What I Can Do!


What I Can Do!

University Initiatives that we can become involved with:

  • C-Choices Carpooling - open to all employees and students
  • C-Choices Parking Permit Buyback - commit to trying another mode of transportation for a year
  • C-Choices Cycling and Walking - support for your efforts
  • C-Choices Transit - information about bus routes and tax benefit

Continuing Education activities that I can participate in:

  • kitchen recycling
  • freecycle collections
  • awareness activities
  • Green Thumb lectures
  • green office practices (print double sided. sort recycling form shredding, turn off computer at night,)

CE Green Team Past and Current Successes

  • Green action rewards - Faculty members "caught" being environmentally responsible were awarded a green token to exchange for green gifts
  • Default 2-sided printing - revised print settings for all Faculty computers.
  • Gift basket raffles - funds raised purchased recycling bins, supplied prizes and sponsored a bench in MRU's Centennial Garden
  • Garage sales - held each spring and fall in staff lounge - leftovers to Women in Need
  •  Freecycle Christmas - ornament and decoration exchange each December - jewellery and accessories added in 2010 - leftovers to Women in Need
  • Book Exchange - second hand books available for free in staff lounge
  • Recycling bins - accepting all City of Calgary "blue box" items - Green Team members maintain regularly.
  • Business clothing collection box - to Women in Need
  • Winter outerwear collection box - to Mustard Seed and Drop-in Centre
  • Eyeglass collection box - to Lions Club for third world
  • Cellphone recycling box - and other items with rechargeable batteries
  • Candy Cane Challenge - which area within the Faculty could take the most actions to "green" its Christmas 2008 celebrations? Prize of $50 to charity of choice.
  • Project Runway Green Edition - Earth Day celebration 2009 - Faculty teams had to make outfits using only recycled items. Prize of $50 to charity of choice.
  • Green Thumb Series
  • Healthy You Series - Healthy choices for home, family and yard - 3 lunchtime workshops in 2010-11 - open to all MRU employees.
  • Family Fun Day

 University Past and Current Successes

  • Centre for Continuous Learning - LEED Gold Certification
  • Journalism graduate Emma Gilchrist has created the Calgary Herald's Green Guide
  • Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership student Tyson LeRuyet successfully campaigned for greener printing by having the Library printers defaulted to print double-sided, with the side benefit of saving students money.