Conestoga news

April 28, 2023 2:01 PM

Community clean-up efforts support Earth Day

The Conestoga community gathered on April 21 for community clean-up events in collaboration with the City of Kitchener and City of Brantford. 

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Volunteers collected more than 45 bags of litter and recyclables at community clean-up events hosted at the college’s Kitchener - Doon and Brantford campuses on April 21.

Hosted by Student Engagement, the events were in celebration of Earth Day and provided an opportunity to support sustainability efforts and raise awareness in the communities that surround the Kitchener - Doon and Brantford campuses. More than 40 volunteers across both campuses participated.

"Litter gets into our water systems, injures wildlife, stunts plant growth and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions," said Carolyn Keays, Student Engagement programmer. "We were thrilled to see students engage so enthusiastically with this opportunity to give back to our campus cities, take care of the environment and prioritize sustainability."

Volunteers were provided with gloves and bags before heading out to assigned areas in the community, where they gathered more than 45 bags of litter and recyclables for city collection.

Recognized annually on April 22, Earth Day provides an opportunity to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year's theme focused on bringing awareness to actions that invest in our planet to build a prosperous and equitable future and healthy cities, countries and economies. Conestoga is committed to helping create a more sustainable future through efforts that reduce waste and energy consumption and support Canada's fight against climate change.

Conestoga's Student Engagement team meets the needs of students through innovative programming designed to achieve goals with learning outcomes-based initiatives, including the Co-Curricular Record; Orientation; equity, diversity and inclusion education and programming; the Leadership Workshop series; and various student volunteer and committee opportunities.