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.
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 email@example.com. See 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.
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!)
- 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)
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.
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!
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.
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.
Please contact Vicki at SheridanBikeHub@sheridancollege.ca for any questions.
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.
As a participant, you will learn about the environmental impact of fast fashion and gain the skills for a few daily sustainable hacks.
Liz McGroarty is an experienced sewing fixer at Repair Café Toronto, and she has volunteered frequently at Sheridan’s Repair Café events. Liz first brought her sewing machine to a Repair Café event to be fixed, and she kept coming back to help others. Having four daughters, she sewed a lot of her family’s clothing and curtains. She now enjoys ensuring others learn the pleasure of being creative with clothing repairs.
- Date: Thursday, June 17
- Time: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- Click here to register
An event link will be provided to those who have registered.
We hope to see you there!
Earlier this year, we asked you to nominate a peer or colleague whose contributions, big or small, show they are passionate about making a positive impact on the environment and their community.
You delivered! We’re excited to introduce you to the first-ever group of Sheridan Mission Zero Heroes. Read on to learn what makes these 15 honourees deserving of such a title:
David Bradley, Electrical Technologist, FAST
David was a driving force behind the renewable energy course for the electrical program in FAST. He was involved with many of the design ideas for the renewable energy program and received a research grant for a proposal for a Smart and Green Irrigation Monitoring System. He’s set up a Tesla power wall display in the electrical lab as well as chargers for electric vehicles. David designed a solar panel system so students can get real time readings for how much power can be stored from the panels when placed out in the sun.
Georg Feil, Professor, FAST
Georg teaches in the School of Applied Computing and has volunteered as a Repair Café Fixer since the program launched at Sheridan in 2014. With an engineering background and 40 years of do-it-yourself fixing experience, he’s brought life back to many broken household items such as laptops, a microwave oven, cell phones , a paper shredder and more. His efforts help others and contribute to changing the throwaway mindset of society.
Lorina Harvey, student, Interior Decorating
Lorina was part of the dedicated group of Sheridan Community Garden volunteers who in 2020 grew vegetables including beets, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, zucchini, beans and Swiss chard for donation. The harvests assisted people in need through the Kerr Street Mission in Oakville and Brampton Regeneration Outreach in Brampton.
Lydia Novak, Career Counsellor, Student Affairs
Lydia, a member of Sheridan’s Green Team, has a love for the environment and her surroundings that’s evident in many ways. During a trip to Malaysia, she participated in the start of an ocean clean-up initiative where a group of scuba divers helped remove debris and garbage that was entangled in the coral reef. Spending time outdoors hiking and mountain climbing, she often forages for delicious tree and oyster mushrooms. Lydia is the recipient of the Individual Excellence Award for the Green Office At-Home Pilot Program in Integrated Learning Services.
Nathan Nettleton, Facilities Project Technologist, Facilities Services
Nathan is an avid cyclist who rides between campuses for work, even making the trip from Davis to HMC to Trafalgar in the same day. At the Sheridan Bike Hub at HMC, he lends a helping hand and encourages others to take up cycling.
Noel Quinn, Professor, FHASS
Noel developed a sustainability course at Sheridan to help with environmental awareness. He took students for tours on campus to see the sustainability measures implemented at Sheridan and introduced them to the idea of sustainable food sources. He’s published work on different aspects of ecology and environmental science and inspired one student to become a volunteer member of the Mission Zero Club.
Sara Varasteh, student, Marketing
Sara volunteers her time at the Sheridan Bike Hub at HMC, engaging with new students about the hub and what it offers. She made the switch from single-use plastic to a reusable bottle, which is just one example of how she leads by example.
Shamsa Kassim, Project Technician, Facilities Management
Shamsa is dedicated to creating positive changes at Sheridan and home. She often volunteers at and attends Mission Zero events such as campus cleanups, office cleanups, the Repair Café and Bike Hub events. She’s always finding ways to incorporate sustainability into her day-to-day life to reduce her carbon footprint.
Stan Weisbeker, Professor, Magna School for the Skilled Trades
Stan is a renewable energy tinkerer who loves to squeeze every joule out of a sunny day with the solar panels installed at his home. During the pandemic, when his electrical skilled trades course Introduction to Renewable Energy had to be delivered remotely, he built a renewable energy lab inside his home to provide his students with a more immersive experience to learn important concepts. Stan continually reminds and teaches his students that electricians of today and tomorrow need to be well-versed in renewable energy practices and approaches his classes with passion and enthusiasm.
Susan Montgomery, Career Centre Employer Liaison, Career-Integrated Learning
Susan’s commitment to sustainability and the environment has encouraged colleagues to join Sheridan’s Green team. In the office environment, she educates and informs others about how their actions have an impact on the environment whether it’s printing unnecessarily, discarding items that could be donated, and using the recycling bin properly. She’s deeply dedicated to the Sheridan Community Garden project, generously lending her tips and tricks for gardening and in turn, boosting the confidence of others to get involved.
Todd Barsanti, Professor, FAAD
Todd was trained by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore as part of the Climate Reality Project and has given climate talks within and outside Sheridan for the past eight years. He spoke at Sheridan’s Climate Action Rally in the fall of 2019 and inspired many students to speak up and get involved. Todd’s commitment to the climate cause and impact on students makes him an admirable sustainability leader and role model.
Varoon Balliram, Operating Engineer, Facilities Services
Varoon has been ditching his car to ride from Davis Campus to HMC to reduce greenhouse gases and his carbon footprint. Every trip counts!
Vicki Tran, Cycling Coordinator, Office for Sustainability
Vicki is always finding ways to educate people on sustainability and is mindful of her relationship with the Earth. Her work has resulted in two bike hubs at HMC and Davis, made successful with her cheerfulness, work ethic and helpful attitude. She walks the talk about sustainable transportation– she bikes everywhere! Her positivity and encouragement have brought success to events like Tour de Sheridan and Bike to Campus Days.
Volodymyr Voytenko, Professor, FAST
Volodymyr was the first person to rent a bike when the rental program opened at the HMC Bike Hub. Since then, he’s brought bikes in to learn how to fix them and continue to ride. He’s often commuted to different campuses by bike and in his first summer of riding he covered nearly 500 kilometres.
Wai Chu Cheng, Coordinator, Office for Sustainability
Wai Chu motivates people to be live ‘green’. She’s educated our community about implementing sustainable practices including the proper sorting of waste so recyclable and organic items aren’t destined for the landfill. Wai Chu co-founded the longest-running Repair Café in Canada and brought the initiative to Sheridan. Many students, faculty and staff have been a part of these community-building events that aim to extend the life of broken items and educate participants.
Keep an eye out on Sheridan’s social media channels for special features of each honouree.
Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination to make this inaugural My Mission Zero Hero campaign a success.
Learn about Sheridan’s Mission Zero efforts here.
Who do you admire for their sustainable and ‘green’ contributions to the Sheridan community and beyond? Who is the person at Sheridan who inspires you to make a difference for the environment?
If an employee or student comes to mind, we encourage you to put their name forward as “My Mission Zero Hero” – a Sheridan Green Team-organized campaign aimed at celebrating Sheridan people whose contributions, big or small, show they are passionate in making positive change for the environment and their community.
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 February to April. All heroes will be recognized in honour of Earth Day on April 22, 2021.
About 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 a campus-wide sustainability culture.
Nominate a Hero
Click here to nominate your Mission Zero Hero. Please fill out the form by Friday, February 12.
If you have a question about this campaign, please feel free to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your participation in this campaign!
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 support our local communities on initiatives such as climate actions.
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 COVID-19 pandemic, volunteering during the Winter semester will move to an online format. At the volunteer orientation session, you will learn about Mission Zero to help us spread the word about our initiatives remotely.
If you are interested to get involved, fill out a volunteer form or contact us at email@example.com!
You’re invited to join the Sheridan Bike Hub for a series of virtual workshops. Check out the events below!
Route Planning and Riding on the Road
Learn about route planning, how to position yourself when riding on the road, making left turns, and ways to navigate with other users.
Date: Thursday, November 5 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Fall and Winter Cycling
Riding throughout the fall and winter is a new experience. Learn about the gear you need and maintenance tips to keep you riding smoothly.
Date: Wednesday, November 11 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Learn about basic safety rules, how to signal, use a helmet and bike lights, make the most of your bike and more.
Date: Tuesday, November 17 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Learn about the type of brake on your bike, when to replace your cable, how to adjust your brakes and more.
Date: Thursday, November 19 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
You can register for any of these workshops by emailing Vicki at SheridanBikeHub@sheridancollege.ca or contacting her via phone at 905-459-7533 ext.1534.
The Sheridan Bike Hub is accessible virtually Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Appointment-only basic repairs are offered at the Davis Bike Hub, which is located at Portable 7 by M-Wing. Please contact Vicki to discuss having a repair done.