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Living labs project focuses on forested land at Canadore

Canadore College is once again taking part in Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) ImpAct Climate Campus Living Labs project.  

It’s the second year in a row the local college has been chosen to participate and will be focusing on the forested land at the College Drive Campus this year.  

“The forest inventory will provide us with an accurate picture of how much carbon is being absorbed within the forest,” says Jesse Russell, Sustainable Development Project Leader.  “The total helps us to mitigate operational emissions.” 

Russell says they anticipate the forest will help offset more than 1000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.   

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George Burton, Canadore President and CEO says this initiative is a key component of a larger effort by the college to become carbon neutral by 2031.   

“We are already planting trees on all of our campuses, and we have installed water filling stations and waste sorting facilities as well,” he says. “As a signatory to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Accord, Canadore College is committed to embedding the SDGs into its education, research, leadership, operations, administration, and engagement activities.” 

Last year’s Living Labs project saw Canadore focus on food security for rural and Indigenous communities and solutions to divert greenhouse gas emissions using solar energy to produce food.

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