The orchard of 21 apple and pear trees is planted at the southern edge of the Fennell campus. In the off-season, the offerings are extended with a biweekly bounty bag filled with local fruits and vegetables.
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Erica Eldridge, a student in Integrated Animation and Graphic De Production, put forward the idea for a rooftop water harvester and then helped de it. Being part of the sustainable renewal of the Fennell campus is rewarding work for Griffiths.
The gardens include an outdoor classroom, sheds, fruit trees and rainwater harvesting from the rooftops of neighbouring buildings. With the plan approved by the Board of Governors inMohawk became the first college in Canada to create an environmental management plan with bold targets around carbon reduction.
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Spotlight on is a special series profiling the faculty and staff at Mohawk who are making a difference at the college and in the community. Last-minute decision turned would-be farmer into Manager of Sustainability at Mohawk. Another idea from a student and funded through the SIF is the seasonal farm stand.
The college is now working on bringing to life its Environmental Management Plan 2. Environment Hamilton operates the stand.
If they see their feedback shapes what happens on campus, they will get involved more. About Mohawk. Follow Meredith on Twitter meredithmacleod.
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Spotlight on is written by Freelance writer and editor Meredith MacLeod. Griffiths hopes to eventually see all the trees on campus replaced with fruit-bearing varieties. This city is growing, adaptively reusing buildings, building in pedestrian mobility and growing its own food.
Daily HSR share alone has jumped from 18 per cent in to 34 per cent this fall. The new target calls for a further 30 per cent cut in baseline carbon emissions by Griffiths, who was promoted to manage the Sustainability Office insays college leaders fully back the sustainability work.
But after reaching a deal with the HSR for a universal transit pass, instituting a carpool and car share program, installing lockers, racks and showers for cyclists, and improving connections into adjacent neighbourhoods, Mohawk has seen its parking demand drop sharply.
Thanks to the collective of many initiatives, Mohawk exceeded the original target of a 20 per cent reduction in baseline emissions by The college managed a 24 per cent reduction eight years ahead of the projected timeline. The community gardens have bloomed from eight plots in the first year to 50 now.
On the local food front, Mohawk students and staff have embraced community gardens, a seasonal produce stand and a campus orchard. Mohawk College educates and serves 30, full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three campuses and two City School locations at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre and the Central Public Library in Hamilton, Ontario.
In fact, though there are 40 per cent more students now than there were inthere are fewer parking spaces today and the crisis has passed, says Griffiths. Both versions of the EMP are built on eight pillar sectors that touch virtually all aspects of campus life.
Griffiths says it may be the nicest site in southern Ontario. The environmental work of his grandfather David Griffiths was his inspiration. It had to fit how we do business and focus on student engagement.
Griffiths grew up on his fifth-generation family farm in Thorold and planned to carry on farming but decided on a whim to give college a shot. To have a sustainable food system, we need to provide students with healthy, sustainable food options on campus.
The sustainability office continues to work on convincing those within a minute radius of campus to take transit. Contact Alan at: alan.
Follow me on Twitter opens in new window. Lots were jammed with single-occupancy vehicles and there seemed to be no end to the demand. He earned a pre-technology certificate and then enrolled into the environmental science technician program. Mohawk has ranked first among all Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area colleges in student satisfaction for seven consecutive years and first in graduate satisfaction for the past five years.