KAWARTHA LAKES-Fleming College’s Frost Campus in Lindsay is being recognized for its efforts to restore salmon populations in Lake Ontario.
The College was highlighted in a report for its research related to the salmon hatchery at Frost Campus. The hatchery is part of the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program, which is working to restore the species to Lake Ontario more than 100 years after it was extirpated. “Sustainability has always been at the forefront of our aspirations at Fleming College and should be interwoven into every aspect of the College, from operations and community engagement to curriculum delivery,” said Tania Clerac, Operations Lead, Sustainability, at Fleming College. “Sustainability also needs to be embedded in our daily actions. As a college community, we should lead by example and continuously strive to improve our performance to not only meet, but exceed our targets.”
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education released a report that highlighted the Salmon Hatchery and also ranked Fleming College as fifth overall and second best in Ontario in its 2017 Sustainable Campus Index.
The index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities overall, by institution type, and in 17 sustainability impact areas such as curriculum, energy, transportation, water, investment and finance, and coordination and planning. The impact areas were measured through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).
“Fleming College’s feature in this report shows its significant leadership and commitment to advance sustainability,” said AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “We are excited to recognize Fleming for working to secure a thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world through its comprehensive sustainability efforts.”
The Association empowers administrators, faculty, staff and students to be effective change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.