Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.25
Liaison Michelle Cong
Submission Date Nov. 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Fanshawe College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Amanda Whittingham
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Operations and Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

The Fanshawe Student Union has sustainability as a key part of their strategic direction


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

"A garden has been constructed on campus that is cultivated and maintained by Culinary Apprentices and 3rd year Culinary Artisans. Crops are harvested by students and used in on campus teaching labs. All practices follow guidelines for organic gardens. Resources used include: Organic Field Crop Handbook by the Canadian Organic Growers, Organic Gardening by Stuart Robertson, and Canadian Organic Growers website www.cog.ca (https://www.fanshawec.ca/programs-and-courses/program/ata1-artisanal-culinary-arts/next-year)

A. M. (Mac) Cuddy Garden: 100 acres of lawn tended under an organic lawn care program since 1992. The garden is also home to many rare and engandered plant species. There is a dry garden that features plants that thrive in a dry climate. A core component of the gardens is that all of the new development as well as routine maintenance is done through the Horticulture Technician program, giving the students real horticulture experience.

A community garden is on campus, with 12 plots that are reserved for students and employees. (https://www.fanshawec.ca/about-fanshawe/corporate-information/sustainability/our-sustainability-commitment/community-garden)"


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Fashion Fits is an alteration service created by Fanshawe’s second year Fashion Design students. Conveniently located on campus, Fashion Fits provides quality workmanship and great customer service, all at affordable prices. Proceeds from Fashion Fits are being raised to assist in Fashion Design’s capstone fashion show, Unbound. There are many unique and beneficial features to supporting Fashion Fits. These benefits include convenient service and delivery to offices on campus. There is also a loyalty program: if you purchase five pant hems you receive the sixth hem for free. (https://www.facebook.com/pg/fashionfits.unbound/about/)

Live Chic is a learning lab that operates as a unique retail store to serve as a learning environment for the students in the Fashion Merchandising program; together with the faculty they operate all aspects of a retail store. Live Chic plays an integral role in providing the applied education the students need to be successful in the industry as well as in further studies. Mission statement: "Live Chic provides Fashion Merchandising students unique hands-on retail experience by applying the classroom theory; merchandising, display, buying and exceptional customer service techniques in a retail environment. Live Chic provides fashion forward merchandise for students, faculty and staff of Fanshawe College".

Live Chic also encourages students and employees to bring their old clothing and textiles to the store. Everything collected is delivered to H&M for their "Don't Let Fashion Go to Waste" textile recycling program. Items will be hand sorted and graded: anything that can't be re-worn or reused will be recycled and turned into raw materials and new products. Zero waste is the goal. For every bag brought in, a $5.00 coupon off any full-priced merchandise at Live Chic is given.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

Every month, a sustainability Lunch and Learn is held. Everyone at the College is welcome to attend. Topics vary widely from personal health and wellness, DIY projects, and general information sessions.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

"The First Nations Centre hists an annual Year End Gathering, showcasing Indigenous talents and celebrating Indigenous culture. Is 2016, the schedule was as follows:

""Year End Gathering Celebration showcasing Indigenous talents over 3 days of celebration! On Day 1 the First Nations Centre(FNC) showcased Indigenous musicians Lacey Hill and Logan Staats in the Forwell Hallway for the Nooner Performances.

On Day 2 the FNC hosted a lacrosse workshop with students, staff and youth. Also a live podcast recording and comedy night with Ryan McMahon took place on this day.

On Day 3 the FNC hosted its 19th Annual Year End Gathering Pow Wow. The event wrapped up the 3 Daylong celebration with free food, singing and dancing. ""

The First Nations Centre also hosts summer and winter solstice celebrations that the community is encouraged to attend."


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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

This is the first-year experience. This year is about waste reduction. All of the sustainability event, including Sustainability Fair, Orientation, Open House, Chill Lounge, Get Caught Recycling is about waste reduction. Reusable bamboo cutlery and metal straws were given to students and employees to promote reusing and reducing single use plastics.


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

"There is a Sustainability Leadership workshop as part of the Leadership Program put on by the Student Life Team

Students are able to attend any Sustainability Lunch and Learn sessions"


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

A work-study position, Assistant, is available in the Facilities Operations and Sustainability Office. Also, when projects are needed, the Sustainability Office will hire a student with specific skills, such as for graphics design or photography.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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