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.


Bike Month Activities

It is time to get out, explore, and play in our neighbourhoods. One great way to get around is by bike and we’re here to help!

Bike Month is around the corner and we are gearing up many activities to encourage everyone to get out and ride. Bike Month began 30 years ago to celebrate Bike to Work Day in Toronto and became widely celebrated across Canada. You can find more activities around the GTHA to participate and get a chance to win a $300 MEC gift card.

Sheridan is doing its part to celebrate biking by offering many workshops and events! Here are some activities you can participate in at Sheridan:
Cycling Safety Workshops
HMC – Wednesday, May 22
Davis – Monday, May 27
Trafalgar – Friday, May 31

Time: 12 – 1pm OR 2 – 3pm
Join us for a lunch and learn session on how to keep yourself safe when riding in your neighbourhood. We’ll cover basic safety rules, enjoyable routes to ride, how to use a helmet and bike lights, how to make the most of your bike and more.  RSVP at SheridanBikeHub@sheridancollege.ca

Group rides
HMC – Wednesday, May 29
Davis – Monday, June 3
Trafalgar – Friday, June 7

Time: 12 – 1 pm
Let’s ride together! Bring your bikes and tag along this 5km leisure ride around the campus, get some fresh air, meet new people, and have fun. Rent out a bike at the HMC Sheridan Bike Hub if you need one. Space is limited, please email SheridanBikeHub@sheridancollege.ca if you’re interested!

Bike to Campus Days
Trafalgar – Monday, June 10
Davis – Monday, June 17
HMC – Wednesday, June 19 *date changed

Time: 8 – 9 a.m.
Want to challenge yourself and ride to campus? We can help you prepare for this, contact us ahead of time! Snacks and giveaways are available.

Tour de Sheridan 2019 
All 3 campuses: Friday, July 12
Time: 12 – 4pm
This will be our 4th annual Tour de Sheridan where we have a group ride starting from each campus to meet at Lake Aquitaine Park in Mississauga to celebrate active transportation!

Got questions? Email us at SheridanBikeHub@sheridancollege.ca

Spring Campus Cleanup!

Spring is already here! Sheridan is organizing a campus cleanup event at each of our three campuses between May 15 to 17. We would like to invite you to join us for this community event. Any staff, faculty and students are welcome. Come on out and help our campus be a zero waste place!

Trafalgar Campus

Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: SCAET Main Entrance Lobby

Davis Campus

Date: Thursday, May 16
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: B-Wing Outside Cafeteria Entrance

HMC Campus

Date: Friday, May 17
Time: 12 to 2 p.m.
Meeting Location: A-Wing Living Wall

Click here to register

What to expect?

At the start time of the event of each campus, we will provide directions on where to pick up the litter and the safety instructions. Gloves and bags will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own gloves. Participants are encouraged to go out in small groups.

If you are interested, please fill out the form above. For any questions, contact missionzero@sheridancollege.ca. Thank you.

Repair Cafe – Oakville Library

Come out to Repair Cafe where you can get your household items, from electronics to clothing fixed by our volunteer fixers and help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills.

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019

Where: Oakville Library (120 Navy Street, Oakville)

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE!

To join the team of volunteer fixers or learn more about the event, you can visit the Eventbrite link here or call the Halton Environmental Network at (905) 815-6185. Registration is not needed if you are interested in getting your items fixed. Registration is only needed for volunteer fixers.

For general information on the Repair Cafe global movement, please click here.

In partnership with the Halton Environmental Network, Town of Oakville, Oakville Public Library, and Sheridan Mission Zero.

Repair Cafe – Trafalgar Campus on March 21

Sheridan is hosting its next Repair Café event on March 21. Get free help fixing your broken items, and more importantly, learn from expert volunteer “fixers” about how to repair items yourself!

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

Repair Café Details:

  • Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: Learning Commons and the “Pit”, C-Wing, Trafalgar Campus

All members of the community are welcome! Join us and celebrate Sheridan’s commitment to its Mission Zero plan as we strive to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill and change society’s ‘throwaway’ mindset. Plus, it’s FREE!

Reminders for 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) to help diagnose the problem.
  • Bring a necessary 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 questions and provide advice on how to repair and maintain your items.

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.

Repair Cafe – March 21 at Trafalgar! Calling Volunteer Fixers!

Are you the kind of person who avoids tossing things in the trash whenever possible? Do you enjoy fixing things and helping others learn how to do so as well? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, we need your help!

Sheridan will host its next Repair Café event at the Trafalgar Campus on Thursday, March 21. We are looking for volunteer ‘fixers’ who are skilled at repairing household items such as small appliances, computers, clothes and plants. Faculty, staff and students are all welcome to participate. As a fixer, you will help visitors repair their items and demonstrate the repair process.

Repair Café Details:

  • Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location: Learning Commons and the “Pit”, C-Wing, Trafalgar Campus

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact the Office for Sustainability at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca.

Never been to a Repair Café before? Check out the short documentary Fixed! on the TVO website.

Did You Know?
Repair Café is a global movement that started in Amsterdam in 2009. It aims to reduce needless waste that is sent to landfills and to change society’s throwaway mindset. There are over 1,500 Repair Cafés worldwide. Visit the Repair Café Foundation website to learn more.

Sheridan is the first postsecondary institution in Canada to host a Repair Café. The initiative launched in April 2014 as part of Mission Zero. Learn more about the philosophy of Sheridan’s Repair Café initiative on the Curiosities blog.

For any questions, please feel free to contact The Office for Sustainability at missionzero@sheridancollege.ca .