Sustainability in Hamilton

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The Mohawk College community participated in the Clean Air Commute this week.  This “…friendly competition among workplaces encourages workplace commuters to choose more sustainable modes of transportation.”  At Mohawk College, it’s more than just a catch phrase; sustainability is a strategic priority.  As a college, and part of a vibrant community, we are working towards “Greening Mohawk” which means that we are striving to “…embed environmental sustainability principles into our programs and practices.”

A local pub is also encouraging sustainability and promoting the city of Hamilton.  Slainte has launched the first borrowed bike program in downtown Hamilton.  The program, called Tour the Tour, allows you to reserve and sign out a hybrid bicycle and they “…provide you with a helmet, a bike lock and map of some of the popular and up and coming areas to explore in the city.”  It a sustainable way to explore the city of Hamilton!

The Cummings Library and Col laboratory at the Fennell campus is an integral part of the Greening Mohawk initiative; the H-wing was constructed and operates as a sustainable building.  The building meets the LEED Gold standards, “…which means that materials used and systems implemented are helping to reduce the building’s environmental impact.”

But it doesn’t stop there!  The library has a Subject Guide dedicated to Environmental Sustainability.  You can learn more about environmental issues, how you can expand your sustainability efforts, and effectively reduce your carbon footprint, with great library resources to help you along the way.

Did you participate in the Clean Air Commute this week?  Let us know, we’d love to hear about your experience; or tell us about your sustainability efforts – because we know that every little bit helps.

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