A project management assignment planted a seed that bloomed at the Roblin Centre’s John and Bonnie Buhler Library. Library Technician Rosemary Woodby with the support of a Program Innovation Fund (PIF) was able to procure two six foot tall, self-watering planters. A partnership with the Greenspace Horticultural students and their instructor, Ruth Rob, supplied the plants. Using the knowledge they have acquired as part of the Horticulture Practice course, the students planned the design and layout; chose and grew the plants and on a bright sunny Apr 13th installed them in the planters. The Reading Room’s trademark sunlight takes care of the rest.
Living Walls, sometimes called Green Walls, have sprung up in a variety of settings, both inside and out. Some of the larger interior walls are physically connected to the HVAC system to actively pull air in for better circulation. Our wall isn’t quite so complicated however, using a ‘passive system’ as illustrated by the Florafelt system (Pictured right). While the project is not without risks ranging from plant to pump failure, but the gains far outweigh them and we can expect:
Improved indoor air quality
And the Horticulture students gaining an opportunity to work in a vertical format that is gaining popularity with both interior and exterior landscaping.
Last but not least, the greenery provides some welcome relief for staff and students from the stressful periods during the academic year. Woodby and Rob hope to apply what they have learned from installing this wall and add a second next year.
On 22 April 2016, the Red River College Library will once again be recognizing Earth Day. This year, political leaders from around the world are gathering in New York to sign the Paris Climate Agreement. At the same time, the global network of Earth Day organizations are kicking off an ambitious campaign to plant 7.8 billion trees, one for every person on the planet, by 2020. Canada’s contribution to this worldwide goal is 35 million trees — one per person in Canada. Planting 25,000 trees for Earth Day and Every Day leads to 35 million trees by 2020 – right on target. Reference: https://earthday.ca/
Participate in Earth Day Canada’s #Rooting4Trees ‘pledge and plant’ campaign and help grow a forest of 25,000 trees for our 25th anniversary
At a time when there is so much focus on electric and hybrid cars, new solar technology and emissions trading, the notion of planting trees can seem quaint, almost too simple. But the reality is, restoring our forests remains the most affordable, health-promoting and regenerative solution to climate change.
You want to help fight climate change on Earth Day? Help Earth Day Canada grow the global forest! Join Earth Day Canada’s #Rooting4Trees campaign and together you’ll commit to planting 25,000 legacy trees for Earth Day’s 25th Anniversary in 2016.
22 April 2016: RRC holds 6th annual State of Sustainability
Every year coinciding with Earth Day, the Sustainability Office invites students and staff to attend our State of Sustainability. Now in its 6th year, this lunchtime event is an opportunity to review highlights and discuss the setbacks of our campus sustainability journey.
When: Friday, April 22nd from 12pm – 1pm
Where: Notre Dame Campus, Room A137
What to bring: Yourself and a bottle or mug for something to drink.
Check out the “Earth Day” display in the window outside the Notre Dame Campus Library. We are featuring many wonderful items from our collection. (View the entire list of items) Here is a small sample of what you will find:
Humanity is dependent on Nature to survive, yet our society largely acts as if this is not the case. The energy that powers our very cells, the nutrients that make up our bodies, the ecosystem services that clean our water and air; these are all provided by the Nature from which we have evolved and of which we are a part. This book examines why we deny or ignore this dependence and what we can do differently to help solve the environmental crisis.
In this stunning exploration of the web of life that unites all living things, David Suzuki and Amanda McConnell offer a visual feast of spectacular photographs, beautiful reproductions of artwork, and fascinating electron micrographs and satellite photographs — all celebrating that connection.
From recycling miracles in the soil to the abundant genetic codebook underpinning our food and pharmaceutical needs, nature provides services that keep our economies going. This is a book full of immediate, impactful stories, many of which contain warnings, such as the $81 billion cost of Hurricane Katrina that could have been substantially less if the natural wetlands around the levees hadn’t been developed; while others reveal promising and enlightening tales of how birds protect fruit harvests, coral reefs shield coasts from storms, and rainforests absorb billions of tons of carbon released from automobiles and power stations.
This feature-length animation is a richly illustrated cartoon film with an environmental message: how much longer can humans foul their own nest ignore the consequences? Made by a joint team of Canadian and Yugoslav animation artists, the film transmits its warning with unflagging humour, imagination, movement and design. In between animated sequences, Dr. Fred H. Knelman, Professor of Science and Human Affairs at Montreal’s Concordia University, comments on the importance of what is shown and on what lies in store if more responsibility is not taken on a global scale to conserve what is left of our vital resources.