During Fair Trade Campus week in September 2013, Brock University became Canada’s sixth and Ontario’s second Fair Trade campus. Located in St. Catharines, the university achieved their Fair Trade status from the dedication and hard work of the University’s Fair Trade Club, and the Brock University Students’ Union’s (BUSU) food services operators.
Founded in 2011 by Brock University students Anneka Bosse and Charissa DiMarco, Brock University’s Fair Trade Club was created to spread awareness and educate the Brock community on the Fair Trade movement. Soon after, the Brock Fair Trade committee would be formed; becoming a sub-group of the university’s Sustainability Co-ordinating committee to oversee, report, and measure on compliance with Fair Trade Campus Standards.
Brock University offers Fair Trade certified coffee, sugar, tea and chocolates on their campus. They offer various Fair Trade coffee brands, such as Badger Brew, Starbucks, Seattle’s Best, as well as the university’s own coffee blend, Sir Isaac Brock Blend. The University also offers Numi Tea and Camino chocolate bars.
The Sir Isaac Brock Blend coffee served on Brock University’s campus is the university’s own coffee blend. Brock University is the first University in Canada to roast their coffee beans on site, and all Sir Isaac Brock Blend coffees are organic and Fair Trade certified. The coffee brand offers four different kinds of roast, light, medium, dark and decaf; flavoured roasts are also available.
Due to offering various Fair Trade options on campus, as well as the dedicated work of educating and raising awareness on the importance of fair trade products; Brock University was awarded the name of Fair Trade Campus of the Year in 2015.
In addition, Brock University is also a heavy advocate in sustainability. The university had implemented a variety of programs and services promoting sustainability. Some services and programs include:
- Car Sharing
- Electric Vehicle Charging Station
- Furniture Redeployment
- Water Bottle Refill Stations
- Waste Disposal Services:Battery, Electronic, Hazardous, Organic
- Winter Season Campus Chilling Initiative
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In March 2014, University of Ottawa became Canada’s seventh, and Ontario’s third Fair Trade Campus. The university was awarded the designation from Fairtrade Canada for their outstanding commitment to increasing the availability and awareness of fair trade products. The University of Ottawa fair trade campus initiative was launched by the campus’ Engineers Without Borders chapter; and has gained a tremendous amount of support from the university’s Student Federation, food services and the university administration since the launch.
In January 2017 the university arranged fair trade ancillary information in 6 locations on its campus. The purpose of this initiative is to educate and show its students the story of the brand of their cafes, embellish the spaces and display how the university aligns with the values of their generation. Moreover, the university provides an arrangement of fair trade products and offers many different brands at several locations on their campus. This includes:
- Van Houtte Coffee and Numi Tea served at all outlets run by University of Ottawa’s Food Services
- Detour Coffee and Teashop Tea are available at Café Alternatif
- Van Houtte Coffee, Numi Teas, Four O’clock Tea, Camino Chocolate and Sugar can be purchased at Pivik
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In addition to providing fair trade certified products, University of Ottawa holds several educational fair trade events and lectures. These events and lectures include:
- Fair Trade and Organic Market
- Lectures by individuals a part of the fair trade movement: Chief Adam, the Chair of the Board of Fairtrade Africa and Fairtrade Fruit Producers from Mexico
- Fair Trade Campus Week
- Fair Trade Campus Day
Lastly, the University of Ottawa is a major sustainability advocate. The university launched several green initiatives on their campus. These green initiatives include:
- Bike to Work Day
- On-Campus Community Gardens
- Dump and Runs
- Muggy Mondays
- National Sweater Day
- Free Store
- Green Week
- Earth Hour
- Recycle Mania
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