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Real-time Transit comes to RRC!

September 25, 2019

Real Excited about Real-Time Transit Screens 

In a progressive step, Red River College has partnered with Winnipeg Transit and the Students’ Association to install real-time transit information screens across our campuses. These four screens, or passenger information kiosks, keep you ‘outta the dark’ (and out of the cold) while you wait for your bus. We know that transit is a primary commute mode for a large number of our students and staff and we’re excited that this technology will help improve the transit experience for so many.

Real-Time Screen at NDC.

Located at the College’s key transit arrival/ departure locations at the Notre Dame Campus and Exchange District Campus, the screens are updated every 60 seconds to let you know exactly when your bus is coming. The screens also display information on where to purchase bus passes and how to access RRC’s Safe Walk Program. With Safe Walk, security personnel can walk you to your bus stop and stay with you until your bus arrives.

Screen Locations and Routes

The routes displayed on the screens are those most commonly used by students and staff. Using ridership data gathered by the College and Students’ Association, a lot of careful consideration went into selecting which routes to display, since the screens can’t accommodate all routes. The Sustainability Office mapped the data (literally!) to ensure that the routes selected would be helpful to the greatest number of riders.

Mapping RRC ridership… one postal code at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Winnipeg Transit

These screens were made possible because of Winnipeg Transit’s Kiosk program. The College’s real-time screens are the fourth installation in Winnipeg, and we’re proud to pioneer a project that encourages transit ridership. Other screens can be found at the St Vital Mall, the Canada Goose factory and the Millennium Library.

“Winnipeg Transit is always looking to enhance the delivery of passenger information. We’re excited to partner with Red River College on this project – this is a very new step we’re taking to make transit use more convenient for riders,” says Adam Budowski, Transit Planner with Winnipeg Transit.

Sustainable Transportation at RRC

The College is investing in transit technology as part of our Transportation Plan and commitment to sustainable transportation. Other recent additions include bike lockers at the Notre Dame Campus, indoor bike parking at the Roblin Centre and air & repair stations. Our goal is to encourage alternative commute modes to reduce single-rider car trips to help our college, our community, and our city reduce congestion and emissions.

Learn more about sustainable transportation at Red River College here.

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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Bike Week Inspiration with Breanna Sawatzky!

June 20, 2018

As you may know, this week is Bike Week, and what better time to dust off that bike and take it for a ride. So, with a ton of great events going on all week, lets get moving!

Not only is biking a great way to reduce your personal carbon emissions, but it has many other benefits on your physical health and mental wellbeing.

Our office sat down with Breanna Sawatzky, the College’s Mental Health Coordinator to discuss sustainable transportation.  Her role consists of many important facets such as drop-in counselling as well as training and education. Below Breanna answers some questions about her experience biking to work, and how it can positively affect your mental health.

Q: Tell me about yourself and your transportation strategies in the past?

A: I live in St. James and have a family of four, with one car. In the past, we would convoy together when we all worked downtown. When I started at the college, my husband and I would take turns either busing or taking the car, without really finding a method that worked better than the other. Our home is about 7km away from the campus so in reality it isn’t that far. Read More →

Earth Week Celebrations 2018

April 5, 2018

Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day – a worldwide event to celebrate our planetary home and to show our support for a healthy, sustainable environment. At the RRC Sustainability Office, we think that one day is just not enough to celebrate our Earth, so we’re hosting Earth Week Celebrations April 16-23! Find out the details below.


e-Waste Drive* from Home and Work

A photo of a bacti-cinerator dropped off for recycling

Drop off your e-waste (including old bacti-cinerators) for recycling

Monday, April 16th to Friday April 20th (noon) | Shipping and Receiving at NDC and Roblin Centre

Springtime means spring cleaning. Now’s the time to securely dispose of electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. Allowable items include: computers and computer equipment, printers, stereos, speakers, cellphones, microwave ovens (for a complete list click here, or contact us).

Please note: College assets must be accepted by someone at Shipping and Receiving to ensure they’re disposed of properly.

* Please ensure that private data is removed prior to dropping off personal equipment that may contain confidential information. Red River College and Powerland do not accept liability for data or any other digital content left on your device.


Earth Hour pledge that says "Do Right Save Light"Watt’s your FootPRINT?

Wednesday, April 18th | 11AM – 1PM | NDC Library Hallway | Refreshments Provided

The Resource Reduction Specialist, is hard at work developing strategies to help the College reduce paper and plug-load energy consumption. But it can’t happen without your help! Drop by our first consultation session to learn more about where we are, what are plans are going forward, and share your ideas.


­­­­8th Annual State of Sustainability over background of trees8th Annual State of Sustainability

Friday, April 20th | 12PM – 1PM | eTV Studio (GM22, North Gym Hallway) | Lunch Provided

It has been another exciting year at the Sustainability Office! Come to find what we’ve been up to this year and what’s in store for the future.

Can’t make it? Stream it live?


­Blue snowflake with the word "postponed!" written overtop is dark blueI ❤ My Bike Day

With Winter hanging on longer than anticipated, we’ve decided to postpone this event until we all thaw out and it starts to finally feel like Spring.

Stay tuned for for the new date and details soon!


Other events happening around RRC during Earth Week:

I Be-Leaf in Protecting Mother Earth

Thursday, April 19th | 12PM – 2PM | Library Hallway

Did you know, the New Zealand Government has acknowledged a river as a living entity and a park as having Human Rights?  Let’s jump on board and Be-Leaf in our abilities to help Mother Earth!

Students in the Aboriginal Program for College Enrichment and Transition will be offering staff and students the opportunity to plan how to help Mother Earth.  Participants will write their idea on a paper leaf and attach it to the APCET idea tree.

The tree will stay up in the hallway until Friday April 20th.  When the foliage is removed and recorded, it will be forwarded to the RRC All-Staff News and the RRC newspaper; The Projector.


RRC Greenspace Horticulture Plant Sale and BBQ

Thursday, April 19th | 11AM – 1PM | Greenhouse Complex. NDC Campus

There will be trees, shrubs, perennials, prairies, tropicals, desk gardens, succulent gardens, terrariums, edibles and annual plants for sale. Cash only please – we cannot take debit or credit cards. Please bring your own boxes and bags to transport plants.


RRC Library Earth Day Resources

The Library has pulled together some great resources for Earth Day to help you learn more and take action on various sustainability issues.


Some other events you may find interesting include:

The Downtown BIZ is hosting a Downtown clean up: Team Up to Green Up on Monday, April 23. Sign up as a team to help clean up downtown and win prizes!

FortWhyte Alive has a full day of family activities planned for Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. Admissions is free all day.

Bike Lockers – rent yours today!

October 15, 2017

We’re happy to tell you that bike lockers are now available for rent at the Notre Dame Campus. Seventeen bike lockers have been installed in high traffic locations around campus. The lockers have access doors on both ends and hold two bikes each – adding a total of 34 bike parking spots on campus. These lockers are ideal for regular bike commuters who want a place to lock their bike, bag and helmet in a secure place protected from the elements.

Rental Details:

  • Lockers cost $10/month, beginning on the first Monday of every month until the last Friday of the month. However during this kick off period, lockers rented in October will be valid until the end of November.
  • Personal locks aren’t permitted. You’ll be given a College-issued key for your locker.
  • Rentals are done in person at the Print Shoppe.
  • More info can be found here.

About the bike locker designs: In addition to improving end-of-trip facilities for cyclists, we wanted to give these big grey boxes (formerly known as our herd of elephants) a splashy makeover to animate our campus. We came up with the idea of showcasing prominent Winnipeg landmarks and the distance to travel to them by bike from campus. Our talented designer Marc executed this vision perfectly. We’re particularly fond of the FortWhyte Alive! design… What’s your fave? We still have some more lockers to complete. If you have a suggestion for a notable landmark you’d think should adorn one of our bike lockers, email us!

These bike lockers are part of RRC’s Transportation Plan. We’re committed to continuing to provide flexible, equitable and sustainable commuting options for students, staff and faculty. Find out more here.

Happy cycling.

Go on RRC, give GoManitoba a try

September 25, 2017

Here’s the deal… we know that 60% of staff and 50% of students are concerned about the environmental impacts of commuting. We also know that many staff want flexibility in their commuting options throughout the year and that 25% of students prefer to carpool to campus. For these reasons, and many more, Red River College is excited to introduce GoManitoba to students, staff and faculty.


GoManitoba is a province-wide commuting platform that matches you with carpool partners (drivers and/or riders) who live and work/ attend campus near you. The system also gives you transit options, walking and cycling routes, and matches you with commuting buddies. Students and staff have the option of matching with everyone on the GoManitoba site, or you can choose to limit your search to College-specific users/ ** Use your Red River College (rrc.ca) email address to ensure you get connected with RRC peers.

Registering and navigating the site is just a simple as creating and using your Facebook account, but if you need some help you can refer to this handy GoManitoba How to Guide.

Cutest air freshener I ever did see. Thanks Green Action Centre!

The free app can be download to your smartphone, tablet or desktop. GoManitoba works best when a critical mass of people sign on, so encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join. To sweeten the deal, the Sustainability Office is offering a $200 Commuter Care Package to one lucky Rebel who registers before November 30th. Green Action Centre, the provincial coordinator for this program, is also offering some ‘early adopter’ prizes for the first 5,000 registrants to the site.

Happy commuting everyone.

Launching GoManitoba is another way the College is promoting sustainable commuting to campus. Learn more about our plans and priorities by checking out our Transportation Plan.

We’re Number 1 – Again!

July 12, 2017

Our Commuter Challenge award held up in front of the RRC bus stop at NDC

We won GOLD in our workplace category – again!

It is official – Red River College won GOLD in our workplace category in the 2017 Commuter Challenge – for the 3rd year in a row!

Not only that, we had a record year! We had our highest number of participants ever (191) and our highest participation rate ever (30.3%)! The number of people who registered and logged at least one trip increased 63% from last year!

This is a true testament to the commitment of the people of Red River College to sustainable commuting options, and to sustainability in general. Thank you to everyone who participated whether you did what you always do, or you tried something new just for the Challenge, we could not have done it without you!

Some highlights from the 2017 Commuter Challenge:

RRC Instructor Daniel Enns with a bike on a stand hosting the NDC bike repair workshop

NDC Bike Repair Workshop hosted by RRC Instructor Daniel Enns.

Bike Repair Workshops
Leading up to the Challenge, we organized two bike repair workshops for cyclists of all levels to increase their confidence in performing routine maintenance and simple repairs on the go. 27 people attended with many more interested, prompting a brainstorming session in our office about how to support more people to cycle to and from campus – stay tuned! A big shout out to Daniel Enns, an RRC Instructor who hosted the NDC workshop AND was the catalyst (and volunteer mechanic) for us to host our first-ever Bike to Work Day Pit Stop (see below).

Early Bird Prize
To help encourage registration, we held a prize draw from everyone who registered before May 31st for the Challenge (which was June 5-9). 123 people registered before this date, which represented 60% of total registrations. Congratulations to our winner Michelle Lodewyks who won a bike lock, an “I “heart” Sustainability” reusable water bottle, and a universal cup holster.

Transportation Plan boards on display at the Commuter Challenge Launch

Display on our Transportation Plan at the 2017 Commuter Challenge launch.

Launch Event
We were thrilled to host Green Action Centre for the official launch for the 2017 Commuter Challenge in Bijou Park beside the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute on June 1. The event was emceed by CBC’s Trevor Dineen and guests included The Honourable Cathy Cox, Minister of Sustainable Development; Councillor Brian Mayes, City of Winnipeg; and Paul Vogt, President of Red River College. This event also coincided with the launch of our Transportation Plan which we were able to showcase at the event.

Whitney and a cyclist sharing a funny moment at the commuter welcome station at NDC

Having fun at one of our Commuter Welcome Stations.

Inspiring Colleagues
Speaking with many of our commuters that week, whether at one of our commuter welcome stations or over email was a major highlight of this event. We heard many stories that inspired us and great ideas and questions that intrigued us. Some of you gave a new commute mode a try for the first time that week, and some just kept doing what you always do, and all of you inspired us. A few big shout outs:

  • To the people who shared their sustainable commuting stories (part 1 and part 2) to help motivate and inspire others (we would like to make this an ongoing feature, so if you would like to share your own commuting story, contact us): Patrick Griffith, Matthew Ferber, Lisa Case, Cassidy Dzama, Matthew Brett, Chris Harrington, and Debbie Donato
  • To the top commuters for the week in each of the categories below:
    • Bike: Greg Krenz (300KM); Mike Poitras (297KM); Daniel Enns (230KM)
    • Carpool: Danny Hutchinson (733KM); Sherrie Cooke (699KM); Heather Mauthe (500KM)
    • Transit: Joseph Noval (264KM); Tara Luchuck (240KM); Mariam Merasty (200km)

Bike to Work Day – The Commuter Challenge Epilogue

A couple of weeks after the Commuter Challenge was Bike Week – a week-long celebration of cycling in all forms for all reasons. The last day of this week (Friday, June 23) was Bike to Work Day where pit stops were set up all across the City with bike repair, treats, and prizes for commuters cycling to work. Thanks to the initiative of Daniel Enns, RRC hosted it’s first-ever pit stop for Bike to Work Day. With the help of many volunteers (listed below), we welcomed about 115 cyclists to our stop located at the north side of the Omand’s Creek footbridge with fresh cinnamon buns and other treats, coffee, water, music, repairs and maintenance and a prize draw courtesy of the Campus Store.

Thank you to the following volunteers for making the Pit Stop a great success: Daniel Enns, Todd Buchanan, Jody Gillis, Jim Voth, Tyler Steiner, Patrick Griffith, Leslie Ternowetsky (bike valet to the stars).

Check out the gallery below for photos from our Bike to Work Day Pit Stop:

Bike to Work Day – Friday, June 23, 2017

June 20, 2017

It is Bike Week – a week to celebrate all cycling in Winnipeg no matter how or why you ride.  To cap it off, everyone is encouraged to ride to work on Friday for Bike to Work Day.

Pit Stops will be set up around the City to offer repairs, treats and activities to cyclists on their way to work. For the first time, Red River College is participating in Bike to Work Day by hosting a Pit Stop and offering escorted group bike rides to campus.

RRC Bike to Work Day Pit Stop – 6:30-9AM

Join us on the northside of the Omand’s Creek Footbridge (see map) on your way to cycling to work. Come by on your way to work to fuel up and join in the fun.

  • Coffee, water and breakfast treats
  • Tools and expertise to help with minor on-the-go repairs and maintenance
  • Music and fun activities
  • Bike Raffle tickets for sale
  • Information on the College’s new Transportation Plan

Bike to Work Day Bike Buddy Group Rides

Whether you are a novice cyclist who would like to ride with experienced riders or you just want to join a group ride, we have recruited some of the College’s veteran commuters to lead group rides to campus. Below is a list of group rides you can join on Friday morning. If you would like to participate in one, please register so we have an idea of how many people to expect. These rides will go at a comfortable pace to accommodate less-experienced cyclists.

Group Ride: RRC Bike to Work Day Pit Stop to NDC
Experienced cyclists will be leading group rides from the RRC Pit Stop to NDC at the following times (travel time is expected to be about 25 minutes).

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Departure: 8AM
Arrival: 8:25AM
Leader: Tyler Steiner (below)
Departure: 8:15AM
Arrival: 8:40AM
Leader: Patrick Griffith (below)
Departure: 8:30AM
Arrival: 8:55AM
Leader: Leslie Ternowetsky
Tyler Steiner pictured here will lead a group ride to NDC from the Pit Stop Patrick will be leading a Bike to Work Day Group Ride from the Pit Stop to NDC Leslie Ternowetsky pictured here will be hosting a ride to NDC from the Bike to Work Day Pit Stop

Please meet your bike buddy escort at the RRC Pit Stop (northside of the Omand’s Creek footbridge (see map above) 5 minutes before schedule departure time. Register here.

Group Ride: Northeast Winnipeg to EDC

Jody Gillis pictured here will be leading a ride from Sugar Point to EDC.

Jody will be leading a ride to EDC.

Meet Jody (right) at Sugar Point (the northside of the active transportation bridge at Chief Peguis Trail and the Northeast Pioneers Greenway). The meeting point and route are mapped below.

Route: Sugar Point to the Exchange District Campus

Leaving at 7:40AM, Arriving at EDC at 8:20AM

 

 

Register here (note: if you would like to join in further down the route, please make note of that in your registration)

Get Inspired – RRC Commuter Profiles Part 2

June 9, 2017

The Commuter Challenge is winding down but our commitment to helping you green your commute is ongoing. Whether you participated in the Commuter Challenge or not this year (you can still register until Friday, June 16) we are here to continue to support and inspire you to choose sustainable transportation whenever possible. One way we can do this is by sharing the stories of your fellow RRC colleagues who are a wealth of experience and inspiration and happy to share it! Below is part 2 of our RRC Commuter Profiles to help get you inspired – click here for Part 1.

If you would like to share your own sustainable commuting experience, please send us a note.


Debbie D (AKA The Debbie) with her dog.

“The Debbie” with her dog.

What is your name? Debbie Donato (aka The Debbie)
Which campus do you work out of? Both NDC and EDC
How do you typically commute to work?
Carpool (2 people)
How far is your commute one way? 3.7 km/4.5 km
What do you like about your commute?
With proper attire and planning, it is short enough to walk.
What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute? Build it into your routine, instead of looking at it as an option. If sustainable commute = time consuming, pair your commute with another task if possible (like drafting your Cheers for Peers messages J).


Stick figure riding a bicycle.What is your name? Chris Harrington
Which campus do you work out of? NDC
How do you typically commute to work? Bicycle
How far is your commute one way? 7.5 km
What do you like about your commute?
Fresh air, exercise, minimal environmental impact, inexpensive, great way to start and end the work day
What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute?
If you are thinking about bike commuting, talk to someone you know who does and obtain a good safe route.  There a lots of good routes available to every corner of the city.  There is no need to ride on busy, dangerous streets.  Be safe and be visible.  Wear a helmet and bright clothing.  Use lights when it’s cloudy or dark.  Have a bell.  Obey the rules of the road.  Then, get out there and give it a try.  You’ll be amazed at how it will improve your day.


Matthew Brett and his bike

Matthew Brett

What is your name? Matthew Brett
Which campus do you work out of? NDC and the new ACE Project Space on McDermot.
How do you typically commute to work?
I either bus or bike.
How far is your commute one way?
My bike ride to NDC varies between 8 and 9.5km depending on the route and takes just over 30 minutes at a leisurely pace.
What do you like about your commute? 
Biking to work is a really pleasant way to start and finish the day, and I like that I’m contributing in a small and visible way to changing our transit infrastructure in the city.
What tips/suggestions do you have for someone thinking about changing to a more sustainable commute? Get an Eco-Pass and take the bus instead of driving if your life permits. You save lots of money and don’t have the stress of driving in traffic.

For cyclists, I’d have a few tips: First, have a cycling buddy or two. Biking is best when shared. I bike to and from work with a friend who works close to the College. Having someone to bike with is a lot like having a gym buddy. It helps insure that you’ll bike to work rather than bussing or driving. I feel safer on the road when there’s two of us. It also just makes the ride more pleasant because you have someone to share the ride with.

Second, have a pannier to store your schoolbag and work materials instead of having them on your back. This prevents having a sweaty back and makes the ride much more comfortable. I have two waterproof 20L Blackburn panniers (pictured).

Third, wear layers. Having a pannier allows you to wear layers and store them easily. Weather can be unpredictable in Winnipeg, so being able to easily put on, take off and store gloves or a windbreaker is a great help.

Fourth, have a small repair kit in your pannier at all times. I have a kit that fits in my hand, and it includes a tire pump, spare tires, tire patches, a simple wrench, glue and other basic repair essentials. Having a simple repair kit like this for city-cycling can save you from a frustrating walk.

Finally, have charged bike lights in your pannier at all times. I always have charged bike lights at my disposal, and they come in handy on evenings where you end up at work late or during those early spring and late fall evenings. I don’t always wear bright clothing but the lights certainly make me feel safer on the road, and they only cost a few bucks.

Red River College launches Transportation Plan

June 1, 2017

Whether you walk, bike, drive, bus, or even scooter, commuting to campus is something thousands of Red River College staff, faculty and students do every day. For this reason we’re excited to launch the first phase of Red River College’s Transportation Plan. This is the first time the College has taken an integrated and long-range approach to how transportation programs and services are delivered.

The Transportation Plan, Phase 1 is rooted in the College’s strategic goal of Fostering Sustainable Growth as the plan addresses the social, economic and the environmental pillars of sustainability.

Transportation emissions account for approximately 30% of Manitoba’s greenhouse gas emissions. As an institution committed to sustainability, we take our responsibility to reduce our environmental impacts seriously. The plan contains a variety of actions to promote alternative transportation commute modes and to create more flexibility in commuting decisions. Some actions include:

    • Installing bike lockers at the Notre Dame Campus to give students and staff a weather-protected and secure place to park their bikes;
    • Adding air and repair stations at our two main campuses for students, staff and the broader community to conduct basic bike maintenance;
    • Introducing flexible parking options for staff;
    • Promoting carpool matches and active transportation “buddies” through the soon-to-be unveiled GoManitoba.

Feedback from students and staff has been instrumental in shaping this plan. We’re engaging the college community as we roll out Phase 1 and will continue to seek student and staff input as we shape future transportation initiatives. We want to hear from you!

Staff are invited to attend a lunch and learn (or watch online) on Thursday, June 8th from 12pm – 1pm in eTV Studio, NDC to learn more about this exciting initiative.

Happy travels. 🙂

The Transportation Plan is collaborative initiative of  Parking Services, Ancillary Services and the Sustainability Office.