charrette: Building the Vision for a Community Ecovillage at York University
Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
2
Thu
Identifying, anticipating, and intervening in ecological regime shifts
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am

On October 2nd, 2014 there will be a lecture delivered by Dr. Aaron Ellison about Identifying, anticipating and intervening in ecological regime shifts. The lecture will take place at 10:30am in room 306 in Lumbers Building, York University (Keele Campus). There will also be complimentary coffee, tea and cookies. This event is free!

Dr. Aaron Ellison_October 2 nd., 2014_Seminar Series Poster_-page-001

Short and long-term impacts of undergraduate research experiences at the Harvard Forest
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm

Faculty of Science presents Aaron Ellison, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University, Harvard Forest and Adjunct Research Professor. He will deliver a lecture about short and long-term impacts of undergraduate research experiences at the Harvard Forest on Thursday October 2nd at 2:00pm in Accolade West Room 009. Refreshments and snacks will be served!

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Bazely (dbazely@yorku.ca)

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NANPS Speaker Series – A MEETING OF MINDS: Conserving the Rich Flora of Eastern North America
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm
Oct
16
Thu
JD/Master in Environmental Studies Seminar Series :Submissions on Enforcement Matters
Oct 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Oct
27
Mon
AASHE 2014: Building the Institution through Campus Sustainability Surveys
Oct 27 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Non-student presenter(s):

Annette Dubreuil

Coordinator, IRIS - the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Darnel Harris

Masters of Enviromental Studies, Regenesis@York & Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

York University is Canada’s third largest university, with a population of students, faculty and staff numbering approximately 60,000. Many research and teaching programs situated across the university’s 11 faculties incorporate sustainability theory and pedagogy in some way. Additionally, the Campus Services and Business Operations department has been an enthusiastic leader in implementing policies and practices informed by sustainability principles. The overall interest and activity in promoting and achieving sustainability earned York University the best ranking among Canadian institutions in the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, and the 2012 Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence from the Government of Ontario. One of the ways in which students, faculty and staff have come together to take action on sustainability is through the Annual Campus Sustainability Survey, which was first developed and implemented in 2008. The survey, which is student-led, is overseen by the pan-university Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, and addresses a topic of concern to the entire campus community, that is crowd-sourced. Additionally, the survey, which builds on the university’s strengths in Social Sciences, undergoes an Ethics Review. This ensures that data, analyses and results can be widely disseminated in public forums. The survey is implemented across both of York University’s campuses: Keele and Glendon. The views of all members of the community: students, faculty and staff are included in the survey, which is implemented through online platforms. The first survey in 2008 contained over 500 responses, but over time, we have learned how to expand the survey to include >1000 responses in any given year. Survey topics have included: Attitudes towards Climate Change, Waste, Food, Transportation, Accessibility in the Built Environment and Engagement & Volunteerism. We will outline the methodology for the survey, which has evolved over time. For example, Fine Arts design students take on the task of creating a final look for the survey e.g. inclusion of infographics. Additionally, the topic for the survey has evolved to align with the needs of university administrators interested in developing campus sustainability policy and adapting existing services. The survey provides much needed quantitative and qualitative evidence for informing this policy and action. Results from the 2011 campus survey on Volunteerism and Engagement will be presented. A total of 1101 York community members were surveyed. Two key findings were: 1. Students were overwhelmingly interested in getting involved in student groups instead of institutionally rooted groups (68.75% to 18.45%). 2. Professors were the highest percentage of respondents that were very interested in environmental sustainability (80%). We propose that our methodology, including our approach and protocol is transferable and could be implemented on campuses across the world. If many of the survey questions were used in their entirety, with some customized introductory questions, for the purposes of collecting basic demographic data, we believe that we could develop a database that could inform policy across a wider landscape, which gives valuable insight into emerging trends relating to diverse sustainability issues.

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

AASHE 2014: Planetary Praxes and Sustainable Universities: Living and Learning the Keele Campus
Oct 27 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Christopher Bentley

Graduate Student/Research Assistant, Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The central work of literature driving this research is a book written and compiled by Swedish ecologist Johan Rockström and photographer Mattias Klum (2012) entitled The Human Quest: Prospering within Planetary Boundaries. This book is a seminal work culminating from the work of the Stockholm Resiliency Centre which studies the new and emerging socio-ecological relationships taking place in a period known as the “Anthropocene” in which humans are the “largest geological force on the planet” (20). In this massive piece of literature, Rockström and Klum posit a so-called “safe operating space for humanity” which is achieved by maintaining, and ceasing to transgress, nine “planetary boundaries.” Social and natural scientists have theorized these as the thresholds for nine types of socio-ecological relationships of resource production and consumption which cannot be crossed without risking the stability of Earth’s key biomes. These scientifically quantified boundaries intersect with culturally defined boundaries within which participants of a given biome must learn and act to promote socio-ecological sustainability. In my research, I wish to understand how planetary boundaries are learned (imagined), lived (enacted), and reproduced through policy and pedagogy operating within the Keele Campus at York University. I am interested in exploring the “translations” (Latour, 2005), “praxiography” (Mol, 2002), and “political ontologies” (Law & Urry, 2003) of sustainability policy and pedagogy embodied by messages and images, university mandates, spatial organizations, discursive language, as well as the human producers and consumers- with all of their preconceived ideas on how to properly “do” “nature” and “culture”- found within the biome. So I ask, what do the planetary boundaries of this biome look like and how do people, biotic forces, and ideas “circulate and metabolize” (Swyngedouw, 2006) in order to establish, maintain, and prosper within the historically dynamic socio-ecological boundaries of the Keele Campus? I hope to retain a pedagogical theme by showing how these boundaries, often very visible, are learned and even acted upon by the individuals who, on a daily basis, invest in the maintenance of this complex urban biome as an ecologically and culturally productive space.

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

Oct
28
Tue
AASHE 2014: Reviving the Agora: Exploring Foodways through a Campus Farm Market
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Darnel Harris

Masters of Enviromental Studies, Regenesis@York & Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Christopher Bentley

Graduate Student/Research Assistant, Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Creating a sustainable food system and increasing healthy food access at York University’s Keele Campus is a campus community priority. In the last two years, Food Services launched a popular Eco-Takeout Program utilizing reusable containers, and provided a network of water bottle refill stations across the University. Efforts turned to expanding healthy food access choices in a way that respected the diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds of the York University community. As York is also home to students from over 180 countries, it was vital to create a market that ensured participation avenues outside of purchasing goods, and respected the varying cultural relationships our community members had with respect to how they viewed, prepared and consumed food. A survey entitled "Examining Campus Food Sustainability at York University" was conducted by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability in 2009, in collaboration with Food Services at York University. This campus wide survey revealed broad and deep dissatisfaction with the campus food choices, as well as a desire for more healthy food, vegetarian and alternative dietary options. For several years, the idea of holding a Farmers' Market as part of a multifaceted strategy to widen the university's food offerings through supporting a sustainable food system had been considered. In 2010 a pilot "Harvest Fair" was held by Regenesis@York, a grassroots environmental, social justice and community organization, to test support for the idea of a weekly market. While students, staff and faculty were overwhelmingly supportive of a market, two challenges remained. Research showed most farmers markets marketed themselves by suggesting that by buying local and organic food, one can partake in a pleasurable, community oriented, and beneficial experience that hearkens back to ‘our’ colonial heritage. However, this singular approach cannot speak to a diverse community. There was also a direct tension in terms of prices, because ensuring that the vendors made a living wage from what they sold meant that some community members would not be able participate through buying often, if at all. DuPuis, Harrison, and Goodman's concept of reflexive food justice provided the groundwork for our solution; the market would be intentionally created as a space within which different definitions of justice, environmental and bodily health, and good food could be debated. Food Services partnered with Regenesis@York to create YUM! - York University Market, which now runs every Thursday in the heart of campus since October 2014. The Market has been successful; a community crafts section was added, a wider selection of cultural foods was introduced, and students across multiple faculties have made the market the site of their research. Grounded firmly in reflexive food justice, YUM! is rapidly embodying the spirit of the Agora - a political and commercial forum within which all the tensions of the food movement can be explored, while also fulfilling the university's social, academic and research missions.

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

AASHE 2014: Regenesis: Cultivating Change through the Campus ‘Perennials’
Oct 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Darnel Harris

Masters of Enviromental Studies, Regenesis@York & Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Micheal Kenny

Executive Director, Regenesis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As noted by Ackerman et. al. (2011), sustainability initiatives on campus typically either take a "top-down" or "bottom-up" approach. Top-down approaches involve administrators who create plans and policies and then direct staff to implement them. Bottom-up approaches involve students or community members lobbying the administration for reforms, policy changes and resources on a case-by-case basis. However, top-down and bottom-up approaches usually struggle to be sustainable and effective over the long term. Top-down approaches often suffer from a lack of widespread buy-in throughout the institution, and bottom-up projects tend to suffer from a lack of experience, quality administration and long term leadership. Both students and university administrators change far more often than faculty and staff, who often stay decades with the same institution. A "middle-out" approach is needed that bridges the gap between the "annuals" (students) and the "gardeners" (administrators) - a gap which disempowers the campus faculty and staff "perennials" - who are often caught in the middle of a tense standoff. A model built around empowering faculty and staff to facilitate the advancement of progressive programs and initiatives aids in allaying the ongoing management concerns of administrators, provides spaces that allow students to gain high-quality leadership and work experiences on their campus, and ensures successful initiatives or programs will have broad-based support. Started in 2007 in the Greater Toronto Area, Regenesis is currently refining an innovative, community-led and student-involved approach to the operation and management of sustainability and community-benefit initiatives on campuses. Utilizing a communicative and reflexive approach which engages both the academic and operations sides of the institution, the gap between students and administrators is bridged, and faculty and staff are empowered to facilitate positive change. Students overwhelmingly want to be involved with other students working in groups where their voices are heard and valued. As a student-driven organization, Regenesis provides credibility among the students and human resource (volunteer) capacity that cannot be met solely by an administration-led approach or a for-profit private operator. Regenesis provides the experience, guidance, and support necessary to ensure the successful operation of programs and initiatives on a long-term basis by working closely with students, staff, faculty, university administrators and the wider community to ensure the community's needs are met.

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

AASHE 2014: Canadian On-Campus Sustainability and Social Justice Initiatives
Oct 28 @ 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Michael Kenny

Executive Director, Regenesis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Undergraduate Student Presenter(s):

Sayyeda Ebrahim

Board Member, Regenesis, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Seema Syed

Researcher, Regenesis, Ajax, Ontario, Canada

Canadian On-Campus Sustainability and Social Justice Initiatives: Findings from a national research project Students are often the initial driver of new community-benefit initiatives on campuses. Regenesis, a Canadian on-campus sustainability non-profit organization, is the leader of a national research project looking at student-led and student involved sustainability and social justice initiatives across Canada. We define initiatives as those that are ongoing and spatially fixed. Examples of these initiatives include Community Bike Repair Shops, Student Food Banks, LGBTQ+ Centres, Free Stores and Community Gardens. Our session will examine some of the exciting initiatives taking place on university and college campuses across Canada and reveal the findings of our research. What factors are the biggest hindrance to student initiatives? What benefits can these initiatives bring to your campus? How can your educational institution help to foster new student initiatives?

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

Nov
7
Fri
Planet in Focus at York University!
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – Nov 8 @ 10:00 pm

planetinfocus-loveThe Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) is honored to host the 15th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (PIF), at York University’s Nat Taylor Cinema, this November 7th and 8th, 2014.

Join us for two days of exclusive YorkU tailored content, including: local and foreign documentaries and feature films, director and producer Q&A periods, and academic panels. This is an educational and fun event that is full of great films, special features as well as sustainable food that will be available to purchase.

The full schedule of films at this years festival include:

Friday November 7th
- 10:30am - Soul Food Stories with Old Forests of Bulgaria
- 1:00pm - Radical Friends
- 3:00pm - Honor Your Word
- 4:45pm - Microtopia

Saturday November 8th
- 11:00am - Living on the Edge
- 1:00pm - The Sower
- 3:00pm - Vive La France
- 5:00pm - The Tundra Tale
- 7:00pm - Night Moves - Major Motion Picture, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard

York students are being offered a 25$ membership package which allows access to all of this years York screenings, and the six Salon Vert screenings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema which run throughout the year.

Visit us at planetinfocus.org and iris.info.yorku.ca for the full film schedule, to purchase your student membership, and for updated information!

Please check out the rest of the PIF films screening from November 6th to 9th at the TIFF Lightbox, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as the Industry Day at City Hall and the Fest Forum at Rainbow Cinema.

 

Some of the trailers for this year's line up of films.
Night Moves

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

112 Mins USA
Kelly Reichardt’s suspense-thriller Night Moves follows three environmentalists whose homegrown plot to blow up a controversial dam unravels into a journey of doubt, paranoia and unintended consequences. As organic farmer Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), high society dropout Dena (Dakota Fanning) and ex-Marine Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) plan, carry out and then witness the fallout of an attention-grabbing act of sabotage, they find their own personal limits tested.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 7pm-9pm

The Tundra Tale
Directed by René Harder

82 Min, Norway/Germany/Russia
Way up high in the far northwest Russian Tundra lies the tiny village of Krasnoschchelye. Its inhabitants, indigenous Sami people, live from the ancient tradition of reindeer husbandry. Once a year the reindeer herders are celebrated for their labors in a festival but the tradition may soon be cancelled. 30 year old Sasha, a member of the newly found Sami parliament in Russia, fights for the festival and the survival of her village and tradition.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 5pm-6:20pm (Q&A 6:02pm)

Vive la France
Directed by Helgi Felixson, Titti Johnson

82 Min, France
The Mururoa Atoll gained global attention when French president Jacques Chirac decided that nuclear testing in French Polynesia should continue. This decision was met with massive resistance and soon the tests were permanently ended the following year. Discover the hair-rising consequences of France’s nuclear program the western world has not really paid much attention to since.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 3:00pm-4:40pm (Q&A 4:27pm)

The Sower
Directed by Julie Perron

77 Min, Canada
An intimate portrait of artist and seed saver, Patrice Fortier, who passionately dedicates his expertise to preserving plant biodiversity in Quebec’s Kamouraska Valley. Like a copyist from the Middle Ages, Patrice meticulously preserves rare and forgotten cultivars with the goal of breeding heirloom varieties of the future. As he gardens, he daydreams and transforms his harvests into pure living art.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 1pm-2:30pm (Q&A 2:17pm)

Living On The Edge
Directed by Susan Woodfine

50 Min, Canada
Living on the Edge puts a human face on climate change in eastern Quebec. In the aftermath of an extreme weather event in 2010 that became a wake-up call for eastern Quebeckers, we follow an extraordinary woman, Joan Sullivan, as she explores how people along the majestic St. Lawrence are already being affected by climate change – and adapting to it. And while this is a story about climate change as seen through the eyes of a photographer, it is also very much Joan’s personal story – revealing the fears, frustrations and hopes of this international aid worker turned farmer. We learn how combating climate change has become the central focus of her photography, and why she has dedicated the rest of her life to promoting renewable energy. A truly inspiring encounter with one woman and her struggle to come to grips with living on the edge.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 11am-12:10pm (Q&A 11:50)

http://edgequebec.net/

Honour Your Word
Directed by Martha Stiegman

60 Min, Canada
Honour Your Word is an intimate portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, an inspiring First Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 3pm -4:20pm (Q&A 4:00pm)

Radical Friends
Directed by Chihiro Geuzebroek

79 Mins, Netherlands, Bolivia, France, Denmark
Chihiro, a starry-eyed idealist, goes to Bolivia to learn about the Bolivian struggle for the rights of Mother Earth. As she is trying to heal the relationship with the environment, she stumbles over the roots of her own family and finding her own identity. Filmmaker, Chihira Geuzebroek will be in attendance.

Nat Taylor Theatre, York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 1pm-2:40pm (Q&A 2:20pm)

Soul Food Stories
Directed by Tonislav Hristov

64 Min, Bulgaria
Satovcha is a small Bulgarian village with residents of different religious and ethic groups (Orthodox Christians, Muslim Turks and Evangelist Gypsies). People were divided by their past full of conflicts, but now they have find a way to each other through a simple medium – food. Now the plates on the table are loaded with pride, identity, common past and friendship, but all this comes with a price.

Old Forests of Bulgaria
Directed by Kamen Kolarov

17 Min, Bulgaria
A documentary film made for WWF Bulgaria about the old forests in Bulgaria.

Nat Taylor Theatre, York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 11am-12:30pm (Q&A 12:15pm)

http://www.taskovskifilms.com/film/soul-food-stories/

Microtopia
Directed by Jesper Wachtmeister

52 Min, Sweden
Architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers create dwellings that push the limits of design and function in the name of portability, flexibility and sustainability.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 4:45pm

If you are interested in volunteering in either or both days of November 7th & 8th please contact Amanda Clarke (volunteer@planetinfocus.org) for more information.

Apr
3
Thu
Engaging Scholars: Critical Urbanism at York University
Apr 3 – Apr 4 all-day

A half day of presentations by York PhD students engaging in critical urban studies

Apr
4
Fri
York Model United Nations Conference
Apr 4 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm

Interested in: global affairs, current Issues, public speaking, debate, networking, awesome socials? Then the YMUN Conference is for you. The conference features a full three days of debate, a panel discussion featuring professors and external speakers, breakfasts and a dinner/dance social on Saturday, April 5. 

Our annual conference is a great opportunity for York students to become familiar with the UN, pertinent topics in world affairs and also for professional networking. Find us at ymun.org, and feel free to e-mail us with any questions or queries at registration@ymun.org

We hope to see you there.

Apr
6
Sun
McGill University/ISID Executive Education Program: CSR Strategy & Management
Apr 6 @ 1:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 3:30 am

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The program is designed for CSR Professionals, Private Sector, NGOs,Government, Civil Society, Multi-Lateral Organizations and International Organizations.

 
 
WHY? 
We are facing unprecedented economic, social and environmental change. With this comes new challenges for businesses, governments, NGOs, international institutions and other organizations. The McGill/ISID Executive Program in CSR Strategy and Management can help you meet these challenges, turning them into opportunities and creating value for all stakeholders.
 
 
"This program brought a level of strategic thinking to our CSR initiatives that had been lacking"
Patch Bonkemeyer, Group CEO, 
Cape Pine Investment Holdings, South Africa 

  

 
THE FEE FOR THIS INTENSIVE FIVE-DAY PROGRAM is $3,495 USD

 
DAY PROGRAM is $3,495 USD
All course related material, breakfast, lunch and health break refreshments are included. Participants will receive a Certificate from McGill University's Institute for the Study of International Development.

The McGill ISID Exec course on CSR was an excellent experience for me and my team from Peru as it masterfully bridged the various theories, practices and results."
 
Joanne Freeze, 
CEO Candente Copper

WORLD CLASS FACULTY:
 
some of the world's leading academic, corporate and social experts in CSR will lead the program using lectures, case studies, group exercises and panel discussions. Participants will experience dynamic learning based on exploration of real projects and real perspectives.
 
 
CSR can create value 
for all - but it MUST be 
done properly
 

CSR is not a magic bullet making everything right and 'happy.' In the past it has sometimes been misapplied, destroying value and valuable relationships instead of creating them. But, if understood properly and practised strategically it can create value for companies, communities, governments and other stakeholders.

 

Participants will leave with strategic knowledge, a practical tool-kit and an extensive network to help make this happen through their organizations and projects.

  

"...knowledgeable, eye-opening and truly inspiring!"

Lamis Sabrah, Reach Out to Asia Qatar Foundation 

 

 MORE TESTIMONIALS>> 

 Register Now!

KEY TOPICS
Through lectures, case-studies, group-work and panel discussions the program comprehensively examines and integrates essential key topics such as:
  
 Role of the Private Sector in Development

 Governance, Communities and Sustainable Development

 The history of CSR

 Emerging trends in CSR 

 CSR in practice; heuristics, tools, frameworks

 CSR and value creation (ROI on CSR Investments)

 CSR - implementation challenges and solutions

 Role of International Financial Institutions & Multi- Lateral Development Agencies 

 CSR and working with development partners

 The Rule of Law and the Regulatory Environment

 The Corporate Perspective

 The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI)

 The Investor Perspective

 CSR Management strategies and frameworks

 Non-Governmental Organizations and CSR

 CSR, Infrastructure and Large Scale Project

 Capacity Building for Investment and Negotiation

 CSR Reporting, Tools, Frameworks and Strategies

 CSR and Education

 CSR, Micro Credit and Partnerships

 

Apr
28
Mon
Annual General Meeting and Potluck
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

AGM_invitation2014

We have had an amazing year filled with memorable events and we want to celebrate it with all of you. We will be recapping the year by sharing good food and stories. Come celebrate the accomplishments and hard work of all those involved with IRIS this past school year. Volunteers will be awarded their volunteer certificates and Junior Fellow status. Please bring a dish of your choice to share. 

Please RSVP by April 23rd on this website  http://iris.apps01.yorku.ca/machform/view.php?id=10849.

Jul
15
Tue
Cohousing Design Charrette: Building the Vision for a Community Ecovillage at York University
Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
2
Thu
Identifying, anticipating, and intervening in ecological regime shifts
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am

On October 2nd, 2014 there will be a lecture delivered by Dr. Aaron Ellison about Identifying, anticipating and intervening in ecological regime shifts. The lecture will take place at 10:30am in room 306 in Lumbers Building, York University (Keele Campus). There will also be complimentary coffee, tea and cookies. This event is free!

Dr. Aaron Ellison_October 2 nd., 2014_Seminar Series Poster_-page-001

Short and long-term impacts of undergraduate research experiences at the Harvard Forest
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm

Faculty of Science presents Aaron Ellison, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University, Harvard Forest and Adjunct Research Professor. He will deliver a lecture about short and long-term impacts of undergraduate research experiences at the Harvard Forest on Thursday October 2nd at 2:00pm in Accolade West Room 009. Refreshments and snacks will be served!

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Bazely (dbazely@yorku.ca)

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NANPS Speaker Series – A MEETING OF MINDS: Conserving the Rich Flora of Eastern North America
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm
Oct
16
Thu
JD/Master in Environmental Studies Seminar Series :Submissions on Enforcement Matters
Oct 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Oct
27
Mon
AASHE 2014: Building the Institution through Campus Sustainability Surveys
Oct 27 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Non-student presenter(s):

Annette Dubreuil

Coordinator, IRIS - the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Darnel Harris

Masters of Enviromental Studies, Regenesis@York & Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

York University is Canada’s third largest university, with a population of students, faculty and staff numbering approximately 60,000. Many research and teaching programs situated across the university’s 11 faculties incorporate sustainability theory and pedagogy in some way. Additionally, the Campus Services and Business Operations department has been an enthusiastic leader in implementing policies and practices informed by sustainability principles. The overall interest and activity in promoting and achieving sustainability earned York University the best ranking among Canadian institutions in the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, and the 2012 Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence from the Government of Ontario. One of the ways in which students, faculty and staff have come together to take action on sustainability is through the Annual Campus Sustainability Survey, which was first developed and implemented in 2008. The survey, which is student-led, is overseen by the pan-university Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, and addresses a topic of concern to the entire campus community, that is crowd-sourced. Additionally, the survey, which builds on the university’s strengths in Social Sciences, undergoes an Ethics Review. This ensures that data, analyses and results can be widely disseminated in public forums. The survey is implemented across both of York University’s campuses: Keele and Glendon. The views of all members of the community: students, faculty and staff are included in the survey, which is implemented through online platforms. The first survey in 2008 contained over 500 responses, but over time, we have learned how to expand the survey to include >1000 responses in any given year. Survey topics have included: Attitudes towards Climate Change, Waste, Food, Transportation, Accessibility in the Built Environment and Engagement & Volunteerism. We will outline the methodology for the survey, which has evolved over time. For example, Fine Arts design students take on the task of creating a final look for the survey e.g. inclusion of infographics. Additionally, the topic for the survey has evolved to align with the needs of university administrators interested in developing campus sustainability policy and adapting existing services. The survey provides much needed quantitative and qualitative evidence for informing this policy and action. Results from the 2011 campus survey on Volunteerism and Engagement will be presented. A total of 1101 York community members were surveyed. Two key findings were: 1. Students were overwhelmingly interested in getting involved in student groups instead of institutionally rooted groups (68.75% to 18.45%). 2. Professors were the highest percentage of respondents that were very interested in environmental sustainability (80%). We propose that our methodology, including our approach and protocol is transferable and could be implemented on campuses across the world. If many of the survey questions were used in their entirety, with some customized introductory questions, for the purposes of collecting basic demographic data, we believe that we could develop a database that could inform policy across a wider landscape, which gives valuable insight into emerging trends relating to diverse sustainability issues.

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

AASHE 2014: Planetary Praxes and Sustainable Universities: Living and Learning the Keele Campus
Oct 27 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Christopher Bentley

Graduate Student/Research Assistant, Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The central work of literature driving this research is a book written and compiled by Swedish ecologist Johan Rockström and photographer Mattias Klum (2012) entitled The Human Quest: Prospering within Planetary Boundaries. This book is a seminal work culminating from the work of the Stockholm Resiliency Centre which studies the new and emerging socio-ecological relationships taking place in a period known as the “Anthropocene” in which humans are the “largest geological force on the planet” (20). In this massive piece of literature, Rockström and Klum posit a so-called “safe operating space for humanity” which is achieved by maintaining, and ceasing to transgress, nine “planetary boundaries.” Social and natural scientists have theorized these as the thresholds for nine types of socio-ecological relationships of resource production and consumption which cannot be crossed without risking the stability of Earth’s key biomes. These scientifically quantified boundaries intersect with culturally defined boundaries within which participants of a given biome must learn and act to promote socio-ecological sustainability. In my research, I wish to understand how planetary boundaries are learned (imagined), lived (enacted), and reproduced through policy and pedagogy operating within the Keele Campus at York University. I am interested in exploring the “translations” (Latour, 2005), “praxiography” (Mol, 2002), and “political ontologies” (Law & Urry, 2003) of sustainability policy and pedagogy embodied by messages and images, university mandates, spatial organizations, discursive language, as well as the human producers and consumers- with all of their preconceived ideas on how to properly “do” “nature” and “culture”- found within the biome. So I ask, what do the planetary boundaries of this biome look like and how do people, biotic forces, and ideas “circulate and metabolize” (Swyngedouw, 2006) in order to establish, maintain, and prosper within the historically dynamic socio-ecological boundaries of the Keele Campus? I hope to retain a pedagogical theme by showing how these boundaries, often very visible, are learned and even acted upon by the individuals who, on a daily basis, invest in the maintenance of this complex urban biome as an ecologically and culturally productive space.

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

Oct
28
Tue
AASHE 2014: Reviving the Agora: Exploring Foodways through a Campus Farm Market
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Darnel Harris

Masters of Enviromental Studies, Regenesis@York & Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Christopher Bentley

Graduate Student/Research Assistant, Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Creating a sustainable food system and increasing healthy food access at York University’s Keele Campus is a campus community priority. In the last two years, Food Services launched a popular Eco-Takeout Program utilizing reusable containers, and provided a network of water bottle refill stations across the University. Efforts turned to expanding healthy food access choices in a way that respected the diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds of the York University community. As York is also home to students from over 180 countries, it was vital to create a market that ensured participation avenues outside of purchasing goods, and respected the varying cultural relationships our community members had with respect to how they viewed, prepared and consumed food. A survey entitled "Examining Campus Food Sustainability at York University" was conducted by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability in 2009, in collaboration with Food Services at York University. This campus wide survey revealed broad and deep dissatisfaction with the campus food choices, as well as a desire for more healthy food, vegetarian and alternative dietary options. For several years, the idea of holding a Farmers' Market as part of a multifaceted strategy to widen the university's food offerings through supporting a sustainable food system had been considered. In 2010 a pilot "Harvest Fair" was held by Regenesis@York, a grassroots environmental, social justice and community organization, to test support for the idea of a weekly market. While students, staff and faculty were overwhelmingly supportive of a market, two challenges remained. Research showed most farmers markets marketed themselves by suggesting that by buying local and organic food, one can partake in a pleasurable, community oriented, and beneficial experience that hearkens back to ‘our’ colonial heritage. However, this singular approach cannot speak to a diverse community. There was also a direct tension in terms of prices, because ensuring that the vendors made a living wage from what they sold meant that some community members would not be able participate through buying often, if at all. DuPuis, Harrison, and Goodman's concept of reflexive food justice provided the groundwork for our solution; the market would be intentionally created as a space within which different definitions of justice, environmental and bodily health, and good food could be debated. Food Services partnered with Regenesis@York to create YUM! - York University Market, which now runs every Thursday in the heart of campus since October 2014. The Market has been successful; a community crafts section was added, a wider selection of cultural foods was introduced, and students across multiple faculties have made the market the site of their research. Grounded firmly in reflexive food justice, YUM! is rapidly embodying the spirit of the Agora - a political and commercial forum within which all the tensions of the food movement can be explored, while also fulfilling the university's social, academic and research missions.

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

AASHE 2014: Regenesis: Cultivating Change through the Campus ‘Perennials’
Oct 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Darnel Harris

Masters of Enviromental Studies, Regenesis@York & Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Micheal Kenny

Executive Director, Regenesis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As noted by Ackerman et. al. (2011), sustainability initiatives on campus typically either take a "top-down" or "bottom-up" approach. Top-down approaches involve administrators who create plans and policies and then direct staff to implement them. Bottom-up approaches involve students or community members lobbying the administration for reforms, policy changes and resources on a case-by-case basis. However, top-down and bottom-up approaches usually struggle to be sustainable and effective over the long term. Top-down approaches often suffer from a lack of widespread buy-in throughout the institution, and bottom-up projects tend to suffer from a lack of experience, quality administration and long term leadership. Both students and university administrators change far more often than faculty and staff, who often stay decades with the same institution. A "middle-out" approach is needed that bridges the gap between the "annuals" (students) and the "gardeners" (administrators) - a gap which disempowers the campus faculty and staff "perennials" - who are often caught in the middle of a tense standoff. A model built around empowering faculty and staff to facilitate the advancement of progressive programs and initiatives aids in allaying the ongoing management concerns of administrators, provides spaces that allow students to gain high-quality leadership and work experiences on their campus, and ensures successful initiatives or programs will have broad-based support. Started in 2007 in the Greater Toronto Area, Regenesis is currently refining an innovative, community-led and student-involved approach to the operation and management of sustainability and community-benefit initiatives on campuses. Utilizing a communicative and reflexive approach which engages both the academic and operations sides of the institution, the gap between students and administrators is bridged, and faculty and staff are empowered to facilitate positive change. Students overwhelmingly want to be involved with other students working in groups where their voices are heard and valued. As a student-driven organization, Regenesis provides credibility among the students and human resource (volunteer) capacity that cannot be met solely by an administration-led approach or a for-profit private operator. Regenesis provides the experience, guidance, and support necessary to ensure the successful operation of programs and initiatives on a long-term basis by working closely with students, staff, faculty, university administrators and the wider community to ensure the community's needs are met.

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

AASHE 2014: Canadian On-Campus Sustainability and Social Justice Initiatives
Oct 28 @ 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Graduate student (or above) Presenter(s):

Michael Kenny

Executive Director, Regenesis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Undergraduate Student Presenter(s):

Sayyeda Ebrahim

Board Member, Regenesis, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Seema Syed

Researcher, Regenesis, Ajax, Ontario, Canada

Canadian On-Campus Sustainability and Social Justice Initiatives: Findings from a national research project Students are often the initial driver of new community-benefit initiatives on campuses. Regenesis, a Canadian on-campus sustainability non-profit organization, is the leader of a national research project looking at student-led and student involved sustainability and social justice initiatives across Canada. We define initiatives as those that are ongoing and spatially fixed. Examples of these initiatives include Community Bike Repair Shops, Student Food Banks, LGBTQ+ Centres, Free Stores and Community Gardens. Our session will examine some of the exciting initiatives taking place on university and college campuses across Canada and reveal the findings of our research. What factors are the biggest hindrance to student initiatives? What benefits can these initiatives bring to your campus? How can your educational institution help to foster new student initiatives?

For more information about AASHE 2014: http://www.eventscribe.com/2014/AASHE/aaSearchByDay.asp?h=Full%20Schedule&BCFO=P|G

Nov
7
Fri
Planet in Focus at York University!
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – Nov 8 @ 10:00 pm

planetinfocus-loveThe Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) is honored to host the 15th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (PIF), at York University’s Nat Taylor Cinema, this November 7th and 8th, 2014.

Join us for two days of exclusive YorkU tailored content, including: local and foreign documentaries and feature films, director and producer Q&A periods, and academic panels. This is an educational and fun event that is full of great films, special features as well as sustainable food that will be available to purchase.

The full schedule of films at this years festival include:

Friday November 7th
- 10:30am - Soul Food Stories with Old Forests of Bulgaria
- 1:00pm - Radical Friends
- 3:00pm - Honor Your Word
- 4:45pm - Microtopia

Saturday November 8th
- 11:00am - Living on the Edge
- 1:00pm - The Sower
- 3:00pm - Vive La France
- 5:00pm - The Tundra Tale
- 7:00pm - Night Moves - Major Motion Picture, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard

York students are being offered a 25$ membership package which allows access to all of this years York screenings, and the six Salon Vert screenings at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema which run throughout the year.

Visit us at planetinfocus.org and iris.info.yorku.ca for the full film schedule, to purchase your student membership, and for updated information!

Please check out the rest of the PIF films screening from November 6th to 9th at the TIFF Lightbox, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as the Industry Day at City Hall and the Fest Forum at Rainbow Cinema.

 

Some of the trailers for this year's line up of films.
Night Moves

Directed by Kelly Reichardt

112 Mins USA
Kelly Reichardt’s suspense-thriller Night Moves follows three environmentalists whose homegrown plot to blow up a controversial dam unravels into a journey of doubt, paranoia and unintended consequences. As organic farmer Josh (Jesse Eisenberg), high society dropout Dena (Dakota Fanning) and ex-Marine Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard) plan, carry out and then witness the fallout of an attention-grabbing act of sabotage, they find their own personal limits tested.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 7pm-9pm

The Tundra Tale
Directed by René Harder

82 Min, Norway/Germany/Russia
Way up high in the far northwest Russian Tundra lies the tiny village of Krasnoschchelye. Its inhabitants, indigenous Sami people, live from the ancient tradition of reindeer husbandry. Once a year the reindeer herders are celebrated for their labors in a festival but the tradition may soon be cancelled. 30 year old Sasha, a member of the newly found Sami parliament in Russia, fights for the festival and the survival of her village and tradition.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 5pm-6:20pm (Q&A 6:02pm)

Vive la France
Directed by Helgi Felixson, Titti Johnson

82 Min, France
The Mururoa Atoll gained global attention when French president Jacques Chirac decided that nuclear testing in French Polynesia should continue. This decision was met with massive resistance and soon the tests were permanently ended the following year. Discover the hair-rising consequences of France’s nuclear program the western world has not really paid much attention to since.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 3:00pm-4:40pm (Q&A 4:27pm)

The Sower
Directed by Julie Perron

77 Min, Canada
An intimate portrait of artist and seed saver, Patrice Fortier, who passionately dedicates his expertise to preserving plant biodiversity in Quebec’s Kamouraska Valley. Like a copyist from the Middle Ages, Patrice meticulously preserves rare and forgotten cultivars with the goal of breeding heirloom varieties of the future. As he gardens, he daydreams and transforms his harvests into pure living art.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 1pm-2:30pm (Q&A 2:17pm)

Living On The Edge
Directed by Susan Woodfine

50 Min, Canada
Living on the Edge puts a human face on climate change in eastern Quebec. In the aftermath of an extreme weather event in 2010 that became a wake-up call for eastern Quebeckers, we follow an extraordinary woman, Joan Sullivan, as she explores how people along the majestic St. Lawrence are already being affected by climate change – and adapting to it. And while this is a story about climate change as seen through the eyes of a photographer, it is also very much Joan’s personal story – revealing the fears, frustrations and hopes of this international aid worker turned farmer. We learn how combating climate change has become the central focus of her photography, and why she has dedicated the rest of her life to promoting renewable energy. A truly inspiring encounter with one woman and her struggle to come to grips with living on the edge.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Sat Nov 8th, 11am-12:10pm (Q&A 11:50)

http://edgequebec.net/

Honour Your Word
Directed by Martha Stiegman

60 Min, Canada
Honour Your Word is an intimate portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, an inspiring First Nation whose dignity and courage contrast sharply with the political injustice they face.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 3pm -4:20pm (Q&A 4:00pm)

Radical Friends
Directed by Chihiro Geuzebroek

79 Mins, Netherlands, Bolivia, France, Denmark
Chihiro, a starry-eyed idealist, goes to Bolivia to learn about the Bolivian struggle for the rights of Mother Earth. As she is trying to heal the relationship with the environment, she stumbles over the roots of her own family and finding her own identity. Filmmaker, Chihira Geuzebroek will be in attendance.

Nat Taylor Theatre, York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 1pm-2:40pm (Q&A 2:20pm)

Soul Food Stories
Directed by Tonislav Hristov

64 Min, Bulgaria
Satovcha is a small Bulgarian village with residents of different religious and ethic groups (Orthodox Christians, Muslim Turks and Evangelist Gypsies). People were divided by their past full of conflicts, but now they have find a way to each other through a simple medium – food. Now the plates on the table are loaded with pride, identity, common past and friendship, but all this comes with a price.

Old Forests of Bulgaria
Directed by Kamen Kolarov

17 Min, Bulgaria
A documentary film made for WWF Bulgaria about the old forests in Bulgaria.

Nat Taylor Theatre, York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 11am-12:30pm (Q&A 12:15pm)

http://www.taskovskifilms.com/film/soul-food-stories/

Microtopia
Directed by Jesper Wachtmeister

52 Min, Sweden
Architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers create dwellings that push the limits of design and function in the name of portability, flexibility and sustainability.

Nat Taylor Theatre , York University (Steeles/Keele)
Fri Nov 7th, 4:45pm

If you are interested in volunteering in either or both days of November 7th & 8th please contact Amanda Clarke (volunteer@planetinfocus.org) for more information.

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