Day of Reflection provides a forum for all Niagara College employees to come together as a College community to reflect on how we are doing as a College—key issues and ideas that impact the College and our students and what more might be possible.
This annual occasion generates ideas and feedback that serve as catalysts for organizational learning; change in our employees’ practices within the classroom and / or their working environments; and influence in our immediate and global communities.
Day of Reflection, 2013: Carbon Footprint Results
On Tuesday April 23rd, 2013, the Sustainability Committee calculated the carbon footprint of the Day of Reflection at Niagara College. The footprint was conducted by volunteers collecting travel information in the form of a short survey.
The footprint was calculated based on the one way travel distance and their mode of transportation. There were 380 guests at the event, with an average travel distance of 19 km to the Niagara on the Lake Campus. The total carbon footprint of the Day of Reflection was 1.49 tCO2e. In comparison to the 2012 Day of Reflection, 450 guests attended, with an average travel distance of 23 km to the campus. This equated to a carbon footprint of 2.10 tCO2e.
The 2013 Day of Reflection had a smaller footprint than the previous year, and this can be attributed to several factors. There were 7 groups who carpooled together, and three people took the City Bus, walked and rode a bicycle compared to last year. There were seven guests who biked in, one who ran twenty-two kilometers, three took the bus and one person walked. The difference can also be attributed to the shorter average distance travelled, being 19 km this year, and 23 last year.
Having a smaller footprint this year is wonderful news, and next year, we look forward to calculating an even smaller footprint and see an increase in sustainable transportation from the employees.
Handouts & Articles
- Generation NeXt Goes to Work: Issues in Workplace Readiness and Performance By Dr. Mark Taylor
- Helicopters, Snowplows, and Bulldozers: Managing Students’ Parents By Dr. Mark Taylor
- Teaching Generation NeXt: Leveraging Technology with Today’s Digital Learners By Dr. Mark Taylor
- Virtual Handout (Powerpoint) from Shelly Merlo’s GIFTS session (Great Ideas For Targeting Sustainability)