The Welland Campus, on Thursday August 22nd 2013, was filled with different activities for new employees of Niagara College to participate in. After a warm morning welcome, the employees embarked on a scavenger hunt searching for clues and information about different departments and internal organizations on campus. Finally, in the afternoon, everyone participated in a Knowledge Circuit, where a question and answer session was held.
The Sustainability Committee was asked to participate in this activity this year, by hosting a spot along the scavenger hunt, as well as a table in the Knowledge Circuit. While on the scavenger hunt, new employees had to find out the answer to the following question: How many themes will be running during the Sustainability Themed Year? They were also asked to remember three of them, and report back at the end of the hunt. (The answer: eight – water, energy, biodiversity, food, globalization, earth, carbon emissions and waste).
During the Knowledge Circuit, Sustainability Coordinator, Taryn Wilkinson and Sustainability Engagement Assistant, Gina Pannunzio, were able to sit down with all of the new employees in small groups and discuss some of the initiatives taking place on campus. Participation in the session was very high, and a lot of interest and insight was brought forward from the employees.
Some of the topics of discussion included: the development of the Sustainability Committee, some of the major initiatives on campus, the Sustainability Themed Year and how to become involved during the new school year.
The Sustainability Committee looks forward to meeting all of the employees this year on campus, and finding interesting and engaging ways to have everyone participate on campus!