How are you getting to Day of Reflection?

More than 400 people have responded to Niagara College’s Employee Commuting survey which, in addition to helping to calculate NC’s carbon footprint, will form the basis of the Day of Reflection Commuter Challenge.

With this year’s focus on sustainability, organizers are asking staff who attend Day of Reflection on May 3 to find an alternative way to get to there – whether it’s carpooling, public transit, cycling or another efficient mode of transportation. The idea is to reduce our carbon footprint.

To encourage attendees to find an environmentally-friendly means of travel, the person who is deemed to have used the most creative method of travel to the Day of Reflection will receive a prize of environmentally-friendly goods. For the rest of us, the reward will be saving a few dollars – and with gas at $1.30/Litre, every little bit helps.

Here’s what the commuter survey has told us so far:

  • 34 percent of employees drive a mid-size car; 28 percent drive a compact car/hybrid SUV; 20 percent drive a minivan or SUV; 7 percent drive a full-size car; 3 percent drive a truck; 3 percent bike/walk or run; 1 percent take public transit and 0.8 percent drive a hybrid car.
  • Only 9 percent of employees carpool on a regular basis.

In 2006, the Niagara region generated 4.1 million tonnes of greenhouse gases. The largest contributing sector is transportation, which generated 1.6 million tonnes of  CO2e.

Day of Reflection: May 3 at the NOTL Campus

The theme of the 2012 Day of Reflection is “You + NC = A Sustainable Future”. Canadian author and activist Maude Barlow is the event’s keynote speaker, and will deliver a presentation titled “The Global Water Crisis and the Challenge for Canadians.” Author Sasha Gupta will also present the story of his transformative personal journey and his commitment to sustainability and global responsiblity. The day will also include an interesting line-up of seminars and displays and a special lunch catered by our Canadian Food and Wine Institute. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m.  Watch for further updates and information regarding Day of Reflection here on InsideNC.

For further information, visit Acting President Steve Hudson’s invitation to staff.

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