The Office for Sustainability (OfS) is delighted to announce an exciting REUSE initiative — The Mission Zero Freeuse Pop Up Shop, coming Fall 2022!

Sheridan students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to donate items that are in good/working condition from the list of acceptable items below, which will be collected, sorted, and offered back to the Sheridan community for reuse (free of charge!) during periodic Mission Zero Freeuse Pop Up Shop events.

If you have items, you’d like to donate? Pick up a labeled red bin from the mailroom at Sheridan’s Trafalgar campus (room A134) between 10:30am-2:30pm Monday-Thursday,  place your donated items in the bin, and once it is ready to be collected, please email MissionZero@SheridanCollege.ca to arrange for pickup! (Donation bin locations for Davis and HMC campuses coming soon)

If you have items that cannot be accepted for reuse as part of the Mission Zero Freeuse Pop Up Shop initiative, please consider donating to other local charities.

Before you toss an item in the bin, stop and think if it can be used for another purpose or by someone else. The attitude of REUSE begins with a mindset that materials and products have usefulness beyond the owner’s original intention.

Pollinator Friendly Practices

Did you know? Ontario is home to nearly 400 species of native bees and that native bees account for nearly 70% of pollination taking place in Ontario!

For pollinators (and most wildlife), manicured lawns are a desert. Lawn history is rooted in status and wealth. In 17th century England, only rich landowners had lawns, and before lawnmowers, only the wealthy could afford labour to weed and scythe their grass.

There has been a sharp decline of pollinator populations in recent years leading to a decrease in plant species, in turn impacting ecosystems and food security, due to (i) pesticide overexposure; (ii) habitat loss, including the loss of native plants; and (iii) climate change.

Create a pollinator-friendly garden by following the below-listed tips —

A beginners guide to Zero Waste

“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.” ― Pete Seeger

Remember that instead of buying new* reusables and Zero Waste items, rethink, repurpose, and reuse what you have. Buying less can be even better than buying green!

For more information on Zero Waste living, check trashisfortossers.com/about-lauren/

Happy #PlasticFreeJuly!

Tour de Sheridan 2022

Get ready for the Tour de Sheridan, the tri-campus bike event happening July 8 from 12-4pm! 🚴 Register at — https://bit.ly/3ytwJW5

 

Community Garden Weeding Event

Join Sheridan Mission Zero to clear weeds and beautify the community garden at the Trafalgar Campus on Tuesday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The garden is located between the A-Wing and the Athletics Centre.

Please remember to bring your own water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and gardening gloves if you have them. Please wear closed-toed shoes and light coloured long-sleeved shirt and pants. Be tick aware! For more information, please visit the Halton Region website.

Click here to register.

We look forward to meeting you!

Please note, for those of you interested in growing food at one of our Community gardens in Oakville/Brampton, please fill out our form.

Design Your Own Pollinator Garden Virtual Workshop

Join Jeanne McRight of Blooming Boulevards on June 27 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. to learn how to design your own pollinator garden via WebEx!

You will learn about:

  • Providing food and shelter for native pollinators while delighting your family and neighbours with textures, shapes and colours.
  • Assessing site conditions and creating a beautiful garden design that meets pollinator, plant and personal needs.
  • Challenges of tough sites such as boulevards and balconies.

Click here to register. Those who register will receive a reminder email prior to the event and a WebEx meeting invite.

Outdoor Bike Repairs

 

 

 

The Sheridan Bike Hub is hosting free Public Bike Repairs open at Davis every Wednesday, and HMC every Thursday from 10 – 2PM . This program is open to the public starting April 20 until the end of June. Please book one bike per appointment and follow safety protocols (wearing a mask & social distancing) before coming to campus. 

Davis Campus Location: Bike Hub Portable 7 at the back of Parking Lot 5 by portables
*parking spaces closest to portables are available

HMC Campus Location: A-Wing across Scholars’ Green and Pride Bench
*free parking spaces are not available at this location

A safety check will be done on your bike to ensure it is working smoothly. The tune-up includes pumping tires, adjusting the brakes & gears, and a general assessment of the bike. Cycling safety resources will also be handed out.

Who has inspired you with their sustainability efforts?

Do you know someone who actively participates in Meatless Mondays? Who goes out of their way to pack a reusable water bottle wherever they go? Who composts or fights food waste?

If a classmate, colleague, professor, or student, comes to mind, we encourage you to put their name forward for “My Mission Zero Hero” – a Sheridan Green Team-organized campaign open to anyone who studies or works at Sheridan.

Now in its second year, My Mission Zero Hero aims to recognize all Sheridan community members whose “green” contributions, big or small, show they are passionate about making a positive change for their environment and community.

Sustainability is top of mind for many, right now. And while tackling global climate change can seem daunting, small actions in our daily life can make a big difference. We want to show our appreciation for Sheridan’s planet-saving superheroes who have made a positive impact for sustainability at Sheridan and beyond.

Submissions, which include a short written and photo component, will be curated and shared on Sheridan’s social media channels and other digital platforms from March to April and wrap-up with a final recognition of all heroes on Earth Day – April 22, 2022.

Deadline: Submit your Mission Zero Hero nomination by March 1, 2022

Looking for inspiration? Meet Sheridan’s 2021 Mission Zero Heroes.

What’s Mission Zero?

Mission Zero is Sheridan’s framework for institution-wide sustainability initiatives. It is an ambitious mandate to re-envision the College’s energy future, make significant reductions in its institutional footprint, and meet breakthrough performance targets.

It is guided by the institution’s Office for Sustainability and represents operational and cultural goals, driven by Sheridan’s Sustainability Policy. Mission Zero embodies the journey toward transformational systemic change and accelerates the creation of campus-wide sustainability culture.

Nominate a Hero

Click here to nominate your mission Zero Hero. Please submit the form by March 1, 2022

If you have a question about this campaign, please email missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this campaign!

Sheridan Green Team

Be a Mission Zero Volunteer!

Do you care about the environment? Do you want to contribute to Sheridan’s sustainability initiatives? Be a Mission Zero Volunteer this year. We Need You! 

Help us become a greener community! As a Mission Zero volunteer, you will help the Office for Sustainability promote Mission Zero, educate the Sheridan community on waste reduction, and learn about how to reduce your personal carbon footprints.

As a volunteer, you will also have the opportunity to develop your communication and leadership skills while meeting new people. Your hours will also be counted towards your Co-Curricular Record (CCR). We will hold an orientation at the start of the semester to help you get familiar with Mission Zero.

Due to the latest development of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteering during the Winter semester will move back to an online format. At the volunteer orientation session, you will learn about Mission Zero and what you will be doing as a Mission Zero volunteer. 

If you are interested to get involved, fill out a volunteer form or contact us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with our initiatives!

2021 Nature Inspiration Awards – Mission Zero Project shortlisted as a Finalist!

Our work on restoring campus biodiversity and community building is receiving nation-wide recognition. Canadian Museum of Nature’s jury has selected our project,  From invasive to inclusive: creating community while restoring biodiversity, as one of the national finalists for the 2021 Nature Inspiration Awards.

The Office for Sustainability partnered with Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support, a landscaping consultant and Oakvillegreen Conservation Association to create the Medicine Wheel Garden. It opened in 2017 and features native pollinator plants, as well as three Indigenous sacred plants: sweetgrass, sage and white cedar. The second plot of buckthorn was removed by Kyanase, an Indigenous enterprise supported by a non-profit affiliated with the Six Nations of Grand River. Around 900 community members, Sheridan staff and faculty members then planted 300 pots of native wildflowers and mixed grasses to create a thriving garden that attracts pollinators and to provide wildlife habitats.

wildflower garden

Both gardens are used for educational programs and workshops that are geared to students and the community at large. In 2018, Sheridan was recognized by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for its wildflower and pollinator program. Sheridan has also partnered with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Carolinian Canada to take part in the Zone Garden Program that encourages the planting of native plants.

The winners in each award category will be announced Wednesday, November 24, 2021, during a virtual gala and online at nature.ca.

Congratulations to all the nominees for the 2021Nature Inspirations Awards! To learn about the work of our fellow nominees, please visit the Canadian Museum of Nature website.

 

                Nature of Museum's Finalist