Don’t throw that out … it’s art!

Confession time … amongst other things, I studied fine art at U of T. Normally this means my education and work life have precious little to do with one another, but not today. Today, I’ll show you the perfect marriage of art and the environment as they meet in hopeful, glorious, thought-provoking displays (how’s that for an intro?).

We’ll start with Kitty Chan in the Radiation Medicine Program at UHN. Kitty needed lots and lots of used coffee cups to do an environmental awareness art installation called “The Tree of Hope”. This tree will stand in all its glory at David Suzuki’s upcoming Blue Dot tour.


Perry, Kitty and Megan, all of the fabulous green team, get those cups together

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Revolution #4. Bin It to Win It

image credit: Environment Canada

Check out Jillian in the medical supply room, tearing off bunches of plastic outer wrap from some medical supplies. She sees the gorgeous and conveniently located blue bin lined with a clear plastic bag, and knows this must be for her (and all that other metal, glass and plastic). Lickety split, she tosses the wrap into recycling and out of the dump. And look there…another blue bin for the paper and carboard containers, right by her side. Between the two, there’s almost nothing that needs to go in the garbage. With these bins so conveniently placed near her work station, she can oh-so-easily keep her resolution to always toss recyclable items into the right bin. If she needs another bin, she knows to email Energy & Environment ( And if she’s not sure what goes where, she checks out these handy posters on the intranet about UHN recycling , and paper vs metal/glass/plastic . It’s a bit different than her home in Toronto.