Earth Day
April 17, 2018

Media advisory:

Fanshawe is a proud supporter of Earth Day, which will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, when millions of people protested the negative impacts of industrial development. Earth Day is now a global event each year, with more than a billion people in 192 countries taking part (source: Earth Day Network).

The College is committed to implementing sustainable practices year-round. Highlights include:

  • New solar array. Installed on the roof of H building in February, this living lab will allow students in a variety of programs to design, manufacture, install and evaluate various storage and generation technologies. The array will also provide alternative energy generation, offset electricity from the grid and reduce greenhouse gases.
    Fanshawe's St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus also has a solar array. To date, the array has generated enough energy to operate a TV for 78 years, save 20 years' worth of car pollution and power 758 computers for one year.
  • Energy upgrades. Since 2013, Fanshawe has saved enough energy to power almost 300 homes for a year or take 170 vehicles off the roads.
  • Water conservation. Efforts have reduced consumption by 31 per cent since 2013.
  • Waste diversion. In 2017, Fanshawe diverted 46 per cent of the waste generated on campus from a landfill through recycling and composting. And as of April 1, all paper coffee cups, fountain drink cups, waxed paper, paper takeout bags and paper takeout containers are now accepted in the compost bins.

Fanshawe students will also participate in an Earth Day clean up. Students from the Police Foundations program and the Protection, Security and Investigation program will be conducting a clean-up along Fanshawe College Boulevard, the surrounding areas and at Ed Blake Park.

What: Earth Day clean up by Fanshawe students.
When: Wednesday, April 18, starting at 10 a.m.
Where: Fanshawe College Boulevard and surrounding areas; Ed Blake Park (494 Barker Street, London, Ontario).

For further information, please contact Corporate Communications.