Sheridan Highlights Strides in Sustainability Efforts
October 20 to 26 marked Waste Reduction Week, an effort launched by recycling councils and environmental organizations to educate Canadians on the repercussions of wasteful practices. The philosophy is one that is critical to Sheridan’s Office of Sustainability and its Mission Zero program, which delivers various initiatives throughout the year to achieve similar objectives.
“Sheridan’s Mission Zero aims to provide a framework for institution-wide sustainability initiatives,” said Herb Sinnock, Manager of the Office for Sustainability at Sheridan. “It’s an ambitious program, but one that is vital to ensuring a large institution like Sheridan does its part in reducing waste and carbon emissions.” Its two-pronged approach includes achieving a net zero-waste objective and a 50% reduction of energy and carbon emissions resulting from activities on Sheridan campuses by 2020.
Sheridan’s community is making significant strides towards meeting its Mission Zero objectives. In September, Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus in Oakville saw a positive improvement in the diversion rate of waste up to 46.3% from 16.5% in September 2013. The Davis Campus in Brampton had a diversion rate of 27.5% and 51.8% at the Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC) in Mississauga. In the first nine months this year, Sheridan generated 878 tons of waste to landfills, which was 105.3 tons, or 10.7%, less than the landfill waste produced in the same period last year.
A total of 34 tons of organic waste were diverted from landfills from Davis, HMC and Trafalgar from January to September, which was converted to an estimated 11,680 kilowatt hours of energy and 2750 kilograms of fertilizer. The amount of electricity generated and put into the power grid is enough to power 444 home in Ontario for one day. In addition, 6,168 kilograms of electronic waste has been diverted from landfills during the same time period.
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