By SCOTT BLINKHORN
Conestoga will be going green next year. The Conestoga Students Inc. (CSI) board of directors approved a plan to create an environmental week running from March 20-24, 2017.
“We think educating the students about their impact on the environment is very important,” said director Brittany Greig.
“This was something that students really seem to want … At the AGM (annual general meeting) there was a lot of interest.”
Greig, who presented the plan on behalf of the board’s environmental committee, said there was significant student interest in the idea.
The plan to hold an environmental week was approved by the board
Details of what the week will include have not been decided yet, but the report by the environmental committee made several suggestions. These included a vendor fair, park or campus clean up, an educational nature hike and a garbage audit.
The audit would have volunteers sort through the college’s waste searching for recyclable items that were placed into garbage bins and putting them in the proper place.
It was suggested by director Aimee Calma that representatives from the Region of Waterloo’s waste management division be invited to help educate students on the use of green bins.
“This will give us an opportunity to remind students about the changes coming in March,” said Sheena Witzel, assistant general manager of CSI.
Starting in March garbage collection in Waterloo Region will occur every two weeks, instead of weekly, while blue and green bins will continue to be collected every week.