Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Laura Nessman
Submission Date May 30, 2016
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Selkirk College
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Allison Lutz
Instructor, Geography
School of Environment and Geomatics
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability ---
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems No
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes No
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
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences ---
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills ---
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives ---

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:
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The website URL where information about student groups is available:
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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:
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The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
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A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:
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The website URL where information about the student-run enterprise(s) is available:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment or finance initiatives is available:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

Every year, Selkirk College collaborates with other community organizations and hosts the Amnesty International Film Festival. The central themes of the films are human rights, social justice, democracy and peace. Films are shown at the MIR Centre for Peace and the Shambhala Performance Hall (both of these centres are located on campus), and advertisement posters are displayed around campus.
The MIR Centre for Peace also hosts a Lecture Series containing similar themes to the Film Festival. Advertisement posters are displayed around campus, and discounted student rates are available. In 2015, Naomi Klein was part of the lecture series and she spoke about climate change.


The website URL where information about the event(s) is available:
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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

In 2015, a performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch was hosted at the 10th St. Campus's Shambhala Performance Hall. This was a collaboration of a local production company and the Selkirk College Music and Technology program. The performance contained strong themes of acceptance and gender equality. Student rates were available.
At the Gathering Place - a facility on the Castlegar campus devoted to enhancing services and providing a welcoming and supportive environment to Aboriginal learners - classes such as "Pow Wow and Contemporary Indigenous Dance Training" are offered, and drumming demonstrations are performed.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
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A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

The Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife (RFW) students at Selkirk College participate in a number of outdoor excursions each year in which they follow "leave no trace" principles. In the 2013/14 academic year, the students went on a week-long canoe trip and a 2-night winter camping trip. Some of the practices that were followed during these trips were as follows:
-All items that were packed in were also packed out
-Outhouses were used when available, otherwise holes were dug and covered again in appropriate locations
-A competition was held with a prize awarded to the team that produced the least amount of garbage on the trip
-Tent pads and trails were used to concentrate use
As the RFW trips are part of the program requirements, they would be considered "institution-governed". However, the students played a major role in the trip planning.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills program(s) is available:
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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

Two of the sustainability focused employment opportunities for students on campus are the Senior Compost Attendant and the Junior Compost Attendant. The responsibilities of the attendants are to dump the collection bin contents into the large "Earth Tub" composter, monitor the temperature and moisture levels to ensure the compost is breaking down properly, and record the compost weight and temperature several times throughout each week.


The website URL where information about the student employment opportuntities is available:
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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledge program is available:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available:
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