Creating Sheridan’s Medicine Wheel Garden – Callout to Planting Volunteers

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.

 

Join Mission Zero for the Fall Term!

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: missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

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!

To our Tour de Sheridan cyclists – Thank you for coming out and cycling!

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.

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.

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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    

The bike pick-up times are Monday – Friday 9 am to 4 pm at their office: 222 Advance Blvd, Brampton, ON L6T 4J2

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