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Sheridan to host its first Repair Cafe

April 09, 2014

Sheridan is looking to lead the way on sustainability as it becomes the first Canadian postsecondary institution to host a Repair Café.  The café, which takes place on April 10, invites students and staff to bring in any broken items and learn how to repair them with the help of  volunteers known as ‘fixers’.

The first Repair Café was held in Amsterdam in 2009, and has since expanded to more than 400 locations worldwide.   Repair Café aims to encourage people to repair items rather than throw them away. At Sheridan’s Repair Café on April 10, there will be fixers skilled at fixing computers, electronics, small appliances and  furniture.  

Location: 2nd floor (near the main entrance), SCAET, Trafalgar Road campus

Time: April 10 – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.   

Cost: Free

 “The Repair Café is one of the events organized by the Office for Sustainability that will help build a green community at Sheridan. As a community, we care about the sharing of skills, having opportunities to help each other and to learn from the process.  Repairing broken items breathes new life into them and results in the conservation of valuable resources,” says  André Plante, Sheridan’s Associate Vice President. While this inaugural event is limited to Sheridan staff and students, the hope is to open it up to the broader Oakville community.  This event is supported by volunteers from Sheridan and Repair Café Toronto.

The Repair Café is a component of Mission Zero, Sheridan’s long-term commitment to sustainability and conservation.  Other initiatives currently underway include Sheridan’s Integrated Energy and Climate Master Plan (IECMP), which aims to decrease the College’s overall energy and carbon emissions by 50% by 2030, and Zero Waste Sheridan (ZWS), which will guide its transition to a zero waste campus by 2020.

 

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