Past Sustainability Initiatives

Water Bottle Taste Test – Loyalist Eco-Reps held a taste test between four different water bottle brands and the hydration station water at Loyalist College to demonstrate how the water here tastes just as good as bottled water. The purpose of the event was to bring awareness to water issues as well as encourage students to use reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones.

Quinte Repair Café – With community partners Quinte Waste Solutions and Bay of Quinte Region, Loyalist hosted the region’s first Repair Café – a pop-up event where residents can bring in their broken or damaged household items and repair them with the help of a local repair specialist. Loyalist’s Sustainability Steering Committee provided financial support and faculty members Tom Falcao and Chuck Barsony volunteered their time and knowledge as “fixers.” The Café, held in October 2014, was a huge success with over 100 visitors, 30+ items either repaired or diagnosed for repair, and 264 lbs of material diverted from landfill as a result of on-site repair/diagnosis. 

Quinte Region Bike Summit  Loyalist was a member of the organizing committee for the region’s first bike summit which brought together cycling and active transportation experts and community participants to learn how to make Quinte a more bike-friendly community. 

2014 Quinte Trash Bash Campus Clean-Up – Loyalist joined the community-wide event to celebrate Earth Day by engaging staff in a spring clean-up on campus. We collected 16 bags of recycling, 14 bags of garbage, a toaster, some pots and pans and even a BlackBerry!

Commuter Challenge 

2014 Results: 6.4% of Loyalist employees participated, eliminating 3,272 km of driving, preventing 460 kg of CO2 emissions, saving 214 litres of fuel and burning 14,702 calories.  

2012 Results: 8.89% of Loyalist employees participated, eliminating 5,721 km of driving, preventing 866 kg of CO2 emissions, saving 356 litres of fuel and burning 29,353 calories.

Laser Printer Removal – The College has removed 285 laser printers from campus, resulting in a 55% reduction in energy consumption, 62% reduction in solid waste, 68% reduction in greenhouse emissions and 30% reduction in paper.

Waste Electronics Collection Fundraiser – Electronic waste from the community was collected by post-grad Public Relations students on March 10, 2012 in partnership with Quinte Waste Solutions and Ontario Electronic Stewardship. The money raised from the project helped send two children to Camp Trillium.

Living Green in Quinte – Loyalist hosted, sponsored and organized Living Green in Quinte, formerly known as the Sustainable Living Symposium, for several years from 2008 to 2011. The two-day event was focused on living a greener lifestyle and featured a wide range of experts on green topics such as solar, wind and geothermal technologies, straw bale construction, hybrid vehicles, and more. In 2012, Loyalist hosted a Living Green dinner.

Smoke-Free Initiative Award – At the Smoke-Free Initiative Awards presented by the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit in April 2010, Loyalist received the Post-Secondary Award for creating designated outdoor smoking areas on campus.

Drive to Survive – Hosted by the Motive Power Technician class during the College’s Spring Open House on April 16, 2011, students conducted oil changes, performed diagnostic procedures and inspected emission-related components to help members of the public to recognize the role that their automobiles play in the release of greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming.

Switching Gears – During a week-long event in October 2011, students and staff were encouraged to use alternate forms of transportation including walking, cycling, carpooling, or city bus. Each day, a different mode of transportation was highlighted and the eco-friendly benefits displayed in the cafeteria. Participants were provided with tracking sheets that allowed organizers to monitor the amount of CO2 emissions that were saved as a result of the campaign. This campaign was an adaptation of the Shifting Gears to Green campaign held in October 2010.

Campus Clean-Up Day – Members of the Loyalist College community were encouraged to participate in a Campus Clean-Up Day on April 8, 2011. In cooperation with second-year Waste Management students in the Environmental Studies program, this clean-up initiative was in collaboration with the College’s Respectful College Community Committee and the Sustainability Steering Committee.

Green Week – Student Government Green Week initiatives held in November 2010 included Recycle-a-Book event, Lug-a-Mug Days, and Think Before You Ink initiative.

Walkable Communities Forum – This educational event on October 13, 2010 included a keynote presentation by Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of 8 – 80 Cities, formerly Walk & Bike for Life. The forum was hosted at Loyalist College in partnership with Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.

Green Revitalization Project – In May 2008, Loyalist joined forces with environmental partners InterfaceFLOR, Tree Canada, the Hastings Stewardship Council and students from Trenton High School to revitalize a four-acre field on the College campus by planting 2,500 trees.

Campus Improvements – In January 2008, Loyalist received $1.1M from the Ontario Government for campus improvements related to energy efficiency and campus safety.

Walk with the President Event – On October 3, 2007, Loyalist College President Maureen Piercy and students from the College’s Recreation and Leisure, and Fitness and Health Promotion programs planned and coordinated a local World Record Walk (WRW) event for the community. Organized by Green Communities Canada with support from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, WRW was an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people walking one kilometre at the same time.

Energy Efficiency – Loyalist College was recognized by Natural Resources Canada for Energy Efficiency in 2003.