This year’s Day of Reflection, held April 23 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, generated a smaller carbon footprint than last year’s event.
For the second year in a row, members of NC’s Sustainability Committee calculated the carbon emissions generated by the event. Volunteers collected travel information from attendees, and calculated a carbon footprint based on distance travelled and mode of transportation. In total, 380 people attended Day of Reflection, with an average travel distance of 19 km. The total carbon footprint of the Day of Reflection was 1.49 tCO2e (tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent).
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.
“This reduction is great news, and can be attributed to a number of factors, including seven groups who carpooled together, others who took public transit, walked, ran or cycled to the event,” said Taryn Wilkinson, sustainability coordinator. “Clearly, our college community is thinking more about sustainability and our environmental impact, which will serve us well as we continue to pursue our sustainability goals and targets.”
Learn more about NC’s environmental targets and initiatives on the Sustainability web site.