Mohawk College Joins the 2012 Clean Air Commute Event

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Mohawk moves forward with their dedication to sustainability practices

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This past Monday marked the launch of Mohawk College’s participation in Pollution Probe’s 2012 Clean Air Commute. The annual event is meant to encourage people province-wide to embrace alternative transit methods when travelling to and from work.

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Clean Air Commute event, which was created by Pollution Probe, a Canadian non-profit organization, with the intent to advocate and improve best practices in sustainable transportation.

With informative clinics and engaging activities lined-up for the entire work-week, Mohawk College has seen an extremely positive response from this year’s participants. Monday kicked off with the Sustainability Office and Cali Chorkawy, a technologist from the Motive Power Department, leading an information session on how to go green without giving up your car. On Tuesday, participants were invited to take a lunch time stroll around the college’s Fennel Campus while discussing sustainability issues and perspectives with members from the Sustainability Office.

Although the week has just begun, there is already a buzz moving through campus, and with a full schedule of events to look forward to in the next three days, it’s safe to say that the buzz won’t be stopping any time before the weekend.

Mohawk’s enthusiasm and active participation in the Clean Air Commute event further illustrates the college’s prioritization of sustainability practices. As outlined in Mohawk’s Environmental Management Plan (adopted in November 2011), the college is aiming to reach a 20 per cent reduction of 2007 baseline carbon emissions by 2020, which, if achieved, will surpass both provincial and federal targets.

Currently, Mohawk College continues to develop various community courses and initiatives to propel its three strategic priorities: sustainability, quality and innovation. By defining sustainability as business practices that positively affect people, the economy and the environment, Mohawk College has moved forward in its prioritization of sustainability through its involvement with this year’s Clean Air Commute event.

Mohawk College offers cooperative programs for full- and part-time students, and a full catalogue of continuing education courses and programs.

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