We received a whopping 98 submissions in our contest to name the Notre Dame Campus honey.
The honey names and descriptions were then passed on to our judges (Gord ‘Guardian of the Grounds’ McLeod, Riva ‘Penchant for Puns’ Harrison, and Darryl ‘Actual Apiarist’ Oshanyk) to develop our shortlist. It was a difficult task to pare the list down from 98 to 6 submissions, but our judges were up for this challenge.
Without further ado, our shortlist is….
Bad to the Drone
A George Thorogood Song is now in your head.
Born to Bee Wild
Many species of bees have recently faced extinction, one of the reasons behind this being excessive use of pesticides. Most of these bees were born to be wild. It’s always important for us to think about our environment and everything living within it, especially when it affects life on this planet so profoundly!
The name illustrates the fact that the bees are on Campus, and also includes the word buzz, which is the noise bees make. The name also refers to the details, scoop or lowdown on what’s going on at the College.
Omand’s Creek runs along the edge of the college grounds and through Brookside Cemetery. It is home to a variety of wild plants, flowers and wildlife and likely a popular place for the RRC bees to collect pollen.
Notre Dame Nectar
Notre Dame, obviously because of the location, and nectar as the essential sugar component of honey.
We are the “Rebels” and the honey will be “delicious”.
All students and staff are now invited to vote for their favourite honey name through the online poll below. Voting will end on Wednesday August 16th at 4pm and our winning honey will be announced on Thursday, August 17th.
The creative minds who came up with the 6 short-listed honey names will each receive one jar of our Notre Dame Honey, with the winning submission receiving four jars (2 of the PGI honey and 2 of the NDC honey). Sweet deal!
This honey-naming contest is one of many events we’re holding this summer to promote our partnership with Beeproject Apriaries and the 6 hives we have dotting the rooftops of our college campuses. We’re still gearing up for a honey extraction workshop and Farmers’ Market, so there’s plenty more time to get involved with this project.
Which name for the Notre Dame Campus honey is the sweetest?
Chris from Beeproject Apiaries talks to RRC staff on the Building A rooftop.
Oh Bijou honey, would a honey by any other name taste so sweet? We think so. The problem is… it doesn’t have a name.
As you might know, RRC has partnered with Beeproject Apiaries again this summer to install hives on campus. Last year, three hives were installed our of PGI rooftop. The end product of that partnership was a delicious yield of Bijou Urban Honey. The honey was named Bijou after the park just south of our PGI building, where the bees foraged for nectar, and also because the honey was delicate and jewel-like (‘un bijou’).
This year, the PGI hives (and the Bijou honey) are back. In addition to that, three hives have been installed on the rooftop of Building A at the Notre Dame Campus (see photos here)…. and we need your help.
We’re looking for staff and students with a flair for creativity to help us name the Notre Dame Campus honey. So far, Rebel Honey and Brookside Delight are the only names we’ve come up with, and we think you can do better than that. 😉
Here’s how the contest works:
Enter Complete the attached form outlining your honey name, along with a brief description of why you think it’s fitting. Tip: Take inspiration from geography, history, comedy, an apiary… just be downright creative. Entries will be accepted until Friday, July 28th at 12pm.
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of RRC judges who have been carefully curated for their knowledge of communications (particularly puns), natural landscapes and, of course, bees. The shortlist will be revealed on social media and though all staff news on August 8th.
Vote The college community will be able to vote among the shortlisted names from August 8th- August 16th. All shortlisted submissions will receive a free jar of RRC honey.
Win On August 28th the person who comes up with the winning NDC honey name will be profiled on the Sustainability Office’s social media (here, here and here), receive 4 free jars of RRC honey… and, of course, sweet bragging rights.
Buy All students and staff can purchase both the PGI and NDC honey at RRC’s 2nd annual Farmer’s Market scheduled for early September.
Bee fun. Bee creative. Bee-lieve that the winning honey name is somewhere deep inside of you!
Not only that, we had a record year! We had our highest number of participants ever (191) and our highest participation rate ever (30.3%)! The number of people who registered and logged at least one trip increased 63% from last year!
This is a true testament to the commitment of the people of Red River College to sustainable commuting options, and to sustainability in general. Thank you to everyone who participated whether you did what you always do, or you tried something new just for the Challenge, we could not have done it without you!
Some highlights from the 2017 Commuter Challenge:
NDC Bike Repair Workshop hosted by RRC Instructor Daniel Enns.
Bike Repair Workshops
Leading up to the Challenge, we organized two bike repair workshops for cyclists of all levels to increase their confidence in performing routine maintenance and simple repairs on the go. 27 people attended with many more interested, prompting a brainstorming session in our office about how to support more people to cycle to and from campus – stay tuned! A big shout out to Daniel Enns, an RRC Instructor who hosted the NDC workshop AND was the catalyst (and volunteer mechanic) for us to host our first-ever Bike to Work Day Pit Stop (see below).
Early Bird Prize
To help encourage registration, we held a prize draw from everyone who registered before May 31st for the Challenge (which was June 5-9). 123 people registered before this date, which represented 60% of total registrations. Congratulations to our winner Michelle Lodewyks who won a bike lock, an “I “heart” Sustainability” reusable water bottle, and a universal cup holster.
Display on our Transportation Plan at the 2017 Commuter Challenge launch.
We were thrilled to host Green Action Centre for the official launch for the 2017 Commuter Challenge in Bijou Park beside the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute on June 1. The event was emceed by CBC’s Trevor Dineen and guests included The Honourable Cathy Cox, Minister of Sustainable Development; Councillor Brian Mayes, City of Winnipeg; and Paul Vogt, President of Red River College. This event also coincided with the launch of our Transportation Plan which we were able to showcase at the event.
Having fun at one of our Commuter Welcome Stations.
Speaking with many of our commuters that week, whether at one of our commuter welcome stations or over email was a major highlight of this event. We heard many stories that inspired us and great ideas and questions that intrigued us. Some of you gave a new commute mode a try for the first time that week, and some just kept doing what you always do, and all of you inspired us. A few big shout outs:
To the people who shared their sustainable commuting stories (part 1 and part 2) to help motivate and inspire others (we would like to make this an ongoing feature, so if you would like to share your own commuting story, contact us): Patrick Griffith, Matthew Ferber, Lisa Case, Cassidy Dzama, Matthew Brett, Chris Harrington, and Debbie Donato
To the top commuters for the week in each of the categories below:
Bike: Greg Krenz (300KM); Mike Poitras (297KM); Daniel Enns (230KM)
Carpool: Danny Hutchinson (733KM); Sherrie Cooke (699KM); Heather Mauthe (500KM)
Transit: Joseph Noval (264KM); Tara Luchuck (240KM); Mariam Merasty (200km)
Bike to Work Day – The Commuter Challenge Epilogue
A couple of weeks after the Commuter Challenge was Bike Week – a week-long celebration of cycling in all forms for all reasons. The last day of this week (Friday, June 23) was Bike to Work Day where pit stops were set up all across the City with bike repair, treats, and prizes for commuters cycling to work. Thanks to the initiative of Daniel Enns, RRC hosted it’s first-ever pit stop for Bike to Work Day. With the help of many volunteers (listed below), we welcomed about 115 cyclists to our stop located at the north side of the Omand’s Creek footbridge with fresh cinnamon buns and other treats, coffee, water, music, repairs and maintenance and a prize draw courtesy of the Campus Store.
Thank you to the following volunteers for making the Pit Stop a great success: Daniel Enns, Todd Buchanan, Jody Gillis, Jim Voth, Tyler Steiner, Patrick Griffith, Leslie Ternowetsky (bike valet to the stars).
Check out the gallery below for photos from our Bike to Work Day Pit Stop:
It is Bike Week – a week to celebrate all cycling in Winnipeg no matter how or why you ride. To cap it off, everyone is encouraged to ride to work on Friday for Bike to Work Day.
Pit Stops will be set up around the City to offer repairs, treats and activities to cyclists on their way to work. For the first time, Red River College is participating in Bike to Work Day by hosting a Pit Stop and offering escorted group bike rides to campus.
RRC Bike to Work Day Pit Stop – 6:30-9AM
Join us on the northside of the Omand’s Creek Footbridge (see map) on your way to cycling to work. Come by on your way to work to fuel up and join in the fun.
Coffee, water and breakfast treats
Tools and expertise to help with minor on-the-go repairs and maintenance
Whether you are a novice cyclist who would like to ride with experienced riders or you just want to join a group ride, we have recruited some of the College’s veteran commuters to lead group rides to campus. Below is a list of group rides you can join on Friday morning. If you would like to participate in one, please register so we have an idea of how many people to expect. These rides will go at a comfortable pace to accommodate less-experienced cyclists.
Group Ride: RRC Bike to Work Day Pit Stop to NDC
Experienced cyclists will be leading group rides from the RRC Pit Stop to NDC at the following times (travel time is expected to be about 25 minutes).
They’re back! And there are more!! Due to the overwhelming success of last year’s partnership with Beeproject Apiaries, we’re pleased to announce that our honeybee friends are once again spending their summer working away on Red River College rooftops. Just like last year, three hives have been installed on the 4th floor patio at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (PGI). We’ve also added three hives on the roof of Building A at the Notre Dame Campus.
Honeybees are vital to food production and are a fantastic way to engage around sustainability issues that happen ‘in our own backyards’. We have an exciting summer planned to give students, staff and faculty an opportunity to learn more about the amazing world of honeybees… and to enjoy some delicious honey, of course! Here’s how you can get involved:
Visit the hives – A hive visit at the Notre Dame Campus will be scheduled for late June. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. (Check out one of last year’s hive visits here.)
Bijou Urban Honey.
Help name our NDC honey – Our PGI honey is named “Bijou” after the park just south of PGI where many of our rooftop honeybees foraged for nectar, but also because the honey is like a jewel – elegant and delicate. Our NDC honey, however, is currently nameless. In the coming weeks we’ll be holding a contest to find the honey name that best represents our geography, culture, and identity. Rebel Honey? Brookside Delight? We want your ideas!
Participate in a honey extraction workshop – Held at both campuses in late August, take part in the simplicity and beauty of the honey extraction process.
Purchase our honey at the RRC Farmers Market in September – Last year’s honey sold out in 40 minutes. Doubling our hives means doubling our honey yield, so we promise there will be more to go around this season.
To ensure you don’t miss a beat on any of the updates we’ve got coming down the pipe, we encourage you to follow the Sustainability Office on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
We hope you’re buzzing with excitement like we are!
The Commuter Challenge is winding down but our commitment to helping you green your commute is ongoing. Whether you participated in the Commuter Challenge or not this year (you can still register until Friday, June 16) we are here to continue to support and inspire you to choose sustainable transportation whenever possible. One way we can do this is by sharing the stories of your fellow RRC colleagues who are a wealth of experience and inspiration and happy to share it! Below is part 2 of our RRC Commuter Profiles to help get you inspired – click here for Part 1.
If you would like to share your own sustainable commuting experience, please send us a note.
“The Debbie” with her dog.
What is your name? Debbie Donato (aka The Debbie) Which campus do you work out of? Both NDC and EDC How do you typically commute to work?
Carpool (2 people) How far is your commute one way? 3.7 km/4.5 km What do you like about your commute?
With proper attire and planning, it is short enough to walk. What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute? Build it into your routine, instead of looking at it as an option. If sustainable commute = time consuming, pair your commute with another task if possible (like drafting your Cheers for Peers messages J).
What is your name? Chris Harrington Which campus do you work out of? NDC How do you typically commute to work? Bicycle How far is your commute one way? 7.5 km What do you like about your commute?
Fresh air, exercise, minimal environmental impact, inexpensive, great way to start and end the work day
What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute? If you are thinking about bike commuting, talk to someone you know who does and obtain a good safe route. There a lots of good routes available to every corner of the city. There is no need to ride on busy, dangerous streets. Be safe and be visible. Wear a helmet and bright clothing. Use lights when it’s cloudy or dark. Have a bell. Obey the rules of the road. Then, get out there and give it a try. You’ll be amazed at how it will improve your day.
What is your name? Matthew Brett Which campus do you work out of? NDC and the new ACE Project Space on McDermot. How do you typically commute to work?
I either bus or bike. How far is your commute one way?
My bike ride to NDC varies between 8 and 9.5km depending on the route and takes just over 30 minutes at a leisurely pace. What do you like about your commute?
Biking to work is a really pleasant way to start and finish the day, and I like that I’m contributing in a small and visible way to changing our transit infrastructure in the city. What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute? Get an Eco-Pass and take the bus instead of driving if your life permits. You save lots of money and don’t have the stress of driving in traffic.
For cyclists, I’d have a few tips: First, have a cycling buddy or two. Biking is best when shared. I bike to and from work with a friend who works close to the College. Having someone to bike with is a lot like having a gym buddy. It helps insure that you’ll bike to work rather than bussing or driving. I feel safer on the road when there’s two of us. It also just makes the ride more pleasant because you have someone to share the ride with.
Second, have a pannier to store your schoolbag and work materials instead of having them on your back. This prevents having a sweaty back and makes the ride much more comfortable. I have two waterproof 20L Blackburn panniers (pictured).
Third, wear layers. Having a pannier allows you to wear layers and store them easily. Weather can be unpredictable in Winnipeg, so being able to easily put on, take off and store gloves or a windbreaker is a great help.
Fourth, have a small repair kit in your pannier at all times. I have a kit that fits in my hand, and it includes a tire pump, spare tires, tire patches, a simple wrench, glue and other basic repair essentials. Having a simple repair kit like this for city-cycling can save you from a frustrating walk.
Finally, have charged bike lights in your pannier at all times. I always have charged bike lights at my disposal, and they come in handy on evenings where you end up at work late or during those early spring and late fall evenings. I don’t always wear bright clothing but the lights certainly make me feel safer on the road, and they only cost a few bucks.
Whether you walk, bike, drive, bus, or even scooter, commuting to campus is something thousands of Red River College staff, faculty and students do every day. For this reason we’re excited to launch the first phase of Red River College’s Transportation Plan. This is the first time the College has taken an integrated and long-range approach to how transportation programs and services are delivered.
The Transportation Plan, Phase 1 is rooted in the College’s strategic goal of Fostering Sustainable Growthas the plan addresses the social, economic and the environmental pillars of sustainability.
Transportation emissions account for approximately 30% of Manitoba’s greenhouse gas emissions. As an institution committed to sustainability, we take our responsibility to reduce our environmental impacts seriously. The plan contains a variety of actions to promote alternative transportation commute modes and to create more flexibility in commuting decisions. Some actions include:
Installing bike lockers at the Notre Dame Campus to give students and staff a weather-protected and secure place to park their bikes;
Adding air and repair stations at our two main campuses for students, staff and the broader community to conduct basic bike maintenance;
Introducing flexible parking options for staff;
Promoting carpool matches and active transportation “buddies” through the soon-to-be unveiled GoManitoba.
Feedback from students and staff has been instrumental in shaping this plan. We’re engaging the college community as we roll out Phase 1 and will continue to seek student and staff input as we shape future transportation initiatives. We want to hear from you!
Staff are invited to attend a lunch and learn (or watch online) on Thursday, June 8th from 12pm – 1pm in eTV Studio, NDC to learn more about this exciting initiative.
Happy travels. 🙂
The Transportation Plan is collaborative initiative of Parking Services, Ancillary Services and the Sustainability Office.
The Commuter Challenge is around the corner, and we thought some of you might be looking for inspiration to take the leap and try a more sustainable commute, like cycling! Well, look no further than your fellow RRC colleagues who are a wealth of experience and inspiration and happy to share it! Below are some RRC Commuter Profiles to help get you inspired.
Part 2 can be found here. If you would like to share your own sustainable commuting experience, please send us a note.
What is your name? Cassidy Dzama Which campus do you work out of? Notre Dame Campus How do you typically commute to work? Bike How far is your commute one way? 5km What do you like about your commute?
Exercise, scenery, fresh air, freedom. What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute?
It’s not just commuting to work like you would in a vehicle. You have to pack a bag with work clothes and a tool kit (spare tube, patch kit etc.). Wear slightly less clothing than you would if you were walking outside as you build up heat pretty fast. Start with a few commutes a week, and build up from it. Scout new ways to get to work and plan it out. I use Strava (mobile app) to keep track of my commutes. Find out which routes are faster. Buy some good road tires if you feel biking is something for you. Bike lights are a must for spring and fall as it gets hard to be seen during those times. Don’t let the poor conditions stop you is probably the most important tip. You rarely get the tail wind that pushes you to your destination, always plan to bike against it!
What is your name? Lisa Case Which campus do you work out of? Exchange District Campus How do you typically commute to work? I cycle to work. I have a city commuter bike (with fenders) for spring/summer/fall and a fatbike for commuting in the winter. On days when it is not feasible to cycle, I walk. How far is your commute one way? 2.5km What do you like about your commute?
Most of it is on a bike route and dedicated walking/cycling path and I get to cycle through the Forks on my way to work. I love riding along the river in the morning and just enjoy nature. I will go out of my way to stay on bike paths because it’s more quiet
Lisa Case cycling in winter
and safe out of traffic. In winter I love being able to cycle to work along the Red River Mutual Trail on the river. What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute? I would tell people to start slow. If you don’t have a bike, borrow or rent one to see if you’ll like it. Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need the first few times so you’ll enjoy the experience and not feel rushed and stressed when you get to work. You don’t need expensive gear/clothes to ride to work, just a good waterproof backpack (or pick up an inexpensive back pack rain cover from your local bike shop or MEC) in which you can pack your work clothes if you like. Many people I see just wear their regular work clothes while cycling. Because I was cycling to work year round we actually sold our second car as it was rarely being driven. My husband and I have never looked back. We do have to coordinate on days where I have an appointment that is just not convenient to cycle to, but my husband also cycle commutes three days a week so we make it work. If you really want to make it work you will find a way.
What is your name? Matthew Ferber Which campus do you work out of? Notre Dame Campus How do you typically commute to work? Bike year round. Occasionally drive How far is your commute one way? 6km What do you like about your commute?
Cycling keeps me active and surprisingly takes the exact same amount of time to get to work while me saving money. Cycling keeps me gloriously warm in the winter; no sitting still in a cold car or waiting for a bus that’s painfully late. What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute?
Wear a helmet if you cycle. Period. You probably don’t wear a seatbelt because you’re worried about your own skill as a driver.
I accidently got in shape by being too poor to afford a car and getting on a bike. Getting this incidental exercise also greatly helps me with my mood.
Cyclists are allowed on the road. Treat vehicles with respect while commanding your portion of the road and you’ll be treated with respect in turn.
I find vehicles are passing more closely than the 1 meter they’re supposed to I’m probably biking too close to the curb. Own your portion of the road while being respectful.
What is your name? Patrick Griffith Which campus do you work out of? Notre Dame How do you typically commute to work?
By bike as soon as the weather allows! How far is your commute one way? 14 KM What do you like about your commute?
Access to quiet streets and bike paths most of the way to the College. It’s a great way to de-stress after a busy day. What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute? Find someone who regularly commutes and get some tips. Things like good routes, what to wear, how to manage baggage. Besides that, it’s always good to know how to fix a flat (it’s not hard…)
Time to dust off the old bike, lace up those walking shoes, or download all of S Town for bus binge listening and join 20,000 people across Canada taking on the Commuter Challenge. For one week in June, reduce your carbon footprint and walk, run, cycle, bus, carpool, and telecommute.
The Commuter Challenge is also a friendly competition, and it is a point of pride that Red River College has won GOLD in our workplace category for the last two years – let’s make it three!
RRC accepting the Commuter Challenge Award in 2016.
Early Bird Prize: RRC employees who register for the Commuter Challenge by May 31 will be entered to win a prize.
RRC Commuter Challenge Events
The Sustainability Office wants to help you take on this challenge and keep you motivated to succeed. Here are some we’re doing that:
Commuter Welcome Stations
We will be welcoming our sustainable commuters to work in the morning with free treats and infused water to help you start your day. Stations will be set up to help you register for the Commuter Challenge and log your commute.
Tuesday, June 5 | Roblin Atrium | 7:30-9AM Wednesday, June 6 | NDC Bus Loop | 7:30–9AM **NEW DATE**
Custom Bike Raffle
Win a gift certificate from Natural Cycle and upgrade your existing bike or get a new custom bike.
Tickets are 1 for $2, or 3 for $5 and can be purchased at any of the above events, or at the Sustainability Office (NDC, C519).
Tickets will be on sale Monday, May 29 until noon Friday, June 23.The winning ticket will be announced in All Staff News the week of June 26, 2017.
Please note: the value of the prize will depend on the number of tickets purchased.
Sustainable Transportation Resources
Red River College offers a 60% subsidized monthly bus pass for staff at the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses. Find out more here.
Free Weekday Bus Pass for 5 Downtown Commuters Green Action Centre & The Downtown Biz are teaming up during Commuter Challenge on the #Busisbetter campaign to get even more people taking public transit during the week. They are offering five weekday transit passes for RRC employees who work at one of the downtown campuses and who normally drive to work.
All you need to do is register for the Commuter Challenge, agree to take the bus for that week, and complete a survey about your transit experience. The first five eligible people who contact Whitney Crooks will receive a free transit pass!
Bike racks at NDC
Bike racks are located around campus for your convenience. Downtown staff can park their bikes with peace of mind in our secure bike lock up inside the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute. Register for the bike program in the Campus Living Office (Room 106, Massey Building) between 8:30 – 4:30.
A big congratulations goes out to Nora Sobel and Bradley West who accepted the inaugural Sustainability Leadership Award at Red River College’s RED Forum last week.
This award was created to shine a spotlight on the great sustainability work being done by faculty and staff throughout the College. Being recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 7 consecutive years doesn’t happen without dedication, innovation and commitment from our entire College community. The Sustainability Leadership Award is one way we’re recognizing staff and faculty who are putting sustainability at the forefront of their work.
Nora and Bradley accepting the Sustainability Leadership Award from RRC President Paul Vogt
Nora and Bradley from the Diversity and Intercultural Services department received this award for developing an online course to raise awareness about gender and sexual diversity issues among Red River College students, staff and faculty. Read More →