Community Events

Recyclable, mais pas recyclé


Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Maison du Développement Durable, 50 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Un cocktail-conférence Cataléthique à la Maison du développement durable, organisé par Pierre-Olivier Colas et Marc-Antoine Brière.

Les comportements des foyers du Québec ont bien changé depuis l’implantation de la collecte sélective à la fin des années 1980. De nos jours, le bac de recyclage fait partie du paysage et le tri des matières résiduelles est une habitude banale pour beaucoup de Québécois. Le taux de récupération des matières recyclables atteignait presque 65 % en 2010 alors qu’il dépassait à peine 20 % au tournant des années 2000. Il reste néanmoins beaucoup de travail à faire pour développer à son plein potentiel la filière « recyclage ». Au-delà des efforts déjà effectués, il persiste d’énormes quantités de matières qui auraient le potentiel d’être recyclées. Mais qu’est-ce qui freine l’expansion de l’industrie du recyclage ? Manque de rentabilité, marché inexistant ou technologies trop peu développées ? Quelles modifications au système actuel sont nécessaires pour accroître la portée du recyclage ? Quels leviers doivent être utilisés en priorités pour changer, une fois pour toutes, notre gestion des déchets ?

Cocktail de 18 h 30 à 19 h, conférence de 19 h à 20 h 15 et « re-cocktail » de 20 h 15 à 21 h.

Prix: 10 $ (contribution volontaire suggérée sur place)


Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms!


Saturday, April 14th at 2 PM – 4:30 PM

Le Grand Potager, 7000 boul. LaSalle

More and more people are discovering the enjoyment of growing your own shiitake mushrooms at home, on balconies, in gardens or really anywhere plants don’t get enough light! Caring for, fruiting, and cooking shiitakes is really so much fun for all ages. So come and learn a ton, have some fun, and leave with…..your own shiitake log!!

I will be sharing all I have learned in my 10 years growing shiitake logs outdoors. Though it is a lot less time consuming to grow shiitakes than gardening with plants, to succeed with giant harvests of fresh plump mushrooms requires some deep knowledge that only comes from years of experience. In this workshop I will share with you all the key concepts and lots of tips and tricks to avoid years of frustration. 

Shiitake log included. 

Price: $49 plus taxes



2018 Fête des Semences de Verdun / Verdun Seedy Saturday


Saturday, March 10th at 2 PM – 6 PM

Les Serres Municipales de Verdun 7000 boul. Lasalle, Verdun

Échange de semences / Seed Exchange
Plusieurs semenciers / Many Seed Companies
Entreprises écologique de la région / Local Ecological Companies
Ateliers de jardinage et semences / Gardening & seedy workshops


Lacto-Fermentation Workshop – Lemons, Turnips and Kimchi


Friday, March 9 at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Café Zéphyr, 5791 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

You are invited to an exciting hands-on, fermented food workshop! Come learn to feed your gut with beneficial bacterial buddies and flood your taste buds with some seriously tasty and tangy treats!

On the Agenda:

–  Learning the essential principles of lacto-fermented vegetables
–  A sampling of lots of different ferments with many variations including low sodium samples 
–  You will be making three different ferments that you will take home
–  You can take home some other recipes which we have been tweaking in our recent research and development

We will be making:
–  Pickled purple turnips
–  Preserved Lemons
–  Vegan Kimchi

–  $45 plus tax – Regular ticket
–  $35 plus tax – Student ticket

Includes workshop fee, three 500ml mason jar ferments you will make and take home, and several lacto-ferment recipes.



IoT 101: Wireless Plant Care System


Saturday, March 3rd at 10 AM – 1 PM

Helios Makerspace, 137 Rue Saint-Ferdinand #223

During this Internet of Thing (IoT) workshop, you’ll make your very first steps into the world of connectivity!

We will be making a wireless plant care kit that you can connect to your houseplants, and will be able to send you notifications about their health. This is done by connecting some sensors that can monitor plant health (soil moisture, light, temperature…) to the web, and programming a micro controller. Of course, you’ll be able to take all the hardware home afterwards. A good investment, and your plants will be grateful! The skills you’ll learn during this workshop include some Arduino programming, basics in electronic circuits, using API’s and Node.js, and an introduction to many IoT online tools. We’ll give you some basic plant physiology too!

Requirements: No previous programming knowledge required, as we’ll be using plug and play micro controllers. You’ll need to bring your own PC or Mac and download some free software: Arduino, make Zapier/iftt account, and node.js.


LEED Green Associate (GA) Training


Saturday, March 3rd at 1 PM – 5 PM

Concordia University, John Molson School of Business – Room 5.265

Get involved in sustainability through LEED Training ! LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a scorecard for green buildings. The LEED Green associate is the only professional designation to show employers and clients you have certified knowledge in the field.



Beekeeping 101 – Introduction to Urban Beekeeping


Saturday, March 3rd, 10th and 17th at 9 AM – 5 PM

Esplanade Montréal, 6750 Avenue de l’Esplanade, bureau 102

The introductory training in ecological urban apiculture combines 21 hours of in-classe training with our expert biologists and beekeepers Alexandre Beaudoin, Virginie Michaud and Gregory Lynch.

History of beekeeping, bee and pollination biology, honey plants and biodiversity in urban areas. You will discover the practical aspects of managing an apiary, preventing and treating diseases and parasites. You will also have the opportunity to exchange in person with experienced urban beekeepers, all passionate about pollinators and the environment!

*** No prerequisite needed for this training.***

Registration: from Dec 20th to March 2nd 2018
Price: $ 235 for members, $ 255 for non-members 


Probiotic Drinks – An introduction


Wednesday, February 28 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Multi-faith and Spirituality Centre, 2090 Rue Mackay

For this bubbly workshop we will talk about different recipes and methods for preparing fermented drinks, also keeping and caring for different kinds of cultures. We will sample different batches at various fermentation stages to encourage experimental understanding about the fermentation process involved in making these naturally fizzy sodas. 

Price: $10


Sourdough DIY: Rustic loaf; PIZZA and Starter/ Culture


Tuesday, February 27 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Métèque, 5442 Chemin Côte St Luc

A DYI WORKSHOP – more ways to enjoy the delicious, nutrious digestible ease of fermented flours/gluten. Bring your questions, your appetite, take home containers for your own starter (2 cup covered) and rustic bread dough ( 8 cup covered) you make.

Price: $20


Medicinal Mushrooms Workshop


Monday, February 26 at 7 PM – 9 PM

1440 Rue Mackay

This workshop is an introduction to working with mushrooms medicinally to address specific health concerns and as tonics. Learn about how to harvest and use mushrooms for almost anything! 

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Introduction to Horticulture: House Plants 101


Friday, February 23 at 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Le Grand Potager, 7000 boul. LaSalle, Verdun

Join us for an informative introduction to basic house plant care! We welcome plant enthusiast Jonah Neumark from the ecological company Neumark Design to present this inspiring presentation.

We will be covering:
– Basic plant biology
– Lighting needs for different types of plants
– Best practices for watering
– Soil mixes and fertilization
– Common pests and diseases
– Where to buy plants, and how to choose the best options

Price: $10.00 plus tax



Environmental Responsibilities

26904787_1833183293390236_6953370332307731691_n.jpgWednesday, February 21st at 7 PM – 9 PM

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), 3680 rue Jeanne-Mance, bureau 103

There is an increasing presence in the public discourse of expressed commitments to redressing the rampant destruction of lands and waters. Yet, we are still some ways away from the sorts of embedded cultural changes necessary for us a true paradigm shift in our collective environmental responsibility. As a direct and effective investment in redressing remains unexpressed by us and the structures we inhabit, we would do well do question our approach to how we live in, and with, the world. This public conversation will consider our connection to the natural world that surrounds us. Are hierarchized structures of profit systematically opposed to a natural order or can an expressed commitment to sustainability bring about balance? To what extent does social oppression contribute to apoliticalism in strategies that fail to recognize and meaningfully address root causes of environmental decay?


Introduction to Food Forests


Wednesday, February 21 at 5 PM – 7 PM

Concordia Greenhouse, 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. 13th floor

Fantasizing about laying in a hammock with fruits and nuts hanging at arms reach all around you? Come learn about food forests with Jonah Neumark, who has been designing and implementing food forests since 2009. 

What is a food forest, you may ask? A food forest is a garden that provides many plant yields including fruits, nuts, herbs, perennial vegetables, and medicinals. It is designed to mimic a natural forest ecosystem, with the many structural layers such as canopy, groundcovers and vines, only using edible and useful species. It is also designed to be as self-regulating as possible so minimal work is needed for your garden to thrive. 

Price: $10.00 plus taxes



Winter Market


Wednesday, February 14th till April, 11th at 12 PM – 6 PM

Concordia University, 1455 BLVD De Maisonneuve, H-238

Featuring local, organic, sustainable produce and artisan products at prices students can afford. Our vendors are students, community organizations, local artists, small scale farmers, parents, radical bakers, and sustainability minded entrepreneurs


Recipes for Change


Wednesday, February 14th till April, 11th at 4 PM – 7 PM

Concordia Student Union – CSU, 1455 de Maisonneuve Ouest, H building 7th floor

“Recipes for Change: a seminar in community organizing” is a semester-long hands-on workshops series about building social movements from the ground up. Dynamic 2-3 hour weekly sessions will provide you with a range of practical skills from finding money to finance your campaigns to toning your media skills, all with the goal of fostering meaningful engagement with pertinent socio-political issues within our communities.

Open to all undergraduate students!

Price: FREE


Bi-weekly Food Memories Community Kitchen


Monday, February 12th till Monday, April 9th at 5 PM – 7 PM

2090 Rue Mackay

Join us bi-weekly throughout the Winter semester for our Food Memories Community Kitchen! We will cook and share a delicious meal together. All over stock will be sold at the Concordia Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays as part of ongoing efforts to increase food security for students.


CSU Do-it-Yourself Tuesdays


Tuesday, January 16th till Tuesday, March 27th

Concordia Student Union Do-it-Yourself Tuesdays is a semester-long workshop series aimed at consuming less, empowering you to DIY more, questioning the economic systems failing us, and inspiring our community to adopt a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

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DIY COSMETICS || 2 PM || Hive Cafe – Loyola
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DIY CELLPHONE REPAIR || 2 PM || 7th Floor Lounge, Hall Building
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SELF-DEFENSE 101 || 4 PM || Hall Building, 613
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DUMPSTER DIVING THEORY ||4 PM || Hall Building, 7th Floor Lounge
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DUMPSTER DIVING PRACTICE || 6 PM ||Meet up at Les Echelles
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DIY TENANTS TOOLKIT || 2 PM || Hall Building, 7th Floor Lounge
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CANNING + PRESERVING 101 || 3 PM || Multi-faith Chaplaincy
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CLOTHING ALTERATION || 2 PM || Hall Building, 7th Floor Lounge
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PEOPLE’S POTATO || 12:30-1:30 PM || H-7th floor

HIVE FREE LUNCH || 12:30-1:30 PM || SC-200 Hive Café Loyola




Our mission is to provide a welcoming, organic green space that fosters community by providing experiential learning opportunities within a year-round growing environment.