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-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Robert Monico
Sustainability Projects Coordinator
Sustainability
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website (optional):

This website contains information, events and resources for staff and students. It is accessible from Fleming College's main home page. The site describes Fleming's Office of Sustainability, Sustainability in Courses, Sustainability in Buildings and houses our Sustainability Plans and Reports and also provides resources include teaching tools, sustainability actions, a newsletter and information on initiatives such as alternative transportation.

Sustainability initiatives at Fleming are also reported through the (municipal) Sustainable Peterborough annual report.


The website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

Our Sustainability in Action Newsletter is updated approximately three times/year and provides information on the major sustainability initiatives at the College. Articles include information on the community gardens, the Farmer's Market, campus and community Sustainability Events, the release of Annual Sustainability Action Plans and more.


The website URL for the sustainability newsletter:
Does the institution have social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, interactive blogs) that focus specifically on campus sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the social media platforms that focus on sustainability:

The Office of Sustainability has a Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter page online. They are used regularly to share event information as well as information on sustainable living. On both platforms, we share data we have gathered through various student surveys and do our best to engage our readership by asking questions and sharing answers. We share news from the college level up to the international level.


The website URL of the primary social media platform focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat?:
No

A brief description of the regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper:
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Does the institution produce a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Fleming College uses its own Office of Sustainability webpage to share any and all student research on sustainability within the college! Our most regular research comes out of our Project Management Program as well as our International Business Program. Both programs have conducted surveys and research that have helped the Office of Sustainability immensely and we are proud to share their research with the Fleming community.


The website URL for the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:
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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
Yes

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Fleming's Frost Campus has permanent signage erected in the main lobby which highlights the campus' green building features and sustainability initiatives, including:
i) Wind Turbine,
ii) Solar Ecology,
iii) Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment,
iv) Living Wall, and
v) Geothermal heating/cooling.


The website URL for building signage that highlights green building features :
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Does the institution have signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Digital display sign in Sutherland and Frost campus food service area highlight the following:
i) Fair Trade & Rainforest Alliance certified products - supports developing communities globally,
ii) various "Eat Local" messaging including locally grown and produced foods used at the premises,
iii) use re-fillable mugs for hot drinks,
iv) real china offered for meals,
v) composting efforts by various food vendors,
vi) eggs from cage-free chickens used, and
vii) control valves used to reduce water consumption.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed?:
Yes

A brief description of the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:

There is signage describing gardens such as the Butterfly and Community Gardens at our Frost Campus.


The website URL for the signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed:
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Does the institution produce a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Sustainability Walking Tour Map highlights on-campus nature trails, sustainability features of buildings, transit stops and areas of cultural significance such as the on-campus Tipi.


The website URL of the sustainability walking map or tour:
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Does the institution produce a guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:

The commuting distance to our Frost Campus is 49 km from the main campus. We have a rideshare board available to all students and staff for regular usage. On the board, there are posts from regular commuter travel from nearby towns into the college as well as notes on bigger trips across Canada. In addition, the Student Associaton provides information about the intercampus shuttle bus on their website. The Frost campus also provides services and information surrounding the Bike Loan program. Through our website and social media pages, we regularly share information on using sustainable transportation, from ride shares to bus services and more. There is also a section of the Residence Green Living Guide that has information about the alternatives to single-car transportation. Including info on the bus systems, costs, biking, and walking.


The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use more sustainable methods of transportation:
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Does the institution produce navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians (e.g. covering routes, inter-modal connections, policies, services, and safety)? :
Yes

A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The Residence "Green Living" Guides includes a sustainable transportation guide for those living on campus. The Office of Sustainability offers cycling route maps during Orientation, Welcome Days and Open House events. Fleming College also takes part in " Shifting Gears" a local alternative transportation initiative that runs through the month of May each year and provides information to the campus community about cycling routes and other alternate forms of transportation. During this month, the main campus also hosts a "2 Wheel Drive" event that provides bicycle maintenance and information and encourages staff and students to ride their bike that day- and every day. The Frost Campus has a Bike Loan program. At the beginning of cycling season, there is a seminar on bike maintenance and students are invited to take part in learning how to tune up their bikes for the season. Also available to students from the Bike Loan Program are cycling route maps for the Lindsay area, and a biking safety brochure.


The website URL for navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:
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Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

A Green Living Guide has been created for Residences that covers the energy-saving initiatives already happening at the residences as well as tips on how individual students could live more sustainably including information on energy and water-saving techniques as well as proper composting techniques and proper recycling techniques. The guide also includes a section on what groups students can join and different funding opportunities for student-run sustainability projects. It also encompasses a sustainable transportation guide and tips for purchasing sustainable consumer products.


The website URL for the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
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Does the institution produce other sustainability outreach materials or publications not covered above?:
Yes

A brief description of these materials or publications:

Our Frost Campus Sustainability Initiative also has a facebook page that is regularly updated.

In addition, the Office of Sustainability student workers regularly provides event notices, articles and communications to the Fleming Zone and all-staff communications that reach all staff and students. These articles are often re-posted by our student workers to our Facebook page. A sample of Fleming Zone headlines is provided below to demonstrate the number of sustainability-related stories that make it to the publication. The first highlights a sustainable building project constructed by our Sustainable Building Design and Construction students:

Office of Sustainability participates in the multi-sector forum to connect the UN Sustainable Development Goals with local initiatives:
Trish O’Connor, Director of Sustainability and Rob Monico, Sustainability Projects Coordinator, collaborated with local organizations to connect the United Nation (UN) Sustainable Development Goals with local initiatives on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Katrina Van Osch-Saxon talks emerald ash borer with Global News
Katrina Van Osch-Saxon, Professor in the urban forestry technician program at Frost Campus, talked to Dan Nyznik with Global News about the battle with emerald ash borer tree beetle in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Advanced Water Technologies Video: Greyter Water Systems & Fleming College
Greyter Water Systems teamed up with researchers from Fleming College’s Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies (CAWT) to refine and successfully validate its Greyter HOME product for greywater reuse and access new markets.

Cleantech: Are You Ready to Shape the Future?
The cleantech industry is taking off in our region and Fleming’s applied research with the Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) is making waves in our community and beyond.


The website URL for these materials or publications:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Much of the information noted above can be found on our Office of Sustainability website:
http://flemingcollege.ca/services/office-of-sustainability

A hard copy of the Green Guide for Resident is provided directly in their rooms.

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