Calling for Mission Zero Volunteers!

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The Office for Sustainability (OfS) is looking for volunteers to join our Mission Zero team! Our focus this fall includes strengthening the Zero Waste campaign and providing new campus greening opportunities that will further engage the Sheridan community.  Volunteers will be involved in a variety of outreach activities throughout the semester. 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 as part of 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 September. 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@sheridancolllege.ca.

Hope you can join us for Mission Zero!

 

A New Wildflower Garden is Born

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Last Wednesday morning, the Office for Sustainability teamed up with Sheridan College staff and faculty to plant a new wildflower garden, in a place where an invasive species of foreign  Buckthorn trees once existed.

The Office for Sustainability and Facilities Services are working on restoring the health of our nature and increasing biodiversity on campus.

One of the goals of the planting event for the Office of Sustainability was to help eliminate the threat of the invasive pioneering species of Buckthorn that have spread aggressively throughout the Trafalgar campus. It is the second phase of an effort to get rid of them completely. Last year, a Buckthorn grove was removed outside of J wing, close to the bus loop.

After learning that the Buckthorn threatens the local biodiversity of the environment, the obvious follow up question becomes, what makes them so dangerous?

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According to Nathan Nettleton, the Facilities Project Technologist , “For one, it’s simply not from the area.  Secondly it’s a pioneering species, a species of tree that grows really well in adverse conditions and full exposure to the environment. Thirdly, it doesn’t grow where things tend to be.

“It spreads so fast, that what ends up happening is that the trees get so thick, that it chokes out the area and shades out any biodiversity, which is what you need.”

It has been an exciting transformation of the outdoor space just outside of the Trafalgar Athletic Stadium over the last two weeks. It has gone from a grove that was filled with invasive buckthorn, to a native garden made up of diverse wildflower species and mixed native grasses that attract pollinators and provide habitats for wildlife.

All of this took place after the Welcome Back Event held by the College for all staff returning to work. There was a filling breakfast followed by presentations and performances from students of the Bachelor of Musical Theatre program.

After the final presentation, the crowd of around 900 people were given the option to pick up a plant and a shovel, take instruction from Beatriz Gomez, Tree and Education Programs Manager at Oakvillegreen Conservation. They helped disseminate information on the importance of biodiversity and having local plants that help the environment, as well as taught the group of participants the proper technique for planting.

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“The planting event at Welcome Back was a terrific opportunity to engage our employees in creating a healthy natural environment that will in turn support the well-being of our community,” Wai Chu, Project Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability said.

“Through this event, we have achieved our key goal to build a community that cares about our environment and gets involved in making positive changes.”

Student and staff volunteers from the Mission Zero team participated in the event. They helped organize the entire event before and helped clean up during and after, making the whole process run very smoothly.

For students, volunteering was worth more than just lending a helping hand with the garden. Parneet Sidhu said, “Volunteering like this is important for our co-curricular record. I wanted to do something outside of my academics where I can get involved in the community, help my fellows and feel part of Sheridan.”

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“We have worked with Sheridan College in the past. We have talked at certain events before and I think it’s great that Sheridan has taken leadership on this, doing more and making sure that they are involving staff and students. It makes our work much easier when there is an engaged community,” Oakville Green volunteer Gomez said.

All in all, it was a great planting event. Not only for the sake of the environment, but also to get the whole Sheridan community involved and engaged in the importance of biodiversity on campus.

The Office for Sustainability and Facilities are extremely grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm and we hope to see you out there tending to the new wildflower garden.

They are looking for volunteers to help water the garden and remove any new buckthorn at the wildflower garden. Any employee or student who are interested in joining the stewardship team to help take care of the wildflower garden for this fall, please email missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

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District Energy Master Plan Phase 1

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By Michael Melro

The Facilities Services department and the Office for Sustainability of Sheridan College have begun construction on Phase One of its new district heating and cooling system at the Trafalgar campus.

There are currently six boiler plants, spread across the campus that provides heat to each building on campus. This configuration leads to inefficient distribution of heating and cooling. Boilers and chillers that are too large relative to the loads they serve turn on for a moment then off again, wasting energy in the process.

The ultimate goal of the project is to move beyond these wasteful and outdated energy practices, by introducing a new system that will centralize all of the college’s mechanical equipment into one location.

“The proposed solution to this problem is to provide all of the heating for the entire campus from one location in the basement of C wing through a new central plant,” Facilities Project Manager Katherine Rinas said.  “This new plant will also be using combined heating and power technology, or CHP.”

You can think of CHP essentially as engines that produce electricity. This new district energy system is meant to help conserve energy while being as efficient as possible. This is embodied by how the CHP reuses any energy rejected by the plant, cycling excess heat produced back into the network of pipes.

IMG_0323The first phase is to install piping throughout the exterior parts of the campus. “The piping is actually a cool piece of technology. The steel portion has thinner walls compared to typical Canadian piping. It’s very durable, it is incased in plastic with foam surrounding the pipe, it comes pre-insulated and there is an integrated leak detection system,” Rinas said.

Sheridan will be the first post-secondary institution in Ontario to use this network of piping for a District Energy System.

The “network” is similar to a telephone or fiber line. It will be the supply and return lines for the super heated water running through the system. Campus heating water is currently supplied to buildings at 170-180 degrees Fahrenheit and returns to the plant about 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler. With the new system in place, the water will be supplied at temperatures close to 212 degrees F, with return water as much as 50 degrees F cooler.

This super heated water will run through the primary pipes, while the secondary loop will have cooler temperatures, feeding all of the terminal devices on the campus.

It’s a closed loop circuit, so the water is pumped into the system only once, staying in the pipes for very long periods of time, reducing any wasteful water usage.

With this first step already underway, Sheridan hopes to become one of the most energy efficient institutions in the country. Construction of the first phase is expected to be done before Christmas break.

Mission Zero Volunteer Opportunity!

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Come and make some new friends before the new semester begins! Being a Mission Zero volunteer is a friendly and exciting opportunity to become part of the Sheridan community. It’s a great way to get to know other people before the school year starts. You will help educate and inform students about zero waste and encourage everyone to reduce reuse and recycle. You will also have the opportunity to support other cool initiatives such as Repair Café Sheridan and waste audits. These hours will be counted in your Co-curricular Record (CCR). To help you get started, you will be invited to receive training at the beginning of the semester.

If you really can’t wait to get started, there is an upcoming opportunity to take part as a volunteer. Orientation week is next week (Aug 29 – Sep 2) and we need volunteers to help educate people about zero waste as well as guiding people to sort out waste. There will be a training session at the beginning of each day before the start of the event and do a briefing of what to expect. You can choose whichever campus is convenient for you.

The Marketplace events will be held next week:
Davis: Monday Aug. 29 & Tuesday Aug. 30 (11 am – 1 pm)
Trafalgar: Thursday Sept. 1 & Friday Sept. 2 (11 am – 1 pm)

If you’re interested or have any further questions, please e-mail Wai Chu (waichu.cheng@sheridancollege.ca).

If you would like to volunteer for Mission Zero for the Fall semester, please fill out the form here.

Tour de Sheridan – Join Us on July 20!

The first 30 participants will receive a free water bottle with our Tour de Sheridan logo. All participants will have a chance to win a raffle prize!

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Jack Darling Memorial Park at the Waterfront in Mississauga

Would you like to enjoy cycling with other Sheridan members and tour around our neighbourhood this summer? You are invited to join the first Tour de Sheridan! 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.

Who:

Any Sheridan member

Why:

Cycling is fun. This is the best time of the year to tour around our neighbourhood by bike. At this event, you can also get a chance to meet other cyclists in our own community. Let’s stay active and encourage each other to do exercises that promote health and wellness.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Route:

Choose one of the following two routes –

  1. From the Trafalgar campus to Jack Darling Memorial Park and return to the Trafalgar campus
  2. From the HMC campus to Jack Darling Memorial Park and return to the HMC campus

We will be using nature trails and less busy streets. The HMC cyclist group will take Burnhamthorpe and Culham Trails whereas the Trafalgar cyclist group will use Waterfront Trail.

Mileage and Meet-up:

Each route is about 17 km one way.

All participants will meet at Jack Memorial Park for a refreshment break at 9:30 a.m. before the return trip

Address of Jack Darling Memorial Park: 1180 Lakeshore W, Mississauga

Prizes:

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

All participants will be entered for a raffle draw to receive a duffle bag on wheels provided by Akran Marketing.

How to Join:

Sign up for one of the following two pace groups, which start at a different time at the “S” of the Trafalgar and HMC campuses:

  1. Road bike group – meet at “S” at 8:30 a.m. (faster pace)
  2. Recreational bike group – meet at “S” at 8:00 a.m.

** For those individuals who choose to start at a different location outside the campus, please arrive at Jack Darling Memorial Park to meet with the whole group for  a refreshment break at 9:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline:

Monday, July 18

Registration:

CLICK HERE

This event is offered by the Office for Sustainability, Green Teams and Sheridan Student Union (SSU). Thanks to SSU for providing refreshments.

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

 

 

 

Come Join Bike to Campus Day at HMC!

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On Thursday, June 16, 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 Mississauga, 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 June 13, 5 pm at: http://hazelcampus.bikeday.ca.

An information booth for this event will be set up on Wednesday May 25 during the lunch hours at the atrium of the HMC campus. Our event support team, including reps from the Green Team and the Student Union, will be at the booth to answer your questions, such as which bike route to take from your home to campus and where the secure bike locker room and shower facilities are located on campus. They will also share with you some road safety tips.

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Don’t forget the Bike Month starting on May 30. Simply log your cycling trips on the Smart Commute online tool between May 16 and June 30 and you will be automatically entered into the raffle draw for a chance to win one of three $500 VIA Rail vouchers.

Cycling provides multiple benefits to commuters, especially on health and cost savings. Sheridan supports the use of alternative modes of transportation, which include cycling, walking, taking public transit and carpooling. When more people use alternative modes of transportation to travel to/from the campus, the roads will be less congested and less greenhouse gas emissions will be produced. As well, we will also enjoy better air quality in the city.

Bike to Work Day – May 30, 2016

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Join thousands of cyclists across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area on Monday, May 30 to kick off Bike Month with Smart Commute’s annual Bike to Work Day!

Cycle to work in the month of May and June for a chance to WIN 1 of 3 $500 VIA Rail vouchers!

How? Simply log your cycling trips on the Smart Commute Tool between May 16 to June 30, 2016 and you will be automatically entered into the prize draw.

Important – to join a network, search for your Sheridan campus (Davis/HMC/Trafalgar) under the “Search Networks” field on the registration page.

Contest closes at 5 pm ET on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Click here for Contest Rules & Registrations.

You are welcome to use the Smart Commute tool not just to track your commute by cycling but also other sustainable modes of transportation including carpooling, taking public transit and walking. For any questions, feel free to email Wai Chu Cheng, Sustainability Coordinator, at waichu.cheng@sheridancollege.ca

To Sheridan’s Spring Cleanup Volunteers: Thank You!

 

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On Friday April 22, Sheridan’s Spring Cleanup event was held in three campus locations to celebrate Earth Day. We are pleased to announce that it was a great success. Many thanks to the terrific efforts of all the volunteers. You have helped brightened up the trails and the wooded areas around the campus and the neighbourhood! Special thanks to the Advancement and External Relations, Facilities Services and Green Teams, for your great support in the planning, promotion and set up of the event.

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winning team_reduced sizeIt was a sunny, warm day. As the volunteers started out for their litter pick-up, they self-organized themselves in small groups. They all came back with a smile on their face. Over the course of 1.5 hours, our 33 volunteers, including staff and students, collected a total of 27 bags of waste in three waste streams. One group at the Trafalgar campus returned with the most amount of waste and two most unusual items at the same time. This group (left), made up of four members from the Digital and Social Media unit at Sheridan, included Justin, Jen, Shamelle and Christine. Together they brought back from the trails a total of 19 kg of waste, including an old TV set and a tusk-shape item (below). They both were disposed of as e-waste. Each of the group members will receive a Mission Zero T-shirt from the Office for Sustainability.

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Justin (above)  from the winning team shared with us why it was important for him to participate in this event, “As a member of the Sheridan community, the Campus Cleanup event was an enjoyable and welcomed opportunity to help make a positive impact. A chance to get out of the office, get some steps in, and clean up the campus made for a great day—and we found some pretty interesting stuff, too!” The volunteers found a lot of plastic water bags, plastic bottles, plastic straws, paper coffee cups, some wire and an umbrella. They also found other interesting items such as a seat cushion and some kitchen towels.

For more photos of the Cleanup event, please visit our Facebook page (Sheridan Mission Zero)

To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities and Sustainability events, please visit our Mission Zero website . You are welcome to sign up for our mailing list. You can also follow us on Twitter (mssnzero).

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

Spring Campus Cleanup April 22 – RSVP by April 20!

As Spring is just around the corner, Sheridan is organizing campus cleanups in our three campuses, Trafalgar, Davis and HMC. We would like to remove litter that has accumulated throughout the year on the trails, in the woodlands and the peripheral areas around the campus property.

We are now looking for volunteers to join us for the cleanup event in each campus on Friday, April 22. By participating in this event, not only will you help the environment, but you will also have an opportunity to get active and meet other members of the Sheridan community!

The event will last for 1.5 hours. Based on your availability, you can participate from 30 minutes up to more than an hour. We will have a group photo taken at the start time of each campus location.

Below are the time and location for the April 22 event. As the weather is forecast to be rainy on Friday, we have changed all meeting locations to indoors.  Please register via the link below by Wednesday, April 20. A reminder email will be sent to those who have registered on Thursday.

Registration

Trafalgar Campus

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Meeting location: Inside the SCAET main entrance (outside S235)

Davis Campus

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Meeting location: In front of the Cafeteria

HMC Campus

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Meeting location: Beside the Living Wall

What to expect?

At the start time of the event of each campus, we will provide directions on where to pick up the litter and the safety instructions. Gloves and bags will be handed out. Waste will be collected in three types of plastic bags. Participants are encouraged to work in small groups.

Two Group Awards

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

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

Hope to see you there, rain or shine!

Office for Sustainability

Sheridan E-Waste Collection Days: April 13 – 14

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Every year 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste are generated globally. It is the most rapidly growing segment of  municipal solid waste. The average Canadian generated about 24 kg of e-waste in 2012. This added up to 860,000 metric tonnes for the entire country. The total amount is equivalent to more than 7 times the weight of the CN Tower.

As part of Sheridan’s Zero Waste Initiative, Sheridan supports the recycling of e-waste. E-waste contains hazardous metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury, which contaminates soil and pollutes air and water supplies. Recycling e-waste can divert these hazardous materials from landfills and incinerators. As well, valuable materials in the e-waste such as aluminum, 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 reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

So how can you help?

If you have extra electronic items like computers, monitors, TVs and cell phones at home that you don’t need, first consider donating them to 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.

Next Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14 are Sheridan’s E-Waste Collection Days. You are welcome to bring your e-waste from home and drop them off at any one of the four campus locations as below.

Sheridan’s E-Waste Collection Days

Date: April 13 (Wed) – April 14 (Thur)

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:

Davis: B Wing Atrium

HMC: Atrium

STC: West Entrance

Trafalgar: B Wing Main Hallway

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
  • Batteries (electronics only)
  • Cables, cords and computer wires
  • Microwave ovens

For more information, please contact zerowaste@sheridancollege.ca.