Leadership Roles in the Community

Alice at Clean up the Don 2018
Alice and Wing Wo (co-organizers) at the Federal Pre-Election Town Hall on Climate Change 2015. From left to right: Alice, moderator Dr. Nelson Wiseman, John McKay, Elizabeth May, Matthew Kellway, and Wing.

I am a member of the UofT Trash Team, which is dedicated to educating the public about waste management and plastic pollution and taking direct action through community clean-ups. I am also an executive member of People's Climate Movement, a grassroots organization dedicated to hosting events and campaigning around climate change action in both Toronto and Canada. 

From 2017 to 2019, I served as co-Chair of Massey College's Environment Committee during my time at Massey College as a Junior Fellow. Our college used to provide take-out dinners in paper plates covered in lots of plastic wrap; however, through our hard work we were able to turn the take-out system into a reusable container system. Besides this main initiative, the Environment Committee also placed recycling posters throughout the college to remind fellows of which products can be recycled, held a screening of a documentary discussing the lives of women impacted by layoffs in Alberta's oil sands, and we hosted trips around Toronto including nature walks in High Park, a tour of Allan Gardens Conservatory, and to the Saturday farmer's market at Evergreen Brickworks. Through my position I learned so much more about environmental campaigning and environmental ethics!

At the end of 2015, I attended the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) as part of a student delegation from the School of Environment, University of Toronto to increase the youth presence at COP and to report back to the student body about the latest updates. An agreement was reached; however, much more work needs to be done to make sure countries continue to increase their starting emission reduction pledges up to levels necessary to avoid severe consequences of climate change (described in the Paris Climate Agreement as the "ratchet mechanism").  

I have served as the Sustainability Commission of my university's Student's Union from 2015-2017. As the head of the commission, I have held biweekly meetings throughout the year and interacted with students to get a sense of what sustainability projects they would like to see on campus. I have learned so much about delegation of tasks, communication skills, event planning, and overall how to lead a vibrant group of students to accomplish amazing tasks and host numerous successful campaigns and events for our student community.

Examples of past events we hosted include:

- Beeswax lotion bar workshop as part of EcoFest 2017

- Eco-Coffee House and discussion on sustainability 2017

- Climate change rally on Halloween ("Climate change is spooky!") to get students to write to their MPs, 2017

- What's Next for Canada? Discussion on COP21, Panel event, 2016

and more!  

 

I also served as the Sustainability Commissioner for the Victoria University Students' Administrative Council (VUSAC) from 2014-2015. My commission helped to organize a pilot composting system in a student residence, a federal pre-election town hall on climate change, and a sustainable fashion show in 2015. 

 

Please see below for a list of all of the organizations I have founded, co-founded, or taken part in throughout my high school and university years. 

 

Current and Previous Organizations, Startups, and Initiatives

Founder or Co-Founder of:

 

Conference of Parties 21st Session (COP21) University of Toronto Delegation Team 2015-present

www.utcop21.org

https://www.facebook.com/COP21UofTStudents/?fref=ts

 

Climate Impact Network (and previously Students' Climate Change Action Network) 2013-present

http://sustainable-planet.wix.com/climateimpact

https://www.facebook.com/Climate-Impact-Network-1441556669429019/?fref=ts

 

Innovamasters Not-for-Profit Organization and cross-University Initiative 2013-present

http://innovamasters.wix.com/innovamasters/

https://www.facebook.com/Innovamasters/?fref=ts

 

HungerSquad International Mobile Application 2014-present

https://www.facebook.com/HungerSquadGlobal/

 

Wastefree TakeOut Social Enterprise 2013-2015

http://wastefreetakeout.wix.com/home/

https://www.facebook.com/wastefreetakeoutsocialenterprise/?fref=ts

 

Involved with:

 

UofT Trash Team

People's Climate Movement

JustEarth

UofT350.org, Fossil Divestment Campaign at UofT

TCAN Steering Community (Toronto Climate Action Network)

Step Up Canada! Initiative

Polanyi Conference on Science and Social Responsibility

SickKids Volunteers

MidSummer Night's Run

Epilepsy Toronto Holiday Gift Wrapping

Daily Break Food Bank - Annual Holiday Food Bank Organizer in the Scarborough Region

December 6th Initiatives to End Violence Against Women

Master Fine Arts School

Provincial and National Competitive Badminton

 

 

 

 

Alice and Amanda (co-Chairs of the Environment Committee at Massey College) with guests of the documentary 'Circle of Steel' about a female engineering being laid off in Alberta's oil sands - a great discussion of the environment, economics, and ethics! From left to right: Amanda Loder (co-Chair), Gillian McKercher (director), Alice Zhu (co-Chair), and Chantelle Han (lead actress).
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