The Office of Sustainability converted staff and student ideas for our Office into a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ list. If your question is not addressed below, please email us.

Q: Do Humber’s gardens attract butterflies? Do we have a butterfly conservatory?

A: The Humber Arboretum’s Tranquility Bird Garden supports birds, butterflies, and other native wildlife. Have a look at its website for more information.


Q: Can staff and students learn about composting, growing vegetables or permaculture through Humber? Do we have access to a community garden?

A: The Humber Arboretum hosts composting and soil workshops throughout the year.  The Office of Sustainability not only encourages staff and student green bin use but also encourages participation in the GARDENS project. You can also enjoy campus-grown ingredients at The Humber Room, an on-campus restaurant operated by Culinary, Hospitality, and Event Management students.


Q: How many Humber buildings have green roofs? Will more buildings get green roofs?

A:  Humber Lakeshore’s Welcome Center, the Humber Arboretum and the Learning Resource Commons at North campus feature green roofs. In accordance with the City of Toronto’s Green Roof By-law, new buildings at Humber’s North and Lakeshore campuses larger than 2,000 square metres require a green roof, meaning a roof with vegetation. This allows the buildings to reflect sunlight rays and mitigate the urban heat island effect.


Q: Can we get more green bins on campus?

A:  The Office of Sustainability is working with the Humber community to provide more green bins for food waste recycling.  Keep your eyes peeled for more bins near cafeterias and food outlets on campus.


Q: Could Humber Food Services donate leftover food to those in need in?

A:  The Sustainability Steering Committee is exploring this topic. Ordering the appropriate amount of food for meetings and events can also reduce food waste. Please see the Sustainability Toolkit for Meetings and Events for more information.


Q: Could Humber College provide more refrigerator space to encourage staff and faculty to bring their own lunches?

A: We encourage our community to enact change where needed. You can request changes like this within your department.


Q: Is Humber trying to reduce its paper consumption? Do we use post-consumer recycled paper?

A: Humber College currently purchases 50 percent post-consumer recycled and/or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper.  Tips to reduce your paper consumption include:

  • Reusing scrap paper before recycling it.
  • Use note-taking apps on your computer or smartphone.
  • Avoid unnecessary printing – think before you print.
  • Printing double-sided documents.
  • Reducing use of hardcopy documents like invitations, cheques or invoices.

Visit our website for more information on Humber’s paper reduction initiatives.


Q: How can we stop using plastic cutlery at meetings and events?

A: Consider bringing re-usable cutlery from home or serving cutlery-free foods (e.g. fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, etc.).  Gourmet Express, at North campus, provides biodegradable cutlery. Review the Sustainability Toolkit for Meetings and Events for more details on reducing your event’s impact.


Q: How can staff and faculty stay informed about best practices in sustainability?

A: The Office of Sustainability is working with the Centre for Teaching and Learning to offer sustainability workshops and seminars. Events like the Honey Harvest, Vegetarian Awareness Day and Fairtrade Campus Week are also available resources.


Q: How can my department produce less waste?

A: In the past year, Humber completed a successful Workplace Sustainability Audit. Check with your department to see if it participated and recommendations provided following the audit.


Q: How can Humber’s child-care programs incorporate sustainable practices?

A: The Humber Arboretum plans to open an experiential learning garden available to the Humber community, including its child-care programs.


Q: Can Humber include more sustainability-focused readings into courses?

A: Humber teaches sustainability across many academic programs. Students in Workplace Writing Skills (WRIT 200) integrate sustainability concepts into their writing assignments, for example. Check out the complete list of sustainability-related courses.


Q: How can the Humber community reduce disposable coffee cup and single-serve coffee pod use?

A: Humber’s Lug-a-Mug program promotes waste reduction by offering a discount to customers filling a re-usable coffee mug. Drip-coffee machines can also reduce waste. Check out the Toolkit for Meetings and Events for more information.


Q: Can Humber reduce paper textbook use by promoting Open Educational Resources (OER)?

A: Humber’s International Development Graduate Certificate program is among those committed to using electronic resources. Humber College participates in Textbooks for Change to donate used textbooks to universities in East Africa.


Q: Is there an opportunity for a local food marketplace?

A: We are currently developing a seasonality calendar and fact sheet in partnership with Mohawk College, the Greenbelt Fund, and OMAFRA. In the fall, Humber Room will be unveiling a special local food menu. Be sure to visit!


Q: Does Humber have resources for Indigenous students?

A: The Aboriginal Resource Centre supports students academically, culturally and socially. The Indigenous Student Association and Elder Services also support student success in the Humber community.


Q: Does Humber College have a bike-share program?

A: Humber College offers Dropbike, a bike-share service, to its Lakeshore and North campuses. Fifty bikes are available at each campus. Please visit the Parking and Transportation webpage for more details.


Q: What facilities are available for cyclists at Humber?

A: Humber College offers secure bike parking at Lakeshore and North campuses. 


Q: Does Humber College have Electric Vehicle charging stations?

A: Yes! We have a dual Level 2 Electric Vehicle charging station at Humber Lakeshore’s Welcome Centre underground parking area. Humber is planning to install Electric Vehicle charging stations at North campus in 2018. Stay tuned for more information.


Q: Could Humber create a carshare program for staff?

A: A carshare program for staff, students and faculty is coming soon! Carpooling is yet another way to reduce your carbon footprint. The Office of Sustainability partnered with Smart Commute to make finding a carpool buddy easy.  


Q: Can I recycle my old cellphone or used batteries on campus?

A: At North Campus, Battery recycling bins are located outside the IGNITE office in KX202. At Lakeshore Campus, battery recycling bins are in WEL Building on the first floor. At Orangeville Campus, used batteries are collected outside of the Faculty Office in AL 208. Cellphones and other electronics can be recycled through Humber’s E-Waste Collection Week held twice annually. Check our events page ( for details on our next event.



Thank you to our contributors for submitting their ideas to us:

Mary Goral

Janay Boyce

Chantal Ragoonanan

Alison Coulter

Katie VanderLaan

Alexandra Basen

Rebecca Nugent

Kim Morrison

Marsha Barrett

Najeeb Ahmed

Carol Campbell