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Sustainable Hawk Fund winners announced from winter semester 2017

The long awaited announcement of the winter semester Sustainable Hawk Fund winners is here!

Four projects based at the Waterloo campus were awarded funding to be completed over the upcoming 2017/18 academic year.

Bringing Diva Cups to Campus

Undergraduate students Thaya Williams and Samantha Coombs are partnering with local product Diva Cup and SHORE (Sexual Health, Options, Resources, Education) Centre to host a workshop for 25 students to learn about reusable menstrual cups for free. It is believed that the use of this product will reduce waste on campus if made accessible and affordable. Williams and Coombs plan to close the education gap about this product and bring awareness to this innovative and sustainable brand.

Funding was granted at this time for Phase One of their project.
Phase Two will consider the creation of a prototype of a diva cup dispenser to be implemented in washrooms across campus.

massage Ü

Undergraduate students Adam Virani and Irfaan Adatia are looking to provide mental health benefits to students through affordable massages. Earlier in the semester, they held three sold out events in the Hawk's Nest and transformed the space into a tranquil environment. They are aiming to launch their website and grow their brand to continue to provide this valuable, affordable, and sustainable service to students- currently at the Waterloo campus, but with future hope to provide massages at the Brantford campus as well.

Sustainability Through an Inclusive Lens

Undergraduate student Hillary Scanlon wants to address the issue of accessibility for waste, recycling, and organics on campus. She will be hosting a design lab to bring a group of stakeholders together to examine accessibility issues for waste disposal to develop accessible indicators and a design concept.


Undergraduate student Stephanie Plant will be hosting a local, sustainable food festival in Waterloo Park in partnership with Laurier faculty member Dr. Sean Doherty, Profession and Chair, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. This festival would also promote the app developed by Dr. Doherty Smart APPetite which connects users to local food outlets.

More information on how you can be one of the next Sustainable Hawk Fund winners can be found here.