June 28, 2018 • Written by Laura Hnatiuk
The bees are back at RRC!
Welcome back our busy, buzzy little buddies to both NDC and PGI campus rooftops. For the third year in a row, we have partnered with Beeproject Apiaries to install three hives on the 4th floor patio at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute, and for the second year, three hives on the roof of Building A at the Notre Dame Campus.
Bee hives on NDC Building A rooftop
Three hives are once again installed at PGI
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 local food system. Not only that, bees are an essential element to enable and sustain healthy food production.
Did you know, bee’s are the only insect in the world that make food that humans can eat? One out of every three bites of food we eat is a result of pollinators like honey bees, and crops like blueberries and cherries are 90% dependent on pollination.
On your next lunch break, take a walk around the NDC campus and check out our healthy, diverse and beautifully landscaped campus, maintained using only 100% biopesticides!). RRC is busy at work developing a pollinator garden on the NDC grounds to keep these bees and other native pollinators going and our environment flourishing. Stay tuned for updates as the site progresses.
Still not convinced about the benefits of bees? Ask one of the many staff, faculty and students who have had a chance to visit our hives in the past through extraction workshops and scheduled hive visits. Not only is this a neat experience, its a great way to connect with nature, engage with your peers, and learn first hand the importance of choosing local and sustainable products.
Hives at NDC!
Honey Extraction workshop – stay tuned!
But wait, it keeps getting sweeter. We will have jars of our Creekside and Bijou honey for sale at this years Farmer’s Market, college events and food service locations. Be warned, they sell out fast!
Don’t miss the buzz on any updates we’ve got flying from the hive and follow the Sustainability Office on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Stay tuned for more information on extraction workshops and opportunities for hive visits throughout the summer. Curious about what to expect? Check out these past events for details and these FAQs about the bee’s here on campus. Want to dig deeper? See these links for more information on urban keeping, and some fascinating facts about bees that I guarantee you didn’t know.
June 26, 2018 • Written by Laura Hnatiuk
Well, that’s a wrap! We rolled through June full speed, blasting through our many successful Bike Week events, finishing in FIRST PLACE in this years Commuter Challenge, for the fourth year in a row.
That’s right, Red River College received the Commuter Challenge first place award for highest participation in our workplace category (500-999 employees), coming in at a total of 24% of our workplace. Because of your collective efforts to commute 16,914.67 kms sustainably, RRC staff and faculty….
Burned 151,742.26 calories!
Saved 1,192.59 Litres of fuel!
Avoided 2,255.56 kgs of Co2!
We learned that the highest number of RRC employees use transit, followed by cycling. Thank you to all who participated, we hope you continue to reap the environmental, physical, mental and financial benefits that active and sustainable transportation has to offer. Check out the Commuter Challenge results to see how Manitoba did as a whole, and how RRC compares within our City.
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June 20, 2018 • Written by Laura Hnatiuk
As you may know, this week is Bike Week, and what better time to dust off that bike and take it for a ride. So, with a ton of great events going on all week, lets get moving!
Not only is biking a great way to reduce your personal carbon emissions, but it has many other benefits on your physical health and mental wellbeing.
RRC’s Mental Health Coordinator Breanna Sawatzky
Our office sat down with Breanna Sawatzky, the College’s Mental Health Coordinator to discuss sustainable transportation. Her role consists of many important facets such as drop-in counselling as well as training and education. Below Breanna answers some questions about her experience biking to work, and how it can positively affect your mental health.
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June 12, 2018 • Written by Laura Hnatiuk
Start your week with off cinnamon buns and end it with ice cream! Here’s how:
Gear up for Bike Week Winnipeg, held throughout the City June 18 -24 to celebrate just that – people riding bikes! Start Bike Week off right with Bike to Work Day, Monday, June 18, hosting over 70 pit stop locations.
Can’t make it to all 70? We understand. But make sure to stop by RRC’s very own pit stop location being held again for the second year in a row. Check out lasts year’s event and mark your map, as this is a stop you do not want to miss (think cinnamon buns)!
2017 Bike to Work Day Pit-Stop at Omand’s Creek
We will keep the wheel turning and roll into the afternoon with a Cyclist Meet Up to mix and mingle with fellow staff and faculty, cyclists or not, and let us know what YOU would like to see RRC do to enable and promote cycling and sustainable commuting here on campus.
We continue to speed into the week with multiple Ask the Expert Workshops with a chance to try out our new repair stations (yes, that’s what those are).
Finally, we reach the finish line Friday afternoon with an expert led group ride to Sargent Sundae to replenish all those burnt calories.
Sound great? To top it all off, store your bike and gear in our FREE, safe, secure, weather protected bike lockers. See below for full details:
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June 8, 2018 • Written by Kale Kostick
Hi there! My name is Kale Kostick and I am happy to share that I have joined the Red River College Sustainability team as the Resource Reduction Assistant for a six-month term. Through the UNA Canada Green Corps program, I was selected to assist Laura, Whitney, and Sara in their efforts to improve the sustainability of all Red River campuses. Mainly, Whitney, the Resource Reduction Specialist, and myself will be working on an energy planning and implementation framework that prioritizes energy reduction projects on campus and engages both staff and students in more energy efficient operations. In addition, we will be continuing work to reduce the amount of paper on campus through interactive strategies.
My fascination with sustainability evolved from a little bit of nurture and a little bit of nature – pun intended. Growing up in a home that was ever so conscious of purchasing and disposal practices, I inherently adapted these processes into my day to day life. I took this insight around the globe with me as I embarked on many backpacking travels throughout the years. This led me to become increasingly aware of the degradation that the planet faces at a macro scale, and the growing necessity to create more environments that facilitate a sustainable lifestyle.
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April 27, 2018 • Written by Laura Hnatiuk
RRC’s New ReBin
Much of what we do in the Sustainability Office starts with what we hear from staff and students. One recent survey showed that 63% of staff and faculty want to see non-standard recycling options on campus. You spoke. We listened.
After conducting a successful pilot project in 2016, we’re pleased to launch ReBin. Available to all staff and students, the ReBin accepts pens, batteries and plastic bags for recycling and repurposing.
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April 13, 2018 • Written by Laura Hnatiuk
Congratulations to Brady Barron for receiving this year’s BRAVO Award for Sustainability Leadership. This award is a recognition of his dedication, innovation and commitment to sustainability here at RRC.
Figure 1 – Brady monitors the temperature of the compost pile at NDC
Brady has been a valued part of the College community for nearly 10 years, first as a graduate of the Greenspace Management Program (2012) and then as a Groundskeeper at the Notre Dame Campus. Brady’s up at the crack of dawn tending to the College’s grounds and parking lots in rain, sleet and snow. Throughout his work, Brady maintains a keen eye for sustainability, often going above and beyond. Read More →
Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day – a worldwide event to celebrate our planetary home and to show our support for a healthy, sustainable environment. At the RRC Sustainability Office, we think that one day is just not enough to celebrate our Earth, so we’re hosting Earth Week Celebrations April 16-23! Find out the details below.
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On Saturday, March 24 we joined millions of people around the world in powering down lights and non-essential electronics for Earth Hour 2018 from 8:30-9:30 PM.
And we couldn’t have done it without your help! Many of our RRC community helped by ensuring that lights were turned off, computers were shut down, and unnecessary electronics were powered down and unplugged before the weekend. Not only that:
106 RRC staff, faculty and students
pledged to participate in Earth Hour at home!
Earth Hour Prize Pack Winner – Lindsay
Thank you to everyone who participated for continuing to show your support for sustainability and for climate action. And congratulations to Lindsay who won the draw for an Earth Hour prize pack.
One way RRC is taking action to reduce our environmental impact is to engage staff, faculty and students in reducing plug load energy consumption.
Stay tuned for announcements coming soon on how you can learn more about what we are planning and how you can share your ideas for reducing energy consumption at the College.
Join us in shining a light on climate change for Earth Hour 2018. Millions of people around the world will power down their lights and electronics for one hour on Saturday, March 24 from 8:30 – 9:30PM local time.
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 lighting? Powering down lights and electronics when possible can save a lot of money!
Pledge to Power Down and Win
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 year, all staff, students and faculty who pledge will be entered to win a Earth Hour Prize pack: Enjoy a candlelit game night with friends or family with a gift certificate to a A Muse N Games, locally-made candles and some delicious organic snacks.
Earth Hour is done for this year. Thanks to everyone who pledged!
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