Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.32
Liaison Trish O'Connor
Submission Date Aug. 23, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Fleming College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Robert Monico
Sustainability Projects Coordinator
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:

Our Frost and Sutherland campuses both have "students for sustainability" groups. At our Sutherland campus, "Enactus Fleming" is an initiative consisting of Fleming College students who together form the "Enactus Fleming Team". The volunteers involved pursuing either "Green Focus" initiatives or "Social Focus" initiatives such as Earth Hour, Two Wheel Drive and more. Fleming College Enactus is a group of students seeking to empower themselves, enrich their school, and provide long-lasting positive outreach to the community at large. Through entrepreneurial action & environmental initiatives and sustainable ventures, we generate meaningful social, economic, and environmental impact, while providing professional development for our members. This will be done by partnering with the community, its businesses, and the public. The Frost Campus Student Sustainability Initiative runs programs such as Butterfly and Roof Gardens, the Free Market, Local Food Boxes and more. A major past initiative of student groups was creating a bottled water-free campus (2010), and holding and Embracing Gaia Art Show and Silent Auction. The event provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work and to help raise funds to support campus sustainability initiatives along with sustainability projects in the City of Kawartha Lakes.


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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:

The Frost Campus community garden has approximately 90 plots which are provided for community members and community groups. Produce from the common plots is provided to local charities (woman's shelter etc.).• The Sutherland Residences Garden provides plots for Sutherland On-Campus housing residents and plots are also available to groups within the College (such as Indigenous Student Services) and community groups outside of the College. Expertise is shared from college staff to the Garden's manager and disseminated amongst student gardeners. The local NGO, GreenUP also helped to create a local seed source listing document that informed student gardeners of local/heritage seed availability.
In addition:

• Sustainable Agriculture program also provides its student with farm placements during the summer months. In addition, a Local Food Box program provides affordable produce grown on campus and from local farmers.
• Roof & Butterfly Garden's are run primarily by students.
•The Aquaculture Program run by the college has a full aquaculture facility that is used by students in the aquaculture program to learn about the business and species restoration. The facility also helps to restock efforts by rearing and re-introducing Atlantic Salmon into rivers and lakes attempting to restore their numbers.


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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:

Fulford's Restaurant
Many of our students dream of opening their own restaurant. In the final semester of the program, they have the opportunity to put their culinary, business management, operations, and team skills into practice in Fulford’s.

Under the supervision of Chef Kevin and faculty within the Culinary Management program, students will assist with the creation of menus, developing and marketing food concepts, designing the customer experience as well as managing the day-to-day operation for all of our food outlets. We have designed and integrated our culinary programs to deliver the best possible experiential learning for our students.

Small class sizes with one-on-one attention and support
Courses that provide business and essential life skills to enhance your employability
The curriculum that focuses on the trends influencing the industry today, coupled with classic cooking and nutrition training
Real-life experience – 70% of the curriculum is applied learning

Community Gardens: are managed by Sustainability Student Workers. The residence garden established at the main campus in June 2014 is fully subscribed for 2016. Expertise is shared from college staff to the Garden's manager and disseminated amongst student and community gardeners. The local NGO, GreenUP also helped to create a local seed source listing document that informed student gardeners of local/heritage seed availability. In addition, there are Free Markets that are student-run - adjacent to our cafeterias- offering clothing, housewares, and school supplies to all students. "

Sustainability Awareness Tables were initiated and managed by Sustainability Student Workers and Business students in the winter months.


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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

The Office of Sustainability has an Applied Projects Fund that offers to fund individual projects at $500 each. Students must come up with projects that support the Five Year Sustainability Plan and Annual Action plans that the College has in place, therefore ensuring that the projects benefit both the students learning and help to meet the College's sustainability goals. All projects must be finished within the fall and winter semesters.
Projects have included a Local Food box Initiative run by students from the sustainable agriculture program at our Frost Campus that connects students to locally grown produce and campaigns undertaken by close to 80 Business student to raise awareness about Waste Reduction and Diversion amongst other sustainability priorities at the College.."


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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:

Ecosystem Management Technician Students: Led Conference - Redefining Sustainability From The Ground Up
On March 23rd, 2019 the Ecosystem Management Technology Students organized and hosted a Sustainability themed Conference featuring hands-on workshops throughout the day (on topics like growing oyster mushrooms at home and the life cycle and hive dynamics of honeybees) as well as working towards Fleming College's Arboretum project.

United Nations - Sustainable Development Goals, Community Forum
On March 1st, 2019, the Office of Sustainability, together with Indigenous Perspectives, partnered with local organizations including, the Kawartha World Issues Centre, GreenUP, Ontario Council for International Cooperation, Regional Centre for Expertise (RCE) and Trent University to host Community Forum: Understanding the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Canada’s Commitment and the Local Connections featuring Chief Phyllis Williams from Curve Lake and Larry McDermont, executive director of Plenty Canada, who will speak to Indigenous Knowledge & Practices as the Original Sustainability. Panelists and speakers include Julie Wright, Executive Director of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative, Steven S. J. Lee from the UN Secretariat and founder of the 3% Project, and Alison Sydney, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Community Foundations Canada. Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair will speak to the role of the Regional Centres for Expertise in localizing the SDGs. Panel moderator, Trent Professor Haroon Akram Lodhi will provide historical context through his work with the United Nations in developing the goals.

Awareness Tables - The Office of Sustainability partnered with Business Students to host Sustainability Awareness Tables in the main foyer of the College. Combining information, games, and prizes, these tables engaged students and educated them on a variety of topics including waste reduction, water protection, consumer products, energy efficiency and more.


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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:

Human/Nature: Meditations on Material Culture

Ever since the paradigm shift that was the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens have been struggling to reconnect with Mother Nature. Whether we are questioning our relationship to consumption and material waste or our connection to other beings and far-off galaxies, the struggle is (psychologically) real.
Faculty, alumni and students of the Integrated Design diploma program at the Haliburton School of Art + Design understand the complexities and challenges of our new Digital Age and are finding integration and new forms of expression in their work through the machine-made, the handmade and the otherworldly.
The Exhibit was curated for the Gladstone Hotel's Come Up to My Room 2019 (January 16-20, 2019... extended to February 15, 2019) and DesignTO that also traveled to Brooklyn, NY for the [Wanted Design] Brooklyn (May 16-20, 2019) event during NYCxDESIGN week


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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?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Fleming offers an Outdoor Adventure Skills certificate program for those who want to develop their skills and also to train and certify prospective adventure tourism employees, and provide specialization for tourism or recreation students.

The program, which practices Leave No Trace principles, offers certifications in areas such as Flatwater Canoeing, Canoe Tripping, Black Bear Safety, Survival Skills, Certified Hike Leader, Wilderness First Aid, and Ice Safety.


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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:

Common First Semester for Students at the Frost Campus
Our Frost Campus ( School for Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences) has a common first semester for the majority of its programs at the campus. The Common First Semester is largely focused on Sustainability including required courses such as Ecosystem Skills, Ecology and the Environment and Skills for Stewardship and Sustainability. The common first semester provides multidisciplinary perspectives. Courses such as Skills for Stewardship and Sustainability help students develop a personal position and direct their career path in a variety of sustainability-related fields.


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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:

Fleming College offers a Corporate Social Responsibility class where students are taught all aspects of sustainability in business. These students attend a total of 3 hours in class weekly. Students must apply what they are learning to create their own sustainability project and are responsible for all aspects of project management. 65% of the class mark is assigned to this aspect of the course requiring students to take responsibility for their projects as they would in the work world. Results included a student-hosted sustainability event, music videos, reports, vlogs, blogs, journals and/or painted their interpretation of sustainability.


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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

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

Fleming College offers sustainable focused employment opportunities through the Office of Sustainability and the Frost Sustainable Campus program, throughout the year. Several Student workers are hired at the two main campuses. Student-workers help to manage communications, run projects (e.g. Awareness Tables, Farmers Market, Local Food box), assist with research and, overall, participate in implementing the College's Five Year Sustainability Plan.


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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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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

Students have the opportunity to apply their volunteer and extra-curricular activities to a Co-Curricular Record that includes a variety of learning outcomes. Learning Outcomes include Sustainable Practices. "Sustainable Practices: Activities in this category focus on sustainable projects to build awareness about the importance of advocacy and education about sustainable practices. Activities focus on positive action in support of the environmental change."


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