April Earth Month Events

CTL Presentation: What is Sustainability & Why Does Moraine Valley Care? 

Tuesday, April 10, 2-3PM, L255

College sustainability manager, Stephenie Presseller, will: help participants understand the working definition of sustainability; share examples of un/sustainable products; explain how sustainability is a framework for solving some of the most pressing problems of our history; and, showcase what Moraine Valley is doing to make sure they are supporting a healthy today and future for all of us.

Real Talk: Climate & Advocacy
(oh, & food)

Wednesday, April 18th , 11am-11:50am, noon-12:50pm, Building L, Library Lounge

Dr. Jim Angel, Illinois State Climatologist will present the real science and facts about climate change and its impacts on the Chicagoland region. Lincoln Cohen will speak about his experience in the Climate Reality Project, an intensive advocacy and awareness training program first developed by Al Gore. He will also discuss opportunities for the audience to engage in climate policy advocacy. Both will be available for more questions and discussion following the 12 PM. Refreshments will be provided after the 12PM presentation in the Library Cafe.

Swap-A-Thon – a free-cycle event sponsored by the Go Green! Club

Wednesday, April 25th 11AM – 3PM – G- Building lower floor

The Go Green! Club is collecting items that can be re-used or re-purposed but are unwanted by their current owner. Collected items will be sorted and then displayed in the G-building for any visitors to come and take what they think they can use.
Acceptable items include things like:
Clean, undamaged clothing/shoes (all sizes, ages, and types); usable bags (purses, backpacks, etc.); office supplies; small electronics; playable music/videos; readable texts; home decor; kitchen supplies; other (toys, instruments, art, jewelry, camping gear, etc.)
Broken, dirty/ripped, socks/underwear, pornography/offensive materials, sharp objects, tools.


*Entertainment provided by Tri Tone Music Club*

Arbor Day Tree Tags

All month long! Look for tags on trees around campus that help explain the value of trees- trees clean our air; trees make our cities safer… what else? Read the tags and find out!

And, just for fun… a calendar from our Friends at the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County

Moraine Valley Arboretum – the 1st Community College in IL


January 19, 2018

Moraine Valley receives arboretum accreditation

The number and variety of trees on its campus has earned Moraine Valley Community College Arboretum Accreditation-Level I status through the ArbNet program, which is associated with The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Moraine Valley is the first community college and one of five colleges/universities in Illinois with this designation.

Thousands of trees dot Moraine Valley’s campus, including 1,322 in 77 distinct species that have been plotted and mapped. Many trees and woody shrubs already are labeled, particularly in the Shakespeare Garden, for passersby to learn common and species names. More plotting, mapping and labeling is underway.

Over the years, the college’s Campus Operations department has enhanced campus greenery, backed by an emphasis on the effort in the Campus Strategic Plan, Master Facilities Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Tree Campus USA Tree Care Plan. Collectively, they indicate that maintaining a healthy, thriving tree canopy and beautiful campus for the community is a priority to the college and its leadership, explained Stephenie Presseller, Moraine Valley Sustainability manager. The College Climate Action Plan also calls for more use of the campus as a “living learning lab,” which entails using campus features to teach students, staff, faculty, and community members. Becoming an arboretum is an extension of that effort.

“Moraine Valley has a strong commitment to being a good steward of the environment and especially to caring for the planet’s tree resources, including the many trees that make our campus so inviting,” said Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, Moraine Valley president. “This accreditation is a direct result of those efforts, and we are very proud of this achievement for our college.”

Presseller and her intern Kevin Zehr (Palos Hills), who was a student in Moraine Valley’s Geographic Information System career program, have worked since last winter to make this designation a reality. Zehr gathered data to help make the spreadsheet and maps of the campus trees while Presseller worked on the application.

“Gaining ArbNet Arboretum status is a great recognition for the years of care and maintenance of our beautiful tree canopy. Trees have always been a priority feature of our campus landscape, and I have no doubt it will continue to be in the future,” Presseller said.

PHOTO CAPTION: An aerial view of Moraine Valley Community College’s tree-filled campus.


For news media inquiries, contact Maura Vizza, Moraine Valley communications specialist/sports information coordinator, at (708) 974-5742 or VizzaM@morainevalley.edu.

Trees, Trees, Wonderful Trees!

Fall season is here and the trees are changing. The beautiful colors are reminders of what that tree has done for us throughout the warmer months, when their leaves were green… provide oxygen! Through photosynthesis, trees remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and produce oxygen (O2) as an off-gas.

That’s great news for us, since…well…we need oxygen to survive.

It’s also great news for the climate as these trees are doing a wonderful job of sequestering the CO2 that is causing climate change.

According to the Illinois Natural Defense Council, “One 30” maple sequesters 1,452 pound. An average tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four. An acre of trees also produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for a year.”

Good thing Moraine Valley Community College takes its tree canopy seriously. For the past 7 years, the College has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a TreeCampusUSA. TreeCampusUSA designation informs the community that the College has a robust plan and budget for managing the care and growth of its tree canopy.

Arbor Day. The college planted a swamp oak tree and placed a plaque on a rock to commenorated the 50th anniversary of the college and celebrate Arbor Day. The Children’s Learning Center participated and placed pine cones with peanut butter and seeds on the tree.

UN Climate Change Conference 2017

The UN Climate Change Conference of 2017 begins today (11/6/2017)! Although President Trump has pulled the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, this is still very exciting. World leaders are converging on Bonn Germany to discuss how to mitigate the negative effects of climate change- globally- with or without US federal support.

Why is this exciting? Because even though the Trump Administration is denying climate change as a major threat to the nation’s security, the nation’s leaders in business, technology, higher education, state and local governments, tribal nations, non-profits, and faith-based organizations are not.

We Are Still In!

“In the absence of leadership from Washington, representatives of cities and states, tribes, businesses, and academia have traveled to Bonn and are standing alongside the international community to make clear that the representation of the United States extends beyond its federal government. With over 2,500 signatories representing more than 130 million Americans and $6.2 trillion of economic output, ‘We Are Still In’ is the largest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action. We invite all attendees to join them as they kick off the US non-national presence at COP 23.”

These amazing leaders are going to help the United States stay connected with the international community as we all strive to fight to reduce emissions and stave off the worst of climate change. This isn’t important just for us in the US (but, we should be concerned for our own safety, too), it’s a global crisis that can be solved collectively. To that, we could say: thank you to all of you wonderful leaders for stepping up!

Video from the Washington Post article about the newest US Climate Assessment Report.

Go Green! Club & Welcome to Fall Semester

The Go Green! Club at Moraine Valley Community College is a great way to get involved in campus fun & advance sustainability on campus. The Club meets at 2PM in L242 (in the library) on Wednesdays. The first meeting is on 8/30 @ 2.

We have a great group of students that work on many different projects throughout the year. Last term we organized and held a “Swap-A-Thon” which was a huge event where people could come and take donated items for free.

We’ve also been on field trips to different events that featured Green & Sustainability related themes. And we’ve done forest clean ups, hosted educational activities around campus, and planted trees.

Each term’s events and focus is set by the club so if you have any ideas, they are most certainly welcome!

Join in and share with others you might know to be interested.

Contact Stephenie Presseller, sustainability manager and Go Green! Club advisor, pressellers@morainevalley.edu or 708-974-5412 for more information.