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Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle this Waste Reduction Week – and Always!

October 16, 2018

RRC is celebrating Waste Reduction Week from Monday October 22nd to Friday October 26th to engage and raise awareness on how much waste we as individuals create, and the easy changes we can make to reduce this. This is also an opportunity to celebrate the changes we have made, and the impacts both of these can make on the health of our planet environmentally, socially and economically.

Since the 1950’s 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been generated globally. Only 23% of those plastics have been recycled, and it is estimated another 12 billion tonnes of plastic will end up in the landfill by 2050.


About 40% of all waste produced at RRC is diverted from the landfill through reuse, recycling or composting. This is our chance to mindfully take a look at our behaviors, actions and habits and evaluate what we are doing well and what we need to change.

Join in on our events this Waste Reduction Week to learn more about yourself and your consumption habits, and make some easy changes with a BIG impact. RRC offers a variety of waste reduction programs available to all staff, faculty and students, so take a look and make sure you’re using them all!

Here are a list of the events happening:

Get Caught in The Act – Use your Reusables!

Monday, October 22 – Friday October 28th | Mystery | NDC & EDC

Get Caught in the Act reducing your waste by using reusable materials such as reusable cutlery, water bottles, coffee mugs, bags or containers, and WIN! The Sustainability Office will be trolling the NDC and EDC hallways between Monday October 22 and Friday October 26 waiting to catch you using your reusable items and handing out some great prizes. But why wait, start now! #CaughtInTheActMB

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Fair Trade Campus Week 2018

September 20, 2018

Fair Trade Campus Week is right around the corner!  Fair trade is about re-connecting you to the products that you buy, every single day.  From September 24-29, come celebrate the fair trade movement and Fairtrade certified products on Campus!

Stop by our Fair Trade Campus Day event Thursday, September 27th from 11:00 – 1:30 pm in the Library Hallway (NDC). Sample and discover your favorite blend of our new Fairtrade Certified Spirit Bear Coffee and vote to win a free bag of your favorite! What’s coffee without a treat? Chef Barbara O’Hara and her students will be baking up some chocolatey fair trade goodies, you will not want to miss. In addition, Ten thousand Villages will be selling fair trade merchandise alongside our table full of fair trade giveaways and your chance to enter to win a GREAT prize pack.

Not on campus Thursday? You have another way to enter to win… just show us!  It’s this easy:

  1. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
  2. Take a photo demonstrating your Fair Trade commitment
  3. Tag us or send your photo to us on any social media channel (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) using the hashtag #RRCFTCampus

Hint: Fairtrade products can be found in vending machines, food service locations, the Campus Store, and The Ox.  Think chocolate, coffee, and tea!

In case you wanted to learn a bit more about what fair trade is, we added some information below:

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

September 4, 2018

It’s that time again. The leaves are starting to turn, the air is crisp, and pumpkin everything has begun. Fall is quickly approaching, and so is our third annual RRC Farmers’ Market!

On Friday, September 14th, the Library Hallway will be transformed into a festive fall market full of local goodies open to all RRC staff, faculty, students and the public. Not only do we have a great line up of new and returning vendors, but this will be the first chance to purchase our very own 2018 RRC Creekside and Bijou honey.


When: Friday, September 14th – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Where: Library Hallway – Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Avenue)


So, check out the vendors below, start making your lists, hit the ATM and get your re-usable bags ready!

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Fair Trade Campus Week 2017

September 21, 2017

Poster promoting Fair Trade Campus Week Sept 25-29. Poster. Photo of someone holding freshly-picked coffee beansFair Trade Campus Week will be September 25-29 this year. As with years past, we have some fun activities planned.

When you purchase a fairtrade product, you are ensuring that farmers and workers in developing countries that helped bring that product to market are receiving adequate compensation for their hard work, that they have safe working conditions, and that environmental standards were met in its production.

Red River College is proud to be participating in Fair Trade Campus Week. Here’s how you can get involved:

Show How You Support Fair Trade and Win!

Photo of student with their Fair Trade coffee holding a sign that says "I Support a Fair Deal"

Show how you support Fair Trade and be entered to win!

During Fair Trade Campus Week, get caught with a certified fairtrade product on Campus and be entered to win free coffee for a month*! We will be popping up all week at the Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses catching you in the act of supporting Fair Trade and entering you for our prize draw.

Never in the right place at the right time? Don’t worry! You can also share with us how you support Fair Trade on social media and be entered to win. Simply:

  1. Take a photo or video demonstrating your Fair Trade commitment.
  2. Post it on social media using the hashtag #FTCampus
  3. Make sure you tag us (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Fair Trade Fair

Thursday, September 28 | 11AM – 1PM | Library Hallway, Notre Dame Campus

An ACC student holding a tray of Fair Trade baking.

ACC Students will be handing out Fair Trade Banana Rum Biscotti at the Fair Trade Fair.

Our office has partnered with the ACC International Baking Students again to bring you a free Fair Trade treat: Banana Rum Biscotti dipped in chocolate made with fairtrade sugar, bananas (donated by Discovery Organics) and dark chocolate (donated by Camino). See the full list of ingredients here.

And what’s biscotti without coffee or tea? De Luca’s will also be there sampling their fairtrade coffee and we will sampling the fairtrade Numi teas that are now available on campus.

We are also excited to have Ten Thousand Villages selling their beautiful fairtrade products. Start your holiday shopping early, or pick up something for yourself.

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Creators of Gender and Sexual Diversity course win Sustainability Leadership Award

May 19, 2017

A big congratulations goes out to Nora Sobel and Bradley West who accepted the inaugural Sustainability Leadership Award at Red River College’s RED Forum last week.

This award was created to shine a spotlight on the great sustainability work being done by faculty and staff throughout the College. Being recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 7 consecutive years doesn’t happen without dedication, innovation and commitment from our entire College community. The Sustainability Leadership Award is one way we’re recognizing staff and faculty who are putting sustainability at the forefront of their work.

Nora and Bradley accepting the Sustainability Leadership Award from RRC President Paul Vogt

Nora and Bradley from the Diversity and Intercultural Services department received this award for developing an online course to raise awareness about gender and sexual diversity issues among Red River College students, staff and faculty. Read More →

From Plastic Bags to Potatoes: Working Towards Social Sustainability with Winnipeg Harvest

December 5, 2016

Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations to meet their own needs. One of the three pillars of sustainability, social sustainability, reminds us to ensure that through this process everyone’s needs are met. During the holiday season, it’s a good time to reflect on how we are working to meet this end, and consider what else we can do to help.

This year, we have worked on many social sustainability projects and one local organization with whom we are proud to be growing our relationship is Winnipeg Harvest. Below are some of the ways we have connected with Winnipeg Harvest this year to support social sustainability locally.

Drop off baby food, cereal and formula at C519 (NDC) until Dec 23rd at noon for Winnipeg Harvest.

Drop off baby food, cereal and formula at C519 (NDC) until Dec 23rd at noon for Winnipeg Harvest.

In a sustainable society everyone has access to basic needs like food, shelter and clothing. In Winnipeg however, almost 54,000 people rely on Winnipeg Harvest for emergency food each month. More than half of those in need are children, and over 1,600 of them are infants. This month, the Sustainability Office will be collecting baby food and formula to donate to Winnipeg Harvest to support their First Steps program. If you would like to help, you can drop off the following items to our office (NDC, C519) by noon on December 23:

  • Baby food jars of chicken, beef, vegetables or fruit
  • Infant cereal such as oatmeal, barley or rice
  • Formula with added iron (While donations of infant formula with added iron are needed, Winnipeg Harvest supports breastfeeding.)

Please also consider donating other non-perishable food items to the Student Association Food Bank. Collection bins are located at NDC: outside the SA Office (CM20)/The Ox and at EDC: at the SA Office (P110).

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Reflections on Fair Trade Campus Week!

September 28, 2015

The Sustainably Office, Fair Trade Manitoba and Ten Thousand Villages welcomed over 300 staff and students at our booth during Fair Trade Campus Week at the Notre Dame Campus and Roblin Centre.

We heard some amazing stories, many from our international students who spoke of their first-hand accounts of labour conditions in their countries.   One student shared her knowledge of the sport ball industry in her home country of Pakistan.  She explained that the majority of sport balls came from one city “just one city” in Pakistan.  Did you know that there are over 250 manufacturers of sports balls in Sailkot and only 6 are fair trade? Fair trade magazine; Summer/Fall 2014 |Issue 4; p14

We had over 100 entries in our secret word and fair trade trivia contests;  I was impressed that everyone was correct in their trivia answers;  and that I even learned a few new places to buy fair trade in Winnipeg.

Here’s what RRC staff had to tell us about fair trade:

  • There are 21 Fair Trade cities and towns in Canada.
  • The City of Brandon and the Town of Gimli are 2 Fair Trade towns in Manitoba.
  • You can find Fair trade products at: Organic Planet Worker Co-op, Canadian Museum for Human Rights Boutique, Ten Thousand Villages, RRC Campus Stores, Constance Popp Chocolates, Organic Planet Worker Co-op, Safeway in Neepawa, The Fresh Carrot, Caulfield’s Organic Market, Ann’s Flowers and Gifts, Ben and Jerry’s, Bulk Barn, Vita Health, Superstore and Costco.

The benefits of Fair Trade are:

  • Empowerment of farmers and workers – This is a goal of fair trade.
  • Small farmer groups must have a democratic structure and transparent administration in order to be certified. Groups are supported by Fair trade International to develop their capacity in this area.
  • Reduces poverty in developing communities around the world; Improves the livelihood of the millions of farmers and working in the developing world who benefit from fair trade.
  • Promotes the empowerment of farmers and workers, allowing them to have representatives on a committee that decides on the use of the Fair Trade Premium (the amount paid).
  • Fair pay and working conditions.
  • Farmers & workers get a fair price for their products and income stability.
  • Supporting farmers by providing stable prices
  • Fair trade helps protect forests Ensuring farmers and producers are paid a fairly – the price accounts for a number of factors including cost of production and adequate living standards.
  • I think the most important benefit of Fair Trade is that it establishes safer and healthier working conditions; also people are paid more fairly- so both sides benefit from the product.
  • Improves lives, No child labour, safer working conditions, more money to the people actually doing the work – farmers, craftspeople, etc.

Thank you again to our sponsors, Fair Trade Canada and the Fair Trade Network for arranging the donation of promotional items that included  free chocolate and tea graciously donated by Camino and Four O’clock tea.

Congratulations to all of the people who visited our fair trade booth, and participated in the fair trade trivia and secret word contests.

Prize winners are as follows:

Bird and Rock sculpture: Richard Berard

Fair trade chocolate and tea basket for the office:

  • Mary Anne Shukla – Steinbach Campus
  • Ellen Acton – Interlake Campus
  • Tanis McCallum – NDC
  • Tabitha Ann Nordby – Roblin Centre
  • Lori Lobchuk – Language Training Centre (Via Rail)
  • Brenda Lesiuk- NDC

Please contact Sue Hayduk at 204.632.2144 to claim your prize!

Join us for Fair Trade Campus Week  September 21st – 25th

September 15, 2015

Did you know that RRC is working to become the 10th Fair Trade Campus in Canada?

On September 22nd and 23rd staff and students are invited to find out about our journey, what partners we have in place, and what Fair Trade products you can find on campus.

Shop the global market, learn about the Fair Trade movement and indulge in a variety of delicious Fairtrade-certified products.  Ten Thousand Villages will be on hand with items for sale (cash only);  Fair Trade Manitoba and the Sustainability Office  will have FREE Tea, Chocolate and “maybe even bananas” courtesy of Fairtrade Canada.

  • Tuesday, September 22 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
  • Notre Dame Campus – Library Hallway
  • Wednesday, September 23 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
  • Roblin Centre – Atrium

  • Regional campuses can participate in Fair Trade Trivia!
  • Answer our skill testing question, and you will be entered to WIN a Fair trade tea and chocolate basket for your office.
  • Q:  Using one of the websites provided, how many Fair Trade cities and towns are there in Canada?  Send your name, campus and answer to: by Sept 25th.

Can’t make the market?  Drop by RRC’s Campus Store any time for Fair Trade and ethically-sourced items– dresses, scarves, jewellery, stationary, mugs, etc.

For more information, contact the Sustainability Office at 204.632.2166