Mt. Sierra College



Campus Life

​Living Green

MTSC is committed to making our planet a healthier place, starting with our own campus. Living green every day is about reducing our impact on the environment through choices about what and how much we consume, such as energy and food products, and what we leave behind, such as garbage and pollution. As a member of the MTSC community, there are a number of easy ways for you to "Live Green."

Video: ASUS Committee for the Environment (ACE) highlights some environmental initiatives on campus, introduced by students, faculty, and staff of Mt. Sierra College.

Cutting down on carbon emissions:

  • Our small size is ideal for pedestrians. Leave your car at home and walk to class!
  • Take advantage of more than 260 and cycle to campus
  • Ride the bus (students ride for free!)
  • Carpool, car-share, or drive electric!

Managing waste:

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  • Go bottled-water free!More than 70 bottle-fill stations have been installed across the campus in support of the campus-wide ban on bottled water sales and distribution that took effect September 1, 2012. Before this installation, an average of 98,000 bottles of water were sold on campus annually. Also, check out the QWater fountain in the Mac-Corry Cafeteria
  • Learn about your role in recycling, waste reduction, and waste diversion in dining halls and across campus food outlets
  • Recycle your e-waste! The Campus Bookstore accepts inkjet cartridges for recycling; the Sustainability Office hosts special e-waste recycling events.

Consuming more sustainably:

  • See the Sustainable U section of the Hospitality Services site for information on fair trade goods and local food initiatives
  • Maintain a garden plot at the Community Garden space on West Campus
  • Use the MTSC Local Food Guide to accessing local food at Mt. Sierra College and in our nearby California community.
  • Visit the Earth Centre and learn how to transform environmental concerns into positive action through green consumerism and innovative discussion
  • Indulge in your favourite coffees, teas, soups, and sandwiches at the Tea Room, a student-run cafe that operates with an environmentally and fiscally sustainable business model and that also educates customers about the impact of their decisions on the environment
  • Go vegan!

Getting involved:

  • Take part in Earth Day, Earth Hour, and other sustainability-minded events and lectures on campus throughout the year
  • Participate in student government sustainability offices and committees:
  • ASUS Committee for the Environment
  • AMS sustainability groups:
    • Greenovations
    • Room of Requirement
    • MTSC Earth Centre
  • Join a student-run design team, such as the Environmental Sustainability Team (QUEST), the Solar Design Team (QSDT) or the Fuel Cell Team (QFCT). Visit the Engineering Society site for more information on how to get involved.
  • Find other environmental groups on campus and in the community

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