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Sustainable Seneca

Initiatives and Events

Farmers Market

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2. Zero Hunger

Seneca launched its first farmers market at Newnham Campus in 2018. The initiative soon expanded to King Campus. The annual event between spring and fall features local farm-fresh products such as produce, baked goods, meat, Seneca Honey and more.

 

Seneca Student Federation (SSF) Initiatives

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2. Zero Hunger

Food Bank

The SSF operates food banks at Newnham, Markham, Seneca@York and King campuses to increase access to food for students in vulnerable situations.

Seneca Environmental Association

The Seneca Environmental Association is an SSF club that is dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues on campus. The club aims to provide a platform for networking, socializing, leadership skills and learning valuable information from our peers and the faculty at the School of Environmental and Civil Engineering Technology.

 

Dining Services

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 3. Good Health and Well-being
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 13. Climate Action
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 14. Life Below Water

Seneca’s dining services operator, Aramark, has a number of sustainable initiatives such as Healthy for Life™ and Get the Good Stuff™ that aim to educate consumers about healthy food options and environments, encourage a heightened level of interest and promote sustainable food options.

Aramark has also partnered with Seneca’s Urban Farm to provide a selection of greens for its salad bar. This initiative not only delivers fresh ingredients to consumers on campus but it also supports sustainable farming systems and procurement practices by eliminating transportation and packaging.

Aramark also reduces the waste that is generated and sent to landfill through the use of compostable containers on campus and through programs like LeanPath, which directs waste to a macerator for being transformed into compost. Other materials such as oil from kitchen fryers and organic items are sent to specialized facilities to process. This supports building a resilient infrastructure, encourages sustainable consumption and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Red Dot Project

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 3. Good Health and Well-being
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

All 100 female, accessible and gender-neutral washrooms at Seneca offer free feminine hygiene products, making Seneca the first and only Canadian postsecondary institution to do so college-wide. The initiative supports healthy well-being, promotes sanitation and hygiene and contributes to sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Learn more about free menstrual products at Seneca

 

Sexual Violence Policy Training and Women’s Safety Awareness

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 5. Gender Equality

The policy, training, e-learning opportunities, workshops and resources available for the Seneca community promote awareness about eliminating all forms of violence against all women in the public and private spheres. In addition, Seneca’s Sexual Violence policy addresses Seneca’s commitment to providing a work and study environment that is free from any form of sexual violence.

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Seneca HELIX

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

HELIX is Seneca’s on-campus incubator that is dedicated to developing an innovation mindset in our students and community.  For those that want to be entrepreneurs, HELIX supports the development and launch of successful, scalable and sustainable, young entrepreneur-led ventures through mentorship, events, technology, education and space. For those that want to work for someone, HELIX nurtures the innovation mind set to allow participants to become intrapreneurs and innovate from within companies. 

 

Human Resources Initiatives

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 5. Gender Equality
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 10. Reduced Inequalities
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The Human Resources department is committed to ensuring a safe, secure, accessible, diverse and inclusive environment at Seneca. Its policies, awareness programs and workshops focus on creating a sustainable and welcoming community for students, faculty and employees.

 

Student Services Initiatives

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 10. Reduced Inequalities

Seneca Pride

The Seneca Pride social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter are dedicated to the Seneca 2SLGBTQ+ community. They aim to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion for everyone regardless of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

Also, in a joint initiative from the Seneca Student Federation (SSF) and Student Life, the  Philly Pride Flag was unveiled in February 2020 in the SeneCentre at Newnham Campus where it is displayed in support of the LGBTQ2S+ community and as an indication that diversity is not only welcome but celebrated on campus. 

Seneca Serves

Seneca Serves is a Leadership in Action Opportunity organized by the Student Life team that enables students to volunteer with non-profit organizations in their local communities.

 

Green Citizen Symposium

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 4. Quality Education
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 13. Climate Action
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Seneca provides a venue each year to hold the Green Citizen Symposium — an event that brings together students and industry to explore the topics of resiliency, sustainability and stewardship. The annual event includes guest speakers, engaging workshops and networking opportunities with faculty and field experts.

Stay tuned for details on the next symposium!

Learn more about Green Citizen