Food Waste: A Big Problem!

Mission Zero and Chartwells have teamed up to host an exciting new event to raise awareness about food waste at Sheridan.

Did you know that more than half of our food waste is not sorted properly. According to the waste audit at the Trafalgar campus in 2017, 52% of the waste produced at Trafalgar was food waste, yet our organics diversion rate was only 29%. Food waste was the biggest type of contaminants in the landfill bin and it accounted for 42% of the bin content. One of the main reasons causing this high rate is that some people don’t take the time to sort their waste and throw everything in the landfill bin.

The Mission Zero team will be visiting each campus this week to observe students in the cafeteria as they throw away their waste. If a student correctly sorts their waste, it will be celebrated by ringing a bell. The student will then get the opportunity to spin a wheel and win a prize from the cafeteria!

The event will take place from 12:00pm-1:00pm at each campus on the following days:

Davis Cafeteria – Tuesday, April 3th

Trafalgar Cafeteria – Wednesday, April 4th

HMC Cafeteria – Thursday, April 5th

You will learn more about food waste and how to reduce it while getting a chance to win some great prizes. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please e-mail: missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

            

Repair Café is coming to Brampton Library’s Chinguacousy Branch!

The Repair Café will be in Brampton on April 7, 2018! Sheridan is collaborating with Brampton Library to offer the event at the Chinguacousy Branch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity for people to visit the library to get their broken household items fixed. You can receive help from our volunteer fixers on repairing different household items, including small appliances, clothes, toys, laptops and electronic devices. Our volunteer fixers will sit with you one on one and walk you through the repair process. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend. Feel free to stop by even if you don’t have any item to fix!

We are also looking for volunteer fixers. If you are skilled at repairing things and enjoy helping others learn how to do the repair, we would like to invite you to join our Fixer team! Our email address is:  missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

We hope you can join us to reduce the number of things sent to the landfill by fixing reusable items on April 7! To avoid lineups, please arrive early. Registration closes at 2 p.m.

Our last café in Brampton was a great success. Below are some photos taken during the event.

Repair Cafe – March 22

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Do you have a household item that needs fixing? If so, March 22 is your lucky day.

Sheridan is hosting its next Repair Café where you can get free help fixing your broken items, and more importantly, learn from expert volunteer “fixers” about how to repair them yourself!

At the Repair Café, you can get help to fix small appliances, electronics, computers, clothes and more.

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Our Fixer Matt (right) helped our visitor Harsh repair his stereo tape recorder at the Repair Café last March. And they were happy with the successful fix.

In this photo, our Fixer Georg (left) explains to the visitors how he diagnosed the problem of the broken microwave oven.

Our Fixer Katherine (right) is working with Jaspreet to put back two missing buttons to his shirt.

Repair Café Fixer Paul (middle) is working with the two visitors to trouble shoot the problem of the blender.

Alvin is one of our Fixers who specializes in repairing computers. In the video below, he explained his repair process at the Repair Café held in a Toronto Library last summer.

We would like to invite you to join Sheridan’s next Repair Café at the Davis Campus. The details are below:

Event Details
Attendees:
 Anyone from Sheridan and the wider community
Objective: Repair Café – a global movement that aims to reduce the waste that’s sent to landfills and to change society’s throwaway mindset
Why: To celebrate and reaffirm Sheridan’s commitment to its Mission Zero plan

Date: Thursday, March 22
Location:
 Sheridan Student Centre Atrium, Davis Campus
Time: 11:30 am-2:00 pm
Cost: FREE!

Reminder to Repair Café visitors:

  • The fixer will work with you to repair your item. You will need to be present throughout the repair process.
  • Bring all the accessories of your item if they are available (e.g. cable, manual), which would help the diagnosis of the problem.
  • Bring a part to test if you can (e.g. a working bulb for your lamp, a CD for your CD player, a monitor for your CPU unit)
  • Anyone is welcome to visit the Repair Café with or without a broken item. Our fixers can answer your question and provide advice on how to repair and maintain your item.

If you have any questions, please contact Wai Chu Cheng, Sustainability Coordinator, at waichu.cheng@sheridancollege.ca.

We are looking for more volunteer fixers to join us. If you are interested, please feel free to get in touch.

You can find out more information about Sheridan’s Repair Café in the following sites here.

To read about Repair Café on Curiosities, click here.

To learn more about the Repair Café’s global network, click here.

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Repair Café is returning to Davis – We are looking for Fixers!

Are you the kind of person who avoids tossing things in the trash whenever possible? Do you enjoy fixing things and helping others learn how to do it? If your answers to these questions are “yes”, we need your help!

Sheridan will be offering its next at the Davis campus on Thursday March 22, 18. Everyone is welcome to join us for this community event. We are looking for volunteer Fixers who are skilled at repairing household items, everything from computers and electronics to small appliances and clothes. Faculty, staff and students are all welcome. At the event, as a Fixer, you will help visitors to repair the items they have brought in and walk them through the repair process.

 

Two fixers are working together on the motor of a broken fan at the HMC Repair Café last year

Below are the details of the Repair Café:

Event: Sheridan Repair Café

Time: Thursday, March 22, 11:30 am to 2 p.m.

Location: Atrium, Student Centre, Davis campus

Cost: Free!

 

Our Fixer and Volunteer team at HMC last year!

To join our team of fixers, please sign up at the Mission Zero website here. For more information, please visit our website. Feel free to email us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Sheridan is the first post-secondary institution in Canada hosting the Repair Café. It was launched in April 2014 as part of the Mission Zero initiative. Repair Café is a global movement started in Amsterdam in 2009. It aims to reduce needless waste that is sent to landfill and to change society’s throwaway mindset. There are more than 1,200 local cafes around the world. To learn more about the global initiative, please visit http://repaircafe.org/en .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fill out Sustainability Commuting Survey!

Fill out this short survey to learn about your commuting options while getting a chance to win a $25 gift card!

How do you commute to campus? Have you tried other commuting ways that are greener, healthier and can perhaps save you money?

In collaboration with The Region of Peel, we are excited to launch a new project Commuter Movement at the Davis campus this March! Through the project, we are encouraging more people in our community to take sustainable transportation modes to commute to campus. We are providing customized travel information to participants on using public transit, carpooling, walking and biking.

To launch this project, we would like to invite you to fill out a short survey which tells us how you commute to campus and whether you would be interested in receiving some information on your alternative transportation options. Those who have completed the survey and indicated your interest to participate, you will be contacted by email in March.

This survey has been approved by Sheridan Research Ethic Board. All personal information is collected to allow us to follow up with participants and to provide customized travel information. The information will be kept confidential.

It will take less than 5 minutes to complete this survey. When submitting the survey, you will be automatically entered for a raffle draw to win a $25 gift card!

To complete the survey, please CLICK HERE. The survey is open until February 28.

We would also like to invite you to stop by our Mission Zero booth in the next few days to learn about the “Commuter Shed” of the Davis community. Our volunteers will also help you find carpool partners or the bus routes available to get to campus. Our booth will be located in B wing during lunch hours. Hope to see you there!

For any questions, please feel free to contact Wai Chu Cheng, Sustainability Coordinator, at waichu.cheng@sheridancollege.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer with Mission Zero Today!

Do you care about the environment? Do you want to make a difference on campus while making new friends at the same time? Join the Mission Zero team!

As a Mission Zero (MZ) Volunteer, you will assist the Office for Sustainability (OfS) with the promotion of sustainability initiatives, the implementation of the community engagement events at Sheridan, and be involved in a variety of outreach activities and supporting events throughout the Winter semester. Not only will you get to make a difference in a team setting while meeting new people, you will also be able to log down the volunteer hours that will be counted towards your Co-curricular Record (CCR). The Mission Zero Volunteer role is CCR-approved with the requirement of a minimum of 12 hours to add the position on your Co-Curricular Record. How cool is that?

To help volunteers ease into this position, we are providing training sessions at each campus.

Trafalgar: Wednesday February 7, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

HMC: Thursday February 8, 9:00am – 10:30am

Davis: Monday February 12, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Please fill-out the Volunteer Form if interested in volunteering with us: http://missionzero.sheridancollege.ca/get-involved/mission-zero-volunteer/volunteer-form/

Visit our Facebook and Twitter to learn about our latest events and announcements and feel free to email us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca if you have any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Join our “Avoid Plastic Waste” Campaign!

We are excited to introduce our new Mission Zero campaign called “Avoid Plastic Waste”. We would like to encourage you to reduce the amount of plastic waste in your daily life. In the first three weeks of December, we are providing the Mission Zero (MZ) booths in the main hallways at all three campus. And at the MZ booth, we are setting up a game to introduce the plastic waste problem and provide you some tips to avoid creating plastic waste. As well, our Mission Zero volunteers will answer your questions such as how to sort waste on campus and the progress of our Zero Waste programs.

We noticed that the two common plastic waste items on campus are plastic bags and plastic cutlery. To minimize throwing away plastic bags, you can use reusable cloth bags or reuse the plastic bags as much as possible before throwing them out. You can also avoid using plastic cutlery by simply bringing your own reusable cutlery from home. To learn more about how to reduce your plastic waste, visit the 50 Ways to Reduce Your Waste Line page and check out Week 1, 2, 3, 10 and 11.

Our “Avoid Plastic Waste” campaign is building on the information from the 50 Ways to Reduce Your Waste Line series, which is published each week on the Sheridan Insider website and here on Mission Zero‘s website. Don’t forget to check out our ads on Sheridan TV! We have highlighted three ways for you to avoid plastic waste. The ads will help you win the fun game at the MZ booth while getting a chance to win a raffle prize.

Look forward to seeing you at the Mission Zero booth!

 

Repair Cafe is coming to Brampton Library’s Chinguacousy Branch!

The Repair Café will be in Brampton on November 4, 2017! Sheridan is collaborating with Brampton Library and Brampton MakerSpace to offer the event at the Chinguacousy Branch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity for people to visit the library to get their broken household items fixed. You can receive help from our volunteer fixers on repairing different household items, including small appliances, clothes, toys, laptops and electronic devices. Our volunteer fixers will sit with you one on one and walk you through the repair process. This is a free event. Everyone is welcome to attend. Feel free to stop by even if you don’t have any item to fix!

We are also looking for volunteer fixers. If you are skilled at repairing things and enjoy helping others learn how to do the repair, we would like to invite you to join our Fixer team! Our email address is:  missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

We hope you can join us to reduce the number of things sent to the landfill by fixing reusable items on November 4! To avoid lineups, please arrive early. Registration closes at 2 p.m.

Our last café in Brampton was a great success. It was held at Four Corners Library in March. Below are some photos taken during the event.

Cancellation of Repair Cafe at Davis Campus

Due to the Faculty strike that began on Monday October 16th we have to cancel the Repair Café that was set to take place at Davis on Thursday. When classes resume, we will set a new date for the Repair Cafe at Davis campus, so look out for updates in future.