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.

2017 Sheridan E-Waste Collection Days: April 3 – 6

Help Protect the Environment… Conserve and Recycle!

As part of Sheridan’s Zero Waste Initiative, Sheridan supports the recycling of electronic waste, or e-waste. E-waste contains hazardous metals, such as lead, cadmium, mercury, which contaminate soil and pollute air and drinking water. Recycling e-waste can divert these hazardous materials from landfills and incinerators. As well, valuable materials in the e-waste, such as aluminium, copper, gold, silver and plastics, can be recovered, and they can be used to make new products. This reduces the demand for extracting new resources and thus avoids energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

So how can you help?

If you have spare electronic items like computers, monitors, TVs, and cell phones at home that you don’t need, first consider donating them to the others in need in the community. If they are broken, try fixing them rather than buying new ones. If your electronics are obsolete and you would like to dispose of them, make sure they are recycled properly.

Sheridan’s annual E-Waste Collection Days will be held next week. You are welcome to bring your e-waste from home and drop them off at any one of the four campus locations as below. Our e-waste service provider, OEM Corporation will pick up the e-waste collected and make sure they will be recycled sustainably.

 

Sheridan’s E-Waste Collection Days

April 3 & 4 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Trafalgar Campus, B Wing Hallway

Skills Training Centre, West Entrance Lobby

 

April 5 & 6 – 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hazel McCallion campus, A Wing Atrium (near Security Counter)

Davis Campus, B Wing Main Entrance Lobby (near OTR)

 

Acceptable Items:

  • Computers and laptops
  • Keyboards, mice and computer accessories
  • Printers and scanners
  • Printer cartridges and toner
  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • VCRs and DVD players
  • Radios, stereos and speakers
  • Cameras and video recorders
  • Home phones and cell phones
  • Electronic batteries
  • Cables, cords and computer wires
  • Microwave ovens

If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Sustainability at zerowaste@sheridancollege.ca .

We are looking for Mission Zero Volunteers

The Office for Sustainability (OfS) is looking for volunteers to join our Mission Zero team for the Winter semester! The Mission Zero volunteers will help us promote our sustainability initiatives and engage the Sheridan community.  Volunteers will be involved in a variety of outreach activities to inform people about Sheridan’s Zero Waste program and energy and climate projects. As a Mission Zero volunteer, not only will you help the environment, but also you will have the opportunity to develop your communication and leadership skills. In addition, it will be a fun way to meet new people.  And of course, your volunteer hours will be counted towards your Co-curricular Record (CCR).

As a first step on being part of the Mission Zero team, please fill out the volunteer form on the link below:

http://missionzero.sheridancollege.ca/get-involved/mission-zero-volunteer/volunteer-form/

All confirmed volunteers will be invited to a training session held in late January. During the session, we will discuss your volunteer schedule.

Feel free to visit our Facebook and Twitter to learn about our latest events and announcements.

For any questions, you are welcome to email us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Hope you can join us for Mission Zero!

Pollinator Conservation Talk

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On November 24, in collaboration with Oakvillegreen Conservation Association, Sheridan Office for Sustainability hosted its second event “Pollinator Conservation” in the Trees and Bees talks series  for  the members of the Sheridan College and local residents in the Town of Oakville.

While the first event was a forest walk in the trails around the campus, the second gathering was focused primarily on spreading knowledge about the conservation and growth of native bees and pollinator plants.

Victoria MacPhail, a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University studying bumblebee declines gave an informative talk. She brought in a display of native North American bees.

Victoria pointed out that the bumblebee is the most effective pollinator insect around the world. You may be surprised to find out that there are more than just your typical black and yellow classic bees. There are about 4,000 different species native to North America and 16 different types native to Ontario alone.

Bees have gotten a bad reputation historically. Known more as annoying bugs that instill fear of being stung, they actually help us in more ways then can be imagined.

“Bees provide an important link in our environment. The work of these tireless pollinators touches our lives everyday through the food that we eat. Even our seasons are marked by their work: the bloom of springtime meadows, summer berry picking and even pumpkins in fall,” as stated on www.xerces.org.

Due to the generalization the world has given pollinator insects, most people tend not to take their decline seriously, but it could have some major repercussions to the environment and our everyday lives.

To attract bees and other pollinator insects to your garden, here are a few key tips to consider.

  • Use as many native plants to your region as possible, native plants have evolved with the pollinators, so they are well suited to meet their needs.
  • Plant flowers with a range of shapes and sizes, different species are suited for different shapes and sizes of plants.
  • Include a variety that bloom throughout the seasons, this accommodates different species and their specific life cycles.

Representatives of Oakvillegreen Conservation Association helped teach the participants on how to prepare seed bombs using one of the most effective pollinator plants, the Milkweed plant.

  • You take seeds of the milkweed plant and role them into a natural clay ball.
  • Due to the fact it is a plant native to Canada, you must mimic the seasons for the seed bomb to take effect.
  • To trick the seeds you must put them in a wet paper towel and fold them into rows, then you put them into a ziplock bag and date them and list the seed.
  • You then leave it in the fridge for 3-6 weeks to let them germinate and then put the seeds in warm water for 24 hours. After which you can plant the seed bomb.

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Thanks to the work of environmental educators like Victoria and advocacy organizations like Oakvillegreen Conservation Association, Sheridan College and the community at large can now take the shared knowledge and get involved to help preserve the environment to support pollinators. Sheridan would like to express our sincere thanks to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for their generous support for the Trees and Bees talks series.

Sheridan’s New Pollinator-Friendly Garden – Project Update

A new native garden has just completed Phase One, the installation of its northern portion. The garden is located in front of J wing by the roundabout at the Trafalgar campus. When you visit this freshly-sodded site, you can see 11 young native trees and a semi-circular armour stone seating area with a crushed stone walking area. Phase Two, the southern portion of the site, includes the installation of a medicine wheel garden featuring a circular shape with native pollinator perennials planted in four quadrants.

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The garden is part of the Office for Sustainability’s efforts to promote biodiversity, support wildlife and increase greenspace on campus. The inception of installing a native garden followed the removal of invasive buckthorn from the site last fall. The Office for Sustainability would like to thank all those members of our community who had submitted ideas on designing the native garden. In particular, the medicine wheel design came from Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support. The medicine wheel symbolizes the circle of life and the four directions. When completed, the garden offers both our indigenous students as well as Sheridan’s wider community a sacred place for reflection and celebration.

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About 98% of the plants being used in this garden are native to Southern Ontario. Native plants are better adapted to the local natural environment and climate than non-natives one and they generally need less water. The high diversity of plant species will increase the resilience of the garden in dealing with climate change and prevent invasive species such as buckthorn from returning to the site.

Native trees, shrubs and perennials in urban areas are vital for supporting insects and many of which are their pollinators. These plants and insects are at the base of the food chain. The native plants are also the habitats for other species.

The Office of Sustainability (OfS) would like to thank TD Friends of the Environment Fund for supporting this planting project as well as The Trees and Bees Talks Series being offered on campus this fall. OfS would also like to thank Oakville Green Conservation Association and Ontario Invasive Plant Council for sharing their expertise.

The planning for Phase Two will continue into the new year. Volunteers will be invited to join us on planting days. Please stay tuned!