Monthly Archives: November 2008

Other Colleges Succeed with A Reading Program

Like our One Book One College program spear-headed by library extraordinaire Troy Swanson, other colleges are going with the sustainability theme as well.  This year Troy’s One Book pick is Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte.  Surrounding this book, Troy has organized really great program offerings of speakers, panel discussions, and film showings.  Other colleges, like Rice University, have also found similar success in a book themed program.  Rice chose Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change.  For a listing of the events they held log onto http://greeningthecampus.wordpress.com/2008/06/15/academictheme/.

Healthy Leftover Containers

With this time of year comes large gatherings of family and friends – and even larger meals.  Arm yourself with some healthy options for storing leftovers.  First think of the environment by not using plastic bags that are often single use or those disposable plastic containers.  Instead, think about using a recyclable container that is not only good for the environment, but good for your health too.  Use glass and ceramic that do not leach the unwanted toxins like hormone disrupting phthalates that leach from plastic bags or containers when they are heated.

Did you know that it takes over 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose and even then it is broken down into small chemicals that travel through the ecosystem and back into us.

Local, Healthy, Organic Food Expo

If you are interested in learning about how to get great local food while eating healthy then plan on coming downtown to the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center this weekend.  Local organic and sustainable restaurants will have samples as well as cooking demos.  For sale will be great foods from local farmers and food craft people.  This is a great place to pick up foods for Thanksgiving and the up coming Holidays.  There will also be plenty of great gift opportunities.   Check out the details below.

http://www.familyfarmedexpo.com/

All LEED Community College

An article to send along. We are moving in some good directions here at MVCC, so I thought it was worth sharing this article to see what other campuses are doing who may be slightly ahead of us.:An ‘All-LEED’ 2-Year College CampusSo far at the Northern Wake Campus, there are two completed academic buildings, with 36 classrooms and, for this fall semester, 4,200 students between them. Classes are offered on campus from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with courses in university transfer programs primarily scheduled during the day and business and computer classes offered mainly at night. “We change shifts in the middle of the day,” says Greene.