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Got an idea on how to make Mohawk a more sustainable college?

Mohawk College is inviting students to share their ideas on how to make Mohawk more sustainable. The student with the best idea will win $500 and see their idea come to life.

Integrated Animation student Erica Eldridge was last year’s Sustainable Initiatives Fund Idea Bank winner. Erica suggested adding a rainwater harvesting system to the college’s community garden at the Fennell Campus. The system was installed last summer.

“It’s super cool that the Rainwater Harvesting System is actually making a difference. It’s really fulfilling its purpose and I’m really proud of it. It really encourages further involvement in college ventures and sustainability, and I think it’s going to be a real push to get students involved.”
Erica Eldridge

Last year’s campaign saw nearly 100 sustainable ideas published to the Idea Bank website. A team of 20 student volunteers had more than 1,500 conversations with students on campus, generating ideas around topics like waste management, health and wellness, renewable energy, student participation, and improved outdoor spaces.

Check out the winning projects implemented on Mohawk’s campuses as a result of last year's campaign:

The contest is open to all Mohawk students. Ideas can be submitted to sif.mohawkcollege.ca between March 7 and March 18. The winning idea receives $500. Two runner-up ideas will also receive a prize of $250 each. You can also submit your idea at the Mohawk Minute booth at the Fennell Campus, or in person at one of the outreach booths.

The Idea Bank campaign is a partnership between the Sustainability Office and the Mohawk Student’s Association, and is made possible by the Sustainability Intiatives Fund. The Sustainability Initiatives Fund (SIF) invests $50,000 each year to implement student ideas that will make Mohawk College a more environmentally friendly place to learn, work and play.

About Mohawk

Mohawk College educates and serves 30,000 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three campuses and two City School locations at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre and the Central Public Library in Hamilton, Ontario. Mohawk has ranked first among all Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area colleges in student satisfaction for seven consecutive years and first in graduate satisfaction for the past five years. Mohawk ranks 15th among all colleges in Canada for applied research activity and has been named among Canada’s greenest employers and the region’s top employers for the past three years.