Enjoy a Waste-Free Holiday this Season!

It’s December, and the holidays are now quickly approaching. The Mission Zero team would like to encourage everyone to participate in a waste-free holiday! Whether it be gift giving, decorating, or planning holiday gatherings with friends and family, keep in mind the 5R’s: Rethink, Reduce, Repair, Reuse, Recycle. Here’s a list of helpful tips for celebrating a waste-free holiday:

Share your waste-free holiday with us! Tweet #Sheridan0WasteHoliday and tag @mssnzero- let’s show everyone the Sheridan Community’s waste-free holiday fun and creativity! 

You can download the list here to share.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Happy Waste-Free Holidays from the Mission Zero Team!

Have a Waste-Free Holiday Office Party!

Mission Zero challenges everyone to reduce their waste during their holiday office events this year. Together, we can have waste-free events while having a fun celebration with our colleagues this holiday season!

Check out our Waste-Free Holiday Office Party Checklist below for some guidance:

You can download the list to share with others here

Send us a photo of your waste-free party! Email missionzero@sheridancollege.ca or tweet using #Sheridan0WasteHoliday and tag @mssnzero- we will post it on social media to showcase Sheridan’s waste-free holiday fun and creativity!

Repair Cafe November 23: Brampton Library

Do you have a household item that’s broken? Come to the Repair Café at Brampton Library Chinguacousy Branch on Saturday, November 23! You can bring clothing, electronics, small household appliances, bikes, and other items for fixing. You’ll  get FREE help fixing them, and learn how to do repairs with volunteer fixers!

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 11 a.m. – 3.p.m (note: registration closes at 2:30 p.m.)
Where: Brampton Library Chinguacousy Branch: 150 Central Park Drive (Inside Brampton Civic Centre), Brampton, ON, L6T 1B4

Repair Cafes are a global movement aimed at reducing waste send to the landfill, and to change society’s “throwaway” mindset. Learn more about the movement here.

If you are interested in becoming a fixer for future Repair Cafes with Sheridan, you can fill out a volunteer form here or contact missionzero@sheridancollege.ca for more information.

Organized by Sheridan Mission Zero, in collaboration with Brampton Library Makerspace, we are looking forward to a successful day of fixing!

Bike Hub Fall Updates

New: The Davis Campus Bike Hub DIY Repair Space

The Davis Bike Hub has opened a do-it-yourself repair space! We are excited to offer programming at the Davis Campus! Every Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 – 4pm in Portable #7 by M-wing. Bring in your bike(s) for general cleaning, tune-up, or repairs. Resources such as bike maps and safety handbooks are also available.

We have an upcoming workshop on Riding in the Cold Season at both campuses. Some of the questions we’ll answer are:

  • Is it safe to ride in the winter?
  • How do you ride when there’s snow on the ground?
  • Are there winter tires I can use?
  • What special considerations do I need to keep in mind for bike maintenance in the winter?

We’ll also talk about clothing, gear, and safety tips to safely enjoy your winter ride.

Workshops will take place at the HMC Bike Hub on October 29, 2019 and at the Davis Bike Hub October 30. Please email SheridanBikeHub@sheridancollege.ca with your availability to RSVP. Workshop times will be communicated shortly.

HMC Bike Hub Updated Hours

Please note that the HMC Bike Hub’s hours have been updated to Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 p.m. – 4.p.m.

Please email SheridanBikeHub@sheridancollege.ca if you have any questions, or if you would like to volunteer or be added to the mailing list.

Visit the Mission Zero website for more information.

Davis Fall Campus Cleanup: Volunteer with us on November 6!

Sheridan’s Mission Zero team is excited to invite you to our Fall Campus Cleanup Event at Davis Campus. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to join in on the fun, at whatever time they are able to join us! Participants will help remove litter that has accumulated around the campus property.

By participating in the campus cleanup event, not only will you help the environment, but you will also have an opportunity to get active and meet other members of the Sheridan community. It’s also a great team-building activity when you participate with your colleagues!

  • Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Time: 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: Davis Campus
  • Meeting spot: in front of cafeteria

Register here!

You can participate for whatever duration works for you based on your availability (this could be 30 minutes or a full two hours!).

What to expect
At the beginning of the event, the Mission Zero team will provide directions and safety instructions. We will also hand out gloves and bags. You are welcome to bring your own gloves. Participants are encouraged to work in small groups.

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

Find out more about our zero waste initiatives here and get involved!

We hope to see you there!

Do you have a household item that needs fixing? Join us October 8th!

Sheridan is hosting its next Repair Café where you can get free help fixing your broken items, and more importantly, learn from expert volunteer “fixers” about how to repair them yourself!

At the Repair Café, you can get help to fix small appliances, electronics, computers, clothes and bikes.

  • Who: Anyone from Sheridan and the wider community
  • What: Repair Café – a global movement that aims to reduce the waste sent to landfill and to change society’s ‘throwaway’ mindset
  • Where: Hazel McCallion Campus, B Wing, Creativity Commons (first floor)
  • When: Tuesday, October 8, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Why: To celebrate and reaffirm Sheridan’s commitment to its Mission Zero plan
  • Cost: FREE!

Reminders to Repair Café visitors:

  • If you are planning to join, please arrive early to avoid lineups. Registration may close at 1:30 p.m.
  • The fixer will work with you to repair your item. You will need to be present throughout the repair process.
  • Bring all the accessories of your item if they are available (e.g. cable, manual), which would help diagnosing the problem.
  • Bring a part to test if you can (e.g. a working bulb for your lamp, a CD for your CD player, a monitor for your CPU unit)
  • Anyone is welcome to visit the Repair Café with or without a broken item. Our fixers can answer your question and       provide advice on how to repair & maintain your item.

If you have any questions, please email the Office for Sustainability at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Volunteers Needed
We are looking for more volunteer fixers to join us. If you are interested, please feel free to get in touch.

You can find out more information about Sheridan’s Repair Café in the following sites:

To learn more about the Repair Café’s global network, visit repaircafe.org.

Join Sheridan’s Climate Action Rallies on September 27!

Members of the Sheridan community are invited to join President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Janet Morrison, to call for action on climate change at peaceful rallies being held on Sheridan’s campuses on Friday, September 27, 2019.

As an institution with a long-standing commitment to sustainable practices, Sheridan is proud to support the growing movement of young people – like Greta Thunberg and countless others – advocating for climate justice and action. We are also pleased to see that our home communities of Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville are working to create climate emergency plans.

Our rallies are being organized by the Mission Zero team to coincide with the global days of action taking place this coming week. Attendees are invited to express themselves in words, songs and poems, or any other creative means.

We will also have a banner during the event for all the participants to sign to show their support for urgent action for our climate. Please note that this is a non-partisan event.

The rally schedule on September 27 is as follows:
• Trafalgar Campus: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Medicine Wheel Garden (Ceremonial Drive loop)
• Hazel McCallion Campus: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Creativity Commons (B-Wing first floor)
• Davis Campus: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Peace Garden (outside B-Wing cafeteria)

Students who have any questions, or wish to speak at the rallies, are asked to email the Mission Zero team at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

We also invite you to tweet leading up to and during the event using the hashtags #ClimateActionSheridan and #ClimateStrike.

We hope you will join us on Friday and make your voice heard!

Office for Sustainability

We Need You: Mission Zero Volunteers!

Do you care about the environment? Do you want to make a difference in your campus?  Come and join our Mission Zero Volunteer Team for this fall!

Mission Zero is Sheridan’s campus-wide sustainability initiative led by the Office for Sustainability. It aims to cut Sheridan’s energy consumption and carbon emissions as well as to guide Sheridan to become a zero waste campus. As a Mission Zero Volunteer, you will be involved in a variety of outreach events that promote waste reduction and foster a culture of sustainability, such as helping to educate students and other Sheridan members to responsibly sort their waste in the correct bins; promoting Sheridan’s new bike programs; supporting the college’s community events such as Campus Cleanup and Repair Cafe.

One of the key initiatives this year is our participation in a GTHA-wide study called StudentMove TO. The objective of the study is to understand student travel behaviour and the associated social impacts. The result of the survey will support advocacy and policy changes to improve students’ daily commutes in the future.

As a Mission Zero volunteer, not only will you help the environment, through your participation, you will also have the opportunity to develop your communication and leadership skills. In addition, it will be a fun way to meet new people.  And of course, your volunteer hours will be counted towards your Co-curricular Record (CCR).

Ready to become a Mission Zero Volunteer? Sign up Here!

To learn more about our events and activities, check out our Facebook page (Sheridan Mission Zero) and follow us on Twitter (MssnZero)!

4th Annual Tour de Sheridan

On the afternoon of Friday, July 12, participants will leave in groups from the three campuses between 12 – 12:45 p.m. and head for Lake Aquitaine Park in Mississauga. All groups will converge at the park around 2 p.m. where we will have a short break and some light refreshments before returning to campus together after 2:30 p.m.

Who: Any Sheridan member.
Staff members are asked to discuss their participation during the day with their supervisors for approval.

Why: Biking is fun! This is the best time of the year to enjoy the outdoor by bike! At this event, you can also get a chance to meet other riders in our own community. Let’s stay active and encourage each other to do exercises that promote health and wellness.

Ride Distance (one-way):
Davis: ~12km
HMC: ~17km (going through Culham trail)
Trafalgar: ~19km

Date & Time: Friday, July 12, 2019 at 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Prizes: The first 30 participants who register and complete the cycling trip will receive a Tour de Sheridan water bottle and a pair of bike lights!

RegistrationClick here
Please register with the link above by Wednesday, July 10.

If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Tran at SheridanBikeHub@sheridancollege.ca.

Pollinator Stewardship Day at Sheridan Trafalgar Campus

Do you like gardening? Would you enjoy working together with other community members to enhance biodiversity on campus?

The Pollinator Stewardship Day is a great opportunity for everyone to come outside and enjoy a few hours of gardening while helping the native bees! In collaboration with Oakvillegreen Conservation, we are dedicated to help preserve our pollinators during the maintenance session of the Wildflower and Medicinal Wheel Gardens. We will mulch, remove invasive species, and trim native grasses with the purpose of making a great habitat and food resource for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

This would be a great opportunity to ask questions about invasive and native species and learn valuable gardening skills that can be applied to your own garden as well. Come prepared to get your hands in the dirt! Tools and gloves will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own gloves and other supplies as well.

P.S. If you are a Mission Zero volunteer – GREAT NEWS! The volunteer hours accumulated throughout this event will count towards your CCR.

Conservation at Sheridan

Wild pollinators are important contributors to the health of the ecosystem and agroecosystem, so it is important to help conserve their habitats and their food sources. The Wildflower Garden and the Medicine Wheel Garden at the Trafalgar Campus have been created as pollinator-friendly gardens to serve such purposes.