Madeline Jafarnejad, News Reporter
Climate change is in the headlines almost every day and Humber College is on the front line fighting every year to be one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.
The college’s Office of Sustainability kept Humber College on the list of Canada’s Greenest Employers four years in a row and its Earth Day event April 22 featuring bicycle-powered music is just a small part of making that possible.
Ammarah Sachedina, Events and Communications Intern at the Humber College Office of Sustainability, said student participation in events like Earth Day and other initiatives is a huge part of its success.
“I think it’s really important for students to participate in these kind of activities because it creates awareness of what’s going on in the world,” Sachedina said.
Sachedina was one of many people at the event who offered to power the music with the bicycle.
Nazim said she would recommend participating in Earth Day festivities to other students who may or may not be considering it.
“It’s our campus so I’m assuming if you’re a full time student a big chunk of your week is on campus,” Nazim said. “Even if you’re a part time student it’s just important to be a part of the driving change.”
Sean Bertram, a Music student at Humber Lakeshore campus, performed live with other members of his program thanks to the bicycle-powered instruments and technology.
Devon Fernandes, a Sustainability Specialist at the Humber College Office of Sustainability, said Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ont., was the inspiration for the bicycle-powered music.
“When I saw that I thought, ‘How can we bring that to Humber?’ And it ended up being a great partnership where we can really empower people using these kinds of bikes,” he said.
“It showcases a tie-
Many colleges and universities contribute to making Ontario a greener place in some way.
However, Humber recently became the first college to sign the Okanagan Charter.
On the Humber College website, it says this means it will infuse health, sustainability
“Humber College is a massive employer and huge player in the college sector,” Fernandes said.
“We can have a really significant impact in terms of our operations, the amount of waste that we generate and how we are teaching students to integrate sustainability into their role when they leave,” he said.
“If we do that we will have thousands of little change champions that can apply sustainability into their field in the working world,” Fernandes said.