Mohawk College - 2018-2019 Sustainability Report

Waste

Reducing waste on campus helps us lower our environmental impact. Benefits include lower GHG emissions, less plastic pollution, less waste to landfill, cost savings and less use of natural resources.

Waste is also one of the more visible dimensions of sustainability, making it a major concern to students, employees and the community.

Mohawk is addressing waste across campus operations through collaboration, behaviour change programs, and reduction and recycling initiatives.

Key Initiatives

  • Continuation of the Single Use Plastics Policy (2013) banning the sale of plastic bags and most bottled water

  • Continuation and expansion of water bottle refill stations

  • New centralized waste sorting stations at Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses

  • Continuation of electronic waste recycling program

  • Introduction of PaperCut software to reduce paper waste

  • Partnering with Chartwells to replace foodservice packaging with recyclable and compostable materials

  • Waste outreach program, anchored by Waste Reduction Week

63%
diversion of waste from landfills in 2019

50,000+
pounds of electronic waste diverted since 2012

7 million+
plastic bottles saved from use of water refill stations since 2016

500,000+
plastic bags saved through campus-wide ban since 2013

Centralized Waste Stations

New centralized waste stations were opened at the Fennell and Stoney Creek campuses in 2019, creating a single collection point for waste in the cafeterias. The new stations place a greater emphasis on sorting and provide organics bins and rinsing stations to help reduce contamination in the recycling streams. The opening of the stations was coupled with an education program and the introduction of new compostable packaging in the cafeterias.

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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