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Six employees complete Sustainable Happiness course

May 3rd, 2023

Six employees at Dawson and seven employees at John Abbott College successfully completed this semester's Employee Sustainable Happiness 24-hour certificate. Jennifer de Vera (Sustainability Office) and Azra Khan (Human Resources) facilitated the course and Dawson lent Jenn to lead the John Abbott course with Shannon Coulter-Low.

The non-credit course developed at Dawson, now being taught around the world, aims to help people live their best lives by taking care of themselves so they can in turn take care of others and Nature.

Sustainable Happiness is a major benefit to Dawson employees who are given work time with the approval of a manager to take the course. Each participant must complete a final project.

Jenn reports that this year's projects included:

  • Benefits of talking to strangers
  • Mapping where ingredients from meals come from and how to improve
  • "Reel it in" upcycling VHS tapes from the library through creative projects
  • Laminating all English Exit Exam signs for annual reuse and adding the biophilic design of live plants to the gym during the exam
  • Creating a zen area in the Campus Life and Leadership (CLL) office, and doing daily actions for happiness with CLL staff and student volunteers

Worms to transform Dawson waste into fertilizer

May 3rd, 2023

A waste management team consisting of worms will begin working at Dawson this spring thanks to a grant from Colleges and Institutes Canada. Their task is simple: consume the organic waste we throw into our hallway sorting stations and transform it into nutrient-rich fertilizer for our gardens.

To read the homepage news story, visit the link below.

Last chance for early rate Artists in Bloom tickets

April 19th, 2023

Don't miss out on Dawson's unique art fundraising event Artists in Bloom happening tomorrow, April 20 starting 5:30 p.m.

Today is the final day to purchase tickets at the discounted early rate of $20. You can buy the tickets using cash or card at 2E.6 or 4A.1 during working hours. After today, tickets will also be available for purchase at the door for $25, also payable in cash or card, or online.

Buy your tickets online now.

Each ticket includes:

  • entry to the event
  • live musical entertainment
  • a glass of wine or beverage of choice
  • hors d’oeuvres
  • experiential learning opportunities for students on our Living Campus

What to expect: For the first time since 2019, Artists in Bloom is back! Over two dozen talented student artists in the 3D Animation and Computer Generated Imagery, Illustration and Visual Arts Programs will create new works of art over a two-hour period, which will then be auctioned off by Montreal personality Donna Saker of The Beat 92.5.

All funds raised will go to support Dawson’s sustainability activities under the Living Campus Fund. Enjoy being with the Dawson community, watch art being created, listen to live music, vote for your favourite painting, and chat with fellow art lovers. The Kids’ Corner will also be where young, budding artists (7 years old and up; limited spots available) can paint on their own canvases.

Earth Weeks 2023 at Dawson

April 19th, 2023

A full program of activities is happening at Dawson from April 17-28 for students and employees to celebrate Earth Week, connect with Nature and learn about ways to live more sustainably.

On Tuesday, April 18, Jonathan Egan’s Introduction to Outdoor Education Class participated in a Bioblitz in the Peace Garden with Biology teacher Brian Mader, who is leading the 1,000 Species in 1,000 Days initiative. For a few hours, the students observed life in the Peace Garden and added to Dawson’s count. One way, they observed many kinds of life was by lifting up a slab of old tree trunk in the eco circle of the Peace Garden (pictured).

All students and employees are invited to help identify 1,000 plants, animals and other kinds of life on our city block in downtown Montreal. To date, a total of 455 species have been identified. From April 10-17, the Dawson College-Campus Biodiversity Network on the free app iNaturalist had 58 new observations, 12 new species added, and four new observers.

Earth Week begins April 17

April 5th, 2023

Dawson's Sustainability Office and other departments are excited to host a two-week Earth Week event. Students and employees can participate in multiple events from April 17-April 28.

Check out all the Earth Week events listed on the Dawson Events Calendar. Check the calendar often as new events are expected to be added. Earth Week 2023 touches on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Here is a sample of the Earth Week events to date and more are being added:

  • Eco-Friendly Market April 17-21
  • Eco-Cafe in Oliver's 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day April 17-28
  • Garden-Dig-Ins
  • Living Campus tours
  • Bike and Clothing repair workshops
  • Meet the Honeybees
  • Panel discussion with the Kahnawà:ke Youth Climate Collective: Iakwatonhontsanónsta'ts

Sign up: individuals and classes can participate by filling out this form!

Tickets now on sale for Artists in Bloom!

April 5th, 2023

The 25th annual Artists in Bloom art auction will be taking place on Thursday, April 20 in 3C.1 with the doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and painting beginning at 6 p.m. The money raised this year will be going to Dawson’s Living Campus/Sustainability.

We are returning to the live event that you all have come to know and love. There will also be an online component (link to be available starting April 11) where you can purchase your ticket for the event as well as prints designed by Illustration students.

Printed tickets can now be purchased in the following locations: 4A.1 (cash only) and 2E.6 (cash or card).

We will also be in the Upper Atrium (in front of escalators) from April 11-14 and 17-19 for tickets and/or prints.

Adults $20 in advance
$25 at the door/online
Students of any institution (with ID) $15
12 and under Free


Dawson community mobilizing to identify 1,000 species in 1,000 days

April 5th, 2023

All students and employees at Dawson College are invited to join an initiative to identify 1,000 species in 1,000 days on Dawson’s downtown Montreal campus.

“We believe that identifying 1,000 species is possible but does pose a significant challenge,” said Brian Mader, project lead and a biology teacher at Dawson. “We invite all students and employees to join iNaturalist. The more people from our community who participate, the higher the chances of reaching our goal. This project will also nurture our Dawson community and encourage people to go outside and enjoy Nature.”

To find out how to participate and read the homepage news story, visit the link below.

Sustainable Happiness in Mexico

April 5th, 2023

Jennifer de Vera and Chris Adam of the Sustainability Office were in Mexico in late March to see the final projects of students in the Dawson-developed Sustainable Happiness Course at Preparatoria Comunitaria Tres Marías, a senior high school located in the mountains near the city of Cuernavaca. Jenn and Chris were also on hand to give the students their SH certificates at the school's 25th anniversary.

Many students gave things away as part of their SH final project, Jenn said. Noteworthy projects included a grandfather-granddaughter intergenerational gardening project with a garden herb give-away, a succulent plant give-away with pots that were painted with positive quotes, and a mushroom identification project on campus. "They use what they have and the resources of the land," Jenn said. She came home inspired by the Mexicans' warmth and authentic community and reported that the Mexican partners are eager to continue their projects and their partnership with Dawson.

25th Edition of Artists in Bloom is April 20

March 22nd, 2023

Springtime means that Artists in Bloom is back! The event will be in-person on Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 p.m. in 3C.1 It will also be possible to buy prints online from April 11-28. This year will be the fundraising event’s 25th annual edition— a quarter century! We are excited to welcome you to the event and to see what our talented student artists will produce. Advance tickets are only $20 and will be for sale as of Monday, March 27 in 2E.6 and 4A.1 Your ticket gives you entrance to the event, one drink and hors d'oeuvres.

For the details, see the homepage news story in the link below.

World youth coming to Dawson for Sustainable Happiness camp

March 22nd, 2023

About 50 students from colleges and polytechnics around the world will be at Dawson April 21-26 for an International Youth Camp. This event is part of the World Congress 2023 on Collective Intelligence, organized by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP).

Visit the link below to read the homepage news story.

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