Give Bees A Chance: A Workshop on Pollinator Conservation

Photo credit: Anthony Colangelo/Pollinator Partnership

As part of Sheridan’s biodiversity initiative, we are excited to offer two hands-on workshops on the conservation of pollinators this Fall. These workshops are one of the three components of the Wildflower and Pollinator Protection and Enhancement Program created by the Office for Sustainability and supported by the TD Friends of the Environment Fund.

The first pollinator workshop will be held next Thursday, September 27 at the Trafalgar Campus. In this interactive workshop, participants will join conservation ecologists from Pollinator Partnership to learn about the diversity of bees in our community, the latest science on conservation issues, and the concrete actions you can take to make a difference.

Pollinator Partnership is a non-profit dedicated to the protection of pollinators through conservation, research, and education. Bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles that pollinate are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food, and also sustain our ecosystems by allowing over 87% of flowering plants to reproduce. Growing scientific evidence is revealing that these animals and their pollination services are in trouble and need our help. Pollinator Partnership works in communities across North America to make a positive difference for these unique creatures and to raise awareness for the crucial ecosystem services they provide

Below are the details of the workshop:

Give Bees a Chance: A Workshop on pollinator conservation

Date: Thursday, September 27
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: Trafalgar campus, Sheridan College
Audience: Anyone from Sheridan and the wider community is welcome
Cost: Free!

To join the workshop, please sign up here 

The second pollinator workshop will be held on October 11, 5 to 7 p.m. Please stay tuned for further details.

The wildflower community planting event we offered in June was another component of the Wildflower and Pollinator Protection and Enhancement Program. We have shared what we accomplished here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

Sheridan ARE YOU READY?!

There’s a Bike Shop coming to HMC, in the A-Wing and we need your help to name it for its grand-opening! We’re working to create a Do It Yourself Repair Shop, a Free Rental Service, and a Mentorship Program.

Our goal is to have the shop and rental service fully operational by the end of October, so that students can take full advantage of this new resource as soon as possible.

There have already been some great suggestions from your peers, but we wish to give the Sheridan Community one more chance to name their Bike Centre. Let us know of any names you would like to see above the door and we will choose the top favourites by September 30th. We will have a vote of our top favourites afterwards.

To give you a little idea of what’s happening here is an image of our Future Rental Bikes:

How to suggest a name?
Comment on this post below!

Stay tuned for more updates 🙂

We Need You: Fall 2018

Do you care about your environment? Do you like meeting new people and working towards improving your campus experience? When you join our Mission Zero volunteer team, not only will you have fun in meeting new people at your campus, you will also be able to log down the volunteer hours that will be counted towards your Co-curricular Record (CCR). If you are interested in learning more or signing up, please click here.

This year, the Orientation Marketplace event was held at each of our three campuses during the week of August 27 to 31. The Office for Sustainability set up a booth introducing our work. The new students were invited to play a game while learning about how to reduce waste on campus. They also learned about how the best routes to ride to campus by bike and how to lock their bikes safely.

In the first photo below, our team, along with the support of student mentors, “staff” the Zero Waste bins to guide people to sort their waste.

As well, our local transit service providers were also on site introducing their services and useful resources to students. A big thank-you to Region of Peel, Oakville Transit, Brampton Transit and TransHelp for joining us this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us at Davis for the Transit Fair – July 10!

Come out and meet the representatives from our local transit providers, including Brampton Transit, GO Transit, PRESTO, MiWay, and TransHelp. They will be on hand to answer any of your questions and provide you with useful information. As well, there will be interactive games and giveaways!

Event Details:

Attendees: Anyone from the Sheridan community
Date: 
Tuesday, July 10
Location:
Sheridan Student Centre Atrium, Davis Campus
Time:
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Transit Fair is part of Commuter Movement which aims to encourage Sheridan’s Davis community to be more aware of sustainable transportation options and try these various modes to commute to campus. Through this collaborative project, Sheridan Office for Sustainability and The Region of Peel would like to encourage everyone to adopt greener commuting behaviour which is beneficial to us all and to the environment. On a personal level, in addition to saving money, taking sustainable transportation leads to a more active, healthy lifestyle. On a city level, as a result of fewer vehicles on the road, less greenhouse gases will be emitted into the atmosphere and the air will be cleaner.

To learn more about Transportation and The Commuter Movement project: Click Here

             

Tour de Sheridan 2018 – Join Us for Sheridan’s Second Tri-campus Bike Event

Welcome to the second tri-campus event at Sheridan! At this event, you will get a chance to meet and bike with other cyclists in our own community while exploring our neighborhood. Let’s stay active and encourage each other to do exercises that promote health and wellness. Hope you can join us!

Date: July 12th (Thurs)
Time: 8:00 – 12 p.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: 8:30 a.m.

HMC
Hybrid Bike Group: 8:30 a.m.
**This route is not suitable for road bikes**

Trafalgar
Recreation Bike Group: 8:15 a.m.
Road Bike Group: 8:15 a.m.

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

Prizes:
The first 30 participants who registered and completed the cycling trip will receive a 25 oz Tour de Sheridan water bottle and a pair of bike lights!

              

Registration:
Sign up:  click here

Registration Deadline: July 10 (Tue)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at vicki.tran1@sheridancollege.ca.

                            

Bike to Work Day at your Campus in Celebration of Bike Month!

It’s Bike Month! During this period from May 28th to June 30th, there are hundreds of rides and events across the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and Guelph. Look for cycling events near you at www.BikeMonth.ca! You can enter their contest before June 4th for a chance to win $500 MEC gift card and $500 voucher from VIA Rail.

In support for Bike Month, we would like to invite our Sheridan community members to join us for our Bike to Campus Day at the Sheridan campuses. Ride your bike, enjoy some fresh air, light breakfast snacks, giveaways, a chance to meet other cyclists and to win some awesome prizes. Click on the link below to get details of the event for your campus.

HMC Campus
Date: Tuesday, June 19th
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Outside A Wing, South Entrance
Registration: click here
 
Davis Campus
Date: Wednesday, June 20th
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Outside A Wing Entrance by Lot 1
Registration: click here
Trafalgar Campus
Date: Thursday, June 21st
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Location: Picnic table outside Cafeteria
Registration: click here

 

All Sheridan members are welcome! Please register with the link above by Monday, June 18. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Tran, Cycling and Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, at vicki.tran1@sheridancollege.ca. Feel free to check out the Office for Sustainability website for more events.

 

Trafalgar Wildflower Planting on June 9: Volunteers are needed!

Photo: The Wildflower Garden site completed by volunteers in the summer of 2016

Did you know that 90% of all wild flowering plants depend on pollination? Did you know that one in three bites of food we eat relies on bees for pollination? Sadly, many of our pollinator species in Canada are declining at an alarming rate. We can help save the bees and butterflies by creating a natural habitat and food sources for them right here at the Trafalgar campus!

Come out on June 9th to help enhance our Wildflower Garden that we started in 2016! The Mission Zero team along with Oakville Green Conservation Association and Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support are working together to offer this planting event. On the event day, our volunteers will be guided to plant perennial native wildflowers and grasses. The new plants will further attract pollinators and prevent the invasive Buckthorn from returning to the site. Not only will this planting event help beautify the area, it will also increase campus biodiversity. Volunteers will enjoy a pizza lunch after planting.

Below are the details of the event:

When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2018
Where: Trafalgar campus – outside Athletic Centre
Who: Anyone from Sheridan and the wider community
Register: Click here

This event is sponsored by the TD Friends of the Environment Fund. For any questions, please feel free to contact the Office for Sustainability at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Join our Spring Campus Cleanup Days, May 15 to 17: Please RSVP!

Spring is already here! Sheridan is organizing a campus cleanup event at each of our three campuses held between May 15 to 17. We would like to invite you to join us for this community event to help Sheridan become a zero waste campus. Any staff, faculty and students are welcome!

During the event, the participants will help remove the litter that has accumulated during the winter on the trails, in the woodlands and the peripheral areas around the campus property.

By participating in the campus cleanup event at your campus, 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. If you are participating with your fellow members from your office, it will also be a fun activity for team-building!

The event will start at 12 noon and ends at 2 p.m. Based on your availability, you can participate from 30 minutes up to more than an hour. Snacks will be provided afterwards.

Below are the details for each campus.  Please register by clicking on the link for your campus. If you can RSVP by Friday May 11 that would be great.

HMC Campus
Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Meeting location: A-Wing Living Wall
Registration: click here

Davis Campus
Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Meeting location: B Wing Cafeteria Entrance
Registration: click here

Trafalgar Campus
Date: Thursday, May
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Meeting location: SCAET Main Entrance Lobby
Registration: click here   

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 provided. You are welcome to bring your own gloves. Participants are encouraged to go out in small groups.

For any questions, please email zerowaste@sheridancollege.ca. Hope to see you there!

 

Food Waste: A Big Problem!

Mission Zero and Chartwells have teamed up to host an exciting new event to raise awareness about food waste at Sheridan.

Did you know that more than half of our food waste is not sorted properly. According to the waste audit at the Trafalgar campus in 2017, 52% of the waste produced at Trafalgar was food waste, yet our organics diversion rate was only 29%. Food waste was the biggest type of contaminants in the landfill bin and it accounted for 42% of the bin content. One of the main reasons causing this high rate is that some people don’t take the time to sort their waste and throw everything in the landfill bin.

The Mission Zero team will be visiting each campus this week to observe students in the cafeteria as they throw away their waste. If a student correctly sorts their waste, it will be celebrated by ringing a bell. The student will then get the opportunity to spin a wheel and win a prize from the cafeteria!

The event will take place from 12:00pm-1:00pm at each campus on the following days:

Davis Cafeteria – Tuesday, April 3th

Trafalgar Cafeteria – Wednesday, April 4th

HMC Cafeteria – Thursday, April 5th

You will learn more about food waste and how to reduce it while getting a chance to win some great prizes. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please e-mail: missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

            

Repair Café is coming to Brampton Library’s Chinguacousy Branch!

The Repair Café will be in Brampton on April 7, 2018! Sheridan is collaborating with Brampton Library 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:  missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

We hope you can join us to reduce the number of things sent to the landfill by fixing reusable items on April 7! To avoid lineups, please arrive early. Registration closes at 2 p.m.

Our last café in Brampton was a great success. Below are some photos taken during the event.