Fleming College takes big step toward smaller footprint

Fleming College is pleased to announce that it has completed and approved its first corporate sustainability plan.

The plan charts the course to a future where the college’s programs and practices demonstrate its commitment to building a sustainable future socially, economically, and environmentally for staff, students and the wider community.

As part of the plan, Fleming has also established an Office of Sustainability with staff focused on implementation of the plan as well as support of campus and community initiatives. The office consists of staff, students and senior management who are focused on fostering sustainability in three main areas: Operations, Curriculum and Administration.

“A sustainable future for Fleming is one in which we play an active role in improving social and environmental well-being, while remaining fiscally responsible,” notes Fleming President Tony Tilly. “It’s not just the way in which we run our operations, but it’s how we teach our students and how they engage with the communities we serve.”

Prior to the corporate plan, Fleming has maintained a long history of successful sustainability initiatives led by students or individual campuses. For example, in 2010, Frost Campus students spearheaded the college-wide ban on bottled water, one of the first in Canada. And Fleming’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment is renowned for its innovative research both regionally and internationally. The corporate plan represents a collective effort at a senior level to move toward sustainability across all campuses.

Fleming recently became just the third Ontario college to be certified under the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) program, which provides a rating for the college’s performance in the areas of curriculum, operations, and administration.

A copy of the plan can be accessed on Fleming’s website at www.flemingcollege.ca/about-fleming/reports-and-plans.

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Community Development and Health, Continuing Education, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Justice and Business, Skilled Trades and Technology, General Arts and Science and Visual Arts. Fleming College has more than 5,900 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 65,000 alumni.

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For more information
Laura Copeland, Communications Officer at laura.copeland@flemingcollege.ca or 705.749.5530 x 1370