Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.59
Liaison Maria Mendes
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Red River College Polytechnic
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

We have a blog where we share information and news. Staff, students (and the public) can subscribe to it and receive an email when a new blog is posted: https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/news/

RRC Polytech also has a daily e-newsletter for staff and a semi-weekly e-news letter for students where we share information and news.

The Sustainability Office also uses Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rrcgoesgreen) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/rrcgoesgreen/).

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

- The Pitch In program is designed to make recycling and discarding waste as easy as 1-2-3. Waste and recycling are now three bins found together in hallways and nicknamed trios. Each bin is labelled either Paper, Containers, or Landfill and strategically placed colorful signs above many trios helps everyone sort their waste properly. Additionally, our Hall it! signs in classrooms and meeting rooms alert occupants that there are no garbage and recycle bins in these rooms and directs students and staff use the trios in the hallway. (https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/what-we-do/waste-and-recycling/)
- REbins that collect used writing instruments, batteries and plastic bags for reuse and recycling are covered in bright decals to draw attention and share information about the program.
- The Skilled, Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) at the Notre Dame Campus is LEED Gold certified and has many energy and water saving features including a geothermal heating and cooling system and solar panels. At the main entry a “Green Dashboard” greets visitors and provides real-time information on the building’s performance including electricity, natural gas and water consumption. (https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/what-we-do/green-buildings/)
- The College's LEED Silver certified Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre has signage located throughout the building to denote its green features (incl. materials selection, water reduction measures, energy efficiency and more).
- The Sustainability Office maintains a display area in a high traffic area which we use to display different information. Most recently it house a display on college printing and featured a large "Printing by the Numbers: which tracked college paper consumption progress year-over-year. (https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/2020/01/07/turning-the-page-on-a-new-term/)
- High traffic water bottle fill stations have "Rethink Your Drink" decals that share information about the benefits of using reusable water bottles.
- Bike lockers at our Notre Dame Campus are wrapped in fun decals showing local landmarks and the distance. (https://www.rrc.ca/parking/bike/bike-lockers/)
- Bike theft prevention posters and hung strategically to highlight tips on how to secure your bike to help prevent theft. Additionally, our Security Services places U-Lock shaped tags with this information on unlocked or poorly locked bikes on campus.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Th Sustainability Office offers sustainability tours by request at both our Notre Dame and Exchange District Campuses (https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/what-we-do/green-buildings/). Prior to the pandemic, we also hosted a sustainability tour of our Notre Dame Campus as part of New Employee Orientation.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

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

We work closely with Campus Living to help green the residential experience. Some of the things we have done include: hosting a session as part of RA training to talk about sustainable living in residence; participating in Campus Living orientation; providing magnets for room fridges to help inform residents about the waste and recycling programs; posting signage in lounge areas providing information about waste and recycling; and posting signage in all laundry rooms with eco-friendly laundry tips (the default for all washing machines is set to cold water wash)

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

The Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) at the Notre Dame Campus hosts the College’s first green building dashboard (“green kiosk”) at the entrance of the building. The purpose of the green kiosk is to educate students, faculty, staff and visitors about STTC’s building performance in an accessible and relatable manner. The Daily Real Time Consumption shows how much (electricity, natural gas, water) has been used from 6am to the current moment in time and the dashboard also relates the current performance of the building’s geothermal system and photovoltaic array.

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