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Art sale benefitting Peace Garden

May 18th, 2021

Until the end of May, you can purchase an original artwork by a Dawson student or employee. All proceeds benefit the Peace Garden.

The goal of the Peace Garden is to create a green space that is both commemorative and symbolic of life and renewal, while making a positive environmental impact.

The Peace Garden grows a variety of native flowers and shrubs, and has pathways built in the shape of infinity loops, circular and flowing, that not only beautifies the grounds, but benefit local wildlife.

Check out the art sale in the Read More link. Photo from the archives. 

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Interactive website helps you identify bird songs

May 18th, 2021

With many of us spending time at home, it can be a peaceful activity to observe which birds are dropping by our backyards and windows.

Perhaps you are wondering about the birds you hear as well.

There is a great website that features an illustration of many common birds in our area. You can click on a bird and hear its song as well as see its name.

Two of the birds you can hear are the Wood Thrush and the Chestnut-sided Warbler, featured in Stéphanie Aubin's Illustration class artwork, which we featured in the last D News. 

These two birds, which overwinter in Nicaragua, where Dawson is planting trees to offset our carbon footprint, are supposed to be returning to Montreal around this time of year.

Click on Read More to go to the bird song website.


Nursing teacher promotes environmental understanding for Quebec nurses

May 18th, 2021

For more than 20 years, Fiona Hanley has been an activist and researcher studying the impact of the environment on our health. In recent years, the Dawson Nursing Program teacher has been a key mobilizer in collaborating with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) to create a climate change committee.

Click Read More for the homepage news story and a link to her recent article on the OIIQ website.

D News News Item – Living Campus

John F. Kennedy High School partnering with Dawson to be a Living School

May 4th, 2021

John F. Kennedy High School has just signed an agreement with the Sustainability Office at Dawson College to be a Living School.

A number of schools have already adopted the Living School approach with Dawson and this is the first school in the English Montreal School Board.

They will be planting fruit trees, growing vegetables and implementing composting and recycling among other projects. In addition, they will develop a climate action plan.

Attributes of a Living School can be found here:

When the health situation permits, tours will resume of Dawson’s Living Campus for elementary and high schools. More info to come!

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10% BIXI discount for Dawson community

May 4th, 2021

Dawson aims to keep you healthy and simplify your urban journeys. In hopes of getting you to consider cycling as part of your daily routine, we are offering employees a free one-month membership to BIXI.

If BIXI is already your choice for simple, fun, healthy, efficient, environment-friendly and affordable transport, Dawson is offering you the chance to subscribe to BIXI at a reduced rate! You can get a 10% discount on a yearly or monthly BIXI pass.

For more info on biking to Dawson, check out:


Keynote Earth Week talk addressed struggles for environmental justice in Indigenous and Black communities

May 4th, 2021

Earth Week organizers were able to take advantage of our current online reality by virtually bringing in Keynote Speaker Dr. Ingrid Waldron of Dalhousie University, who is also a graduate of Dawson (Class of 1983, Social Science).

Click Read More for the report prepared by Diana Rice of the Peace Centre and the Office of Academic Development.


Dawson’s achievement to be Carbon Neutral Forever recognized by CRE-Montréal

May 4th, 2021

The Carbon Neutral Forever commitment of Dawson College won an award as a réalisation championne at the Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montréal) Gala on April 29.

Click Read More for the homepage news story.

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Illustration students capture flight of migratory birds

May 4th, 2021

The Illustration Program, the Sustainability Office and Taking Root Inc. collaborated on a project to capture key events of the migratory flight of two species of native Quebec birds from urban forests near Dawson College to the newly replanted forests of Nicaragua.

Click Read More to see the illustrations and for more about the project.

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Earth Week report

May 4th, 2021

The Sustainability Office, in collaboration with departments at Dawson, enjoyed hosting two weeks of Earth Week events from April 19-30, 2021.

Events included:

  • Spring beehive opening
  • Climate action panel
  • Environmental racism
  • Eco-anxiety short plays
  • Well-being hobbies
  • Bike workshop
  • Illustration project showcase
  • Dawson hidden world tour
  • and many more!

Although our in-person plans had to be adapted, we were still able to touch on all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our 20 presentations and events attracted close to 400 participants both within the Dawson community and externally.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we could not have gatherings, therefore, Sustainability Office staff and interns planted 300+ vegetable and herb seedlings and recorded the Spring beehive opening.

We want to thank the Earth Week planning committee, Dawson faculty, support staff and students who led activities throughout the weeks. Although Earth Week is done, we encourage everyone to continue the conversations and raising awareness on all the issues discussed.

Please support our local eco-friendly vendors by shopping here!

You can also purchase donated student Artwork:

All funds raised will go towards the Peace Garden fund of the Dawson College Foundation.

Both links will be accessible throughout the month of May - great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts!

Submitted by Jennifer de Vera of the Sustainability Office. 

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Earth Weeks is on now through April 30

April 20th, 2021

Don't miss all the great activities planned for Earth Weeks.

Click Read More to go to the schedule.

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Last Modified: May 18, 2021


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