Greenbelt Fund supports another first for Mohawk College Reply

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GOOD THINGS GROW WITH PARTNERSHIPS: Celebrating the launch of the first local food procurement model for Ontario’s 24 colleges at Mohawk College (left to right) with Mohawk Students’ Association President Kyle Datzkiw, Colleges Ontario President and CEO Linda Franklin, Mohawk VP Corporate Services Deborah Brown, the Hon. Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Greenbelt Fund CEO Burkhard Mausberg,  MPP Ted McMeekin, Mohawk Sustainability Manager Alan Griffiths and Jana Vodicka, Manager of Campus Engagement and Sustainability with Compass Canada.

Good things grow in Ontario and get served to our students here at Mohawk College.

That’s the goal of a two-year project announced last week at Mohawk by the Hon. Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Fund.

The Greenbelt Fund, in partnership with the Ontario government, is investing $100,000 through the Local Food Investment Fund (LFIF) to develop the first provincial local food procurement model for Ontario colleges. The project is also being supported by Compass Group Canada and the Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA).

It’s a project that supports our commitment to further strengthening Mohawk’s leadership in environmental sustainability. Mohawk was also the first Ontario college to formally adopt an environmental management plan.

The team in our Sustainability Office will work with Compass Group Canada and the MSA to get more locally grown food sold on campus – something that our students, faculty and staff have been asking for.

Our plan is to carry out the procurement pilot project with two other Ontario colleges. It’s anticipated that our three colleges will boost local food purchases by $1.5 million over the next two years.

We’ve also recruited an advisory committee that brings a tremendous wealth of experience and expertise to the project.

Mohawk will share the results of our project with the Province’s other 23 colleges to bring more of the good things grown in Ontario into our campuses and on to our students’ plates.

Social entrepreneurship blooming in Hamilton’s North End Reply

SeedlingsMohawk’s CitySchool and our Sustainability Office teamed up with the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre to launch an after-school Sprouts program for kids in Hamilton’s North End.

Over nine weeks, the students learned about environmental stewardship and social entrepreneurship by growing plants. The students are now selling their seedlings in the community and made a stop yesterday at Mohawk’s Fennell campus.

Thanks to the Mohawk staff and our friends at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre for creating this unique opportunity.

And give the kids full marks for salesmanship. Their seedlings have now been planted in my garden at home.

KUDOS: Mohawk College again recognized for our leadership in environmental sustainability Reply

Our college has been recognized as one of Canada’s greenest employers for the second year in a row by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

We’re the only college in Ontario and one of just two in all of Canada to make the list.

I want to thank Alan Griffiths and the team in our Sustainability Office for making Mohawk a leader in sustainability.

Mohawk was selected as one of Canada’s greenest employers because of our carbon reduction targets, our student-run environmental program, alternate transportation options for students, faculty and staff, our community gardens and campus renewal projects that incorporate LEED standards.

Prepare ahead for potential transit strike in Hamilton 1

Max Brown, the President of the Mohawk Students’ Association, and I have sent the following note to our students, faculty and staff.

Unionized workers with the Hamilton Street Railway voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike mandate last night. A strike or lockout will not happen until April 9th at the earliest.

We hope the union and the City of Hamilton will reach an agreement on a new contract so buses continue running for our students, faculty and staff.

If there is a transit strike or lockout, it will remain business as usual at Mohawk. Classes, tests and exams will not be postponed or rescheduled.

Please consider planning ahead if you rely on public transit. Talk with family, classmates and co-workers about sharing rides to and from campus. Our Sustainability Office, through a partnership with Smart Commute, offers a free carpool ride matching service for students, faculty and staff needing, or wanting to offer, rides to and from Mohawk. You can sign up and complete your commuter profile at www.carpoolzone.ca.

Regards,

Mohawk Students’ Association President Max Brown

Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie