There are endless ways you can make a difference, and improve sustainability not just at the College, but within London and even farther than that! Everything we can do, no matter how small, will have an impact. Don’t be afraid to take those small steps toward a more sustainable lifestyle! Below are some ways you can start making a difference today.
Get involved on campus
Enviro Fanshawe Student Club
EnviroFanshawe is a Fanshawe Student Union (FSU) sanctioned club started in January 2019. It is made up of students who care about the environment and much of the work they do is for the betterment of the campus as a whole.
If you have questions about Enviro Fanshawe, please email email@example.com. You can also find them on Facebook (EnviroFanshawe) and Instagram (@EnviroFanshawe)
Fanshawe Eco-Advisor Committee
The Fanshawe Eco-Advisor Committee is a committee for students that want to get involved on a deeper
level to create positive environmental change throughout the Fanshawe community.
Become a sustainability volunteer at Fanshawe
Visit the volunteering page on the Fanshawe Student Union website.
Calculate your ecological footprint
Ecological Footprint measures the ecological assets that a given population requires to produce the natural resources it consumes (including plant-based food and fibre products, livestock and fish products, timber and other forest products, space for urban infrastructure) and to absorb its waste, especially carbon emissions.
Knowing your personal ecological footprint is a great way to start making a difference. Once you understand how your lifestyle impacts the planet, you can target specific changes in your life. Everyone should strive to reduce their footprint by 5% every year!
The Ecological Footprint tracks the use of six categories of productive surface areas:
- Grazing land
- Fishing grounds
- Built-up land
- Forest area
- Carbon demand on land
Water refill station
Fanshawe has many water bottle fill stations across campus, almost one in every building.
There are many benefits to using a reusable bottle at our stations:
You will save money!
On average, a bottle of water costs around $2. If you buy a bottle of water each day, that can cost you up to $60 a month! With Fanshawe's water refill stations, you can get all that water for free!
No waste is produced!
Every year, billions of single-use plastic water bottles are used and thrown away; oftentimes these bottles end up in landfills and oceans all over the world. The only way we can truly make a difference is to refuse to buy these bottles in the first place. “But I recycle,” you say? Unfortunately, recycling is not as reliable as you may think it is. In Canada alone, only 11% of recyclable items end up actually getting recycled. This means that the large majority of bottles end up going to landfill.
The best practice you can do is to use your own reusable bottle and fill it up when empty!
London's tap water is highly regulated and incredibly safe. Inputs are checked multiple times per day for different possible contaminates. If there are contaminants in the water, they are dealt with before reaching you, the consumer. On the contrary, bottled water facilities are not audited regularly and can go for long periods of time before having their water tested for consumer safety.
You will save water!
Did you know it takes up to 1.5 times the amount of water being bottled to actually make the bottle of water? This takes into account everything from manufacturing the plastic bottle to running the factories to filling the bottle. So, next time you pick up a 500ml bottle of water, just remember that you’re actually using 750ml.
The environment will thank you!
Bottled water facilities more often than not are taking water out of the municipal system (tap water!) or straight from a natural water source such as a river or spring. Because there is so little regulation on their activities, bottling facilities can continue to draw millions of litres of water a day, even during a drought, when there might be restrictions on homeowners such as no watering grass or washing cars.
So why not skip the middleman and get it for yourself?
Your Turn - City pilot project
Fats, oil and grease (FOG) cause London's sewer system major grief when they're poured down your sink or into your toilet. Sewers can become blocked when this FOG hardens, and you could end up flooding your basement or even your neighbour's.
The Your Turn project remains a pilot project and during this period the cups can be delivered to the EnviroDepots or the Depot at the W12A Landfill Site and placed in a dedicated cart. Replacement cups are available at the EnviroDepots and London Public Library locations currently free of charge. You can also grab your cups at Fanshawe's Bookstore.
Toilets are not garbage cans
Fanshawe has also had problems with FOG and other strange things being flushed down the toilet. It is important to remember that toilets are not garbage cans, and the only things that should be flushed are pee, poo, and toilet paper. Everything else will clog up the sewage system, resulting in bathrooms being out of service and roads needing to be dug up to access blockages.