Niagara College was recognized May 30 with the Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI) “Greatest Progress” award in recognition of the steps NC has taken to reduce its carbon footprint.
In particular, the NSI recognized NC initiatives, including the installation of streamed waste receptacles; the hiring of an energy manager who will focus on energy reduction projects; the introduction of a aqueous ozone water system that is used for cleaning, replacing chemicals; and launching the Wine Visitor + Education as the first carbon neutral building of its kind in Canada.
Launched by NC graduate and faculty Evan DiValentino, the NSI is focused on bringing economic strength back to the Niagara Region through greening of local businesses and municipalities – a vision that is shared by local government, the St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce and multiple Economic Development departments. NSI provides an opportunity for local organizations to capitalize on a changing consumer landscape – a consumer landscape that demands environmental responsibility. It is NSI’s goal to help the public and private sectors of the Niagara Region achieve this transformation to contribute to an environmentally and economically sustainable community. Niagara College has been a partner in the NSI since 2011.