Given that what we eat has a large impact on the environment, the LCC Sustainability Committee is reviewing LCC’s food sources.
Thanks to the efforts of five graduating students from the Class of 2008, as well as our excellent chef Alain Thirion, we already have much of the data we need for this project. Make no mistake, in this day and age, it is challenging for a North American to figure out where their food comes from. We take it for granted that we can get fresh fruit in the middle of a Canadian winter. This luxury comes at a steep cost to the environment.
LCC is in the process of setting long-term sustainability goals, and we are attempting to create a balance between optimism for what can be achieved and realism for what may be expected. Ideally, we would like the vast majority of the food served at LCC to come from within 250 km of the school. This is not as difficult as it might seem. For example, Première Moison (bread) already gets all of its flour from Quebec. Much of the beef and chicken is from within the province as well.
Vegetables and fruits are another matter. They are one of the reasons we will likely not reach our 100% local food goal, at least until there are enough greenhouses supplying mid-winter fruit. Thus it is here that we face our key challenge.
To get a quick view of some locavore ideas, check out this link. –Chris Olive, Green team Faculty Liaison
Non nobis solum … As a newcomer to the LCC community, a few short weeks ago those words were nothing but latin to me.
On the 20th September, myself and several of my Pre-University classmates took part in a walk for the Farha Foundation to raise money for the prevention and treatment of AIDS; a vicious incurable disease, sweeping through Africa and many parts of the developed word.
The fight against AIDS has always been of interest to me. As an incurable disease that affects the entire world, it represents, in my opinion, one of the greatest challenges that mankind has to face in the modern day.
The day was sunny, and the walk was calm and pleasant. I was surprised to find that many of my Grade 12 ‘fellows’ had already completed their obligatory community service hours, going as much as 25 hours above the call of duty.
It occurred to me at that point that the value of mandatory community service is not in the immediate value it has for society, but in the values it promotes in the individual. To give a student a sense that it is important to help others for no direct personal gain is not only good for his/her social development, but also good for society as a whole in the long term, as the amount that he/she will eventually contribute to society will far dwarf the 20 hours of service spent over one year. By pushing students to help others, it seemed to me more that LCC was encouraging them to help themselves.
Many schools can boast producing Rhodes Scholars or Olympic athletes. But it is not often that a school has the distinction of including a Nobel laureate among the ranks of its alumni.
It’s incredible to think that someone who was once in my place, studying in the same classrooms as I am right now, could go on to make such an impact on our everyday lives. Willard Boyle, LCC’s first Nobel Prize winner, is certainly an inspiration and an indication of the immeasurable possibilities awaiting each of us in our future.
This all just solidifies in my mind the strength of the education that LCC offers its students. In my six years at the school, I have realized the wealth of opportunities available to foster curiosity and creativity, leaving me feeling prepared for life “after LCC.” One never knows what the future holds, but it never hurts to hope that I will someday follow Willard Boyle’s example and do my school proud.