Hamilton,
19
July
2016
|
05:54 PM
America/New_York

Mohawk College Receives WWF 'Go Wild' Community Grant

MOHAWK COLLEGE RECEIVES WWF ‘GO WILD’ COMMUNITY GRANT

HAMILTON, ON (July 19, 2016) – Mohawk College has been selected to receive one of 21 grants from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada’s ‘Go Wild’ Community Grants, presented by Telus.

Mohawk College is creating a dedicated pollinator-friendly rooftop garden to encourage a healthy pollinator population. Mohawk was selected from more than 255 applicants and is receiving $6,000 to support the Pollinator Paradise project.

The Pollinator Paradise will be located on the rooftop patio of the Learning Exchange (H-Wing), updating the existing partial green roof with a variety of plants that attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators native to Ontario.

The introduction of a pollinator garden at Mohawk will support local food production and a diverse, healthy plant population while creating teaching and learning opportunities that engage our students and community members.

“We’re excited to build on our commitment to sustainability in a way that engages students and the community in the importance of pollinators while providing them with skills and knowledge to implement sustainable practices in their own lives,” says Kate Flynn, Sustainable Food Systems Research and Program Coordinator in the Mohawk College Sustainability Office.

Part of the Pollinator Paradise project includes a part-time student co-op position to help with maintaining the gardens, reporting on pollinator activities, and the development and implementation of educational materials and outreach activities for students, staff and community members.

“Too often we miss the signs that nature needs our help, and as a result we forget that solutions are within our grasp. That’s why WWF-Canada is proud to support the 21 recipients of the Go Wild Community Grants for their leadership in turning ideas into meaningful action for the environment. Projects will help thousands of Canadians nurture an understanding of how our actions impact wildlife and ensure nature thrives in their own communities.” Sarah Winterton, director of nature-connected communities at WWF-Canada

-30-

For more information, contact:

Jay Robb, Director of Communications, 905.979.8893, jay.robb@mohawkcollege.ca