Wondering how to get involved with the Office of Sustainability? There are a few ways:
- Subscribe to our mailing list where we send information about our events and initiatives
- Contact us directly and ask a question
- Join your school/departmental Green Team, or start one!
The best way to make an impact is to join your school/departmental Green Team. Teams are tasked with implementing initiatives that directly affect their operations. To find out who is involved in your department contact us.
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.
Does your department or school have a Green Team?
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!
A Guide to Green Meetings and Events
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.
How to Access your CaGBC Benefits
Humber College is a national member of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). As an employee of the college, you can access valuable CaGBC resources when your profile is connected to Humber's membership. Benefits include:
Engaging with green building professionals across Canada:
- Attend the CaGBC national conference and showcase, Building Lasting Change in June, during the WorldGBC Congress
- Join your local Chapter for free - Network and learn throughout the year at CaGBC Chapter events
- Become involved in your region, or nationally apply to volunteer on leadership boards and committees
Find the resources you need to continue contributing to Canada's climate change solution to meet GHG reduction targets:
- A Roadmap for Retrofit in Canada and other CaGBC research
- LEED resources
- Zero Carbon Building Standard Tools
- Additional certification products and tools through GBCI CA - coming soon
Enhance your skills and practice with CaGBC Professional Development courses:
To access these benefits, make sure your CaGBC profile is connected to Humber College's membership.
Connecting your CaGBC Profile to Humber College's Membership:
- Sign-in to www.cagbc.org and go to "My CaGBC -> My Profile"
- Click on the pencil icon next to your name to edit your information. To link your profile to Humber's membership, go to the "Primary Organization" field and select Humber College from the drop down menu
- Save your changes, you are now linked to Humber College's membership roster and can enjoy the benefits of national membership
- Are you a LEED professional? Select the "LEED Credential Information" tab to update your profile with your LEED designation. This will also allow CaGBC to submit your credentialing hours from the national conference on your behalf
- Make sure to review your "CaGBC Email consent" (in the "My CaGBC" menu) to ensure you have agreed to receive communications such as news, events, opportunities and rating system updates
Claiming your free chapter membership:
If your Member Type is "Member Individual" (or MI), please follow these instructions:
- Go to the Chapter page on www.cagbc.org and click Join Now
- Make sure you are signed-in to www.cagbc.org; the fields will be auto-populated with your information
- Select the Chapter of your choice
- Opt-in to receive Chapter communications (you can unsubscribe anytime)
- Click continue
- You are now in the shopping cart, and your total should be $0.00. Proceed to complete the transaction
You may land on a page that reads "There are no records. You are not due for renewal no fees applicable." This means your free Chapter membership was successfully activated. When you sign-in to your next online session, your profile will have Member Type: MI with Chapter memb. Should you receive an error message or if your Member Type reads "Chapter Member," please contact Customer Service at email@example.com or 866-941-1184 x8079 for assistance.