Assiniboine Community College Sustainability Initiative Reduces Carbon Footprint

Aug 18, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Assiniboine Community College (ACC) is committed to working towards a sustainable future with initiatives that will that impact the college community, as well as the community as a whole. 

“Since ACC has made a commitment to sustainability with the signing of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges Pan-Canadian Protocol on Sustainability, the college has moved forward in leaps and bounds,” said Dan Collens, Director of Campus Services at ACC. “Sustainability is about more than just recycling and as an institution of higher learning, it is important for us to lead by example and reduce our carbon footprint in as many ways as possible. While the college is currently pursuing a number of initiatives, sustainability is a long-term commitment both academically and operationally.” 

One opportunity to move forward on a sustainability initiative was presented with the renewal of the college’s fleet vehicles. The college has now converted the entire fleet to hybrid vehicles including two Toyota Prius’, a Ford Escape and a Chevrolet Pickup. 

The ACC Ford Escape Hybrid

The launch of a carpooling program for staff and students is another initiative that will begin this fall. College employees and students will benefit with financial savings and by being environmentally conscience by reducing fuel consumption. The college will offer incentives and discounts on parking fees to encourage participation.  

A third project is the implementation of a program in conjunction with Brandon Transit. After months of negotiations, all ACC students enrolled in the 2011-12 academic year will be able to board any Brandon Transit regular bus route by showing their student card in lieu of fare payment. The UPASS system is a cost savings for students that choose this route of transportation; it is estimated that students will save forty dollars a month or four hundred dollars a year. Part of the agreement includes new bus service from downtown to ACC’s North Hill Campus. 

Curtis Dixon

“It is exciting to announce this agreement with Brandon Transit and the City of Brandon,” said Curtis Dixon, President of Assiniboine Community College Students’ Association. “I am pleased to be the one to seal the deal and make it into a reality for ACC students. Everyone will benefit from this service and I strongly encourage all students to take advantage of this free alternative to driving and walking.” 

Assiniboine Community College has been in operation for over 50 years.  In 2009-10 the college had almost 2,900 students attending college on a full-time basis. The college offers 37 certificate and diploma programs, as well as apprenticeship programs. The main campus is located in Brandon and the Parkland Campus is in Dauphin. Winnipeg has been home to a permanent Practical Nursing site since 1998. Training sites in numerous rural communities extend program offerings throughout the province. 

For more information, please contact:   

Wanda Kurchaba or Kim Jones
Communications & Marketing
Tel: 204.725-8717
[email protected] 

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