Sustainable Happiness in Mexico
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.
Dawson reimagining the College landscape
When one thinks of college campuses, images that come to mind may include manicured lawns, park benches and perhaps an institutional shrub garden and flagpole near a main entrance.
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Contribute to Dawson’s new landscape plan
Dawson’s Sustainability Advisory Committee is developing a Landscape Master Plan and wants to hear from the Dawson community. With the community’s input and ideas, committee members are dreaming about and reviewing how we use the college building envelope and grounds.
All Dawson employees are invited to give feedback by contacting the Sustainability Office or attending a drop-in info session:
- Thursday, February 9, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Co-Lab 3F.43
This is your chance to make your suggestions about the use and design of our campus for leisure, organized recreation, learning, increasing biodiversity, promoting health and well-being for all.
Written feedback or sketches can be sent to Sophie La Font in the Sustainability Office (4B.3A). Faculty members are welcome to involve their classes in this process, please contact Sophie La Font if interested.
Holiday gift-wrapping yields $9,900 for our Living Campus
The Dawson Foundation and the Sustainability Office would like to thank the 33 volunteers who gave their time in December and all those who donated at the Dawson gift-wrapping station in Alexis-Nihon Mall.
Over 21 days of holiday gift-wrapping, a total of $9,900 was raised. These funds will be used by the Sustainability Office for learning activities and projects that contribute to well-being for all on our Living Campus. While getting their gifts wrapped, visitors and donors learned about Dawson’s Living Campus projects, including the gardens, the beehives, the Monarch Butterflies and more.
“Happiness that contributes to individual, community or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations.” -Dr. Catherine O’Brien Dawson students, support staff and external groups have participated in the peer-to-peer Sustainable Happiness educational experience since Winter 2020. The weekly sessions are developed with a goal of reconnecting people, community, and…
For years, the Alexis-Nihon shopping centre across the street has been like a second home to the Dawson community – from dashing over (through the tunnel in bad weather) for lunch to getting groceries or doing a little shopping. Dawson will see an extension of its relationship with Alexis-Nihon once again this holiday season when…
Last Modified: April 5, 2023