On Nov. 5 and 13, Sustainability Humber will be hosting a town hall meeting at North and Lakeshore campus. Students and staff in attendance will be asked for their input regarding a five-year sustainability plan.
Humber Lakeshore Student Erik Divito is planning on attending the event, and has some suggestions for the committee.
“I’d like to see some solar panels around campus,” says Divito. “I know that North Campus already has some, but considering it’s 2018 I don’t think there’s a reason that our campus shouldn’t have them too.”
“I think Humber is already a pretty sustainable place,” he says, noting the recycling and compost programs that are visible throughout the entire campus.
Divito also mentions that the campus should be using its buildings for green roof space.
Humber student Jennifer Vandenbosch, who will also be in attendance on Nov. 5 is looking to Humber’s North Campus for inspiration.
“I’m personally very jealous of the North Campus Arboretum. I know a lot of their programs are able to use it to further their learning and I wish we had that opportunity,” Vandenbosch says.
“Our campus is in the perfect spot with the park directly behind it I just wish we were able to use it.” Vandenbosch plans to suggest more clean up projects added to Humbers existing ones, and hopes that the committee will encourage students and faculty to use Colonel Samuel Smith Park as a tool in their learning.
Lindsay Walker, Manager of Sustainability Humber says “We hope that these meetings really push Humber’s value of sustainability.”
Sustainability is something that’s becoming more and more hard to understand.
“We do our best to make our campuses sustainable but we can only do that if we know what sustainability means to students and staff.” says Walker.
“We’re coming to the end of our last five-year plan, and we managed to hit a lot of the goals we set in place there.”
“It’s our hope that with these meetings we’ll be able to find out what the campuses care about, get some feedback about our last five year plan and analyze all that data in order to make our next plan.” she says.
The 2019-2024 sustainability plan should be made public sometime between spring and early summer of 2019.
Students that attend the committee meeting will have their voices heard, enjoy a light lunch and be rewarded with a 25$ gift card that can be used in the campus cafeteria.