Building awareness of environmental issues

Niagara College

Living local is the theme for Niagara College’s eighth annual Green Day Wednesday.
The day, said a release from the college, is designed to provide students, staff and the community with an opportunity to meet local organizations committed to improving sustainability and environmental stewardship on campus and across Niagara.
It brings together more than 25 exhibitors, along with interactive workshops and activities.
“Environmental sustainability is an important issue for students, and Green Day gives them a chance to learn more about what’s being done at Niagara College and in the community, and how they can become involved,” said Green Day organizer and Niagara College student Sarah Koudys.
Koudys is a second-year student in the Environmental Technician – Field and Laboratory program, who is completing the co-op portion of her program as a sustainability technician in the college’s facilities management services department.
Green Day will welcome 16 new exhibitors this year, including industry leaders like Walker Industries and non-profits like the Drainage Investment Group, the Niagara Restoration Council, Trout Unlimited and Goodwill Niagara, to small businesses that offer sustainable products like Gwen’s Teas and Water Superstore. A full list of exhibitors is available at sustainability.niagaracollege.ca/content/Events/GreenDay.aspx.
“Incorporating sustainability into our operations is a key strategic priority for Niagara College,” said Teresa Quinlin, the college’s vice-president of corporate services and the co-chair of Niagara College’s Sustainability Committee.
“Through events like Green Day, we’re able to build an awareness of environmental issues, and the important role that all of us play in building a sustainable future.”
Workshops on tree planting and fly fishing will also take place throughout the day, along with contests and refreshments.
Green Day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, and is presented jointly by the Niagara Environmental Corps, a student-led organization, and Sustainability at NC, which includes the college’s sustainability staff, sustainability committee and students and staff dedicated to Niagara College’s sustainability strategies and initiatives.