Pledge to power down for Earth Hour and turn off one of these 250 lights. Progress will be updated daily (click on the image to pledge).
Earth Hour will occur this year on Saturday, March 25 from 8:30 – 9:30PM local time. Every year millions of people from around the world power down their lights and electronics for one hour and shine a light on climate change. This year, we plan to participate in a few ways and we hope you will join us.
We’re powering down for Earth Hour…
Red River College is powering down for Earth Hour and we need your help. Non-essential lights will be turned off during the hour, and we ask that before you leave for the weekend you shut down your computers, unplug unnecessary electronics and turn off your lights.
Did you know that the College spends about $555,935 annually powering products plugged into AC outlets and lights? Turning off and unplugging lights and electronics when possible can save a lot of money!
Because Earth Hour is on the weekend, we can make a bigger impact if members of our college community pledge to power down at home.
This is not only a great way to show your support for a global initiative that is working to mitigate climate change, it is also a great way to reflect on our dependence on electricity and to find fun things to do without it! Some ideas of things you can do include:
- Play board games by candlelight
- Organize a candlelit (or no light) walk in your neighbourhood
- Go stargazing
- Host a sing-a-long
- Invite friends for a candlelit potluck
Our goal is to have 250 RRC staff, students and instructors pledge to turn off lights, unplug and turn off non-essential electrical equipment for Earth Hour.
Pledge to participate today! Watch the tracker (above) or in the NDC Library Hallway as well on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as we progress towards our goal!
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The RRC Sustainability Office is sponsoring a table at Reel Green 2017 on March 16 and we want to bring you! Enter to win pair of tickets to this popular event by:
- Subscribing to the Red Goes Green Sustainability Blog
- Liking Sustainability @ RRC on Facebook*
- Following RRCGoesGreen on Twitter*
- Following RRCGoesGreen on Instagram*
You will receive one entry for each of the above actions completed before midnight on Monday, March 13, 2017 (so you can enter up to 4 times). Prize draw will occur and winners will be notified on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
*Tickets will be awarded to Red River College staff or students only. Once you like or follow us on social media, please email or message us with your name and department so we can ensure you are entered in the draw.
Reel Green is Manitoba Eco-Network’s annual fundraising gala. This year’s event will be hosted by CBC’s Terry MacLeod and will feature a series of inspiring short films celebrating our natural environment and those working to protect it as well as the awarding of the prestigious annual Anne Lindsey Protecting Our Earth Awards. In addition, there will be some fun eco-themed prizes and auctions and a green carpet where everyone can show off their “second hand glamour”.
Thursday, March 16
Doors at 6:30 pm, Program at 7:00
The MET, 281 Donald St, Winnipeg MB
Tickets: $50 in advance, $60 at the door (all tickets include a $25 tax receipt)
Proceeds support environmental education and action on climate change, water conservation, youth leadership, organic lawn care and more.
The RRC Ice Rebels had a great time getting outside for the Jack Frost Challenge February 12-18. The challenge was to get outside and skate, cross-country ski, run, snowshoe, cycle and walk a total of 130km. We’re proud to announce that RRC’s very first Jack Frost Challenge team – the RRC Ice Rebels – crushed that goal early in the week and went on to travel a combined total of 247 KMs over the week!! Out of the 114 teams registered across Manitoba, we finished in 19th place, which we think is pretty amazing for our first try!
Here are our reflections on the week:
Dave at Global Fat Bike Day in 2016
I enjoyed being a part of the Jack Frost Challenge! It was a fun way to meet likeminded people. Also, through social media, it helped motivate friends and family to get out and get active.
The weather really presented a challenge for skiing [that] week. With temperatures well above normal we lost significant amounts of snow during the week. Needless to say this had an extremely detrimental effect on the trail conditions within the Winnipeg region. Waxing for classic skiing when the weather is warm and the trails are icy and deteriorating is very difficult. Each day brought slightly different conditions and different challenges. On Saturday we switched over to skate skiing to make the best use of the remaining snow. Hats off to the groomer at Windsor Park Nordic Centre for keeping the trails in good condition despite the soaring temperatures.
In previous years at the end of February I have gone down to Hayward, Wisconsin to compete in the American Birkebeiner 50 km ski race. The “Birkie” is the largest ski race in North America with an attendance of roughly 10,000 skiers. This year I am not attending…which is fortunate for me, but not for the organizers, since they are being forced to very likely cancel this year’s race at the last minute due to these unseasonably warm temperatures. In fact, they received 25 mm of rain yesterday, which essentially destroyed the remainder of the 50 km of trail they have been trying so hard to protect these past few weeks. Very sad. Climate change and global warming are having a significant negative effect on the sport of cross country skiing and other winter sports throughout the world. Go Green…so we can keep our winter wonderlands. Read More →
February 9, 2017 • Written by Whitney Crooks
The groundhogs have predicted (at least) 6 more weeks of winter, but we’re Manitobans so instead of retreating to our warm beds, we will embrace winter while it lasts!
Bougeons en Hiver: The Jack Frost Challenge is a weeklong challenge every February where people across Manitoba sign up to skate, cross-country ski, run, snowshoe, cycle and walk a total of 130km, either as a team or (for the hardcore) as an individual.
This year, we have signed up a team – the RRC Ice Rebels – and we’re ready to take on winter from February 12-18. Below, meet our teammates and find out how we plan to meet this challenge head on! Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for updates throughout the week.
If you’d like to join our team, contact Whitney for more information. Or, start your own team and let us know your team name so we can trash talk cheer you on! And don’t forget – if you’re participating in the Get Movin’ Challenge this month you can count your Jack Frost Challenge activities towards your daily 7,000 step count and double your chances to win great prizes! Read More →
November 18, 2016 • Written by Whitney Crooks
The dust has settled from RRC Waste Reduction Week which was held October 24-28 and once again, we had a very successful event thanks to all of you! Below is a summary of the week.
Special Waste Depots/E-Waste Drive
We were very excited to partner with MMSM and Winnipeg Harvest this year as part of their Bag it Forward program. Over the week, we collected 286 plastic bags which will be used to deliver Winnipeg Harvest’s emergency food kits. Due to a great deal of interest, we are working on creating a permanent collection for the Bag it Forward program at RRC.
In the meantime, drop off gently-used plastic bags at our office (C519, NDC) from now until December 1. We will drop off all the collected bags to Winnipeg Harvest on December 2. If you have plastic bags but can’t make it to our office, contact Whitney to arrange something.
180 used writing instruments were collected for recycling
We also collected 180 used writing instruments (pens, markers, highlighters, and mechanical pencils) which will be dropped off at Staples for recycling as part of their partnership with Terracycle. Many of you expressed an interest in making this a permanent program. We heard you loud and clear and are working on it. Stay tuned!
Finally, about 2,262 kg of e-waste was collected for recycling, including 200 kg of used batteries. Many of your asked what happens to these items. Read More →
October 21, 2016 • Written by Whitney Crooks
Piles of electronic waste ready to be picked up for recycling.
Did you know that at the Brady Road Landfill, methane gas is captured and burned thereby reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking 21,700 passenger vehicles off the road?
Did you know that Winnipeg Harvest uses approximately 1 million plastic bags to deliver emergency food kits each year?
Did you know that you can bring used writing instruments to Staples locations to be recycled as part of their partnership with Terracycle?
October 24-28, 2016 is RRC Waste Reduction Week and we have several activities planned which will give you opportunities to learn more, be inspired, and take action (including a draw for a $500 gift certificate to a local bike shop)!
TOUR OF BRADY ROAD LANDFILL
Wednesday, October 26 | 2PM – 3PM
The Brady Road Resource Management Facility is more than a landfill. The City of Winnipeg is undertaking some exciting initiatives aimed at reducing the waste we send to the landfill, and of mitigating the environmental and social impacts of the site. The tour will include seeing the new 4R depot, the methane capture and flare project, the leaf and yard waste compost pads, and the biosolids pilot composting project.
Space is limited for this tour, so sign up now!
E-WASTE DROP OFF AND PITCH IN REDESIGN CONSULTATION (PRIZES)
Wednesday, October 26 | 11AM – 1PM | Library Hallway, NDC
Thursday, October 27 | 11AM – 1PM | Roblin Atrium, EDC
Friday, October 28 | 11AM – 1PM | Library Hallway, NDC
Volunteers will be on hand to accept your e-waste at the Special Waste Depots (see below). When you bring e-waste, batteries, plastic bags, and/or used writing instruments to the depots during these times, receive a ballot to be entered to win a $550 gift certificate for a new bike, courtesy of Powerland and Woodcock Cycle Works.
We are also redesigning our Hallway Pitch In signs and want your help! Come by to give us your feedback on the new designs and be entered to win free coffee for a month!
Monday, October 24 until Friday, October 28 (noon)
Shipping & Receiving, Notre Dame Campus and Roblin Centre
Powerland has partnered with us to collect and recycle old, broken and unwanted electronic waste throughout the week. A list of acceptable items can be found here.
Please note: RRC equipment can be brought in, but must be accepted by someone at Shipping & Receiving to ensure they are disposed of properly.
* Please take steps to make sure that private data is removed prior to dropping off personal equipment which may contain confidential information. Red River College and Powerland do not accept liability for data or any other digital content left on your device.
SPECIAL WASTE DEPOTS
Monday, October 24 until Friday, October 28 (noon)
Library Hallway (NDC) and Roblin Atrium (EDC)
Drop off these special items for recycling throughout the week:
- Batteries: Please cover battery connectors with tape.
- Plastic Bags: We will be collecting gently-used plastic bags as part of Bag it Forward, bags are given to Winnipeg Harvest and are used to deliver food kits.
- Writing Instruments: Drop off used and broken writing instruments (pens, markers, mechanical pencils and highlighters) and they will be taken to a Staples location for recycling.
Special Waste Depots are supported by our partners: Powerland, MMSM and Winnipeg Harvest.
SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS AND TRICKS
We will be sending out tips and tricks all week, as well as reminders about our RRC Waste Reduction Week events, so make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
October 20, 2016 • Written by Sara MacArthur
Sara and Whitney — waiting to catch the LRT to the airport. For all you baseball fans, that’s Camden Yards in the background.
Last week, Sara and Whitney (RRC’s Sustainability Office) left family and pumpkin pie meals at home and spent four days in Charm City to attend North America’s largest sustainability conference for higher education. More than 1800 of our post-secondary counterparts, faculty, students, administrators (and even a few College Presidents) descended onto Baltimore to gain lessons and tools, be inspired to advance sustainability initiatives at their own institutions, and form important relationships in a rapidly growing post-secondary sustainability network. Read More →
September 20, 2016 • Written by Whitney Crooks
Fair Trade Campus Week is September 26-30
Fair Trade Week will soon be upon us, and there are a lot of fun activities planned (did someone say “free ice cream”?) to help raise awareness about Fair Trade, to learn about Fair Trade options on campus, and to provide updates on our efforts to become Manitoba’s first Fair Trade Campus.
When you purchase a Fair Trade product, you are ensuring that farmers and workers in developing countries that helped bring that product to market are receiving adequate compensation for their hard work, that they have safe working conditions, and that environmental standards were met in its production.
Fair trade is a true embodiment of sustainability – working to address economic, social and environmental issues of our globalized economy. This is why Red River College is working to become the first Fair Trade Campus in Manitoba. Some of our efforts can be readily seen when you enjoy De Luca’s Fair Trade coffee from Food Service locations; purchase a Dairy Milk Fair Trade chocolate bar from the Ox, the Mercantile or a vending machine; or participate in Fair Trade Campus Week. Read More →
Chris from Beeproject Apiaries bringing the bees to their new summer home.
Lindsay from Beeproject.
Hives with a view.
You don’t get more local than honey made on your own roof. Red River College is excited to partner with Beeproject Apiaries on their Urban Pollination Project to bring honeybee hives to the college’s Paterson GlobalFoods Institute.
Last weekend, three hives were installed on the 4th floor patio of the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. Red River College is excited to be part of a growing movement (see here and here) to increase urban beekeeping in Winnipeg’s downtown. The bee project is one way the college is extending its commitment to sustainability beyond the walls of our campus. Urban beekeeping is an important movement to promote biodiversity within cities and provide valuable educational and engagement opportunities for people to connect to nature and our food system.
Beeproject Apiaries will tend to the hives on a weekly basis throughout the summer months. At the end of the season, the College will receive the honey made in the hives which will be used in our Culinary program and will be available for purchase at college events in the Fall. There will be opportunities for students and staff to visit the hives throughout the summer. More information about hive visits will be made available through All Staff News and www.rrc.ca/sustainability.
These FAQs provide more info about the Bee Project.
Stay tuned for upcoming details on this sweet project!
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.
We hope to see you there!