Shifting to a greener future
Camosun is its peopleâ€”students, faculty and staffâ€”and while we all want to do the right thing for the environment, it can be complicated because Camosun is also a small city! We have 38 buildings with 800,000 square feet of work/study space spread over 120 acres. We have 2,300 parking spaces, 85,000 light bulbs, 2,400 rooms, 12,000 students, 1,000 staff and faculty, countless deer, ducks, frogs, two child care centresâ€¦
Making wise choices about our how we effect the environment isnâ€™t always easy. Sometimes it costs more, or means a significant change in the way we do things. Sometimes it isnâ€™t even clear what the wisest choice is.
Sustainability, Camosun and You!
Building an Environmental Sustainability Plan for Camosun College
Camosun is developing a vision and action plan to support environmental sustainability for the college. Â There are a variety of options for the direction of this plan â€“ from boardroom, to classroom, to career to life.Â Thanks to everyone who responded to the survey â€“ nearly 1,000 responses!Â Over the next few months, we will be continuing to refine this feedback through interviews and workshops.Â Our target is to have a draft environmental sustainability plan in place by fall or winter 2013.
For more information please contact
Manager, Office of Environmental Sustainability
Tel: (250) 370.3873 Â
Monday April 22 is Earth Day, do something nice for your Earth!
April 22 is Earth Day and the annual event is being celebrated worldwide. In fact Earth Day is becoming so popular, that the entire month of April is being referred to as Earth Month.
This year, more than 6 million Canadians are expected to join 500 million people across 180 countries in staging events and tackling projects, to address local environmental issues.
Want to find out how you can get involved? Earth Day Canada, a non-profit organization, offers a variety of resources to help you make the most of Earth Day. Whether you plan on hosting your own event, organizing an action team or simply want to know what is going on in your area, check out earthdaycanada.ca to learn more.
Develop valuable skills while helping the community
Youth Sustainability Leadership Training
The Co-operators and The Natural Step Canada are partnering to offer the IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training in Vancouver (with applicants welcome from Victoria, the Lower Mainland, and surrounding regions). Participants will deepen their sustainability understanding, enhance their confidence as leaders, and be empowered to develop meaningful sustainability projects in the community.
The program is anchored by a 2-day in-person workshop taking place April 26-27, 2013. Following the training, each participant is expected to develop and implement a local sustainability project that will help transform and better their community (or take on a leadership role to advance an existing opportunity). Participants receive top-notch training, project development tools, as well as mentorship for 4 months following the workshop to ensure their community projects have the highest chance of success. Participants will also have exclusive access to apply for project seed funding from The Co-operatorsâ€™ IMPACT! Fund.
The highly-subsidized participant cost is only a $50 commitment fee, and entrance fee bursaries are available based on need. To ensure a quality learning environment, participation is limited and the deadline for applications is April 7, 2013.
For more information and to apply click here
This Saturday is Earth Hour
On Saturday, March 23 from 8:30pm- 9:30pm the World Wildlife Foundation wants you to turn off your lights to support the largest grassroots environmental event in history- Earth Hour. By powering-down you will be joining millions of participants, in 152 different countries and territories, to support urgent action on climate change.Â To learn more and find out about other ways you can show your concern for the environment visit earthhour.org
Camosun staff- To show you concern within the workplace and help Camosun become more energy efficient take the Camosun Energy Pledge to:
- Turn off monitors when not in use
- Shut down computers at the end of the day, weekends and holidays
- Turn of lights when not in use- even if it is only for 15 minute
You are the voice of change.Â Be heard.
Currently the College is in the process of developing a long-term vision, shared goals and a three-year action plan to support Environmental Sustainability.Â For now, weâ€™re calling it Our Forward Thinking Environmental Plan.Â On March 18, Camosun College will be engaging with students and staff to find out whatâ€™s important to our community.
Share your ideas and opinions, big, small or off the wall about where you think we should be going. On Sustainability Day find our tent andÂ tell us what matters to you most.
Can't make it to the event? Online Survey coming soon.
Host: Camosun Students for Environmental Awareness (CSEA) and the Camosun Student Society (CCSS)
When: Monday, March 18th from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Camosun College Lansdowne Campus - Fisher Courtyard, 3100 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria, BC
What: Sustainability Day will be a unique opportunity for students interested in sustainability to network with fellow like-minded students, not-for-profits and community groups. Through engaging activities and informative displays, students will be provided with new tools to tackle complex issues such as climate change, food security, transportation, waste management, alternative energy, biodiversity and sustainable resource management.
How Does Camosun Help the Province Achieve its Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Policy?
In 2010, British Columbia became the first major jurisdiction in North America to achieve carbon neutral operations. This means that BCs entire public sector including schools, post-secondary institutions, government offices, Crown corporations and hospitals have all achieved net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (meaning they did not emit any greenhouse gases into the environment on a net basis).
Green growing practices â€“ Seeding sustainability through child care
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Environmental Sustainability Council
In late 2010, the college administration put out the call to interested students, staff and faculty, asking them to be part of a cross-campus green group. Thus was born the Environmental Sustainability Council, an open forum for the discussion of college-wide environmental initiatives, the goal of which is to improve and extend environmental practices at the college. Environmental Sustainability Council...
Last updated: April 30, 2013 10:52 am