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/
We look forward to hearing from you!
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!
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: email@example.com.
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.
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.
The repair cafe is coming back to Davis Campus!! We are looking for fixers! If you have any skills at repairing or fixing household items, clothes, small appliances and electronic devices, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Repair Cafe is a community gathering where people can get their possession fixed for free but they are also asked to learn about how that object is being fixed. This gives the person that opportunity to fix it them selves in the future if it is safe for them to do so.
Sheridan College will be having our Repair Cafe during Canada’s Waste Reduction Week on Thursday October 19, 2017. This event is open to students, staff, faculty and the general public.
Below are the details of the Repair Café:
Event: Sheridan Repair Café
Time: Thursday, October 19, 11:30 am to 2 p.m.
Location: Sheridan College, Davis Campus Student centre
If you are interested in become a volunteer for Repair Cafe please fill out this form.
To learn more about Repair Cafe please visit this post on Sheridan Insider.
Davis campus is having another cleanup day!! Mission Zero is looking for volunteers to help make Sheridan College a zero waste campus by picking up litter on Thursday October 5th. We welcome students, staff and faculty to help pick up litter near the pond and the other surrounding areas.
We will meet in front of the Davis campus cafeteria at 12 pm. Volunteers will be collecting waste in groups if you like or individually. There you will be given gloves and a bag to place the litter in. Also, there will be awards given to the heaviest weighted items collected and the most unusual waste item. For more information on what will be taking place at the event read this post.
Please come out and help even if you only have 30 minutes to spare.
If you have any questions email us at email@example.com
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Meeting Location: Cafeteria Entrance, Davis Campus
Students, staff, faculty and family joined botany expert Paul O’Hara, Saturday, 16th of September to complete the planting of our new Indigenous pollinator Medicine Wheel Garden.
It was one of the first volunteer events of the school year and a perfect Saturday morning for planting.
With staff alongside the student volunteers a total of around 20 dedicated planters showed great enthusiasm, ready to help complete the garden, learn new things, meet new people and share in some good laughs with other Sheridan members. All the things we wish for in our volunteer experience.
The volunteers along with two experienced Oakville Green educators were split into pairs. Before we got started our botany expert Paul, gave a quick planting tutorial for the group and helped describe what was going into the garden and why it was significant to the local area.
The garden was designed and planted for many positive reasons. The Medicine Wheel Garden symbolizes the First Nations’ traditional teachings. We hope the garden will be used to promote biodiversity and health and wellness. It will also provide the Sheridan community a beautiful green space for learning and relaxation at the Trafalgar campus.
“Being out here and learning about the details of the Medicine Wheel was great. I liked learning about the colour quadrants, how they represent the seasons, four directions of the earth and balance with nature,” said Mission Zero student volunteer, Kimberly Nguyen.
We hope that this planting event will help the volunteers from the community foster a sense of stewardship towards the garden and our environment.
The design of the garden is very specific to First Nations traditions. They were ritualistically constructed by the Native tribes, such as: the Mississaugas of the new Credit, The Iroquois and the Ojibwa, in North America.
With that history in mind, the Office for Sustainability has been partnering with The Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support in the garden design and volunteer recruitment process.
“I was very impressed with the garden, I could see that there were plants that are traditionally used in certain medicines and that sweetgrass and sage were all present. I hope that when the plants take root and grow the garden can become a peaceful area for people to relax,” student volunteer Jacob Henry said.
About 90-95 percent of the plants are native to Southern Ontario, according to Paul.
“I hope that people will feel some sort of energy, a good energy in this garden to kind of take them away from their studies,” said Paul, local botany expert of Blue Oak native landscapes.
“I know that students are having a tough time these days. There’s an anxiety epidemic out there and I hope that the garden will give them some respite or solace and take them away from the stresses of life, don’t take things too seriously, just have fun,” O’Hara continued.
And we share the sentiment. We are thankful to all the volunteers who came out and contributed to something that will provide so much in return.
Our efforts don’t stop here though, we need more volunteer support to maintain this beautiful garden. If you are interested in helping out, please email us at MissionZero@Sheridancollege.ca
The official opening of the garden will take place at the College’s 50th anniversary. On October 2. Hope you can join us for the celebrations!
The time is almost here! We are just finalizing the perimeter of our Medicine Wheel Garden and getting it ready for the planting event on September 16th. Sheridan College will have a Medicine Wheel Garden right in front of J-wing building at the Trafalgar campus.
Outside of the wheel there will be trees and shrubs that will provide shade as they mature. The large stones are there for students to sit and enjoy being outdoors and possibly have outside lectures! The native grasses are there for their hardiness and look beautiful when surrounded by snow in the winter.
Inside the Medicine Wheel will be split into four sections, all of which will include Southern Ontario plants (flowers and grasses) that attract pollinators. The garden will have plants that flower during spring, summer and fall, and during winter the grasses get their shine due to their intriguing foliage (leaves). A section will have flowers of the same colour and each section will have a different colour. Each colour will correspond with the four colours of the Medicine Wheel. As a volunteer, you will be given guidance to help us plant some perennials within the four sections.
For more details on the development of the Medicine Wheel Garden check out our post in the Sheridan Insider.
We are currently looking for volunteers for our Medicine Wheel Garden planting event. Please sign up here to join us on Saturday September 16th at 10 am to 12 pm.
Care about the Environment? Want to make a difference on your campus and make new friends at the same time? Join Mission Zero!!
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 fall semester. Working with a team, not only will you have fun in meeting new people and making a difference at your campus, 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 a CCR-approved with the requirement of a minimum of 12 hours to add the position on your Co-curricular record.
To help volunteers ease into this position, we are providing a training session at each campus. We will discuss your volunteer schedule for the semester during this session. The locations and times will be announced soon to all interested volunteers.
The first event we have for upcoming volunteers is the Tabling Promotions During Orientation Week of Aug 28 to Sept 1. The hours are 11:30 am – 1 pm for all three campuses. Trafalgar is on Monday and Tuesday, HMC is on Thursday, and Davis is on Thursday/Friday. No training is necessary. If interested, please get in touch through our e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If interested, please fill-out the Volunteer Form http://missionzero.sheridancollege.ca/get-involved/mission-zero-volunteer/volunteer-form/ . If you have any further questions, contact us through our social medias: E-mail, Twitter, or Facebook!
We look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you to all of our participating cyclists that came out to participate our second annual and first Tri-campus biking event, Tour de Sheridan last Friday morning at Lake Aquitaine Park in Mississauga. Our cyclists came from all three campuses and were able to enjoy a smooth ride to our meeting spot.
We would like to espicially thank the SSU for providing snacks and refreshments and the Region of Peel for sending out their Bike Ambassdors to bike with the Davis and HMC crew.
Hope to see everyone next year at the next Tour de Sheridan! For more photos, please see our facebook page here.