April 2016

Cultivating An Idea: The Green Wall at The John And Bonnie Buhler Library

April 20, 2016 • Written by

 

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 Florafelt-Vertical-Garden-How-It-Worksinside 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:

  • Noise reduction
  • Optimizing humidity
  • 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.

Before

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Image: Rosemary Woodby

After

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Image: Rosemary Woodby

 

Image: Fatima DeMelo

Image: Fatima DeMelo

With contributions by Rosemary Woodby

Earth Day 2016

April 15, 2016 • Written by

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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.

Reference: https://earthday.ca/

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.

This event will also be live-streamed online. http://blogs.rrc.ca/etv/streaming/

Learn more: http://blogs.rrc.ca/redgreen/2016/04/rrc-holds-6th-annual-state-of-sustainability/

NDC Library Window Display

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:

Forests in our changing worldForests in our changing world : new principles for conservation and management

This book provides an accessible introduction to key concepts that future forest managers will need to keep our most important renewable resource healthy and resilient.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=124167


HumanHuman dependence on nature dependence on nature : how to help solve the environmental crisis

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.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=119239


The sacred balance : a visual celebration of our place in nature
The sacred balance

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.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=84419

 

What has nature ever done for usWhat has nature ever done for us? : how money really does grow on trees

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.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=122890

 

Streaming Video Resources

In addition we have chosen two streaming video resources from CBC Curio and NFB Campus. Both videos demonstrate the concern for our environment from a historical (and somewhat humorous) perspective.

The Disappearing Forest (1997)

the disappearing forestA look at the alarming rate with which we’re destroying the World’s forests, by burning, slashing, indiscriminate cutting and chemical pollution. From CBC Curio.

http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/the-disappearing-forest-2276/

 

Man: The Polluter (1973)

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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.

https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/man_the_polluter