CiCAN Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability
Niagara College is a signatory of the Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability which was developed by Colleges and Institutes Canada (formerly the Association of Canadian Community Colleges) in 2007. Niagara College is among 57 colleges around Canada to sign on to the protocol as of 2010. The Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability signatories agree to provide leadership to their internal and external communities and to maximize contributions to a sustainable future. Niagara College is committed to undertake the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the protocol and integrate our commitments through the protocol into the culture of sustainability at the college.
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Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI)
Niagara College has proudly partnered with the Niagara Sustainability Initiative, a local not-for-profit organization that is focused on improving environmental and economic performance by engaging the community to reduce carbon emissions, enhance sustainability and improve economic performance. NSI has a mandate that connects government, industry, community and academia to advance the environmental and economic performance in the Niagara Region. NSI is focused on bringing economic strength back to the Niagara Region through greening of local businesses and municipalities. NSI provides an opportunity for local organizations to capitalize on a changing consumer landscape – a consumer landscape that demands environmental responsibility. It is NSI’s goal to help the public and private sectors of the Niagara Region achieve this transformation to contribute to an environmentally and economically sustainable community.
Read more at niagarasustainability.org.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Niagara College proudly joined The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in July, 2011. AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with leadership and essential knowledge resources, opportunities for professional development, and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives.
Read more at www.aashe.org.
Ontario College and University Sustainability Professionals (OCUSP)
Niagara College is a proud member of the Ontario College and University Sustainability Professionals (OCUSP) group to share best practicess and advocate for sustainability within the higher education sector across Ontario. Niagara College’s Sustainability Coordinator, Taryn Wilkinson is the co-chair of OCUSP representing the College sector. Read the InsideNC article here. OCUSP is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting sustainability personnel across post-secondary institutions province-wide.
Walkers Environmental Group
Walker Environmental Group (WEG), a division of Niagara’s Walker Industries, created a carbon neutral building service, intended to provide an alternative to sustainable buildings that is more accessible and practical for small- to medium-sized organizations.
Over the past few years, WEG has conducted a building operations greenhouse gas inventory for the WVEC, as well as the Rankin Technology Centre which has been reviewed and confirmed by Canadian carbon offset provider and registry, Carbonzero. WEG utilized interns from our very own Environmental Management and Assessment post-graduate program to help conduct the greenhouse gas inventory.
Niagara College is registered on the Carbonzero Registry as well as the Canadian Standards Association’s Canadian CleanProjects Registry.
Read more at www.walkerind.com/walker-environmental-group.