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RRC’s Fourth Annual Farmers’ Market – See you there!

September 6, 2019

Women selling jarred preserves to market goers

Jaya’s Preserves is back for their second market

The leaves are changing, sweater weather is back and it’s time to mark your calendars for our annual RRC Farmers’ Market!

On Friday, September 20th, the Library Hallway will be full of local vendors offering jewelry, candles, art, personal care products, sweet treats, produce and everything you need to usher in fall. And don’t forget to pick up your jars of our very own 2019 RRC Creekside honey. The Market is open to all RRC staff, faculty, students and the public.

When: Friday, September 20th – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Library Hallway – Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Avenue)

We have a great line up of new and returning vendors, check for your favourite or a new one you want to try below. Vendors are added as they register, so keep checking back to see who’s coming!

Art Soap Life – Natural and locally sourced handmade soaps and small batch skin care products that are safe for the environment and all ages.

Melanie de Tremaudan Art – This original artwork is made with vibrant alcohol inks using upcycled ceramic tiles and frames, and reclaimed barn wood.

Women selling vegetables and fresh produce

Lauries Vegetables & Preserves bringing fresh produce, preserves and home baking

Dang Good Tea – Bring home a jar of honey turmeric tea mix to warm you up wherever you are!

Prairie Quinoa – Engineer turned farmer Percy Philips grows amber quinoa and hemp seed on his farm near Portage la Prairie. We were so impressed, we use it here in our RRC cafeterias!

Pod4design – Warm up and soothe tired muscles with these naturally made therapy bags.

Jaya’s Preserves – A one-stop charcuterie shop! This mother daughter duo’s specialties include spicy carrot pickle, lemon pickle, and unique jams & jellies, .

Lotus Moon Jewels – Handcrafted jewelry made with genuine, natural gemstones. Each type of gemstone exhibits different metaphysical and healing properties.

Kookie Construct – Satisfy your sweet tooth with one (or more!) of these beautifully made and decorated sugar cookies.

Blissful Minds – After a long week, pamper yourself with bath bombs, soaps, scrubs and so much more!

Sunset Gourmet Food Company – Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Check out these home-style soups seasonings sauces and dips.

Assiniboine Community College Baking Program – Chef Barbara O’Hara and her students are back at it. Prepare for a variety

ACC bakery will be back with all your favourite treats

of goodies (think jams, pumpkin pies and granola!) made as fresh as it can get, right here using ingredients grown in their own on-site garden, by the ACC baking students.

RRC Sustainability Office – Take a little piece of RRC home with you. The bees have been working hard on our rooftop all summer, and now is your first chance to buy our 2019 Creekside honey!

Welcome Back: Your Green Guide 2019

August 29, 2019

September is an exciting time at the College with new classes, new faces, and new goals.

Our Sustainability Office is also in a period of change and new beginnings. We are happy to welcome a brandnew team member (blog post coming soon) and also have a big announcement that we are really excited for so stay tuned for that in the first few weeks of September.

Whether you’re new to the College or returning, here’s your “Intro to Sustainability” for keeping it green on campus this semester.


Our team will have a booth at the Notre Dame Campus SA Block party on September 4, and one at the EDC campus on September 5. Come by to play games for prizes, meet the sustainability crew, and make a smoothie with our bike blender! Also, mark your calendars for September 20 for the 4thannual Fall Farmers Market at NDC, where local goods will be a-plenty.

Waste and Recycling

A compost, recycling and garbage bin with a Pitch In sign above that shows students in pictures what goes in which bin.You may have noticed there are no garbage or recycling bins in classrooms on campus. This is because we want you to Hall It! The Hall It! program gets students to use the trio bins in the hallways because it keeps classrooms cleaner, means staff can worry less about maintaining classroom garbage, and the hallway bins have helpful signage making it easier for you to put waste in the correct stream.


There are many benefits to commuting sustainably, from reducing emissions to saving money – operating a car costs on average $8,000 a year! All information on bike racks, bike lockers, our carpool network, and discounted bus passes can be found at


Ditch the plastic water bottles this year and fill your reusable water bottle at one of our water bottle filling stations around campus.

A water bottle being filled at a water bottle filling station.


Fun fact: the compost pile on our main campus gets around 300 pounds of fresh produce and coffee grounds a day. Our compost program is pretty important!

At Notre Dame, pre-consumer organic waste is collected at kitchens and composted on-site by our Grounds crew. The finished compost is used as fertilizer. At PGI, pre-consumer organic waste is collected from kitchens and culinary labs. Post-consumer organic waste is also collected, so if you don’t finish your lunch, you can compost it. After it is collected, it is composted at a commercial composting facility.

Food Services

Chances are you will be purchasing something to eat or drink on campus occasionally. Fear not! You don’t have to sacrifice your sustainable ways to do this! Food Services sources 28% of their food locally, and there are several Fair Trade options available including coffee, tea, and chocolate. And don’t forget your reusable mug when you go to fill up on coffee – prevent a disposable coffee cup going to the landfill and save yourself 10 cents!

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The Bees Are Back!

July 3, 2019

We’ve partnered with Beeproject Apiaries for 4 years and we are excited to bring the fascinating world of honeybees, not the mention the delicious honey, back to Red River College*.

Meet the Bees!

Our busy, little buddies have settled nicely onto the rooftop of Building A at the Notre Dame Campus and we invite all students and staff to meet them at their summer residence. Space is limited so be sure to sign up.

Date: Wednesday, July 10th
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Building A Rooftop – meeting details to follow

Register here

Aren’t able to Meet the Bees? Not to worry. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the Honey Extraction Workshop later this Summer!

Where do the Bees Come From?

RRC’s bees are European Honeybees. Honeybees aren’t native to North America, but have become vital to our ecosystem today. Similar to other pollinators such as wasps, butterflies and moths, when European Honeybees pollinate, they bring grains of pollen from one plant to another. This increases crop yields for plants that can’t self-pollinate or rely on wind to pollinate. Crops found around the Notre Dame Campus such as canola, barley and buckwheat benefit greatly from this process.

NDC Pollinator Garden

Because we feel that pollination so important, under the leadership of our Grounds Department, we’ve been working on a Pollinator Garden for all the pollinators. Having started the project in Spring of 2018 and completed it in Spring of 2019, we think the progress is pretty cool to look back on:

The Pollinator Garden is located along the walking path on the South-East grounds of the Notre Dame Campus. The more diverse the garden, the more pollinators it can support! Here are a couple fun facts about some of the flowers you’ll see (from left to right):

Harebell Flower | Campanula Rotundifolia: Producing bell-shaped flowers that bloom singly or in small clusters, this bluebell can be found in meadows, grasslands, rocky slopes, crevices, alpine areas and sandy shores.

Black-Eyed Susan | Rudbeckia Hirta: ‘Hirta’ means hairy, referencing the short bristles that cover the leaves and stems. Growing up to 3’ tall on stiff, upright, leafy stems, this flower attracts butterflies and birds the whole way up.

Giant Hyssop | Agastache Foeniculum: Not only is this flower a favourite with bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, its seeds attract goldfinches! You’ll want to put your nose up to this one to see if you can smell the faint fragrance of anise.

*In case you’re wondering, we couldn’t install hives on our PGI rooftop this summer because of construction.

Are You Ready For Bike Week?

June 11, 2019

Bike Week Winnipeg starts Monday, June 17th and goes all week in celebration of riding bikes, in Winnipeg! To kick off a full week of events, The Sustainability Office is excited to be back at Omand’s Creek during Bike to Work Day for the 3rd year in a row! Pit Stops will be set up around the City to offer repairs, treats and activities to cyclists on their way to work.

Mark your calendars and test your brakes because these events are coming in fast!

Bike to Work Day Pit Stop

Date: Monday, June 17
Time: 6:30am – 9:00 am
Location: North side of Omand’s Creek Walking Bridge

About: Join us on the northside of the Omand’s Creek Footbridge (see map) while you cycle your way to work. Stop by, fuel up and join the fun. Want to visit more than one? Check out the full map of pit stops here.

  • Coffee, water, fruit and tasty baked treats
  • Tools and expertise to help with minor on-the-go repairs, maintenance and questions
  • Music and mingling
  • Prize draw
  • Swag and giveaways

The A-B-C’s of Cycling

Date: Tuesday, June 18
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: D-E-F Courtyard (change of location weather permitting) Read More →

Print Release – One Year In

June 10, 2019

Person swiping their staff card to log into a printer

Staff must authenticate at the device to release their print job

In May 2018, the Print Optimization Working Group (POWG) implemented the Print Release feature on College Xerox devices – aka “Swipe to Release”. This feature required all staff to login at the device to release their print jobs after sending them to the print queue. There were two main reasons for the implementation of this feature:

1. Security: Releasing your print job at the device means no more “print and sprint” to make sure you get to the printer to retrieve confidential documents as soon as they come out of the printer. This feature helps to ensure that printed documents, especially those with confidential information, are not inadvertently seen or retrieved by other parties.

2. Paper Reduction: Without Print Release, an estimated 10% – 15% of all printed paper is never collected. By releasing your print job at the device you can cancel unnecessary print jobs, saving paper and reducing printing costs. If you’ve ever tried to frantically cancel a print job already underway, you know the value of having that second opportunity to make sure you’re printing what you really need.

It has been just over a year since Print Release was implemented and after some number-crunching, we have some interesting results to share. Below are some of the impacts of College-wide unreleased print jobs – jobs that were either cancelled by the user or were never printed because they timed out – on Xerox devices for the period of June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019:

Graph showing the cumulative sheets of paper saved College-wide from unreleased print jobs from by month June 2018 to May 2019. The number for sheets of paper saved over the year is 188,103.

Unreleased Print Jobs: 31,098
Sheets of Paper Saved: 188,103
CO2 Emissions Avoided: 5,981.7kg
Printing Costs Saved: $19,168.83

If you stacked up the 188,103 sheets of paper saved from unreleased print jobs, it would be as tall as the tower at The Forks Market!

Here are some more fun facts about Print Release and printing at the College: Read More →

Commuter Challenge 2019

May 30, 2019

We already have 172 commuters signed up for Commuter Challenge 2019! Last year we had a total of 175, and we want to beat it! all you have to do is sign up here, use sustainable transportation for the week (and beyond), and log your commutes from June 2nd-June 8th!

What is it?

Commuter Challenge is a national event that brings attention to the significance of transportation emissions on our environment, and highlights the physical and mental benefits of active transportation. This challenge gives you the opportunity to try something new, reduce your personal carbon footprint, get some physical activity, fresh air, and save money! In addition, there are a ton of great prizes waiting to be won. To celebrate, we are hosting some events next week that you wont want to miss:

Transportation Welcome Table

We will be welcoming all our NDC sustainable commuters with cinnamon buns, fresh fruit and coffee! Sign-up for Commuter Challenge will also be available here.

Tuesday, June 4 | 7:30am – 9:30 am | NDC Bus Loop

Transportation Welcome Table

We will be welcoming all our EDC sustainable commuters with cinnamon buns, fresh fruit and coffee! Sign-up for Commuter Challenge will also be available here.

Wednesday, June 5 | 7:30am – 9:30 am | Roblin Centre Atrium

Bike Tire Repair 101

Want to learn how to fix a flat tire roadside? Join our session hosted by Daniel Enns to learn how! Sign up to secure your spot here.

Thursday, June 6 | 12pm – 1pm | D-E-F Courtyard (change of location weather permitting)

How do i do it?

Here at Red River College, we have been working hard to ensure that you have all the tools you need to arrive sustainably. To make sustainable transportation as easy as can be, we compiled a small list of phone and desktop apps to help you plan your trip with ease: Read More →

Academic Offices – Join the Summer Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge!

May 28, 2019

Photos with four people holding travel mugs and the Seasonal Shutdown poster

Portage Campus was one of the winners in the 2018 Winter Seasonal Shutdown

Summer is finally on it’s way! You may be getting amped-up for beach days and drinks on the patio, but before you go into out-of-office mode let’s make sure the College’s electronic equipment and appliances are getting a much needed energy break.

In our 2018 Plug Load Inventory, we learned that there are many academic offices that are vacant over the summer months. That’s a lot of potential for unnecessary energy consumption, either through leaving items and lights on, or through standby (phantom) power that many electronic items draw even when turned off. But you can help! By participating in the Summer Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge your actions can help to achieve energy savings. Plus… by participating you could win a catered coffee break for your office. Simply complete the checklist by June 30, 2019, perform the actions before you leave and you will be entered in the prize draw.

Please note: at this time, the Summer Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge is only open to academic offices. If you are in an administrative office that will be closed for some time over the summer, you can save energy too – use this handy checklist to help plan your own shutdown.

Shutting down for the holidays is as easy as 1-2-3:

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Click here to complete the checklist and be entered to win1. DISPOSE OF PERISHABLES

Remove perishables and clean fridges

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Where it is safe and possible to do so. Please leave printers ON, they’ll go into energy saving mode on their own.

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Earth Week: State of Sustainability

April 15, 2019

Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day!

Earth Day is a worldwide event to celebrate and show appreciation for our planet, and demonstrate support for a sustainable tomorrow. Since it’s the only Earth we’ve got, let’s celebrate for more than just one day. The Sustainability Office is pleased to host our 9th annual State of Sustainability, and have a great line-up of free and fascinating events, running April 23 – May 9th!

Check out our RRC Earth Day events, and keep an eye out for more details.

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Power Down for Earth Hour and Win!

March 18, 2019

Someone turning off their office lights

Power down at work and home for Earth Hour.

Take part in Earth Hour 2019 and help us in shine a light on climate change.  Take the pledge and join millions of people around the world in powering down lights and electronics for one hour on Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 – 9:30PM local time.

Power Down at the College

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.

Pledge to Power Down at Home (and Win)

Earth Hour pledge shaped like a lightbulb. It says "R.S. Do Right Save light"

Take the Earth Hour Pledg

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 take the pledge will be entered to win a Earth Hour Prize pack: Enjoy a candlelit game night with friends or family with a board game, handmade candles and some delicious sustainable snacks.

The pledge form is now closed. Thank you to everyone who pledged!

Participating in Earth Hour is not only a great way to show your support for a global initiative that is working to mitigate climate change, it really highlights how dependent we are on electricity by challenging us to find fun things to do without it! Some ideas of things you can do include:

  • Play board games by candlelight
  • Organize a candlelit (or no light) walk in your neighbourhood
  • Go stargazing
  • Host a sing-a-long with or without acoustic instruments
  • Invite friends for a candlelit potluck

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Join the Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge

December 9, 2018

Fill in the checklist hereThe hustle and bustle of the holidays requires a lot of energy! But while you’re amped-up getting everything done, let’s make sure the College’s electronic equipment and appliances are getting a much needed energy break.

Red River College is closed from December 21 to January 2. During this time the College’s major building systems will run in “Un-Occupied Mode”, which means lower temperatures and, in most cases, minimal ventilation.  This will help reduce our energy consumption, and our environmental footprint. But you can help too! By participating in the Seasonal Shutdown Office Challenge your actions can help to achieve higher energy savings. Plus… by participating you could win a catered coffee break for your office.

Shutting down for the holidays is as easy as 1-2-3:

Red checkmark in a box

Remove perishables and clean fridges by December 20, 2018

Red checkmark in a box

Where it is safe and possible to do so. Please leave printers ON, they’ll go into energy saving mode on their own.

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Read More →