2019 Green Economy Builder Award
Winner: St. Lawrence College
Green Economy Canada is proud to recognize St. Lawrence College, member of the Sustainable Kingston Green Economy Leader Program, as the winner of the inaugural Green Economy Builder Award.
Presented at the Connect 2019 annual reception in front of an audience of almost 200 business leaders, policy makers, and members of the Green Economy Canada network, the award recognizes an organization that has not only demonstrated leadership through its own organizational sustainability initiatives, but has also increased sustainability interest and action among its employees and in the wider community.
Simone Santos is Sustainable Kingston’s Hub Program Manager, and has worked closely with St. Lawrence College’s team. She nominated them for the award, saying: “We are very proud to nominate St. Lawrence College for the inaugural Green Economy Builder Award because they demonstrate leadership and a strong commitment to sustainability and community building. The Sustainable Kingston team believes those values are key to making a resilient society.”
St. Lawrence College’s deep commitment to sustainability in its strategic plan has resulted in a broad range of measures including campus efficiency improvements, academic programming and community engagement both on and off campus.
A variety of major energy retrofits, renewable energy installations, and a new LEED Gold targeted building have put the college on track to meet a 20% GHG reduction target by 2020. They have set a goal to achieve an 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050.
St. Lawrence College knows that greening a campus requires action by students and staff alike, and they have focused on improvements engage their community.
They’ve cut down on waste through water bottle filling stations, incentive campaigns for using a reusable mug, ink cartridge collection programs, and composting. In addition to a bike sharing program, carpooling and a campus-wide challenge, they are also providing staff at the Kingston campus with a free bus pass this Fall.
“Climate change is the defining challenge of our time and we need organizations of all sectors to be a part of the solution. Organizations like St. Lawrence College understand that,” says Priyanka Lloyd, Executive Director of Green Economy Canada. “We hope that others can be inspired by the actions St. Lawrence College is taking and the multitude of benefits they are seeing to incorporate similar practices into their own business planning.”