Mohawk College - 2018-2019 Sustainability Report

Participation

As a college, Mohawk helps prepare Future Ready students by emphasizing hands-on learning. Mohawk offers a wide range of opportunities for students to gain experience in sustainability and support climate action.

This includes providing volunteering, work placements, and on-campus employment opportunities, as well as special events, training workshops and conferences.

Student and employee participation helps integrate sustainability into the campus culture and encourages behaviour change. Volunteering, work placements and other forms of participation give Mohawk students the ability to deepen and apply their understanding of sustainability principles.

Key Initiatives

  • "Greening Orientation" activities to engage new and returning students on Day One

  • Co-curricular and volunteer opportunities offered through Campus to Community

  • Annual Sustainability Initiatives Fund (SIF) Idea Bank campaign encourages students to share their campus sustainability ideas

  • Capstone projects and experiential learning, using the campus as a living lab

  • Partnership with WWF-Canada's Living Planet @ Campus program to support student leaders

  • Student co-op placements and employment with sustainability-focused companies

6000+
people engaged through events, talks, tours and outreach in 2019

70
students volunteered for sustainability initiatives in 2019

150+
youth attended the Bay Area Climate Change Youth Summit in March 2019

18
campus sustainability initiatives implemented from student ideas since 2015

Greening Orientation

Orientation is among the first experiences Mohawk students have on campus, setting the stage for future sustainable behaviours. More than 1,000 incoming students are provided with a reusable water bottle and sign the "plastic-free" pledge, committing to reduce single-use plastics. A waste sorting tent was introduced at the 2019 orientation, improving waste diversion at the event and providing an opportunity for incoming students to learn the habit of sorting their waste.

About Mohawk

Mohawk College has been providing a quality, higher education experience to students in Hamilton, Ontario and the surrounding area since 1967. The college educates and serves more than 31,700 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses, and at learning hubs across Hamilton.

Mohawk is among the leading colleges in Canada for applied research. It has been named one of Canada's greenest employers for six years in a row, and is also home to the country's largest net zero energy institutional building. More than 120,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.

Land Acknowledgment

Mohawk College derives its name from the Mohawk Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The Confederacy marks a union of peace and friendship, and Mohawk College honours that union by recognizing the Six Nations of the Grand River and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

We acknowledge that the territories on which Mohawk College and its campuses are situated are governed by the Between the Lakes Treaty, the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Agreement, and the Upper Canada Treaty Agreement. These agreements are binding to this day and represent our mutual commitment to maintain healthy, reciprocal and respectful relationships with the many Indigenous nations and peoples of this area. We acknowledge this and iterate our dedication to inclusivity, to friendship and to valuing the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples and communities.

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