As the weather gets warmer, many are getting outside more and are reconnecting with nature while enjoying its health and wellness benefits.
While outside, a great way to connect with nature is to learn more about its biodiversity in local neighbourhoods and nearby natural areas. Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth, as all species are interconnected and help contribute to the stability and health of ecosystems. For example, bees are important to biodiversity because they pollinate (or fertilize) flowers and fruits. So, they are essential to the food we eat as well as the plant life found in ecosystems (See Canadian Wildlife Federation for more facts). It is valuable to become more familiar with pollinators (such as bees), native plants, and wildlife, as they are all important to sustaining the health of the planet.
Do you know why native wildflowers are attractive to Monarch Butterfly and Bumble Bees? Which grass can store carbon dioxide and thus help fight climate change? For the month of June, we’ll be helping everyone explore biodiversity by sharing some interesting facts (on Facebook and Twitter) about native wildflowers, grasses, and wildlife in Canada.
There are also many ways to help protect and support biodiversity locally:
1. Try planting native wildflowers at home: This will support pollinators, provide habitat to animals, and create a beautiful view. Wildflowers and grasses attract pollinators like bees, birds, butterflies, and insects, and there are many native plant species to choose from (check out Sheridan’s Wildflower Garden and Medicine Wheel Garden) that will thrive in conditions suited to different spaces.
2. Celebrate biodiversity through joining the conversation around themed days this month:
- June 8th is World Oceans Day: Share with others the importance of biodiversity in oceans and water bodies, and how waste negatively affects marine and plant life. Do your part by reducing single use plastics, and consider participating in future shoreline cleanups once they resume.
- June 22nd-28th is National Pollinator Week: Help support pollinators by planting native wildflowers, or observe pollinators in greenspaces during a walk. Join the conversation using #pollinatorweek and learn from others about pollinators.
Connect with us through social media or email@example.com to let us know how you’re exploring biodiversity this month, and what you’ve been able to identify!
As it is time for Spring cleaning, we can also take the time to reflect upon our habits around waste. For instance, we can rethink our material consumption around buying new items that we do not necessarily need such as clothing. We can also consider other ways in which we generate excess waste in our lives, such as single use items like water bottles.
This month, Mission Zero will be raising awareness around waste reduction and sharing tips for our “Take Action on Waste” initiative.
How can we start moving to a more sustainable path while at home? Whether it be collecting your e-waste, or simply learning how to better sort your waste at home, here are some tips for Taking Action on Waste this month:
- Gathering e-waste: Collect your old electronics and plan to bring them to an e-waste location in your municipality once they have reopened. Find locations and more information about this on Electronics Recycling in Ontario’s Website. Or, bring e-waste to a community waste drop off event or location in your municipality (Click for more information on these in Halton Region, Peel Region, and Toronto) once they have resumed with accepting special waste.
- Setting aside clothing: organize your gently used unwanted clothing and plan to donate them to a community dropbox in your municipality once they have reopened. Look for clothing and textile donation information on your municipality’s website or diabetes.ca for updates on their clothing donation droboxes.
- Eliminating food waste: Find new ways to reduce food waste such as freezing leftovers, finding recipes that use food scraps, and storing food correctly. Share your own tips and learn from others about eliminating food waste here.
- Sorting waste: Check out your municipality’s website for waste information to ensure you are placing all waste in the correct bins.
And, we invite you to participate in our social media polls throughout the month to see how everyone else has been Taking Action on Waste this May!
Thank you to everyone who celebrated Earth Month with Mission Zero! We have received many photos responding to our invite and submitted their photos. Here is our “Earth Day 2020 Collage” that you, the Sheridan Community, helped create for Earth Day:
It is wonderful to see the many different ways that we can stay connected with nature during these times, and it is beneficial for our health and wellness to continue spending time with nature. Let’s celebrate nature not just for Earth Day, but every day.
In the coming months, we will share ideas and tips around sustainable actions so you can help protect nature. Don’t forget, you can stay updated with Mission Zero through Facebook and Twitter. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring is here, and Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day! We invite you to celebrate “Earth Month” with us for the month of April. During this unusual time, we encourage you to connect with nature and enjoy the health and wellness benefits related to this.
Participate in Earth Month with Mission Zero by sending us your photos to show us how you are connecting with nature while at home! On Earth Day, we will compile these photos into a collage to share with the Sheridan Community to show our unified connection with nature!
Here’s some ideas to get you thinking- we’ll share some more throughout the month on our social media too:
Email your photos to email@example.com, or tag/message us on Facebook (Sheridan Mission Zero) or Twitter (@mssnzero) to share with us how you are connecting with nature this month! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SheridanStayStrong! Please submit your photos by Friday, April 17th.
Do you want to take climate action? A good start is to know your individual environmental impact!
One way to do this is to calculate your carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by your individual activities, expressed in tonnes released per year. Carbon footprint calculators are useful tools that can help you understand your impact and take personal action for climate. Try calculating your footprint here! Our Mission Zero volunteers calculated theirs and challenged themselves to take action to reduce their footprint:
As we approach Earth Hour (Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m.) and Earth Month (April – Earth Day is April 22nd), we will be sharing daily tips on social media to give you ideas for how you can reduce your carbon footprint, stay healthy, and keep climate action in mind as you are social distancing.
Follow us on Twitter (@mssnzero) and Facebook (Sheridan Mission Zero) to check out our daily tips, and share with us what you are doing to take climate action! Tag us and use the hashtag #MissionZero so we can come together for climate action – from our homes!
Last week, our Robbie shows why sorting waste is essential for everyone. This week, Robbie wants to talk about single-use plastics.
In this short video, Robbie provides tips on how to reduce waste from single use plastics. Hope you’ll enjoy it. Don’t forget to share it with your colleagues and students!
You can learn more about our waste bin program here.
In this short video, Robbie shows why sorting waste is essential for everyone. Hope you’ll enjoy it. Don’t forget to share it with your colleagues and students!
You can learn more about our waste bin program here.
HMC’s first ever Zero Waste Festival is taking place on Tuesday, March 24th! It will be held at Creativity Commons in B Wing from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is a free event. Everyone in the Sheridan community is welcome to join.
The Zero Waste Festival aims to promote to our community the different ways to reduce waste in our daily lives. This event offers the following activities:
• Free Clothing Market
The Clothing Market will feature gently used clothing donated by students, faculty, and staff. Clothing will be available for free to participants during the festival.
We are collecting clothing donations until March 20. Only clean items in good conditions are acceptable. If you would like to support the Clothing Market, you can find out the donation bin locations on our website.
• Eco-entrepreneurs Speakers
During the Festival between 12 to 1 p.m., a panel of three special guest speakers will join us on a discussion panel to share their experiences in starting their innovative initiatives, from creating a new organization to advocate for sustainable fashion to opening a shop selling package-free goods to volunteering to help others to fix broken household items. Audience will have an opportunity to join the conversation and get inspired!
• Repair Café
Bring your broken household items to get help for fixing while learning how to do the repair yourselves. We will have fixers available for small appliances, electronics, computers and clothing.
• Zero Food Waste Booth
This booth will feature Zero Waste tips for grocery shopping, meal prepping and eating out! You will also learn how to reduce food waste and learn plant-based root-to-stem cooking recipes.
• Bike Hub / Upcycled Crafting
At this booth, our Bike Hub staff will show you how to fix a bike and answer any questions about Sheridan’s bike programs. An upcycled craft section will be available for you to create card holders and jewelry using old bike tubes!
• Sustainable Student Creations
Throughout the festival venue, sustainable lighting props will be displayed. This includes lamps made from unwanted waste. We want to showcase zero waste and sustainable work created by our environmentally-minded students.
• Games and Others
A few sustainability-related board games will be available for participants to play. As well, our new animation videos, “Our Dumpster Diver’s Tips”, and other Zero Waste tips will be shared through the screens around the venue.
The HMC Zero Waste Festival is offered by Mission Zero in collaboration with Sheridan Student Union. We would like to thank Green Team for their wonderful leadership and contribution as part of the Organizing Committee for the event.
For more information about the Festival, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you noticed the new metal bins at Davis Campus? Sorting your waste is now even easier!
95 new Zero Waste bins have been installed over the last few weeks across Davis Campus. The new metal bins replaced many smaller plastic bins across campus, and they fully comply with fire code regulations. The new bins are accessible and have improved signage, so it is easier to sort your waste. Be sure to take a second to check them out learn what waste goes where. Let’s do our part for the environment together!
Did you know?
Sheridan is a post secondary leader in sustainability initiatives. Since introducing campus wide Zero Waste stations in 2014, Sheridan has reduced its waste sent to the landfill by 53% (or 733 metric tons) in 2018-19 compared to the 2013-14 baseline year. We still have a lot of work to do in becoming a Zero Waste campus, we need everyone to help us improve our waste diversion from the landfill by doing their part and sorting waste properly!
If you have any questions about Mission Zero, or the new waste bins, you can contact us at email@example.com
Every day, many students, faculty, and staff buy hot (and cold) drinks in a single use cup that is thrown away after use. An estimated 80,000 single use cups are sold each month, and this is just at Sheridan!
For the weeks of February 10 and 17th , stop by our table on all campuses and learn about the environmental impact of single use cups (see the dates and times here). We’ll also share some benefits of bringing your own reusable cup- including cost savings. Don’t forget to bring your reusable cup for some free coffee too!
Bring Your Own Cup!
Here at Sheridan, we can sort coffee cups into our zero-waste bins: coffee cups can go in the organics (green) bin, and the sleeve and lid can go in the recycling (blue) bin. The green bin waste from our campuses is transported to a waste management facility where they are converted to electricity and fertilizers by a process called anaerobic digestion. If these cups are not sorted correctly, they end up in the landfill- and they take more than 30 years to decompose.
We can do more to reduce the number of single-use cups we throw away!
Bring Your Own Cup and REDUCE the amount of waste by refusing single use coffee cups! If everyone in just a class of 30 brought their own cup, that’s saving 2250 single use cups per week from being thrown out. You can help us become a zero-waste campus by 2030 and reduce your environmental impact by switching to reusable cup options.
If you have any questions about our Bring Your Own Cup Campaign, or Mission Zero, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org