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

STARS v2.2

Red River College Polytechnic
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Earth Hour

A brief description of the campaign:

Every year, staff and students at RRC Polytech are encouraged to pledge to power down for Earth Hour. In 2018, we began partnering with the RRC Polytech Students' Association to host a green event in the week leading up to Earth Hour to promote sustainability and engage students in Earth Hour.

https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/2018/03/09/power-down-for-earth-hour-and-win/


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

In 2018, 106 members of the College Community pledged to power down for Earth Hour and in 2019, 155 people pledged (Earth Hour outreach put on hold in 2020)


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Commuter Challenge

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

Every year, RRC Polytech participates in the Commuter Challenge - a weeklong, national event in June which encourages staff to green their commute. We engage staff through All Staff News, Blogs, social media, various events (i.e. commuter welcome stations), and prizes.

https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/2021/05/19/join-the-commuter-challenge-may-30-to-june-5-2021/


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

Thanks to our staff participation every year, from 2012-2021 we have:
- saved 14,179 L of fuel
- avoided 31,423 kg of CO2e emissions
- had 1,420 staff participate
- won Gold in our workplace category six times and Silver four times (determined by percentage of employees participating for workplaces in Winnipeg)


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Seasonal Shutdown: We host seasonal shutdown campaigns in December and June, encouraging staff to unplug and power down appliances and electronics over the holidays to save energy. In total for the winter breaks in 2018/19 and 2019/20 and the 2019 summer break, 65 departments, representing 999 staff, participate. This program was suspended in 2020 because of the pandemic. https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/2019/12/06/tis-the-season-al-shutdown-office-challenge/

Grow a Row: Grow-A-Row is an annual Manitoba Harvest event where businesses and residents grow an additional row of veggies (or more) in their garden to donate to Manitobans in need. The RRC Polytech Grounds crew work hard to plant and maintain the garden all summer and in the Fall, staff and student volunteers are recruited to help pick, clean and prepare the harvest. The Grow-A-Row initiative started here at RRC Polytech in 2013 and since then we have donated over 22.500 lbs of produce. https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/what-we-do/grounds/

Through a partnership with Beeproject Apiaries, we housed honeybee hives each summer from 2016 to 2019. It started in 2016, when we installed at our Exchange District Campus and in 2017, we added hives to our Notre Dame Campus (NDC) A building roof in 2017. Throughout the summer, our staff and students were able to visit the bees with the beekeepers and attend hands-on workshops, such as honey extraction. The honey that was harvested was sold at our annual fall Farmers Market as well as at other events and in Food Services outlets throughout the year. From 2016-2019, our bees produced 1,519 jars (340g) of honey. This project was suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic.https://www.rrc.ca/redgreen/initiatives/bees/

We host e-Waste Drives once or twice a year to allow staff and students to bring electronics from home for recycling. In 2020, we collected 12,030 lbs of electronics for recycling during our e-waste drives.


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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