WE HAVE BEEHIVES
Ten of them, to be exact – eight at North Campus (six of those in the Humber Arboretum) and two at Lakeshore Campus. Hives were initially brought into the Arboretum more than 20 years ago. Three years ago, Arboretum staff helped the Office of Sustainability bring hives to North, then Lakeshore. With the Arboretum at North and Lakeshore on the grounds of Colonel Sam Smith Park, there is plenty of flora for the honey bees to collect nectar.
Honey bees are gentle creatures that pollinate approximately 70% of the world’s crops. Honey harvested from the hives is used by students in our culinary programs.
In fact, we recently launched a certificate program in Sustainable Urban Beekeeping.
OUR COFFEE IS FAIR TRADE
All the non-branded coffee we sell is fair trade, and can be found at various locations at our North and Lakeshore campuses. Plus, you get a discount if you bring a reusable mug for said fair trade coffee.
WE ARE ENVIRONMENTALLY SIGNIFICANT
The Humber Arboretum at North Campus was designated as an Environmentally Significant Area by the City of Toronto, meaning the land cannot be developed. The 250 acres is home to numerous significant, vulnerable, rare, or threatened plants and animals: 21 species of flora, 20 species of fauna and 17 bird species.
WE ARE CHARGED UP
Last fall a car charging station for electric vehicles was installed in the parking garage underneath our Lakeshore Campus’s new Student Welcome and Resource Centre. The station is free to park in and use. A charging station will be installed at North Campus this spring.
WE LOVE BIKES
There is bike parking aplenty at both North and Lakeshore, and a self-serve bike repair station at each campus as well. Lakeshore Campus also has a secure bike room with space for 45 bikes. Humber students pay only $15 to use the room for fall and winter semesters!
The Office of Sustainability hosts annual bike to campus days at both campuses in the spring, and a Lakeshore bike ride during orientation week.
BRING US YOUR E-WASTE
Each semester we host E-Waste Collection Week at North and Lakeshore campuses – the perfect time to get rid of your old or unused computers, printers, phones, cameras and MP3 players. There are spots to recycle your batteries and pens at all our campuses.
Last year, 63% of our waste was diverted from landfill. Our goal is to reach 70% diverted by 2019.
The Office of Sustainability’s next big event is Earth Week at the end of March, including campus clean-ups and a white elephant sale.