During our last AGM, the voices of our membership and community were heard and the message was sent loud and clear... start looking at sustainability practices! From recycling, reusing and reducing to increasing bike racks, car pool opportunities and engaging our programs, events and leagues with up to date information and best practices.
Enter Aidan Dutka (a student from the University of Manitoba working on his honours thesis project). Aidan is creating a sustainability policy and strategy for MODS to implement in order to increase our positive environmental actions and decrease our negative impacts. In order to further his project, Aidan has created a survey for MODS members to participate in. It is a voluntary anonymous survey that takes less than 10 minutes to complete, with all information going towards the project and potential future MODS planning. This survey has been approved by the Joint-Faculty Research and Ethics Board at the University of Manitoba and links can be found throughout this post.
With Aidans work and Kristina's oversight we have been able to get together a group who meets regularly made up of MODS members and staff to work on two main things:
1. A list of sustainable recommendations for MODS which we can apply to all our practices, programs and members.
2. A sustainability policy which could be adopted by the MODS Board of Directors which would guide us to always use sustainable practices when ever it is in the best interest of the organization and not cost prohibitive to the non-profit.
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Well we have met several months in a row and have narrowed down our list of recommendations to the board and office and have almost worked out the logistics of our policy and plan. Aidan just received approval on his survey to MODS members from the University of Manitoba and now we need to hear from you! Our members drive the cart for our organization and your input and feedback will help us understand how some of these concepts and ideas are important to you.
Please offer to all your friends for whom the concepts of car-pools, buses or bikes are important to have their say. If you're passionate about the R's of sustainability then take the survey and share your ideas and thoughts. If you want to make a greener impact through Ultimate and do so in a way that helps MODS long term, then please take 3 minutes and include your ideas on this survey!
With you we can bring these ideas from concept to reality in the next few months and help our Organization reduce it's footprint while leading others in our community to do the same!