Sustainability

Who are Camosun Students for Environmental Awareness?

The Camosun College Student Society is dedicated to improving the environmental sustainability of the Camosun College campuses and promoting environmental awareness to the students of Camosun College. In 2008, the CCSS designated a board member with overseeing sustainability-related projects and campaigns. The Sustainability Director (currently Mark Rosini) also coordinates CSEA, the Camosun Students for Environmental Awareness volunteer collective. Together, they’ve helped the CCSS proactively lobbied Camosun College for more environmentally sustainable practices, resulting in the water bottle refill stations, recycle stations, aquaponic greenhouse and exclusively recycled paper that is used on campus today. The CSEA also acts as the Camosun contingent for greater sustainability-related campaigns such as Make Transit Work, Defend the Coast, and Powershift.

Current Campaigns

  • Ban the Bottle – gathering petitions to phase out bottled water sales at Camosun, and handing out free CCSS reuseable water bottles and mugs
  • WWF Sweater Day Feb 4th – promoting energy conservation in the middle of winter. Wear a sweater, donate the ones you don’t wear anymore to enter a raffle, and do some yoga in the dark.
  • Camosun Sustainability Day – Thursday April 14th 2016 A day of exhibits, workshops and speakers from Camosun and around Victoria, as well as bike tuneups and local food!

Campaign Posters


Sustainability Day (April 14th)

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, SUSTAINABILITY DAY IS COMING TO INTERURBAN!

Join us in front of Campus Centre to try out E-bikes from Pedego bikes, get a bicycle tune-up, recycle your electronics and appliances courtesy of Electrorecycle and enjoy some healthy local food courtesy of Spud Sustainable Produce, Shelbourne Community Kitchen and Camosun College Student Society!

Pick up some free reusable bottles and mugs and lend your voice to the effort to have Camosun join other campus in the Ban the Bottle movement!

This year we are also showcasing all the ongoing efforts and recent accomplishments staff and students at Camosun have made, including:

  • A portable Bio-diesel converter
  • Rainwater & Solar Collectors
  • Silver rating in the STARS program for post-secondary institutions
  • A waste audit from Facilities showing students consumption and recycling habits, and where your waste goes
  • A pedal-powered art gallery

To join in the conversation about sustainability at Camosun, be sure to check out the CCSS Sustainability Facebook group.

Other Initiatives

  • Auto-shutdown software for computer labs at night are a simple, inexpensive way to reduce energy and electric bills, as UBC Okanagan and University of Calgary have recently demonstrated.
  • Consulting with the Make Transit Work coalition to consider additional bus service to Interurban
  • Repurposing the existing Lost & Found areas as “Free Store” convenient pick-up/drop-off locations to encourage active reusing of clothes, school supplies and possibly furniture and books.
  • Free afternoon drop-in documentary screenings to facilitate conversations and act as CSEA meetings
  • Instituting an accessible garden volunteer system for students at both campuses

 Past Activities

  • Lobbying Camosun to adopt 100% recycled paper practices (2007)
  • Lobbying Camosun to install additional water bottle refill stations (2009-2011)
  • Funding the aquaponics greenhouse for Environmental Technology Program (2013)
  • Supporting/Participating in “Defend the Coast – Enbridge Pipeline Protest” (2012)
  • Supporting Powershift 2013
  • “Make Transit Work” Campaign (2012-2015)

What can I do?

Join the CSEA Camosun Students for Environmental Awareness Facebook group! It’s not just another page to like, it is intended as the headquarters where organization and participation happens and agendas, polls and feedback are posted. CSEA meetings are typically every two weeks at alternating campuses. In addition to volunteers needed for gathering petition signatures and making sure Sustainability Day can be the best event possible, student suggestions, concerns and ideas are always welcomed!

You can contact the Student Society Sustainability Director at:
sustainability@camosunstudent.org

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