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U of W Going Pesticide-Free by the Spring

September 20, 2012 6:51 AM | News

By spring 2013, the University of Winnipeg will be pesticide-free, making it the first campus in Manitoba to do so.

The elimination of cosmetic pesticides is consistent with the university’s Campus Sustainability Policy and Healthy Campus Initiative, which is currently in development.

The U of W recently introduced phosphate-free detergents and environmentally friendly cleaning products for use on campus, and became the first university in Canada to ban the sale of bottled water, eliminating tens of thousands of plastic bottles.

Double-sided printing on all copiers and printers on campus was also implemented, as well as a hybrid heating system that will enable the university to replace higher-emitting natural gas with lower-emitting hydro electricity during off-peak times.

— Staff