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Wilfrid Laurier University – Fair Trade Campus

by Jasmine in Fair Trade Campus

In January 2017, Wilfrid Laurier University started the new year by receiving their Fair Trade Campus designation. Wilfrid Laurier University celebrated this accomplishment by hosting an open house on January 25 at BYTE, the coffee shop in Lazaridis Hall on its campus. The open house featured a series of interactive stations that represented key points along a food product’s supply chain. However, not only was the open house held to celebrate the university’s achievement, but it was also an opportunity to raise awareness on the fair trade movement to the Laurier community.

The Laurier staff was dedicated and worked hard last year to establish a fair trade steering committee; and worked with retail managers and various food vendors to increase the accessibility of fair trade products on campus. All food outlets operated by the University, Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union in Brantford and Waterloo, and catering services, serve fair trade certified coffee, as well as offering three fair trade certified tea options, and one chocolate option. The Wilfrid Laurier community can access fair trade certified products at the following locations:

Coffee:

  • Fresh Food Company
  • Union Market
  • BYTE75 Coffee & Social
  • Wilf’s Restaurant
  • Veritas Cafe
  • Golden Grounds
  • Catering

Tea:

  • Fresh Food Company
  • BYTE75 Coffee & Social
  • Wilf’s Restaurant
  • Golden Grounds
  • Veritas Cafe
  • Golden Grounds
  • Catering

Chocolate:

  • Union Market
  • BYTE75 Coffee & Social

Other – Little Miracles Organic Fusion Bottled:

  • TeaVeritas Cafe

Furthermore, BYTE 75 and Wilfrid Laurier University has teamed up to create a custom Laurier coffee blend. The coffee blend aims to cater the taste buds of the Laurier community by collecting data on Laurier students and their flavour preferences.

Although Wilfrid Laurier University received Fair Trade designation, the university continues to work hard in educating the Laurier community on the fair trade movement; and providing accessible fair trade certified options on campus. To learn more about Wilfrid Laurier University as a Fairtrade Campus, click here.

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Trent University – Fair Trade Campus

by Jasmine in Fair Trade Campus

In April 2014, Trent University became Canada’s 8th Fair Trade Campus. The campus received its designation from Fairtrade Canada because of their long-standing history of ethical leadership, and commitment promoting the fair trade movement. This designation was made possible because of the continuous dedication and collaborative efforts of Trent students, administration, faculty, and the Fair Trade Trent group.

The Fair Trade Trent group, a working group part of Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Peterborough, initiated the push for Trent University to achieve the Fair Trade Campus designation. Two years before receiving their well-deserved designation, the group held several campaigns and events on campus. These campaigns and events include:

  • Scare Them Fair: A campaign for Halloween where the group encouraged students and the community to celebrate the holiday with fair trade chocolate.
  • Ten Thousand Villages Sale: Held in November, this event promoted fair trade holiday gifts and wrapping
  • OPIRG’s annual Peace Week: During this week, OPIRG successfully carried out a stimulating discussion on Fair Trade issues
  • My Fair Valentine:  A campaign held in February where fair trade chocolate and hot chocolate were handed out
  • Fair Trade Presentations: An educational Fair Trade presentation that was held for students at a local secondary school

Currently, the group oversees that Trent University continues to meet the fair trade campus requirements.

Trent University is dedicated to educating and spreading awareness about fair trade issues and offering a variety of Fair Trade certified products across the campus. Many of the fair trade products the campus offers are available in several food outlets, vending machines and catering on campus. Furthermore, Trent University has implemented two purchasing policies with respect to fair trade

Since receiving their Fair Trade Campus designation in 2014, Trent University has continued to work hard to educate the Trent community on the Fair Trade movement. The university organizes several Fair Trade events throughout the school year; these events include:

  • The Ten Thousand Villages Festival
  • Fair Trade Campus Week
  • Trent Annual Fair Trade Celebration

Learn more about Trent University as  Fair Trade Campus by checking out their sustainability website and OPIRG Peterborough 

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