NOV/DEC 2007 ReThink… Rethinking Our Way to a Sustainable Campus The University of Manitoba Campus Sustainability E-Newsletter “The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we have created them. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive” - Albert Einstein Going the Green Mile The familiar hum of a The University’s new PHEV, PHEV battery is depleted, traditional motor isn’t al- recently profiled at Canada’s the vehicle works just like ways audible in the latest first PHEV conference, is a a normal hybrid. The vehi- vehicle purchased by the hybrid car that has addi- cle can travel for up to 50 University of Mani- tional battery capacity com- km on battery only. Highlights: toba. Not unless you get pared to a conventional hy- Michele Rogalsky, Man- really, close. And, even brid and can be recharged ager of General Services, • Going the Green Mile then, it’s not what you from an external electrical says she’s excited about • Go Local for the Holi- would normally expect to outlet. That innovative fea- the latest addition to the hear. That’s because it’s a ture allows the vehicle to Physical Plant fleet. “It days Toyota Prius that has been make short trips at moderate will certainly save on fuel converted from a hybrid to speed without the internal costs and I’m looking for- • Sustainable Holiday what is known as a Plug-In combustion engine kicking in, ward to hearing some of Gift Ideas Hybrid Electric Vehicle which translates to signifi- the results of the re- (PHEV). cant fuel savings. Once the search”. Battery Recycling Did you know that work- recycling program. To learn place, non-industrial bat- how to recycle household teries are collected on batteries visit the City of Inside this issue: campus for recycling? Call Winnipeg’s Water and the Waste Prevention Of- Waste website at: Going the Green Mile 1 fice at 474-9608 to obtain http://winnipeg.ca/watera Battery Recycling 1 a collection container* or ndwaste/garbage/hhw.stm more information (*One Recycling Update 2 container per department). For rechargeable batteries Making Climate Conscious 3 see http://winnipeg.ca/ Choices Please note: Batteries waterandwaste/recycle/ from your household are howToRecycle.stm#rbrc News Resources from MB’s 3 not accepted in the campus Eco-minded Youth Go Local for the Holidays: 3 Take the Turkey Challenge Sustainable Holiday Gift 4 Ideas Page 2 RETHINK… RETHINKING OUR WAY TO A SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS Recycling Update How are we doing?, you Glass: 9.2 ask. How much material have we diverted from the Steel: 2.2 landfill? Well, here’s just Paper Recycling a snapshot of all the good Aluminum: 1.5 on Campus things that the Waste Pre- vention Office and UMREG PET: 3.7 OK: - office paper are doing to save the planet… Paper/Cardboard: 225 - cardboard - boxboard Recycling Update in NEW TO RETHINK: - newsprint Metric Tonnes for April Scrap Metal: 14.2 - phone books 1st to Nov. 13th, 2007 - calendars Organics: 3.9 - magazines NOT OK: - coffee cups - transparencies - tissue/paper towels Going the Green Mile (cont’d) - carbon paper The research Rogalsky main coordinators for the nology for cars and light - non-paper waste mentions is one of the main PHEV 2007 conference, is trucks that will allow us to reasons for acquiring the coordinating the research displace most of the gaso- vehicle. The PHEV was by working with the line that these vehi- purchased through a part- Emerging Energy Systems cles currently consume nership with the University at Manitoba Hydro who with renewable energy of Manitoba, MB Hydro have been testing a similar produced here in Mani- with Hymotion Inc. install- vehicle. “Our focus is to toba”. Maire McDermott, the University’s Sustainability Coordinator says it’s an excellent example of how the University can partner with current research pro- jects to produce a win-win situation. “In this case, the Physical Plant depart- ment is reducing its emis- sions and fuel costs while research is being con- ducted on the efficiency of the vehicle”. McDer- Reality must take mott says she is looking precedence over forward to more of these The University of Manitoba’s PHEV at the first Canadian public relations, PHEV Conference: Where the Grid Meets the Road. types of partnerships and because nature is anxiously looking for the cannot be fooled. ing the additional battery. transform transportation next opportunity. Eric Bibeau, the Mani- that is based solely on fos- The hybrid will be inte- -- Unknown toba Hydro/NSERC spon- sil fuels by maximizing the grated into the Physical sored chair for Alternative amount of renewable en- Plant fleet for commuting Energy at the University ergy that can be on and off campus. of Manitoba and one of the used. PHEV is a key tech- Page 3 Making Climate Conscious Choices! From: climatechangeconnection.org What you can do! Easy ways to find products Recyclable - Look for recy- Make smart choices – make that help protect the envi- clable products and ones well-informed choices that ronment: with recycled content. contribute to the well- Durable - Buy durable Recycling reduces the being of our communities products, so you don’t need amount of raw material and natural environment. to replace them as often. needed for new products. New technologies and de- Always ask: Less - Buy only what you signs enable the wide use Do I need this product? need means fewer re- of recycled materials. sources and less waste. Where does the product Packaging - Avoid products Winter is the season in come from? (How far has Local - Buy food, products with excess packaging. It which people try to keep it traveled to get to me? and services that are is best to buy products the house as warm as it Is there a locally produced grown, or produced as with no packaging, or re- was in the summer, when close to home as possible. they complained about equivalent?) turnable, reusable or recy- the heat. How much energy goes into Used - Buy used or reus- clable packaging. making this product? able products. Often Share - Share or trade ~Author Unknown other people’s discard is your products with others. What will happen to this just the treasure you were product when I am fin- Use the library, rent DVDs looking for. and video games. ished with it? New Resource for Manitoba’s Eco-Minded Youth! An online group called environmentally-friendly To become a member, visit "GreenSpace for Environ- youth in Manitoba. The http://groups.google.com/ mental Youth" was formed forum is a place to ex- group/greenspaceyouth on Google groups as a fol- change ideas, share skills, and click on the "Apply for low-up to and Environ- and collaborate on pro- group membership" on the mental Youth Forum that jects. This group is affili- right of the screen. took place in mid-October. ated with the Manitoba The group is open to all Eco-Network. Go Local for the Holidays! This Holiday Season the Turkey is the centre-piece local turkey on your table… folks at Beyond Factory of your holiday meal. Why For a list of more reasons Farming (BFF) are asking not make a statement that why to “buy local”, check you to change one item on you care about serving out: your Holiday menu— good quality, fresh food to Turkey. Instead of buying your family, and support Here’s how: Follow one of a supermarket turkey, the your local farmers and the these links and our friends group is challenging you to environment while doing will help you learn how to buy a turkey that is locally so? Taking the time to buy buy local: grown and sustainably- locally produced food has 100milediet.org/get-started raised. positive impacts on your eatwellguide.org Why take the turkey chal- community. Join us this humanefood.ca; and check out lenge? December in featuring a the BFF Food Directory. Sustainability Coordinator 89 Freedman Cres. Phone: 204-474-8166 email@example.com Waste Prevention Coordinator 89 Freedman Cres Phone: 204-474-9608 firstname.lastname@example.org UMREG—The University of Manitoba Recycling and Environmental Group 157 Helen Glass Phone: 204-474-9118 email@example.com CHECK US OUT ON THE WEB... www.umanitoba.ca/campus/physical_plant/sustainability Sustainable Holiday Gift Ideas! (from resourceconservation.mb.ca) 1) Sustainable Gifts. Give cards as gift tags. which don't require an a gift that won't cost the 5) Decorations. Decorate envelope. earth. Check: http:// your home with natural 9) Transportation. Why www.resourceconservatio and edible items. Try not carpool to your desti- n.mb.ca/wrw/wrw07/ pine cones, berries, or nation or take the bus! gifts05.html branches, fruit, candy or This is also a great way 2) Local and Organic decorated cookies. to avoid the traffic and Holiday Meal. The aver- 6) Lights. Choose energy- parking problems associ- age meal in N. America efficient LED lights, and ated with holiday shop- travels roughly 2400 km don't leave your lights on ping. Why not bundle up to reach your plate. Try all night. Use an auto- and take your family for This we know... the to create a holiday meal matic timer. a walk as part of your earth does not belong from closer to home! evening? Enjoying the to man, man belongs 7) Christmas Trees. snowy weather can be an 3) Vacation Locally! Va- Decorate a living indoor to earth. All things are cation within MB and save active, fun and sustain- plant or tree, or create able way to get to your connected, like blood both the environmental and decorate a “tree” which connects one and financial costs. local celebration. using recycled and sal- family. Whatever be- 4) Gift Wrap. Most wrap- vaged materials. If you 10) S.N.U.B! Plastic falls the earth befalls ping paper can't be recy- use a real tree, chip it shopping bags use natural resources and energy, the children of the cled because it is often when you’re finished with create litter and use up earth. Man did not blended with other mate- it, and use as mulch. landfill space. So why weave the web of life - rials such as wax and 8) Entertaining. Purchase metal. Make your own not ‘Say No to Unwanted he is merely a strand in or make your invitations Bags' and bring your own it. Whatever he does to wrapping paper or use on recycled paper, and materials that can be re- re-usable shopping bags the web, he does to use postcard invitations from home! used. Use old holiday himself. WRITE ME! Chief Seattle, 1854 Want to contribute to ReThink? Have a question on sustainability that needs an an- swer? Have a story on campus sustainability you want to tell? Comments in general? Write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org!
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