January 23, 2006

Sustainable campus initiative launched at Fleming College

LINDSAY, ONT-Fleming College's Frost Campus, in Lindsay, has launched the Frost Sustainable Campus Initiative (FSCI), aimed at reduce the environmental impact of human activities through measures such as improved recycling, reduced paper consumption, purchase of green products and reduced waste through composting. The college will also apply green alternatives to cafeteria practices and land use management, and is participating in the One-Tonne Challenge to raise awareness about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. The Frost campus, which is home to Fleming College's School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, will make its Green Roof, Living Wall and Arboretum Master Plan part of the initiative as well. The FSCI has adopted the Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework, a series of ecological and socio-economic improvement targets sponsored by the Sierra Youth Coalition, the youth wing of the Sierra Club of Canada. The Initiative is in addition to other efforts across all of Fleming's campuses as part of the college's 2005-2010 strategic plan to lead Ontario's post-secondary institutions with respect to environmental programs and practices. "The Frost Sustainable Campus Initiative is a great fit with our environmental and natural resources programming. We can - and will - play a leadership role in sustainable practices," said Frost principal and FSCI co-ordinator Blane Harvey. More information is available from Laura Copeland, 705/749-5520, ext 1370.

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