April is here and Earth Day is near!

Spring is here, and Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day! We invite you to celebrate “Earth Month” with us for the month of April. During this unusual time, we encourage you to connect with nature and enjoy the health and wellness benefits related to this.

Participate in Earth Month with Mission Zero by sending us your photos to show us how you are connecting with nature while at home! On Earth Day, we will compile these photos into a collage to share with the Sheridan Community to show our unified connection with nature!

Here’s some ideas to get you thinking- we’ll share some more throughout the month on our social media too:

Whether it be learning about native plants and animals in Ontario or trying new houseplants, we can all destress, learn, and connect with earth while we are at home.

Email your photos to missionzero@sheridancollege.ca, or tag/message us on Facebook (Sheridan Mission Zero) or Twitter (@mssnzero) to share with us how you are connecting with nature this month! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SheridanStayStrong! Please submit your photos by Friday, April 17th.

Join Mission Zero for at-home climate action as we approach Earth Month!

Do you want to take climate action? A good start is to know your individual environmental impact!

One way to do this is to calculate your carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere by your individual activities, expressed in tonnes released per year. Carbon footprint calculators are useful tools that can help you understand your impact and take personal action for climate. Try calculating your footprint here! Our Mission Zero volunteers calculated theirs and challenged themselves to take action to reduce their footprint:

As we approach Earth Hour (Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m.) and Earth Month (April – Earth Day is April 22nd), we will be sharing daily tips on social media to give you ideas for how you can reduce your carbon footprint, stay healthy, and keep climate action in mind as you are social distancing.

Follow us on Twitter (@mssnzero) and Facebook (Sheridan Mission Zero) to check out our daily tips, and share with us what you are doing to take climate action! Tag us and use the hashtag #MissionZero so we can come together for climate action – from our homes!

Our Dumpster Diver’s Tips- Part 2

Last week, our Robbie shows why sorting waste is essential for everyone. This week, Robbie wants to talk about single-use plastics.

In this short video, Robbie provides tips on how to reduce waste from single use plastics. Hope you’ll enjoy it. Don’t forget to share it with your colleagues and students!

You can learn more about our waste bin program here.

Our Dumpster Diver’s Tips- Part 1

Today we start our series showing how sorting waste at Sheridan is easy. Meet Robbie who knows waste better than anyone.

In this short video, Robbie shows why sorting waste is essential for everyone. Hope you’ll enjoy it. Don’t forget to share it with your colleagues and students!

 

You can learn more about our waste bin program here.

HMC’s First Ever Zero Waste Festival –Join Us on March 24!

HMC’s first ever Zero Waste Festival is taking place on Tuesday, March 24th! It will be held at Creativity Commons in B Wing from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is a free event. Everyone in the Sheridan community is welcome to join.

The Zero Waste Festival aims to promote to our community the different ways to reduce waste in our daily lives. This event offers the following activities:

• Free Clothing Market
The Clothing Market will feature gently used clothing donated by students, faculty, and staff. Clothing will be available for free to participants during the festival.
We are collecting clothing donations until March 20. Only clean items in good conditions are acceptable. If you would like to support the Clothing Market, you can find out the donation bin locations on our website.

• Eco-entrepreneurs Speakers
During the Festival between 12 to 1 p.m., a panel of three special guest speakers will join us on a discussion panel to share their experiences in starting their innovative initiatives, from creating a new organization to advocate for sustainable fashion to opening a shop selling package-free goods to volunteering to help others to fix broken household items. Audience will have an opportunity to join the conversation and get inspired!

• Repair Café
Bring your broken household items to get help for fixing while learning how to do the repair yourselves. We will have fixers available for small appliances, electronics, computers and clothing.

• Zero Food Waste Booth
This booth will feature Zero Waste tips for grocery shopping, meal prepping and eating out! You will also learn how to reduce food waste and learn plant-based root-to-stem cooking recipes.

• Bike Hub / Upcycled Crafting
At this booth, our Bike Hub staff will show you how to fix a bike and answer any questions about Sheridan’s bike programs. An upcycled craft section will be available for you to create card holders and jewelry using old bike tubes!

• Sustainable Student Creations
Throughout the festival venue, sustainable lighting props will be displayed. This includes lamps made from unwanted waste. We want to showcase zero waste and sustainable work created by our environmentally-minded students.

• Games and Others
A few sustainability-related board games will be available for participants to play. As well, our new animation videos, “Our Dumpster Diver’s Tips”, and other Zero Waste tips will be shared through the screens around the venue.

The HMC Zero Waste Festival is offered by Mission Zero in collaboration with Sheridan Student Union. We would like to thank Green Team for their wonderful leadership and contribution as part of the Organizing Committee for the event.
For more information about the Festival, you can email us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

New Zero Waste Bins at Davis

Have you noticed the new metal bins at Davis Campus? Sorting your waste is now even easier!

95 new Zero Waste bins have been installed over the last few weeks across Davis Campus. The new metal bins replaced many smaller plastic bins across campus, and they fully comply with fire code regulations. The new bins are accessible and have improved signage, so it is easier to sort your waste. Be sure to take a second to check them out  learn what waste goes where. Let’s do our part for the environment together!


Did you know?
Sheridan is a post secondary leader in sustainability initiatives. Since introducing campus wide Zero Waste stations in 2014, Sheridan has reduced its waste sent to the landfill by 53% (or 733 metric tons) in 2018-19 compared to the 2013-14 baseline year. We still have a lot of work to do in becoming a Zero Waste campus, we need everyone to help us improve our waste diversion from the landfill by doing their part and sorting waste properly!

If you have any questions about Mission Zero, or the new waste bins, you can contact us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

Coffee Cup Campaign: Bring Your Own Cup!

Every day, many students, faculty, and staff buy hot (and cold) drinks in a single use cup that is thrown away after use. An estimated 80,000 single use cups are sold each month, and this is just at Sheridan!

For the weeks of February 10 and 17th , stop by our table on all campuses and learn about the environmental impact of single use cups (see the dates and times here). We’ll also share some benefits of bringing your own reusable cup- including cost savings. Don’t forget to bring your reusable cup for some free coffee too!

Bring Your Own Cup!

Here at Sheridan, we can sort coffee cups into our zero-waste bins: coffee cups can go in the organics (green) bin, and the sleeve and lid can go in the recycling (blue) bin. The green bin waste from our campuses is transported to a waste management facility where they are converted to electricity and fertilizers by a process called anaerobic digestion. If these cups are not sorted correctly, they end up in the landfill- and they take more than 30 years to decompose.

We can do more to reduce the number of single-use cups we throw away!

Bring Your Own Cup and REDUCE the amount of waste by refusing single use coffee cups! If everyone in just a class of 30 brought their own cup, that’s saving 2250 single use cups per week from being thrown out. You can help us become a zero-waste campus by 2030 and reduce your environmental impact by switching to reusable cup options.

If you have any questions about our Bring Your Own Cup Campaign, or Mission Zero, you can contact us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca

Join Repair Café and Trash Talk at PAMA this Saturday, February 15!

Join us as Sheridan is partnering with Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives (PAMA) to offer Repair Café this Saturday! The event will be held from 11am-3pm at PAMA. You are welcome to bring any broken items such as microwaves, toasters, lamps, headphones, laptops, clothing, and toys to get help from our fixers who will also show you how to do the repair yourself.

Repair Café will take place in conjunction with PAMA’s exhibit Trash Talk: Local Action, Global Change. Check out the exhibit which showcases some of the innovative initiatives led by the Region of Peel and local organizations. Sheridan is honored to be included.
While you are at PAMA, in addition to Repair Café, you are welcome to join a panel discussion on “Waste Reduction and Climate Change” from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm focusing on ways we can be more mindful about the use of products and how waste can be averted. Sheridan’s Sustainability Coordinator, Wai Chu Cheng will be joined by Winston Rosser, Food Donor Manager of Second Harvest, and Akeem Gardner, Co-founder & CEO of Atlas 365. Second Harvest is Canada’s largest food rescue charity. Atlas 365 grows industrial hemp as sustainable materials to build homes.

What is a Repair Café?
Repair Café is a global movement aimed at reducing waste send to the landfill and changing society’s “throwaway” mindset. The movement started in Amsterdam in 2009, and there are more than 1,800 Repair Cafés around the world (learn more here).

Did you know Sheridan was the first post-secondary institution in Canada to offer a Repair Café? It was launched in April 2014 as part of the Mission Zero initiative!

Can you fix broken household items? We are looking for more fixers that can help repair broken household items. Hobbyists and professionals are all welcome! You can sign up to be a volunteer fixer or general volunteer here.

Event Details:
When: Saturday, February 15, 2020
Where: PAMA (Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives)
Address: 9 Wellington St. E., Brampton, ON, L6W 1Y1
Time: Repair Café runs from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Trash Talk Panel discussion runs from 1pm-3pm
Cost: Free!

If you have any questions about Repair Café, you are always welcome to contact us at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Repair Café and Art Hive: Join us on February 5!

Visit the Repair Café and Art Hive at Davis Campus School of Skilled Trades on February 5. Everyone is welcome!

Repair Café: Do you have a broken household item that needs fixing? Visit our first Repair Café of 2020! Get FREE help fixing items such as microwaves, toasters, lamps, headphones, laptops, clothing, and bikes. Our volunteer fixers will also show you how you can fix them yourself.

Repair Café aims to reduce landfill waste and change our society’s throwaway mindset. Sheridan was the first post-secondary institution in Canada hosting Repair Café in 2014.
   
Call for Volunteer Fixers!
If you have a talent for fixing things, join our team of fixers! Staff, faculty, and students are all welcome. If you are interested, sign up here, or contact missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Art Hive: Want to get creative with recycled materials to destress, while connecting with others? Drop in and mingle at the Art Hive while making art with recycled, repurposed, and upcycled materials for a creative wellness experience! All materials are provided. Come by for a few minutes, or stay the whole time!

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Location: Davis Campus A-Wing (A109)

We hope to see you there!