Sustainability Fair a First at Confederation College
THUNDER BAY – NEWS – The Student Union of Confederation College Inc. (SUCCI) hosted its first ever Sustainability Fair today in the Student Lounge of the Thunder Bay Campus. Part of Sustainability Month, the fair was designed to highlight sustainability practices on campus and teach students about the importance of thinking and acting sustainably.
“Today’s students, particularly our students in northern Ontario, have a close connection to the environment and are interested in supporting initiatives on campus that are environmentally friendly and of a sustainable nature,” said Chris Cartwright, President of SUCCI. “This fair showcases what our campus and community are doing in terms of sustainability, and lets our students know how they can get involved.”
Welcoming vendors and organizations with a sustainable focus or mindset, students had opportunity to learn about the eco-friendly products and services, local sustainability programs and the tips for staying environmentally-conscious. Students could also purchase fresh product from local farmers.
To teach students about campus sustainability, Confederation College and SUCCI organized an Eco-Scavenger, which prompted students to follow clues leading to key facilities, equipment and spaces on campus that support the College’s commitment to the environment. Regional students were also able to participate through a virtual scavenger hunt on the College website.
“We are committed to environmental, economic and social sustainability through a variety of initiatives, equipment and facilities in all of our campuses,” said Jim Madder, President of Confederation College. “We applaud SUCCI and our students for recognizing the importance of sustainability and taking an active role in positioning our campus and our region for a better future.”
Topping the day off were guest speakers, Jim Kibiuk of Thunder Bay Hydro who discussed renewable power generation, and Brad Doff and Curniss McGoldrick of EarthCare who discussed how students can get involved in the program to secure the environmental health of the northwestern Ontario region.
Sustainability Month continues throughout September with a variety of eco-conscious events. SUCCI is also recruiting for a Sustainability Ambassador. This position will be responsible for igniting and maintaining student engagement in sustainability initiatives at Confederation College. Interested student applicants can find the job details at www.succi.com.