Camosun College recognized as sustainability top performer

As Camosun continues to advance sustainability on campuses and throughout the college community, it was recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as one of the top performers in the 2016 Sustainable Campus Index.

Camosun is listed as one of the top 10 colleges among Associate Colleges, and the College’s Environmental Technology program’s curriculum is being highlighted for its innovative and high-impact approach. In January 2016, Camosun earned STARS (the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from AASHE.


“Camosun’s students, staff and faculty have worked hard to make sustainability a priority and this demonstrates our commitment to the ongoing process,” says Shannon Craig, Manager of Environmental Sustainability. “The Environmental Technology program is just one of several initiatives started by the college community. We’re very pleased to have our continued investment in sustainability at Camosun recognized.”

Camosun was listed as 10th overall amongst institutions where all degrees are at the associate’s level, or where baccalaureate degrees account for less than 10% of all degrees. Top performers are located throughout North America and were chosen based on STARS overall scores.

The Environmental Technology Spring Semester and Camp for first-year students at Camosun consist of a series of courses which culminates in a week-long field camp. Included are sections on safety in the environment, geographic and aquatic field techniques, soils, and environmental horticulture. Students visit an Indigenous cultural centre to learn how traditional knowledge and science balance with sustainable resource management. Students also learn about sustainable forestry practices and native plant propagation. Field Camp focuses on techniques used in forestry, meteorology, fisheries, wildlife management, limnology, and coastal marine assessment. The camp has moved completely off the grid and uses a solar power generator and solar panel as a charging station for student electronics and as a teaching tool.


Original article from: Camosun College

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