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SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES AT MALASPINA UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE Presentation co-created by Sandra Christensen and Angelique Nash-Thurmeier
Contents • Facilities • Faculty and Curriculum • Student Led Initiatives • Residence Programs • Administration • Contact Information
FACILITIES SERVICES AND CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT
Retrofitting – BC Hydro Power Smart • Natural Resources Canada – EECS 2000 • Geothermal Energy • DDC – programmed temperature control • LEED • Recycling • Energy Management Plan • Master Planning • Local energy & design consultants
Science Programming – Deep Bay Shellfish Farming Applied Trades and Technology – New Energy Building Geography – Campus Sustainability Assessment Geology – Lifestyles Project Anthropology – Sustainability Report for City of Nanaimo Horticulture – Organic fertilizers, Appropriate practices Culinary Arts – Composting, Food managed by Malaspina Management: Recreation and Tourism – Heart of Gold project
Seawater Pipelines Deep Bay Field StationShellfish Farming: Securing Sustainable Coastal Communities
Student Led Initiatives: Student Union Activities Solutions Sustainability Network
Student Union Activities Consumer Products and Recycling Campus Community Swaps Technology - sensors Awareness Events and Fundraisers
Solutions Sustainability Network “To cultivate a campus community that practices and celebrates sustainable ways of living in collaboration with the wider community.”
Solutions Events • Climate Change Fair, Sustainability Fair • World Water Day, Earth Day • Recycled Craft and Seed Ball Workshops • Showing of An Inconvenient Truth & King Korn • Food-Film-Forums - ongoing and growing – World Bridger Connection • Critical Mass Bike Rallies • Community Gardens Building – demonstration site (North end library) • Work Opportunities – 5 Coordinator Positions to Date
Campus community works together “Hi Angelique, I spoke to our dean and he is completely supportive .... I know there will be some of our students who are interested in helping with the Solutions for Sustainability which will get us all some very important press on this. I would also like to link it to our webpage as I think as a campus and a program we should look at how they are inter-related. Incidentally, our Center for Shellfish Research field station at Deep Bay is focused on sustainable shellfish aquaculture which depends on clean waterways, as well as our Dean is working on a bio-diesel project for the future. There are a lot of initiatives on campus and we can drive this forward this fall when our students begin. Keep in touch, Debbie”
Residences & Ongoing Programs • Good Food Box (2004-present) • Weekly grocery store shuttle (2005-) • Recycling in Residence (2005-) • Composting in residence & on campus (2006-) • Housing conference presentation: Seeds of Sustainability (2007) • Campus Gardens Project (2007-)
Administration: TASMI • Reformed as “Campus Sustainability Committee” • Members from Malaspina’s board of directors, faculty, staff and student representatives • Parking proceeds + external funding = $60,000 reinvestment fund… “will be used to engage in projects designed to reduce Malaspina University-College’s ecological footprint. Priorities will include: waste reduction, energy efficiency, alternate transport, and sustainable development. The Committee will work with all areas of Malaspina to promote sustainability both on campus and in the community.” • Explore opportunities for greater collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and community
Many Hands We are learning: “Many hands make quick work.” ~ Building community means working together, from planning to implementation … it means recognizing each others’ strengths and potentialities and helping to develop these ~ Networking and forming a group is important for idea development and project success ~ Creating a shared vision brings people together, encourages and brings focus to community planning and implementation ~ Sharing plans & connecting with community is instrumental to success (e.g. Attending, promoting and hosting events, ongoing dialogue) ~ Know institutional processes and protocol (e.g. Proposals and specific plans, who to get in touch with) ~ Gather resources & support ~ Cross-curricular connections - involve students, faculty, staff and members of the local (residences) and broader communities to further collaborate, build and work together to create possibilities for relevant and necessary future projects
Contact Angelique Nash-Thurmeier: firstname.lastname@example.org Sandra Christensen: email@example.com Solutions Sustainability Network: Solution4sustainability@yahoo.ca