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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.

City of Winnipeg Materials Recovery Facility Tour

Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: MRF

Transportation is available, leaving at 11 am.

Register here

About     Winnipeg’s Recycling Material Recovery Facility is responsible for producing and marketing all of Winnipeg’s recycling. It’s the one-stop-shop for 10 different materials collected from the city’s recycling depots and the recycling carts you wheel to your curb/alley every week. The 50,000 square foot facility has been operating since 2003. Through conveyor belts, heavy-duty magnets and manual sorting, see how 190 tonnes of residential recyclables are processed each day. It’s a fascinating “must see” – register today!

The Carbon Tax and You

Date: Monday, April 29
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Location: *UPDATED*: A1-37

Lunch provided. Registration not required.

About     It’s tax season, and taxes are everywhere. If you’re not filing your taxes, you’re thinking about the impacts of the new carbon tax while you’re filling up. Did you know that there’s a connection between the two? The Government of Canada has created a climate action incentive (CAI) where Manitobans can claim up to $339 when filing an Income Tax and Benefit Return, a way of returning revenue from the carbon tax back to you!

Learn more about the escalating impacts of the carbon tax, helpful tips, and information to understand how it will impact you. You’ll also find out practical ways you can reduce your tax and hear about greenhouse gas impacts.

Can’t make it to the event? You don’t have to miss it! Livestream at

Mobile Shredding

Date: Monday, April 29
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm
Location: Shipping & Receiving (NDC)

About   Once you have done your taxes and claimed your CAI, bring old documents from home and have them shredded at the College, on the spot! You can even stay and watch your documents being shredded on a monitor outside of the shredding truck!

E-Waste Drop Off  (EDC)

Date(s): April 23, 24, 25 and 26
Times: it varies! See below
Location: W1-01 Shipping & Receiving (Roblin)

About  Heavy materials weighing you down? Now is the time to get rid of all of that pesky e-waste from home! RRC is holding an e-waste drive to collect and recycle old, broken and unwanted electronic waste.

Drop your discarded stuff during the times below:

Tuesday, April 23 | 8 am – 12 pm and 12:45-4 pm
Wednesday, April 24 | 8 am – 12 pm and 12:45-4 pm
Thursday, April 25 | 8 am – 12 pm and 12:45-4 pm
Friday, April 26 | 8 am – 12 pm

*Please drop batteries off at the ReBin near Roblin Security

*College equipment with an asset tag must be accepted in-person at Shipping and Receiving to ensure proper disposal.

*Please remove all private data before dropping off electronic equipment. RRC is not liable for data or digital content left on your device.

The Great College Clean-up (Notre Dame)

Date(s): April 29, May 1, 2 and 3
Times: it varies! See below
Location: Library Hallway

About     Time to clean-up and Marie Kondo NDC! Get rid of items that no longer spark joy (your computer and phone get a free pass 🙂 ). Empty your shelves and drawers of old office supplies, pens and markers, decorations, unwanted kitchen items, electronics and e-waste, used batteries, and toner and we’ll help to give these items a useful second life.

Drop your discarded stuff in the Library Hallway:

Monday, April 29 | 11 am – 1 pm
Tuesday, April 30 | 11 am – 1 pm
Wednesday, May 1 | 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Thursday, May 2 | 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Got a lotta junk? Book our collection crew to pick up items at your office! Register here.

Pssst! Here’s a tip – bring your batteries and toner from home so they get disposed of safely too!

*For larger items please contact Materials Management:

RRC Free Days

Date(s): May 6, 7, and 8
Times: it varies! See below
Location: Library Hallway

Monday, May 6 | 10 am – 2 pm
Tuesday, May 7 | 10 am – 2 pm
Wednesday, May 8 | 10 am – 12 pm

About     The 3 R’s are a cliche, but it’s because they’re timeless and true. Let’s give new life to used items on campus, to reduce our waste and reuse what we have.

Items that were dropped off during the Great College Clean Up will be sorted and available to take home. Aren’t we clever… and a little sneaky? One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

Come check out what’s available and free for the taking! Did you miss out on the College Clean Up and have things you’d like to gift? You can drop off items for re-purposing while the shop is open.

All unclaimed items will be donated to local non-profits and charitable organizations.

Welcome Ana – Sustainability hosts CD/CED Practicum Placement

April 10, 2019

Photo of AnaHi Everyone! My name is Ana Antunes, I am an international student from Brazil, I am currently attending the Community Economic Development program at Red River College and during the month of April I will be working with Whitney, Kale and Sara at the Sustainability Office as my program practicum placement.

I am passionate about sustainability, green living, reducing our impact on the environment, supporting small businesses in achieving social and economic wellbeing, people empowerment, educating for citizenship and everything else that leads us to a happier and more environment friendly living.

I have always had a strong connection with the environment and growing up in a family that valued being close to nature, and having contact with the land and animals, has fostered my love and care for the environment and my awareness of our impact on Earth. Over the years I met many other people that have touched me deeply with their knowledge and wisdom and that have influenced me to choose to be more mindful about my everyday choices and the impact of those choices on my ecological footprint. I have a bachelor and a teaching degree in Biological Sciences from Brazil which added a lot to my environmentally friendly approach while dealing with communities, teaching, working towards problem-solving, developing creative-thinking skills and in several other aspects of my personal life as well.

As a Biologist I feel I have the duty to protect the environment, to increase people’s environmental awareness and to find more sustainable ways of living. However, my experiences taught me that environmental awareness is intrinsically connected to critical thinking, community involvement, social awareness and cultural, health and economic aspects. That is why I decided to join the Community Development program, to be able to work with communities facilitating solid, inclusive, respectful, equitable, sustainable and healthy growth. I believe that only when all basic needs are met and individuals are involved and educated for citizenship, we will be able to work for a sustainable planet.

So far, I have mostly been focused on the issues and possibilities for sustainable living at the individual level and working at the Sustainability office has been a great opportunity to look at the issues and possibilities that emerge at the institutional level. Learning from Kale, Whitney and Sara’s experience on how we can reduce our impact as an organization is a huge opportunity for me and I am very excited to be able to absorb some of this knowledge while bringing my own international CD/CED student perspective to their work.

Although I will only be at the office for a month, I will have plenty of projects to contribute to. Some of the things I will be working on during my time here will be researching options for repurposing excess office supplies and materials, researching and drafting printing guidelines to support paper reduction, developing sustainability-focused content for student tours and providing support for the upcoming State of Sustainability (April 23 to April 26).

In my spare time, I like to explore Winnipeg (there is so much to discover!), be close to nature and spend quality time with my mini-family (husband and dog) and friends!

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:

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Remove perishables and clean fridges by December 20, 2018

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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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Lunch & Learn: Inventory Unplugged

November 19, 2018

We’re pleased to announce that the Plug Load Inventory is now complete! Our small team traveled around the College over the last few months, poking our heads into offices and staff common areas and taking note of all items powered by means of an AC outlet. Now we begin the hard work of creating and implementing impactful programs to help us reduce our environmental and financial footprints and to ensure a safe and comfortable work environment for us all.

But before we begin this next phase, we want to share our findings with the College community and provide some information on what we plan to do next to help RRC reduce our plug load energy consumption. Please bring your lunch and join us at our:

Lunch & Learn: Inventory Unplugged
Tuesday, Nov. 27, 12-1 pm
eTV Studio (GM33), Notre Dame Campus

—  Refreshments  provided  —

This presentation will highlight some of the inventory findings and present strategies we’ll employ to engage staff and students in plug load energy reduction. These strategies will involve working with key stakeholders and will focus on the following areas:

  • Developing policies and guidelines to provide consistency and support for College departments to embed energy reduction into their day-to-day operations
  • Engaging staff in campaigns and programs focused on plug load energy reduction (such as the Seasonal Shutdown)
  • Engaging students through their academic programs (such as Refrigeration and Environmental Engineering) to help assess and recommend ways to reduce energy consumption at the College

We look forward to seeing you there!

Come to the 1st Ever “Made by RRC” Market

November 13, 2018

It’s that time of year! Time for RRC’s  4th  Farmers’ (and Makers) Market! But, this time around the market is going to be done a bit differently.

There are so many amazing local vendors that have connections to the College (by being current students and staff, or College alumni) that we decided to showcase these incredible talents with our first ever “Made by RRC” Market! This special market will exclusively feature the local artistic talents of RRC staff, students and grads.

When: Thursday, November 29th  11:00 am – 1:30 pm

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

Come on by, get some of your holiday shopping done, and support RRC talent! Check out the list of this years vendors:

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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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Hooray for the Harvest!

September 27, 2018

At Red River College, we’re growing more than innovative minds. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, the College’s Grounds department went above and beyond their regular responsibilities to maintain a vegetable garden at our Notre Dame Campus. On this 30’ X 60’ plot of land, we grew a variety of vegetables to donate to Winnipeg Harvest in support of the corporate Grow-A-Row initiative – a program that’s collected more than 4 million pounds of produce since its inception in 1986.

Last week we assembled an enthusiastic crew of students and staff (including our Prez, Paul Vogt) to join the Grounds department in the harvest. Once all the digging, trimming, scrubbing and boxing was complete, we were thrilled to donate a whopping 3,100 lbs of carrots, beets, onions potatoes to Harvest, with a portion going straight to the RRC Students’ Association food bank. Click here to see the full gallery of the 2018 Grow-A-Row Harvest.

Spearheaded by our green-thumb gardener Shivcharan Sandhu, the College first participated in Grow-A-Row in 2013.  Since that time, the initiative has really grown, and so has the amount of produce we’ve donated to Winnipeg Harvest. Read More →

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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