Tour de Sheridan 2017 – Join Us for Sheridan’s First Tri-campus Bike Event This Summer!

We are excited to offer our first tri-campus bike event at Sheridan on July 14!  At this event, you will get a chance to meet and bike with other cyclists in our own community while exploring our neighbourhood. Any Sheridan members, including students, faculty and staff are welcome to join this fun event. Staff members are asked to discuss their participation with their supervisors for approval.

Last year, our first year offering Tour de Sheridan, we had participants from the Trafalgar and HMC campuses meeting at Jack Darling Memorial Park on Lakeshore Rd West. Everyone had a great time. Below was our group shot.

This year, our participants will be leaving in groups from three campuses and meeting at Lake Aquitaine Park in Mississauga on the event day. This park has a pond and a splash pad.

Below are the event details:

Date: July 14th (Fri)

Time: 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Campus Start Points: In front of “S” at Trafalgar, Davis & HMC

Meet-up Time & Location: 10 a.m. at Lake Aquitaine Park – Splash Pad (behind Meadowvale Community Centre)

 

Bike Groups departure times as follows:

Davis

Recreation Bike Group: 8:15 a.m.

Road Bike Group: 8:45 a.m.

HMC

Hybrid Bike Group: 8:30 a.m.

Trafalgar

Recreation Bike Group: 8:00 a.m.

Road Bike Group: 8:30 a.m.

*Participants are welcome to leave from home and head for the meet-up location directly.

If you were interested in a bike loan from Community Environment Alliance, please see their form https://goo.gl/fWHpkE

Prizes:

The first 30 participants who registered and completed the cycling trip will receive a Tour de Sheridan water bottle and a pair of bike lights!

Registration:

Sign up:  click here

If you are under 18, please download and have your parent/guardian sign this waiver. Here

Registration Deadline:

July 12 (Wed)

Let’s stay active and encourage each other to do exercises that promote health and wellness. Hope you can join us!  If you have any questions, please email us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca .

 

 

 

To our Trafalgar Campus Cyclists – Thanks for coming out!

Our Bike to Trafalgar event happened on nice and sunny weather.

Our cyclists enjoyed a breakfast bag and were able to pick up some bike bells curteosy of the Town of Oakville.

A sincere thank-you to Chartwells and the Town of Oakville for helping us to promote the lifelong love of cycling!

See everyone at our next tri-campus event, Tour de Sheridan on July 14!

To our HMC Campus Cyclists – Thanks for coming out!

Our Bike to HMC event was a great success. Even with the chance of rain, our cyclists came out with great enthusiasm. Each participant enjoyed a free breakfast bag, received a bright green neon shirt and a pair of bike lights which were provided by our sponsors.

A sincere thank-you to Smart Commute Mississauga, The Region of Peel, and SSU for helping us to promote the lifelong love of cycling!

For more event photos, please visit the Mission Zero Facebook page.

Happy cycling to everyone!

 

Join Us for Bike to Campus Day at Trafalgar – June 22!


In support for Bike Month, we would like to invite you to join us for a Bike to Campus Day at the Trafalgar campus on June 22! This event aims to celebrate the cycling community on campus and promote cycling as a fun way to enhance health and wellness. We will be providing the participants with a breakfast bag upon arrival. Every Sheridan member is welcome to join. As a participant, you will get a chance to meet other cyclists! To register, please sign up online below:

Who: Any Sheridan Members
When: Thursday, June 22, 8:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Where: Meet at Picnic Table outside Cafeteria at Trafalgar Campus
Sign-up: Click here
Registration Deadline: Tuesday June 21

A big thanks to the Town of Oakville for their support on our promotion this year!

 

Join Us for Bike to Campus Day at HMC – June 15!

On Thursday, June 15, Sheridan is offering a Bike to Campus Day at the Hazel McCallion campus from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. Thanks to the great support of Smart Commute, each participant will enjoy a free bike safety check and receive a breakfast bag and a T-shirt when you arrive!

To join this event, please register online by Monday, June 12, 5 pm at: http://hazelcampus.bikeday.ca.

This Thursday, an information booth will be set up at the atrium of the HMC campus from 12 to 3 p.m.. We will have reps from The Office for Sustainability and The HMC Student Union at the booth to provide various information, e.g. the location of bike trails in Mississauga and the bike facilities available at the HMC campus. Our reps will be happy to answer any questions you have about the event.

 

Jessica (above) participated at the Bike to Campus event last year. She is looking forward to join again this year!

 

 

“I’ve always tried to ride to work, this was a great reason to start!” -Alvin Tedjo (Above)

Hope you can join us on June 15!

Community Tree Planting Day at Davis – Volunteers are Needed for June 3!


Davis Community Tree Planting Day

Date: Saturday, June 3
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Meet outside the Cafeteria at Davis

To register: Please CLICK HERE

As part of the Tree Re-planting Project at the Davis campus, a total of 31 new trees of diverse species will be planted on June 3. The Office for Sustainability and Facilities Services are excited to invite our community members to join us for the tree planting day! This project aims to restore natural habitats and increase biodiversity on campus following the removal of dead Ash trees infected by Emerald Ash Borer earlier this year.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are all welcome to participate as volunteers. As a volunteer, you can join us for a full day or half day. No prior experience is needed. If you are interested, please sign up online by following the link above. We welcome everyone from students, faculty, staff, and alumni to join the event!

During the day , volunteers will take part in tree planting in the morning and tag trees in the afternoon. Our project partner, Association for Canadian Educational Resources, will be on site supporting us for the day. In addition to guiding volunteers on tree planting, ACER will teach volunteers how to identify the different tree species and attach identification tags that are used to monitor and assess tree health.

The new trees will bring multiple benefits to Davis campus. Not only will the native trees attract pollinators, they will also be able to better adapt to the local conditions. The selection of diverse tree species ensures that when one species is vulnerable to a kind of stress, e.g. a certain disease or unusual high temperature, the rest of the species will remain unaffected. The new trees will also help prevent soil erosion. As they mature, they will increase their ability to produce oxygen and sequester carbon dioxide. Over time, the foliage will provide shade and help cool down the temperature near the buildings, and therefore the trees will reduce the campus’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The trees will also help improve air quality in the outdoor space.

Canada’s Largest Solar Carport to be installed at Sheridan Davis Campus

(Rendering by Marisa Giles)

Construction is set to begin this summer at Sheridan’s Davis Campus in Brampton on what will be Canada’s largest solar carport.  The project came about after the college won a highly-coveted contract from the FIT (Feed-in Tariff) program run by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which manages Ontario’s power system.

The FIT program was created by the IESO to promote renewable energy generation in Ontario.  Sheridan has been awarded a 20-year contract under FIT.  This 500 kilowatt (kW) project will generate approximately 700,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar energy annually, or 7% of the Davis Campus’s annual usage, while saving 29 tons of emissions each year.

The project is an integral component of Sheridan’s Integrated Energy and Climate Master Plan (IECMP), which aims to decrease the college’s overall energy and carbon emissions by 50% by 2030; and Zero Waste Sheridan, which has the ambitious goal of leading Sheridan to become zero waste by 2020.

“This project underscores Sheridan’s commitment to being an academic leader in sustainability,” says Dr. Mary Preece, President and Vice Chancellor.  “It enhances the many steps taken already to reduce our carbon footprint, and provides tremendous educational potential to our students in energy-related fields, who will be able to take their advanced learning and make a difference in our communities.”

While final design is yet to be determined, the above rendering depicts a potential layout of the carport, which will provide shelter for approximately 260 parking spots.  A contract to design and build the project has been awarded to UGE International Ltd.

Source: Sheridan Communications

To Our Spring Campus Cleanup Volunteers: Thank You!

The Spring Campus Cleanup went well at all three campuses on April 21st. Despite the overcast skies and drizzling weather, our volunteers worked tirelessly to preserve the biodiversity on campus and foster ecological stewardship within the Sheridan Community. It is estimated over 200 pounds of waste has been collected from all three campuses.

The winning team of “Most Unusual Waste Item” Award goes to the team that found a patriotic blanket with the words “Home of Native Land”. The blanket has been donated to the Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support for their reuse.

The winning team consists of four Sheridan staff members: Zuzana Chocinova, Rajan Sandhu and Loris Giovanatto at the Office of General Counsel as well as Marcie Matsubuchi from Information Technology. Each of the team members will receive a Mission Zero T-shirt as their prize.

Thank you for all the volunteers that came out to the event! We’re continuously advancing to our goal of becoming a Waste-Free campus! See you at our next event!

 

Join Our Annual Campus Clean Up Day – Help Sheridan Be Zero Waste!

Spring has arrived! We are organizing a campus cleanup event in all three campuses again this year. To avoid the rainy weather forecasted for Thursday, April 20, we are rescheduling it to Friday, April 21.

We are looking for more volunteers to join us for this event. As a volunteer, you will help us pick up litter that has accumulated throughout the year on the trails, in the woodlands and the peripheral areas around the campus property.

Everyone, including staff, faculty, and students, is welcome to volunteer. This event not only helps the environment but also provides an opportunity for participants to get active and meet other members of the Sheridan community. It will be a fun event and you may even receive a group award!

 

What to expect?

At the start time of the event in each campus, i.e. 12 p.m. on April 21 we will provide directions on where to pick up the litter and safety instructions. Gloves and bags will be handed out. Waste will be collected in three types of plastic bags.

Participants will be encouraged to go out in small groups.

Based on your availability, you can participate from 30 minutes up to more than an hour. We will wrap up the event at 1:30 p.m.

Group Awards

  1. Collecting the heaviest weight
  2. Finding the most unusual waste item

Event Details (updated):

Date: Friday, April 21

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Meeting Location: Davis – Cafeteria Entrance; HMC – A Wing Living Wall; Trafalgar – SCAET Main Entrance Lobby

 

Registration – Please RSVP online. An email reminder will be sent out on Thursday to those who have registered.

Davis – CLICK HERE (hyperlink: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spring-campus-cleanup-davis-tickets-33589525174)

HMC -– CLICK HERE (hyperlink: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spring-campus-cleanup-hmc-tickets-33590996575)

Trafalgar – CLICK HERE (hyperlink: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/spring-campus-cleanup-trafalgar-tickets-33586778960)

 

For any question, please email zerowaste@sheridancollege.ca.

Hope to see you there on Friday!

Office for Sustainability

Earth Hour at Sheridan

On Saturday, March 25th Sheridan participated in Earth Hour with millions of other businesses and individuals from around the world.

Earth Hour is an annual event organized by the Word Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness about climate change. Businesses, organizations, residents, and governments around the world participate by powering off their lights from 8:30-9:30 PM. Earth Hour began in Australia in 2007 and has since grown into a worldwide event.

Sheridan’s Trafalgar, Davis, and Hazel McCallion campuses participated by turning off non-essential lights as well as select mechanical equipment. Starting at around 8PM on Saturday, Sheridan’s electricians went around the campuses to shut off corridor lights and certain outdoor lights. The new lights on the DALI system and mechanical equipment controllable through the Building Automation System were shut off or dimmed down through computer software.

Earth Hour around the World

WWF estimates that 2017 was the largest Earth Hour ever! Over 187 countries and territories participated and more than 3,100 of the world’s iconic landmarks and monuments were switched off. The event was also popular on social media with over 3.5 billion campaign hashtags and millions of people engaged through Facebook. See “At a Glance” below from www.earthhour.org.

Source: https://www.earthhour.org/2017-highlights

The Impact

You might wonder how much of an impact shutting down a few lights for an hour would have. How much electricity was actually saved?

Luckily, as part of the Integrated Energy and Climate Master Plan (IECMP) to reduce Sheridan’s energy use by 50% by 2020, sub-meters have been installed at Davis and Trafalgar campuses to monitor individual building’s energy use in 5-minute intervals. Previously only monthly data were available from utility hydro invoices. Sub-metering allows us to nail down the impact of Earth Hour.

Most Sheridan buildings drew about 15% less power than a typical Saturday night. J-Wing and the Student Centre at Davis Campus used about half the power than normal! J-Wing saved about 40 kWh of electricity during this one hour, which may not sound like much, but it’s enough to power an Ontario home for a day and a half!

The graph below shows the amount of electricity demand of Davis J-Wing. You can clearly see the dip in power draw during Earth Hour.

Although the data are not available, additional electricity use was also likely reduced at HMC, which also participated in Earth Hour.

Beyond the Hour

Earth Hour is meant to be more a symbolic awareness-raising event rather than a strategy to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. By quantifying the impact of Earth Hour at Sheridan, we hope to showcase the magnitude of Sheridan’s energy use compared to a typical home and to highlight the impact that businesses can have by participating in energy efficiency programs.

Interestingly because Earth Hour occurs on a Saturday night, the reduction in energy use is not as significant as it would be when the buildings are fully occupied during the day on weekdays. You can see this in the graph above where Saturday and Sunday electricity demand at Davis J-Wing is much lower than the weekdays.

Furthermore, Sheridan is switching most of its lighting to LEDs, which use less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. This means that Sheridan is already using significantly less energy to light its buildings; therefore the reduction in energy use during Earth Hour is smaller. In addition, Sheridan is implementing occupancy sensors, the ability to dim lights, daylight harvesting (where lights near windows reduce or turn off when it’s sunny outside), and the ability to schedule lights to be off during typically non-occupied building hours such as nights, weekends, and holidays.

In addition, as part of its IECMP, Sheridan is also working to gain control over heating and cooling of spaces and improve energy efficiency. This helps us reduce our carbon footprint and reliance on fossil fuels every day, not just during Earth Hour.

Individuals can still help us reduce energy use by turning off lights when you leave an empty room, shutting off your computer and monitor when not in use (as well as at the end of your work day), and letting Facilities know when your space is too hot or cold.

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Earth Hour possible including Facilities managers and operations staff, Security & Parking, Health & Safety, Communications and External Relations as well as everyone who participated. For questions/comments about Earth Hour or what you can do to go “Beyond the Hour,” contact the Office for Sustainability at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.