The Office for Sustainability encourages each of us to remain mindful of Sheridan’s aim to eliminate all waste going to landfill as we declutter and refresh our workspaces. They have outlined easy-to-follow guidance, using the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” framework, to help you redirect unwanted items and tangibly demonstrate Sheridan’s culture of waste reduction and reuse to others in our community. Check out our Office Clean Up Resources page for more.
The Office for Sustainability (OfS) is delighted to announce an exciting REUSE initiative — The Mission Zero Freeuse Pop Up Shop!
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.
Have items you’d like to donate? Place items in labelled red bins located behind library desks at each campus (Davis, HMC, and Trafalgar). At Trafalgar, you can also pick up a labelled red bin from the mailroom (room A134) between 10:30 am-2:30 pm Monday-Thursday, take the bin to your workspace and place your donations inside, and then email email@example.com to arrange for pickup!
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.
“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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your participation in this campaign!
Sheridan Green Team
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.
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.
Join Sheridan and the Halton Climate Collective (HCC) on November 18 for a virtual discussion with climate activist and author Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.
The United Nations Champion of the Earth award winner will join us to discuss her new book, Saving Us, which draws on interdisciplinary research and personal stories to give us the tools to open a dialogue with our loved ones about how we can play a role in pushing forward for change.
Sheridan will host the event via Hopin. Details will be shared after registration through Eventbrite.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
As part of Sheridan’s Zero Waste initiative, the Facilities team has been working with the college’s bin manufacturer in the design and development of new exterior waste bins which will be installed at all three campuses.
Two prototype units have been produced and are now on display at the Trafalgar and Davis campuses.
- Trafalgar Campus: SCAET building entrance
- Davis Campus: H-Wing entrance
Like our interior waste bins, the exterior bins are made of galvanized steel. Three slots are designed to collect waste in three categories (organics, mixed recycling and landfill waste). The slots are consistent with our interior bins and colour-coded in green, blue and black. Braille labels are also provided to assist with bin identification.
We want to hear from you!
We are looking for feedback from the Sheridan community. Your input will help us improve the design of our exterior waste bins to ensure they are user-friendly and encourage proper waste-sorting.
You are welcome to email us your comments by November 19 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who submit their comments by the deadline will be entered into a draw to win a $25 Sportchek gift card.
Sheridan’s Mission Zero team is partnering with Credit Valley Conservation Authority for tree and shrub planting at the Davis Campus this fall.
We are planning to plant over 120 native trees and shrubs of diverse species in the woodland area near Davis Residence and C Wing. Through these new trees and shrubs, we are aiming to restore the woodland habitat in the area. This is part of our effort to support campus biodiversity and fight against climate change.
This project has the following benefits, among others:
- The tree and shrub plantings will create habitat for birds, pollinating insects such as bees and butterflies, and other wildlife.
- As the new trees and shrubs mature, they will provide shade which helps cool down the temperature around the area thus reducing urban heat island effect.
- The roots of the trees and shrubs will also prevent soil erosion and improve groundwater filtration and reduces flooding.
We need your help!
We are looking for volunteers to help us on October 23. Any student, faculty or staff member is welcome to join for either one or both of the time periods as below.
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and/or 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Outside Davis Residence facing C Wing & the pond
A pizza lunch will be provided.
Click here to sign up.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com
We hope to see you there!
Sheridan Mission Zero is partnering with Oakvillegreen Conservation Association on a depave project at the Trafalgar Campus this fall. We are planning to remove the pavement of approximately 100 square metres in Parking Lot 1a near Trafalgar Road. A new shrub garden will be installed.
This project has multiple benefits:
• Depaving will remove the impervious ground surface and thus reduces the heat island effect of the area;
• The soil of the new garden will absorb rainfall, prevent flooding and reduce stormwater pollution; and
• The new garden will provide habitats for pollinators, birds and other wildlife.
We are now looking for volunteers to help us for the following two days:
- Depaving day – Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – 4 – 6 p.m.
- Planting day – Tuesday, October 7, 2021 – 4 – 6 p.m.
If you are interested, you can sign up here. (link: )
Hope to see you there!
Any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about de-pave projects, check out the video!
The pandemic has led to a drastic increase in the production and consumption of single use disposable items. One type of these items is personal protection equipment (PPE) such as face masks, which are made of material that cannot be recycled or composted. In 2020 it was estimated that the entire world was using approximately 129 billion masks, and 65 billion disposable gloves each month.
As a global citizen, Sheridan has the responsibility to help reduce the negative impact of Covid-19 by diverting used PPE waste from landfill. By using a specialized process, used PPE is being collected separately and turned into useful resources.
Starting in fall 2021, special bins are set up in all campuses at building entrance checkpoints to collect PPE waste for diversion.
HOW TO SORT:
Your disposable face masks can go into two different bins: 1) PPE Waste Diversion Bins at key building entrances; or 2) Landfill stream at the Mission Zero Recycling Stations.
Your masks or any other PPE that you may have used do not belong in the recycling or the organic bins. Throwing out your disposable PPE into one of the waste diversion bins is the ideal action to take. If you cannot find the PPE Waste Diversion bins, discarding your used masks into the Landfill stream of the Mission Zero station is an acceptable second option.
WHY USE THE PPE WASTE DIVERSION BINS:
It’s simple: you’re ensuring your masks don’t end up in a landfill. Instead, your properly discarded masks will be put into making new energy.
Sheridan College has partnered with Waste Reduction Group to do our part. WRG will come and collect the PPE waste and transport them to a processing facility in Brampton. Through a process called pyrolysis, the PPE waste is turned into a gas under high temperature, which is then combusted producing steam that is directed to a turbine to produce electricity or to a neighboring paper mill for use in the production of recycled paper.