I’ve always thought that Jared Diamond is pretty cool since his award winning book Guns, Germs, and Steel (and if you like the book, you’ll love the DVD). Here’s a video of a lecture that he gave at the TED Conference. He asks the important question, “if societies destroyed their environment to the degree that the society failed, why didn’t they do anything about it?”
Here is a site for our instructors, Play a Greater Part. According to their about page, this site is,
is dedicated to bringing together people with research projects in sustainability with others who have the time and interest to help perform the research.
This website connects post-secondary students with an interest in sustainability to professionals who need help with a project regarding sustainability. The site is available to all types of organizations (e.g. business, government, non-profits) and the public for viewing and submitting projects.
We hope this site will help those in the fields of sustainability gain the needed human resources for performing their research, and that it will enable students to see how they can use their academic work to contribute to the solutions to our societal problems.
This site was created by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) in collaboration with the U. S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
This above link was forwarded to the MVCC Green Team. It provide information about an video conference on Oct 29th feature Al Gore. I wanted to pass this along.
Here in the suburbs, the “big box” stores often dominate our landscape. The Wal-Marts, Targets, & Home Depots pop up on every block. These stores have long been criticized for a number of things including unsustainable development and for destroying the main street cultures that may have existed in communities in the past. These issues become even more profound when companies out grow their old big boxes and build new ones. Then, communities are left with monstrous buildings that sit empty.Well, I wanted to share this NPR story that highlights some uses of abandoned stores: Once a Wal-Mart: The New Lives of Big Boxes.
The press release below was issued by the State of Illinois. They are talking about this issue. Continue reading Pharmaceutical Waste in Water Supply