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September 6, 2022

We need biodiversity to improve air quality (SDG 15)

What is needed by all living things, can be touched but not felt, and is everywhere but never seen? You guessed it is, it’s air. Plant and land biodiversity is one of the biggest contributors to good air quality. With around 40% of Canada’s land base covered in forests, we are incredibly lucky, but we also need to ensure we conserve this natural gift. SDG 15 challenges us to do more to protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of our land ecosystems.

Training more people to work in forest conservation, natural resources, and land management is one way colleges and institutes help improve the air we breathe.

  • At Maritime College of Forest Technology, all students are enrolled in the Forest Technology Program, where they learn to use tools and technologies to gather data across forested environments. Students also learn about forestry dynamics, wildlife habitat, management, and other current issues.
  • At Lethbridge College, students in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation Enforcement take their passion for protecting the land, wildlife, and fisheries resources to the next level. Through classroom theory, lab exercises and outdoor excursions, students develop the skills needed to deal with problem wildlife, investigate violations, enforce resource laws and more. This is also the first program of its kind to be offered in Canada!
  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic is home to the School of Natural Resources and Built Environment. The school’s nine programs give students applied learning opportunities like lab exercises, simulated investigations, and field experiences to prepare them for careers in environmental protection and technology.
  • At Yukon University, Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences (in collaboration with University of Alberta) integrates natural and social sciences to investigate the unique ecosystem and cultural issues of the North. Students learn the structure and function of ecosystems and assess and implement conservation and restoration measures.
  • At Cégep de Sainte-Foy, the Forest Technology program (Technologie forestière) gives students concrete training on how to develop forest resources while contributing to the protection and conservation of local ecosystems.
  • At Fleming College, students in Environmental Land Management (Canadian context) get hands-on experience conducting environmental assessments and impact studies to plan for more sustainable and liveable cities. This certificate is the only post-grad program of its kind in Ontario and is specifically designed to support students transitioning to work in the Canadian context!
  • At British Columbia Institute of Technology, Forest and Natural Areas Management is a two-year diploma program with a focus on forestry, vegetation management, arboriculture for supporting sustainable community development in both rural and urban environments.
  • Students in Cégep de St-Félicien’s Forest Resource Management (Aménagement de la ressource forestière) program develop skills in forest resources management, planning, conservation, research, and sustainable use of forests.

Don’t forget! Tomorrow is the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. Biodiversity is an essential part of that. How can we do more to protect #TheAirWeShare?

50 years: A look at our history!

We’ve been passionate about protecting the environment since the 1990s! Did you know that in 1992, we launched our first Environmental Task Group to explore the environmental projects and policies undertaken by colleges and institutes and at various levels of government? Explore the history of our environmental advocacy. (SDG 13)

Help develop microcredentials that support newcomer success in Canadian workplaces (SDG 4)

Join our brand-new working group! We need colleges and institutes from across the country to help develop, implement, and deliver three new microcredentials focused on Communication, Collaboration, and Adaptability. Deadline: September 30

Help design climate faculty training that will maximize the impact of the college and institute sector (SDG 13)

Help us maximize the impact of the college and institute sector with new faculty training modules on greening five construction disciplines. Faculty training modules will ensure that instructors are equipped with climate-relevant knowledge and vocabulary to pass on to their students. Help us develop these new training resources!

Help us recognize excellence in our sector!

Our Awards of Excellence are back! Nominate your colleagues and your institution to recognize their leadership and contributions in ten categories. Help us celebrate the contributions of Canadian post-secondary institutions in social, cultural, and economic development! Deadline: October 24.

Bursaries! Nominate a student in need

Nominate a first or second-year student for one of 20 Paul & Gerri Charette Bursaries. The $5000 bursaries support students who face challenges participating in and completing their post-secondary education and demonstrate financial need. Deadline: October 28.

Resources! Share information about monkeypox in your campus networks

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) wants to make sure that all students, faculty and support staff heading back to campus are equipped with the information they need to reduce their risk of becoming infected with or spreading the monkeypox virus. Access these communications materials.

Eureka! Moment

Did you know that the Continuing Education Department (le Service de la formation continue) at Cégep de Shawinigan created two new college certifications in blockchain launching in September? As blockchain and cryptocurrencies have become a hot topic, the certifications were created to fill the gap for French-language blockchain training options in Quebec. These new courses will help train students on specific skills recognised by companies in the digital technology sector. (SDG 4)


Georgian College appointed Yael Katz vice president, Academic.

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