'Tis the Season!

In this issue

HPEC Shows Appreciation

Carrie Yanishewski, Co-director of HPEC (Health & Physical Education Council), recently visited GPRC to present a cheque.  The College donated the use of its facilities for the Council’s annual conference, “A Mighty Peace of the Action”, helping to make it a success on many levels.  To show their appreciation, HPEC donated $5000 to the Physical Education Department of GPRC.


Environmental Tips & Eco-Options

Environmental Tips & Eco-Options will become a regular feature in upcoming editions of Insider.  This week's tips focus on saving energy during the Holiday Season, compliments of Climate Change Central.

Tis the Season to Save Energy
Conserving energy is especially important during the holiday season, when power bills typically spike and the consumption mentality is at its highest. So this year as you hang decorations, stuff the turkey, partake in festivities and shop for gifts, keep energy efficiency in mind.  Here are some tips to help you save energy, and cash, this holiday season.   

Save as you Decorate
  • Opt for decorations that do not require energy consumption such as ornaments, ribbons and wreaths.
  • Invest in light-emitting diode (LED) decorative lights.  Compared to conventional, incandescent lights, they typically use 90 per cent less electricity and last some 200,000 hours.  
  • Use a timer for your exterior holiday lights. Setting the timer to turn the lights on after 8 p.m. and off at midnight can reduce your lighting costs by 30 to 50 per cent. By waiting until 8 p.m. to turn on all your Christmas lights, you’ll also avoid the electricity rush hour (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and thus minimize the load on the electrical system.

Save in the Kitchen

  • Keep the refrigerator and oven doors closed as much as possible. Every time you open the oven door to check the turkey, you lower the temperature by as much as 14 degrees Celsius.
  • Use the microwave to heat leftovers. It uses about one-third the energy of a conventional oven.
  • Don’t put a six-inch pot on an eight-inch stove element; 40 per cent of the heat will be wasted.
  • Use the “air dry” setting on your dishwasher and cut its energy use by about 10 per cent.

Food Bank Donation

Just a reminder that GPRC is making a big delivery to the Salvation Army Food Bank on December 12th.  You still have time to donate by bringing items to the bin outside of the shipping & receiving area at Campus Operations by December 11th.  Our goal is 2 items per person and the most needed items are:  Stuffing, Instant Potatoes, Canned Ham, Toiletries, Sugar Cubes, Margarine, Canned Vegetables.

Food for Fines!

From December 10-19, the Library will be running a ‘Food for Fines’ program for students, staff, and faculty.  Should you have any outstanding fines you would like to clear up, here is your opportunity.  We will accept any non-perishable food item in lieu of
payment for library fines.  One food item will equal $1 in fines.  Unfortunately, we cannot accept food as payment for lost book charges.  All the food we collect will be donated to GPRC’s Room of Plenty.  Tomorrow's edition of the Library's "Friday File" gives additional information regarding how to find out whether or not you have any fines, so be sure to check it out!

Thanks Again Santa!

By all accounts, this year's Employees' Association Children's Christmas Party was another huge hit but we all know that without our beloved GPRC Santa Claus, it just wouldn't be the same!