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Toward 1,000 Species on Campus

September 27th, 2023

Our pursuit of identifying 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days continues!

Over the last two weeks, there have been:

  • 287 observations
  • 21 new species
  • 14 new observers

Dawson’s Campus Biodiversity Network count on iNaturalist is now at a total of 788 species.

Thanks to Doug Smyth (Physical Education) for the great shot of a Bold Jumping Spider.

Dawson an “excellent” Cégep Vert

September 27th, 2023

ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU) has certified that Dawson College has met the criteria for the excellence level of its Cégep Vert program. This means that Dawson is at the highest level of CEGEPs that are committed to environmental education and action.

“They gave special mention to our Dawson Wetlands Project, completed in Paul Wasacz’s Eco-Landscaping Physical Education course,” said Chris Adam of Dawson’s Office of Sustainability.

Faculty interested in designing projects that reconnect people, community and Nature like the Dawson Wetlands project should contact the Office of Sustainability to learn how they can support you and your students.

Photo: Chris Adam and students check out the brand new worm composting system.

Visit the link for the homepage news story.

Good times and happy reunions at first Homecoming

September 27th, 2023

“I met my best friend at Dawson and we came together.”

“Dawson made such an impact on me during my first years in Canada; I had to come.”

“There is just something special about the Dawson community and I had to come back and be part of it again.”

These were the sorts of comments we heard from graduates, retirees, employees and even current students who attended Dawson’s first-ever Homecoming on Sept. 23.

Special thanks to the Homecoming Organizing Committee, the staff who worked on a Saturday to make it happen, the teachers who hosted reunions and our event sponsors: the Burgundy Lion Group, Shaughnessy Café and Chartwells Canada.

Visit the link below for the homepage news story and more photos.

Species count on Dawson’s campus now at 772

September 13th, 2023

The Dawson College Campus Biodiversity Network species count continues to grow. The total stands at 772 as of Sept. 13. Dawson aims to identify 1,000 species on campus in 1,000 days.

In the past two weeks, 45 new observers joined the iNaturalist Dawson community and 22 species were added to the count.

Two of the newly added species were:

  • Clouded Sulfur by Ana Sofia Hernandez (Pure & Applied Science student)
  • Pole Borer, pictured, by Lindsymae Corpuz (Cinema | Communications student)

Everyone is welcome to join the project. For more info and how to join, see the launch story:

If you need help getting started or would like to get your class involved: reach out to Brian Mader (, and inquire about borrowing the mobile biodiversity toolkit with field guides, binoculars, iPads with microscopes, insect nets, and much more!

This Thursday and Friday: Tulip sale to benefit students

September 13th, 2023

It may be almost fall but it's time to plan a beautiful spring for 2024! The Office of Sustainability is hosting a spring bulbs and tulips sale this Thursday and Friday, Sept. 14-15, from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Peace Garden (near the Wood Avenue and Sherbrooke Street corner of the campus). In case of rain, the sale will be in the Lower Atrium.

Through a partnership, the Dawson Foundation is offering a beautiful selection of rare and exclusive bulbs direct from Holland. You can buy bulbs for your garden or as gift for the Dawson community to enjoy on campus next spring. The Office of Sustainability will plant the bulbs it receives on campus to promote well-being for all.

Prices start at $1.25 and proceeds will go to the Dawson Foundation to support Dawson students. Cash and cards are accepted.

Read more about: Sustainable Happiness registration open for support staff & professionals

Sustainable Happiness registration open for support staff & professionals

August 30th, 2023

Support staff and professionals have the amazing opportunity to use work time to attend and do the course work for Dawson’s Sustainable Happiness non-credit course. Did we mention free? The Sustainable Happiness course is free and is guaranteed to help you be more happy, sustainably. What is Sustainable Happiness? “Happiness that contributes to individual, community…

Read more about: Peace Garden revived thanks to Phys. Ed. students

Peace Garden revived thanks to Phys. Ed. students

August 30th, 2023

The work of Paul Wasacz’s students in his Eco Landscaping Physical Education course can be clearly seen in Dawson’s Peace Garden, located on the western side of the campus toward Wood Avenue in Westmount. During their intensive course, which began Aug. 17, “they worked, weeded and removed lots of invasive goutweed in an attempt to…

Closing in on 1,000 species observed on campus!

August 30th, 2023

Three hundred and two days into the Dawson community’s 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days campaign, the number of species identified is now at 749!

Visit the link below for the homepage news story and for more info about how you can join the Dawson College- Campus Biodiversity Network and help us reach 1,000 species catalogued at Dawson!

Students and staff learn bike maintenance skills at workshop

May 31st, 2023

Students and employees showed up with their bikes to learn how to change a tire, adjust brakes and do basic tune up’s on May 23. Mech Tech faculty member Adam Kingsland led an outdoor bike workshop.

Adam facilitates the workshops by ensuring all participants can get their hands dirty to benefit from the hands-on learning.

Jocelyn Parr (faculty, History) said: "I loved the workshop with Adam! It was accessible to all types of cyclists and it was the first time I'd ever changed my own brake pads. I left feeling like I might even be up to swapping out some cables and maybe even my derailleur!"

In addition, the Sustainability Office was able to form a partnership with local bike shop Martin Swiss cycle, just a 5-minute bike ride from Dawson. Simply present your student or employee I.D. and you will receive 15% off on all accessories. (Discount not applicable to bikes or labour)

Pictured: Jocelyn Parr (History) and Adam Kingsland (Mech Tech). Photo credit : Sophie La Font

To join our Active transportation team, send us an email

Moving toward 1,000 species on campus

May 31st, 2023

In the past two weeks, the Dawson community has observed 10 new species, made 83 new observations and added one new observer to our Dawson Community-Campus Biodiversity Network on the free app iNaturalist.

These observations are moving us closer to our goal of identifying 1,000 species in 1,000 days!

As of May 31, the total species count is at 548. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the project. Download the free app iNaturalist, join the Dawson community project and start observing! To count, the species must be observed within Dawson’s city-block campus.

Pictured: Coccinelloidea beetle observed and posted by second-year Environmental Science student Ruisi Yang on May 25.

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Last Modified: September 28, 2023


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