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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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2. TURN OFF ELECTRONICS & UNPLUG APPLIANCES NOT IN USE

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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3. TURN OFF LIGHTS & TURN UP THERMOSTATS

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RED Forum Goes GREEN

May 6, 2019

RED Forum is one of our favourite days of the year. Not only do we get to meet and engage with people from around the College, but there is always something new and interesting to do and learn.

Large events can have large environmental impacts which is why we have partnered with RED Forum to help make it greener. Planning an event with a small environmental footprint can be hard without the right tools and resources to help you. We’ll be launching a Green Event Guide soon to help you green your College event, but in the meantime our partnership with RED Forum is a great opportunity to not only demonstrate the College’s commitment to sustainability but to also showcase some of the ways to help make any event a little greener.

To help RED Forum Go Green we need your help! Here’s a list of what you can do to green your RED Forum experience and what we’re doing too:

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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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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.

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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
1. DISPOSE OF PERISHABLES

Remove perishables and clean fridges by December 20, 2018

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2. TURN OFF ELECTRONICS & UNPLUG APPLIANCES NOT IN USE

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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3. TURN OFF LIGHTS

Read More →