Sustainability at Home

Partnerships for the Goals

If you're looking for ways to stay connected with environmental and social justice issues, we've put together a list of ways you can contribute to sustainability at home during COVID-19. 

If you have something you'd like to add to the list, please email sustainability@humber.ca or connect with us on social media (@SustainHumber). 

Stay safe and healthy, 

The Office of Sustainability 

Connect Online

Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Incorporating Sustainability into Your Education/Career:

Tune in LIVE on @SustainHumber's Instagram page for a Q&A discussion with IGNITE Executives and Claire Chappell, the Office of Sustainability's Events and Communications Intern, to learn how you can integrate sustainability into your education and career! 

Recorded Webinars: 

Making Sense of Sustainability in Relation to COVID-19 - Learn about the implications of COVID-19 for climate change with Humber's Sustainability Specialist Devon Fernandes. Watch the webinar or view the full presentation.

Waste 101 - BEST Serive Pros Junior Environmental Coordinator shares resources for reducing waste on campus and at home. Watch the webinar or view the full presentation,

Sustainable Development Solution Networks Youth Webinars Series - Explore a variety of topics related to youth and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

SDG Academy Library - Explore free online presentations and educational materials on sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Podcasts

The Sustainability Agenda  is a weekly podcast exploring today’s biggest sustainability questions. Leading sustainability thinkers offer their views on the biggest sustainability challenges, share the latest thinking, identify what’s working –and what needs to change — and think about the future of sustainability.

Sustainability Defined dives deep into a new topic each episode with the help of an expert to help listeners define what exactly sustainability is. 

This Energy Gang invites professionals from the green tech world to discuss technological, political and market forces driving energy and environmental issue

The Impact Report brings together students, alumni and faculty from the Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program for discussions with sustainability leaders around the world. 

Events

Humber Indigenous - Join Humber Indigenous every Friday at 1 p.m. for a virtual hangout. Send a message to @humberindigenous on Instagram to get the Zoom link! 

Humber LGBTQ+ - The LGBTQ+ Resource Centre is hosting online events throughout June to celebrate Pride Month.

Pride Month - Celebrate Pride Month this June and participate in online special events. Keep checking the website for an updated schedule of weekly live programming and artist announcements!

ROM at Home – Explore exhibits of the ROM from home while they’re temporarily closed due to COVID-19. 

Toronto Public Library - Tune in for virtual exhibits. 

Humber Today - Check out the events happening online from fun DIY tutorials to information about how students can navigate online learning! 

Virtual Learning

Grow Anywhere - Whether you're at home, in your residence room, at the office, or in the classroom, explore this content from the Humber Arboretum and beyond to keep your knowledge growing.

LinkedIn Learning - Humber students and staff have FREE access to the online courses presented by LinkedIn.  

SDG Academy - Free education resources from the world's leading experts on sustainable development. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Kids Help Phone - Become a Crisis Responder with the Crisis Text Line. Training will be provided if you're selected. To apply, fill out the online application.

Grocery Hero - Help deliver groceries to medical professionals in your neighbourhood. 

The Good Neighbour Project  - Delivers groceries/supplies to seniors and adults with disabilities. Complete the online intake form to volunteer in the Greater Toronto Area.

#Stitch4Corona - Volunteer to sew fabric surgical masks for healthcare workers. To create the masks you'll need a sewing machine and basic sewing experience. There are other opportunities if you don't have a sewing machine, learn more on the #Stich4Corona website.

The Society of Women Engineers Toronto - Apply to volunteer with programming or communications for The Society of Women Engineers.

COVID-19 Volunteer Response Team - Sign up to receive an e-newsletter with updates on urgent volunteer openings in Toronto. 

Sustainability Tips

Reduce Your Waste

1. Become a Green and Blue Bin Expert 

Majority of what is tossed in the recycling and compost doesn't actually belong there. Take the time to learn what waste items belong in your trash, recycling and compost bin. 

If you're living in Toronto you can use City's online search engine Waste Wizard to learn where you should put your waste. If you're living outside of Toronto, your City/Town might still have an online resource for you, make sure to check and follow their guidelines.

2. Live a Zero Waste Life 

Look for items that have minimal packaging and avoid single-use items when possible. If you're up for a challenge, try collecting your non-recyclable and non-compostable trash for one week in a mason jar. It will give you a better idea of how much waste you're actually creating and it's a fun way to hold yourself accountable (don't forget to share your pictures with @SustainHumber). 

*Please note, if you're using disposable gloves/masks, it's important to properly seal them in a trash bag to avoid contamination. 

3. Repair and Repurpose 

Who doesn't love a DIY project? That old t-shirt you have lying around would make a great reusable bag! There's so many fun ways to repair and repurpose items in your household that you otherwise would have thrown away. 

Save Energy

1. Unplug 

Items left plugged in, like a phone charger you're not using, are still drawing small amount of power 24/7! The more items you unplug in your home, the more energy (and money) you'll end up saving.

You can also switch to energy efficient appliances and consider renewable energy sources like solar panels! 

2. Cold Wash and Hang Dry 

Anything that has to heat up will consume a lot of energy. Switch to cold water when washing your items and opt to hang them instead of throwing everything into the dryer. 

3. Adjust the Temperature 

Try to manage your energy use at home by keeping an eye on your thermostat and dressing for the weather. Is your home cold? Keep the temperature low but bundle up in an extra-cozy sweater to save energy. 

Shop Smarter

1. Shop and Support Local

Big-box retailers will always be around, but your favourite local coffee shop that's committed to sustainability might be struggling during the pandemic. 

If you shop local, you're supporting the local economy, reducing your carbon footprint by travelling less and increasing job opportunities in your community. Reach out to your favourite local businesses or find new ones that are offering curbside pick-up and prioritize local businesses when shopping.

2. Pay Attention to Certifications 

Many companies these days have a section about sustainability on their website, but how many actually have any sort of certification to demonstrate their commitment? Certifications can help hold companies accountable by outlining certain steps they need to achieve and maintain. Some trusted certifications that we look for are B Corp, Fairtrade Canada and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

3. Buy Used When Possible 

When buying used or second hand, you're preventing another item from entering landfill. One of the biggest landfill culprits is textiles! Did you know on Canada, the average person throw out 81 lbs. of textiles every year? 

It's a bit trick to buy a second hand items at the moment, so try to repurpose items you already have and prioritize used items once businesses start opening back up. 

 

Eat Responsibly

1. Eat Less Meat 

The meat industry takes a huge toll on the environment and uses resources such as land, water, energy, and produces a ton of emissions. Switching to a vegetarian or vegan diet, even for a couple meals a week, will largely reduce your carbon footprint. Thankfully, there are some awesome vegan and vegetarian recipes online so try a "Meatless Monday" meal if you're just starting out, or take the plunge and switch to a 100% plant-based diet.

2. COMPOST, COMPOST, COMPOST! 

It's important to compost food scraps instead of throwing them in the trash. Food scaps that end up in landfill create a potent greenhouse gas called methane. By composting, you're diverting organic waste from landfill and reducing these emissions. Plus, compost is a great addition to soil if you're gardening!

Looking for a quick and easy recipe? 

Alex from Humber's Cafe Linx shared her recipe for Fairtrade Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Watch the full video online.

Stay Healthy

1. Take Care of Your Mental Health 

These are challenging times and it's easy to become overwhelmed. Make sure you're taking the time in your day to take care of yourself and your mental well-being. 

If you need some help, you can still connect with counsellors at Humber by emailing counselling@humber.ca. There are also online resources available, You can access the Good2Talk Helpline at 1-866-925-5454, or use Therapy Assist Online. If you are in crisis and need emergency support, please contact 911.

2. Get Moving 

Being at home more might mean you're sitting down more than usual. It's important to stay active and take care of your physical health. Humber Athletics has uploaded multiple workout videos that you can do at home. Visit the Student Life@Humber YouTube page to get moving! 

Get Outdoors

1. Go for a Walk, Run or Bike Ride 

Spending time outdoors can reduce stress and improve your mood. With the weather warming up, it's a perfect time to spend more time outdoors and connect with nature. 

2. Start Gardening 

Gardening is a great activity for any age! Check out the Humber Arboretum's Grow Anywhere videos to learn more about plants and how to care for them.

 

Get Involved

There are many ways to make individual and community impact. We're here to support you! Contact us, follow us, come and meet us:
The Office of Sustainability, E103 (North Campus)