Monthly Archives: January 2008

‘Green’ residence hall to be first for University of Illinois

As the MVCC Sustainability Initiative gets moving forward it is useful to keep an eye on the progress of other Higher Education institutions. Thus, this article, ‘Green’ residence hall to be first for University of Illinois, in the Chicago Tribune caught my eye.  While we do not have residence halls, Moraine Valley is working to create green buildings.  Here’s a piece of the article:

A $23 million residence hall under construction in Champaign will be the first at the University of Illinois to be certifiably green.

The eco-friendly features of the 262-bed Presby Hall include a geothermal system to heat rooms and water, water-saving plumbing, as well as environmentally friendly lighting and paint.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the building, expected to be the first U of I residence hall to receive certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, is planned for this summer.

For More read the entire article, ‘Green’ residence hall to be first for University of Illinois

The Living Planet

We have added The Living Planet DVD to our collection. This is an excellent documentary originally put out in the 1980s, but still current for today. Here is the product summary:

Host David Attenborough visits the great environmental regions of the planet to examine how plants and animals adapt to their surroundings and how otherwise unrelated organisms, molded by similar conditions, develop similar techniques for solving problems of survival

This DVD is available for checkout in the library.

The Blue Bag of Switzerland – Not Chicago’s Blue Bag

The Swiss have a blue bag program, but it is not a recycling, but a garbage program.  The blue bags come in small, medium and large and on average cost $1.50 each (medium bag).  Households pay for the very bags that they have to package up their garbage in.  So the more garbage you have, the more it costs you.  This is an excellent promotion of recycling, which is free when you bring your recyclables to the appropriate center.  Read more in this humorous account of the Swiss blue bag program at

The Story of Stuff: Online Video

The Story of Stuff is an online documentary about all of the stuff we get. It clearly advocates from some strong points-of-view, but it is well made and fun…you may also learn something from it.  For instance, did you know that only 1% of the goods consumed through our current economic production system are still in use after 6 months.  That is frightening. Here’s the description from the Web site:

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.