Grass Routes


Grass Routes is an annual celebration of ideas, skills, and art for a sustainable future.

Through workshops, exhibits, and discussions, the festival engages conversations about what sustainability means, what a sustainable world might look like, and how we might get there.

This year, Grass Routes runs January 30 – February 1, 2018.
Join the Facebook event here!


Grass Routes 2018 Schedule:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

What is the Prairie Climate Centre – A Workshop
w/ Ian Maura & Danny Blair & team

Richardson Atrium

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Prairie Climate Centre (PCC) is a newly established research and communications organization established at the University of Winnipeg, in collaboration with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). This workshop will give background on the PCC, showcase its data and communication products, and ideally lead to discussion with university faculty and students about how they can get involved and be supported by the centre.


Becoming a Changemaker: Introduction to Organizing with the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition

The Hive, Lockhart Hall

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Whether you are interested in protecting wild spaces, having your voice heard about resource extraction projects, or advocating for better climate policy, there is no shortage of opportunities to make a difference.  This interactive workshop will explore the issues within our province through the lens of energy justice while also introducing participants to the basics of community organizing. Together, we will discuss how to build community capacity and address the urgent environmental challenges at hand. Whether you’re a seasoned activist or new to the game, this change-making workshop is for you.


 Life in the City of Dirty Water – A Conversation with Clayton Thomas-Müller
Presented by the Uniter Speaker Series

West End Cultural Centre

7:15 p.m. Door | 8 p.m. Talk

Clayton Thomas-Müller, a writer and activist for environmental justice, will talk about Life in the City of Dirty Water.

“Life in the City of Dirty Water, a transmedia storytelling project, is an expression of decolonization and healing. This of it as a survival guide to the urban Indigenous person.”


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hands-on DIY Workshops

Riddell Hall atrium

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Stop by the atrium to learn some new skills at our drop-in style workshops.

At Home Composting Basics: Interested in starting Composting in your Home but don’t know how to begin? Feel like at home composting might not be for you because you live in an apartment? Green Action Centre will have an interactive and informative table available to give information on the various types of composting available for all individuals. Information will include how to build a bin and where to find your materials!”

Perfumes with Essential Oils: Make natural perfumes using essential oils with the UWSA Woman-Trans Spectrum Centre.

Silk Screening: Learn how to print on cloth by hand, with a screen and ink. Divest UW will show you how to silk screen on tote bags and t-shirts.


Student Engagement in Environmental Research
w/ Ariane Dilay and Jeremy Leathers

The Hive, Lockhart Hall

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Examples of and opportunities for Student Involvement in Social and Physical Scientific Research of the Environment. Hear from fellow students about the environmental research conducted over the last year. Ariane Dilay and Jeremy Leathers will discuss how students can get involved with research.

Ariane is an environmental studies honours student who has conducted research for her undergraduate thesis in India focusing on the environmental impact assessment process and its implications for environmental justice. She has also worked as a research assistant for the Prairie Climate Centre looking at the impacts of future climate change on the Prairie Provinces. She is currently working for The Legitimacy Project, a partnership between the University of Winnipeg and the Public Interest Law Centre, dedicated to helping bridge the legitimacy gap in environmental legislation and licensing in Canada.

Jeremy is a geography/biology honours student who has worked on multiple physical geography projects. During the 2016/17 school year he worked on an undergraduate thesis that considered how freeze/thaw cycles affect nutrient release from riparian vegetation in southern Manitoba and the implications for best practices for nutrient management.  This past summer he collected data for a project being conducted across North America that looked at the release of greenhouse gas emissions from wetland sediments.


Level-up: E-recycle your old laptop into a retro-gaming console

The Hive, Lockhart Hall

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Don’t throw out that old PC just yet! Learn how to repurpose your old PC or laptop as a dedicated retro-gaming device or a streaming media box. You’re welcome to bring your own old laptop, but it’s not required. Demonstration laptops will be available. RSVP save yourself a spot!


Cooking with a Pulse: Bean, Lentils and Chickpeas as Sustainable, Affordable Student Cuisine

Diversity Kitchen, Riddell Hall

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Come and learn how to use these frugal and fabulous local products in healthy and flavourful ways. You will get to learn and help in making three different recipes with lentils, chickpeas and a surprise bean (the secret will leave you speechless!) Come for the fun, come for the food, come for the magical fruit.

Limited Space! Sign-up for workshop here!

UWSA Fab Lab

UWSA Bike Lab, Spence Street

4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fab is Lab is bike lab programming dedicated to women, trans and non-binary folks. It’s a time for folks to work on and learn bike mechanics while participating in a safe and welcoming community and atmosphere!


Thursday, February 1, 2018

3 Minute Professor Competition

The Hive, Lockhart Hall

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what professors do when they’re not busy teaching you? Join the Campus Sustainably office at this exiting showcase event and hear from a wide range of faculty about their environmentally-related research initiatives.  Each faculty will have exactly three minutes (and one slide) to tell their story.  Then, the student audience will select the winners by secret ballot!  The winning profs will win prizes and celebrity status.

Are you a faculty member interested in competing? Contact the Campus Sustainability Office at


Fashion Forward – A fashion show with alternatives to fast fashion

The Good Will Social Club, 625 Portage Ave.

7:30 p.m. Door | 8:30 p.m. Fashion show

A showcase of local Winnipeg designers and companies, who are re-envisioning fashion with sustainability in mind. See clothes from local designers and entrepreneurs who embody the principles of ethical and sustainable clothing. These goods reduce, reuse, and recycle materials to create clothes that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.



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