Niagara College: Where campuses are living labs for sustainability

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At Niagara College, campuses are used as a way for students to explore, learn and innovate in all aspects of sustainability.

NC’s campuses have become a platform for multidisciplinary, active and experiential learning – not as an ancillary benefit, but by design. The NC mission is to provide outstanding applied education and training for a changing world. Its campuses provide a wide range of students with valuable hands-on skill-building opportunities outside of the classroom, and a platform for engaging and educating employees, and community members.

The College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus is located at the base of the Niagara Escarpment – a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve – featuring lagoons and wetlands, as well as an apiary; turtle nesting area; snake hibernaculum; habitat structures; outdoor classroom; First Nation, Metis and Inuit Garden; greenhouse; vineyard; hops yard; and more. It is also home to the Wetland Ridge Trail, which is a side trail of the main Bruce Trail, as well as a portion of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail.

The Welland Campus is nestled within a friendly residential community and features renewable energy sources including solar, geothermal, and a small demonstration wind turbine, as well as walking trails, naturalized berms, wildflower meadows, wetland habitats, and Carolinian forest remnants.

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