Humber's staff are role models for students and can influence campus culture. Below are opportunties for staff to become more involved with sustainability on campus.
Some of Humber's schools and departments have created Green Teams, who contribute ideas, host activities, and promote sustainable practices within their respective areas and throughout the college. The Green Team program is an effort to involve members of the campus community, at all levels, to help realize the vision outlined in the Sustainability Plan. The Sustainability Committees and Office of Sustainability work with and provide support to the Green Teams.
The guide below will help your Green Team get started in a few simple steps! Be sure to contact us if you need help getting started. A Green Team doesn't have to be time consuming! Humber's goal is to have a Green Team in every department and school on campus. We need your help to make that happen!
Plan a Green Event
Congratulations! By taking a meaningful approach to planning your event in a more sustainable manner, you have contributed to a foundation of knowledge in event sustainability as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.
What is a green event? Green events focus on minimizing the impact on the environment in small, easy ways, including paper reduction, food and beverages and waste management. Remember, sustainable events are not all or nothing. You choose the options that meet your needs.
Paper Reduction: Does your event include documents, handouts or sign-up sheets? Ensure that all notes and other information are available online instead of printing. Use PowerPoints and encourage your participants to bring a laptop or an iPad to view items on. If printing can’t be avoided, be sure to use Earth Smart Printing and double-sided pages. Creating signs without dates to be reused in the future is also a great way to cut down on paper!
Food and Beverage: Cut down on your recycling by requesting water pitchers and glasses instead of water bottles in your catering order. Also request reusable cutlery and china, instead of disposable plates and cutlery. Ordering coffee and tea? Request Fairtrade-certified coffee to ensure you’re making a positive impact in farmers’ lives.
Waste Management: Ensure that waste management (including recycling and composting) is conveniently located at identifiable receptacles. This is an easy way for items used during the meeting or event to be disposed of properly.
Transportation: Is your meeting being held offsite? Consider carpooling with a coworker or moving your meeting online through Skype or teleconference service, WebEx, to decrease your environmental footprint. Also, look for venues that are LEED, BOMA Best, PassiveHouse or WELL building certified.
If you have questions, please email Tayler.Buchanan@humber.ca.
Sustainability Faculty Champions
A community of professors and instructors representing multiple academic faculties meets on a regular basis. They build capacity and drive pan-faculty initiatives to foster curriculum development and teaching and learning practices focused on sustainability.
The group of approximately 14 meets 2-3 times per semester. Meetings include professional development training – such as a guest speaker, webinar or literature discussion – and initiative planning. The group’s primary goals in the first two years of operation have been to:
- Build within each member the capacity for knowledge and understanding about sustainability and what it means at Humber. This will be in service of the leadership activities that faculty will be taking on in the future.
- Build awareness about sustainability across the institution, driven by the faculty champions. The group recognizes the importance of large-scale awareness and engagement before real changes can be meaningfully made at the curricular level.
So far, the Faculty Champions group has developed resources for their colleagues on going paperless in the classroom and how to integrate the Humber Arboretum’s outdoor learning spaces into their lesson plans. Intersted in becoming a Sustainability Faculty Champion? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.