Sustainability Committee Invited to Participate in New Employee Orientation

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! 

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and Themed Year Covered in InsideNC

Last week, information regarding several initiatives and events taking place in September were covered in an Inside NC article. The Sustainability Committee is working closely with Marketing and Communications at Niagara College to improve the opportunities to engage with employees and students on campus. Information regarding upcoming events, as well as results from events will be showcased in different Inside NC articles. 

To read last week’s article, follow this link here

Welcome to the New Sustainability Committee Website!

The Sustainability Committee’s website has been updated with more interactive features and information concerning all sustainable initiatives on campus. The committee is excited about the new layout of the site, and encourages everyone to take a look at the features. The site will be updated regularly with news stories, events, volunteer opportunities, new projects and sustainability challenge winners.

Sustainability Engagement Assistant participates in radio interview

Gina Pannunzio, the Sustainability Engagement Assistant of Niagara College participated in a radio interview August 9th 2013, with the University of Windsor’s campus community radio station, CJAM 99.1 FM. Pannunzio is registered as a Site Coordinator for the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup taking place September 21st 2013.

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is about removing shoreline litter to help create healthy waters for everyone, including the wildlife and communities that depend on them. In her interview, she explained the cleanup initiative and why it is important to keep our Canadian waters clean.

If you are interested in listening to the interview clip, follow this link, here.

Sustainability Signs at Niagara College

During the month of August, new sustainability signs will be installed around the Welland Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus showcasing our sustainability projects. The signs will include information about our heating and cooling, wind power, solar power, and geothermal power systems as well as general sustainability on campus.

Come and check out the large wall wrap at the Welland Campus, near the Info Desk in the Applied Health Institute, as a taste for what’s to come!