Sustainability

Red River College Goes Green for Earth Day

April 27, 2012

Students and staff at Red River College pledged to continue serving as sustainability leaders this week, during activities timed to coincide with Earth Day celebrations taking place the world over.

On Monday, April 23 (one day after the actual Earth Day), RRC held a "State of Sustainability" forum to inform the College community of the results of a recent environmental assessment.

Over the past year, RRC became the first Manitoba institution to take part in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), a comprehensive process to measure post-secondary sustainability performance — including operations, academics, social outreach and long term planning — and to benchmark those results against other post-secondary institutions.

College officials also launched Sustainability 365, a one-year work plan that outlines 42 specific and measurable targets to advance sustainability, including developing a Green Catering program, enhancing sustainability awareness through faculty development, and forming a Paper Reduction Task Force. Staff and students were invited to make their own sustainability pledges, by setting eco-friendly targets they plan to achieve within the coming year. Read More →

RRC Named One Of Canada's Greenest Employers

April 20, 2012

Manitoba’s largest college has been recognized as one of Canada’s sustainability leaders, as Red River College was named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the second year in a row.

“Corporate social responsibility is an important concept at Red River College,” said Stephanie Forsyth, President of RRC. “As an institution, we’ve committed ourselves to minimizing the environmental impact of our operations, incorporating sustainability into our research and academic programming, and engaging staff and students in more eco-conscious behaviour.” Read More →

RRC To Take Part In Earth Hour: March 31

March 30, 2012

Sustainability is an important concept at Red River College, continuing to be a significant focus in our new strategic plan.  It’s about taking measures that enhance the viability of our institution, our environment, and our community. That’s why, on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm, Red River College will be joining millions of individuals, organizations and municipalities in 135 countries worldwide by shutting off all non-essential lighting and participating in Earth Hour.

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RRC Students Score at Concrete Toboggan Race

February 24, 2012

A team of Red River College students picked up a pair of awards this month at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race in Calgary.

The annual celebration of innovation and engineering spirit draws teams of post-secondary students from all over Canada. Entrants must design and construct a five-person toboggan with a roll bar (capable of withstanding an upset at 75-km/hour), and a running surface composed entirely of concrete, while maintaining a total weight of less than 300 pounds.

All toboggans are subject to a safety inspection before being raced, and are judged on the basis of their concrete, frame, steering and brake design, as well as race-day results, team spirit, and a host of other criteria.

This year's event was held Feb. 8-11, 2012, in Calgary. The eight-member RRC squad — comprised of students from Construction Management, Municipal Engineering Technology, Business Administration, and Industrial Arts — won the Green Team Award for most sustainable design, and was also named Most Improved Team. Read More →

HETC is One of Manitoba's First LEED® Education Facilities

January 18, 2012

It's one of the largest industrial training facilities in Manitoba, and it's also now officially one of the province's most environmentally-friendly buildings.

Red River College is happy to announce its Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre (HETC) has become one of the first education centres in Manitoba to receive LEED® certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

Located on the College's Notre Dame Campus, this 60,000 square foot complex combines academic and industrial functions, with nine classrooms available for theoretical instruction, and a large shop area that replicates a typical work environment in the transportation and trucking industry.

"HETC is a model for development of new learning facilities, ",” said Stephanie Forsyth, President of RRC. "It provides us with modern, flexible space for training programs and applied research, while simultaneously minimizing our impact on the environment." Read More →

RRC To Host "Ethical Water" Book Launch On Oct. 18

October 7, 2011

In the Year of Too Much and Too Little Water in Manitoba, a chance encounter at an environmental conference has led to the Manitoba launch of Ethical Water: Learning to Value What Matters Most at the Roblin Centre (Exchange District Campus) of Red River College on October 18th.

One of the authors, Bob Sandford, was a guest speaker at a conference in Calgary this past June where he met Peter Denton, who teaches ethics and sustainability at Red River College. The annual joint conference of the Canadian Colleges Environmental Network (CCEN)/Canadian Universities Environmental Science Network (CUESN) was on the theme of “water,” and Denton was attending out of interest and as a CCEN Director. Read More →

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