Niagara College showed its green side Sept. 15, as the student-led environmental group, Niagara Environmental Corps (NEC), hosted its fourth annual Green Day @ Niagara event at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.
Guests and participants learned more about local environmental organizations at the Walker Industries Exhibitor Tent, which included displays by conservation groups, nature clubs, local municipalities and industry partners, including special guests “Skyhunters Birds of Prey.”
The event also featured the first-ever swap meet to educate staff, students and the community about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. Visitors had the opportunity to donate or trade gently used items, including clothing and accessories.
The NEC also sold rain barrels throughout the event to help fund environmental projects and promote awareness on campus and within the local community.
Green Day @ Niagara plays host to various local exhibitors from a number of industries with an environmental focus. The event promotes student involvement and volunteerism in raising environmental awareness, as well as encourages students to engage in habitat conservation, ecosystem restoration, urban sustainability and environmental education projects on campus and throughout the Niagara region.
The Niagara Environmental Corps (NEC) was created in 2006 to increase environmental awareness at Niagara College, empower students to be proactive in solving environmental issues and build healthy communities. In 2007, the NEC joined with the College’s Niagara Research department to gain experience in environmentally-focused applied research initiatives. These activities focus on protecting and restoring natural environments, including habitat restoration and monitoring, ecosystem restoration, site remediation, wetland conservation and solutions towards urban sustainability. Student volunteers are involved in a number of environmental applied research projects throughout the year, as well as in local environmental community events. The NEC allows students a chance to get their hands dirty in the field, including learning, researching and networking with local businesses, environmental organizations and high schools. The NEC has grown to include more than 135 members and has collaborated with local high schools to develop the NEC Junior Corps.
For more information, visit www.NiagaraCollegeNEC.ca.
For more information, contact:
Research Project Coordinator, Research and Innovation
905-641-2252, ext. 4197