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 Natures 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 its Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support, a landscaping consultant and community organizations 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.

wildflower garden

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.

 

                Nature of Museum's Finalist

 

#HCC Reads Let’s Listen: Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Date   :     Time   :     8:00 pm – 9:15 pm             Location   :   Online

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.

Click here to register.

If you have any questions, please email missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

Zero Waste initiative: Exterior bin prototypes unveiled

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.

Bin locations:

  • 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 missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Those who submit their comments by the deadline will be entered into a draw to win a $25 Sportchek gift card.

Fall Tree and Shrub Planting at Davis

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 missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

We hope to see you there!

Sheridan College Mission Zero Logo, Credit Valley Logo

 

           

Turning Pavement into Garden

DEPAVE EVENT, TRANSFORMIN ASPHALT INTO GARDEN

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:

  1. Depaving day – Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – 4 – 6 p.m.
  2. 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 missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

 

Mission Zero, Oakvillegreen, Depave Paradise

To learn more about de-pave projects, check out the video!

Support Sheridan’s PPE Waste Diversion Initiative – Turn Waste into Energy!

WHY:

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.

 

You’re invited: Mission Zero annual cleanup event – June 21 – 30

Get your gloves on and your garbage bags ready! The Mission Zero annual cleanup event is currently underway. We are now extending the event date to June 30. The cleanup photos you share with us will get you a chance to win a raffle prize!

This year we’re inviting you to participate by cleaning up your local greenspace. Whether you’ve spotted litter in your local park, wooded area, or on your favourite trail, our environment can always use a helping hand.

How to participate

Pick a date during the week of June 21-30 and set aside 30-60 minutes for your cleanup. Then select your area and prepare for your outing. You’ll need gloves or a picker for collecting litter and garbage bags to place the items in. When you’re finished, make sure to sort the trash. Plastics, disposable masks, and food containers belong in the black landfill bins. Pop cans, cardboard and water bottles can go in the blue recycling bins.

Show off your efforts (and maybe win a swag bag)

You should be proud of your hard work! Sheridan’s Mission Zero team wants you to send pictures of your progress. Sending a photo will automatically enter you into a raffle for the chance to win one of five prizes. Make sure to tag us or message us on Facebook or Twitter using #MZCleanItUp, or email us at missionzero@sheridancollege.caSee full contest details below.

Why it matters

Garbage and greenspace don’t belong together. Litter spoils the natural beauty of the planet, and it’s harmful to wildlife. Food waste and wrappers can disrupt food chains and harm wildlife as well. Plastics don’t decompose and will stay in the environment unless we pick them up.

Did you know that sorting your trash is equally as important? In order for recyclables to be recovered, they need to be sent to the right location.

Stay safe

As always, please be mindful of Ontario’s rules concerning social distancing and wearing masks. Bring some hand sanitizer. Check the weather before heading out and plan accordingly. Put on sunscreen and remember to stay hydrated (psst… bring a reusable water bottle!)


Raffle information

Available prizes

  • Mission Zero bag: Mission Zero t-shirt, water bottle, gift bag, tote bag
  • ‘Get Your Sweat On’ bag: Two (2) water bottles, reflective tape, tote bag
  • Bike bag: Bike water bottle, two (2) bike lights, reflective tape, bike ringer, tote bag
  • Tool bag: Mission Zero shirt, multitool, bike ringer, outdoor handbooks, tote bag
  • Sport Chek gift card ($25)

Guidelines

A photo submission must include the following:

1. A photo of you in the location you cleaned.

2. The bag of litter that you picked up.

Submissions will be open until June 30 at 11:59 p.m. Each person is allowed one submission per day, with a maximum of seven entries total. If there is more than one individual in the photo, the person who contacted us will receive the entry. Winners will be notified from July 5-8. Should you win the raffle, winners will be contacted on the platform they submitted their photo(s). One prize package per individual.

Sheridan Bike Hub Updates

The Sheridan Bike Hub is open and ready to provide you with modified services!

The hours of availability are Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Davis Campus (appointment only). You can also connect with us virtually for repair guidance and digital workshops. All services continue to be free of charge with the ongoing support of the Region of Peel and the Healthy Communities Initiative grant.

We keep everyone safe by following COVID-19 safety protocols. Anyone who comes to the Bike Hub for their appointment will be reminded to follow the Sheridan Alert app self-assessment screening, wear a mask and social distance.

See what’s new below.

DIY repairs and outdoor repairs

Do-it-yourself repairs have been modified for bike drop-offs and basic tune-ups through appointments at the Davis Campus.

This summer, we will be offering outdoor bike repairs to the public on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in parking lot #5 at the Davis Campus. Book your appointment today!

Mentorship program

The mentorship program partners new cyclists with seasoned cyclists to help beginners gain confidence in their riding skills. All students and employees are welcome to participate. The program will run from June to August, and mentee participants can borrow a bike for the duration of the program.

Please let us know if you’re interested in being a mentee or mentor by June 30. 

Free bike rentals

The free bike rental program is available at the Davis Campus, portable #7 by the M-Wing. Please follow these steps to register online before booking an appointment for bike pick-up.

Contact us

Please contact Vicki at SheridanBikeHub@sheridancollege.ca for any questions.

Need your CCR hours? SIGN UP NOW!

There’s a lot of messaging out there on how we can do our part to help our planet. Donate to this cause. Boycott that company. Stop using that but start using this. Save the turtles. Save the whales. Save the bees! All on top of schooling, homework, and volunteer hours, it can get a bit hectic! But what if you could do both at the same time?

If you’re a Sheridan student looking to fill your CCR hour requirement, while helping the environment, then become a Mission Zero Volunteer this summer.

You can begin learning how to make your difference on June 22nd with our Online Summer Information Session. From there, you can join our green events, learn how to record your hours properly, and adapt your lifestyle for a sustainable future.

Spots are available until June 21st, and you can sign up here.

Let’s see what we can do together.