Sustainability Speaker Series: “The Story of Stuff” with Annie Leonard

November 18, 2011 - 2:00am to 3:30am

Tickets: $5 On sale now! 

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The Office of Sustainability invites you to attend the second presentation in our 2011-2012 Sustainability Speaker Series, “The Story of Stuff,” presented by Annie Leonard.

Annie Leonard is the author and host of The Story of Stuff, a film and accompanying book that tracks the life of our everyday stuff – cell phones, laptops, aluminum pop cans, and t-shirts – and argues that we use too much stuff and much of it is toxic. The Story of Stuff has generated over 13 million views in more than 200 countries and territories since its launch, making it one of the most successful environmental-themed viral films of all time

Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and the dumps where our stuff ends up. Witnessing first-hand the impacts of both over- and under-consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological and social sustainability.

This event kicks off activities on campus to celebrate Buy Nothing Day on November 26, 2011. Check our events page to see what’s happening on campus, and how you can get involved.

Attention Annie Leonard fans and social media users!

Let us know on Facebook or Twitter how you're planning to celebrate Buy Nothing Day 2011!

Two lucky winners will have the chance to join Annie and other guests for dinner at 4 pm on November 17, prior to her presentation. You can be entered to win in one of two ways:

  1. Visit and contribute to our note titled “How will you celebrate Buy Nothing Day 2011?”. Everyone that contributes to this note by the deadline will be entered to win! And don’t forget to become a fan of our Facebook page while you are there! Share your ideas here.  

  2. Follow @greenuofa and then tweet how you will celebrate Buy Nothing Day 2011 by the deadline. Include #bnd2011 in your tweet to be entered to win! Examples of how you might celebrate include buying nothing on November 26, 2011, having a buy nothing holiday, shopping locally throughout the month of November, or donating and/or buying second-hand items.  

Everyone is eligible. Deadline for entries is 4 pm on November 16. Winners must be available for dinner on November 17 at 4pm.

Watch The Story of Stuff now!


Room 11
Tory Lecture Theatre — University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB