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
Today, the library hosted the second event in our One Book, One College program on Garbage Land. Today’s event was a panel discussion entitled the Cycle of Stuff: How the Things We Consume Impact our World. This event can be downloaded three ways:
- Listen directly to the MP3 of the Cycle of Stuff Panel Discussion
- visit the iTunes Music
- Or from the Library Events Podcast page.
Nearly 120 students, staff, and faculty joined us for today’s event.
Scott Murdoch makes a point while moderator John Nash takes down some notes.
Faculty members Jana Svec and Michille Zurawski
I came across this article, Greening the Suburbs, which is from an online real estate site. It mentions that 50% of America now lives in the suburbs, which are traditionally known as being fairly UN-green. But, hope is not lost. It also reports that a great deal of energy and activity are being devoted to making the suburbs more green.The article talks about several newly created buildings that are LEED certified and are located just up the road from MVCC near Darien.
How about a wind farm on the Great Lakes? Check out this Washington Post article: Studies Lift Hopes for Great Lakes Wind Turbine Farms
Four new DVDs on Green-related topics that have just been added to the library collection. We hope that you’ll drop by to check them out.
- The Fragile Reef: This program travels to Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar ; Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania ; and Ras Mohammed National Park, Egypt, to study the fragile ecology and amazing biodiversity of coral reefs and the impacts of tourism, pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, and climate change. Commentary provided by Mark Spalding and Ed Green, coauthors of the World atlas of coral reefs, and experts from the World Wildlife Fund, the Zoological Society of London, and Zanzibar’s Institute of Marine Sciences
- Rachel Carson: Natures Guardian: In this program, Bill Moyers pays tribute to environmental crusader Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring. Grim footage of ecological degradation from the pre-Carson era is combined with generous excerpts from actress Kaiulani Lee’s one-woman play about Carson’s life called A Sense of Wonder to honor the legacy of an individual who, heedless of personal cost, sounded the alarm that launched the environmental movement. Moyers also talks with photographic artist Chris Jordan, who turns the statistics of consumerism into indelible images of consumption and waste–Container
- Boiling Point: This program spotlights three trouble spots that epitomize the intensifying competition for freshwater and efforts being made to manage it: the Okavango River which flows through Angola, Namibia and Botswana, the Rio Grande, a source of agricultural irrigation for both the U.S. and Mexico and rainwater reservoirs in the West Bank
- Blue Vinyl: With humor, chutzpah, and a piece of vinyl siding in hand, Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand and co-director and award-winning cinematographer Daniel B. Gold travel to America’s vinyl manufacturing capital and beyond in search of the truth about vinyl.