Community Garden Weeding Event

Join Sheridan Mission Zero to clear weeds and beautify the community garden at the Trafalgar Campus on Tuesday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The garden is located between the A-Wing and the Athletics Centre.

Please remember to bring your own water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and gardening gloves if you have them. Please wear closed-toed shoes and light coloured long-sleeved shirt and pants. Be tick aware! For more information, please visit the Halton Region website.

Click here to register.

We look forward to meeting you!

Please note, for those of you interested in growing food at one of our Community gardens in Oakville/Brampton, please fill out our form.

Design Your Own Pollinator Garden Virtual Workshop

Join Jeanne McRight of Blooming Boulevards on June 27 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. to learn how to design your own pollinator garden via WebEx!

You will learn about:

  • Providing food and shelter for native pollinators while delighting your family and neighbours with textures, shapes and colours.
  • Assessing site conditions and creating a beautiful garden design that meets pollinator, plant and personal needs.
  • Challenges of tough sites such as boulevards and balconies.

Click here to register. Those who register will receive a reminder email prior to the event and a WebEx meeting invite.

Outdoor Bike Repairs

 

 

 

The Sheridan Bike Hub is hosting free Public Bike Repairs open at Davis every Wednesday, and HMC every Thursday from 10 – 2PM . This program is open to the public starting April 20 until the end of June. Please book one bike per appointment and follow safety protocols (wearing a mask & social distancing) before coming to campus. 

Davis Campus Location: Bike Hub Portable 7 at the back of Parking Lot 5 by portables
*parking spaces closest to portables are available

HMC Campus Location: A-Wing across Scholars’ Green and Pride Bench
*free parking spaces are not available at this location

A safety check will be done on your bike to ensure it is working smoothly. The tune-up includes pumping tires, adjusting the brakes & gears, and a general assessment of the bike. Cycling safety resources will also be handed out.

Who has inspired you with their sustainability efforts?

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 missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this campaign!

Sheridan Green Team

Be a Mission Zero Volunteer!

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 learn about how to reduce your personal carbon footprints.

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 latest development of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteering during the Winter semester will move back to an online format. At the volunteer orientation session, you will learn about Mission Zero and what you will be doing as a Mission Zero volunteer. 

If you are interested to get involved, fill out a volunteer form or contact us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with our initiatives!

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 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.

wildflower garden

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!