Grenfell Campus Waste Management Committee
Grenfell Waste Management Committee (GWMC) is a student-led committee working in collaboration with the members of the Sustainability Committee to promote sustainable waste management practices on campus. GWMC is proud to contribute proceeds from its fundraising to the Grenfell Green Fund. This fund is a continuous account dedicated entirely to increasing sustainability practices on campus. Any money fundraised is available to campus groups that have a Sustainability initiative and needs funding! Want to contribute to the fund? Donate today by dropping off your recyclables at a Green Depot near you to the Grenfell Green Fund account or email email@example.com for more information or to make a monetary donation.
GWMC has several initiatives active on campus:
- Recycling program: A collaborative project with Scotia Recycling, Student Housing, Facilities Management, and volunteers. Student volunteers collect recycling from residences, sort, and clean refundables, and Scotia Recycling collects recycling. All proceeds go to Grenfell Green Fund; the money raised through the recycling program is one of the biggest contributors to the ongoing sustainability projects!
- Composting: The two rotating composters and a backyard composter are run by GWMC and provide fresh compost for the community gardens (see the full story here). Volunteers check composters regularly to remove unwanted material, check moisture, and turn the compost to keep it healthy.
EcoBrick Initiative: Tapping into a worldwide initiative, GWMC began an EcoBrick community project as a way to divert soft plastics from the landfill. Two-litre bottles were collected from the recycling program and given out to volunteers who could then begin the construction of their EcoBrick (see https://www.ecobricks.org/ for more details). While the reduction of plastic is best, EcoBricks are able to contain soft plastics, thus diverting from the landfill. Once there are enough completed bricks, they can begin the construction of different structures, like footstools (right) or tables!
Sustainability Series: A bi-weekly series that puts on different workshops to increase sustainability education on campus. Often partnering with other organizations, such as student housing, Western Environment Centre (WEC), and Western Regional Waste Management (WRWM), the waste management committee works to educate on topics such as composting, do-it-yourself cleaning products, zero-waste food options, and more: check out their Facebook page to see more events.
If you're interested in joining this group to help increase sustainability initiatives on campus, follow them on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GCSU Environmental Affairs Committee
The GCSU Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) is a group of student volunteers who wish to work together to make a positive environmental contribution on campus and the surrounding community. A few projects they have worked on include:
- Farmer's Feasts: Farmer's Feast seeks to provide more sustainable food options for the Grenfell community. About once a month, a group of students cooks a primarily vegetarian or vegan meal, using as many Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada ingredients and avoiding packaging, when possible. The meal is served for free to students, staff, and faculty in the Grove.
- Sustainabilizine: A magazine issue created by student volunteers with different ideas for green living in Corner Brook.
- In 2014, the EAC began running "Get Out, Get Green," a day to celebrate and showcase local environmental initiatives. At the same time, the event strives to make the outdoors accessible to everyone so we can all appreciate the natural environment around us. Our goal is to bring together campus and community groups to highlight the diversity of actors within environmental initiatives and to help build partnerships among these actors.
- The EAC took on the Canadian Federation of Students' campaign to ban bottled water. Grenfell Campus is now bottled-water free!
Follow their Facebook page in order to stay updated on the group and upcoming events.