Humber students and staff made their environment a little cleaner as Earth Week kicked off on Tuesday with a campus-wide cleanup.
The college’s Office of Sustainability launched this initiative, among others, with the hopes of creating a culture of environmental awareness around Humber’s campuses and surrounding communities.
Humber’s Earth Week has become an ingrained part of student life, with the occasion marked at both the North and Lakeshore campuses every spring.
“This event has been going on for a few years and has become part of what Humber does,” said event organizer and sustainability manager Lindsay Walker. “Every spring students know, expect and are ready for the event to happen.”
Staff and students alike showed they care about our environment with 136 people participating, and over 85 bags of garbage being collected at North campus.
From 11 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. students and staff could be found walking through the campus wearing their green shirts and collecting any piece of garbage they could find.
“I’m participating to help the environment and make the school a cleaner place,” said one paralegal student.
Students were given a free t-shirt, bags, gloves and a map outlining where the most garbage is on campus, and where the designated drop off locations are.
Those who participated where then given a coupon for free pizza and a drink as a thanks for their help.
“We like to give back to students after they help the campus with its spring cleaning,” said Walker.
The collected garbage is hauled away to a refinery factory where the garbage is sorted into recyclables, and further refined into its designated categories, said Walker.
“The clean-up event is good, but should happen more often – about once a month,” said the paralegal student. “It allows us to see who the good people are and who cares about the environment.”
The week continued with a rummage sale, free coffee, carpooling suggestions, information desks, free local organic smoothies, and ended with a movie about climate change and what students can do.