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/

Deny the Paper Phone Book

 If you use the Internet to look up business or personal phone numbers and no longer want to receive paper phone books, click on the link below to opt out.  It will save a ton of paper from having to be printed and recycled.  Paper can not be recycled more than about seven times before the fibers become so short they are useless in paper making.

http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/stop-yellow-pages/

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.

Using Presidential Orders and Resolutions to Impact Environment

I heard this piece below on the radio this evening. President Clinton used executive orders prior to leaving office to impact the environment and not it seems that President Bush is taking his turn. I found this to be quite interesting.

Bush Making Sure His New Rules Stick
President Bush is spending his final days pushing through resolutions on everything from endangered species to the Family Medical Leave Act. Steve Henn reports.

PBS News Hour: World’s Oceans Face Problem of Plastic Pollution

I listened to a podcast of the News Hour’s report about the growing continent of plastic waste in our oceans. I thought that it was worth sharing:

World’s Oceans Face Problem of Plastic Pollution

Some researchers believe that more than 5 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean has become a soup of plastic confetti. Now, scientists are trying to quantify the problem and are studying how plastic affects fish, marine mammals and birds.

Dirty Secrets, Earth’s Atmosphere, Cauldron Earth, and Oil

Here are a few new DVDs on the library’s shelves. I hope you stop by and check them out.

Protecting earth’s atmosphere:Earth is the only planet known to support life. The primary reason is a mixture of different gases, known as the atmosphere. These gases, along with the sun, warm our planet to an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius. This delicate process is known as the greenhouse effect. Without it, the sun’s energy would escape back into space leaving the earth frozen. In this edition of Science Screen Report, we learn about the earth’s atmosphere, climate, and the greenhouse effect. We explore the impact human activity is having on our atmosphere, and ways scientists believe we can prevent further destruction to the atmosphere, and allow our planet to continue to thrive.

Dirty Little Secrets: Program studies fine particle air pollution and its public health hazards

What if The Oil Runs Out?:This film follows a middle-aged, Midwestern couple through violence at gas stations, conflicts with neighbors, and the loss of their livelihood; it also focuses on their daughter, an oil prospector determined to find new crude oil fields in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge. Interspersed with the docudrama are notable statistics on oil production and consumption as well as real-world interviews with former Pentagon energy security adviser Paul Domjan, Centre for Global Energy Studies chairman Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani, and other experts

Cauldron Earth:This program shows how research into the chemical makeup of geological and biological materials drives the innovation of energy systems, building methods, and transportation technolog–and how these improvements can save lives and reduce stress on the environment. Hydrogen fuel cells, resin coatings for giant wind turbines, wax-plaster mixtures for energy-efficient home–the video features these and many other advances, suggesting a future in which humanity can both profit from and protect the Earth

Spring 2009 One Book Events

We are happy to announce our 2009, One Book, One College Events: Garbage Land Open Book Discussion for Students, Community Members, Staff and FacultyJan 28, 2-3:30 p.m.You are invited to join librarian Joe Mullarkey in an open discussion about Garbage Land and the themes presented in Garbage Land.  No lectures, no professors, no panel discussion at this event.  We want to hear your views!  Controlling Carbon Emissions with Trading MarketsFebruary 12, 2009, 12:30 p.m.Ever heard of a market for carbon emissions? Carbon markets offer great promise in regulating and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Dr. Gregory Sierra, Profess of Accounting at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and former Economist for the Federal Reserve System, will discuss how these markets are structured, the possibilities they represent, and alternative policies to carbon markets such as tax laws.Striving for Sustainable Communities: Area Leaders Discuss Green Efforts in our RegionMarch 25, 2009, 1 p.m.Students, community members, faculty and staff are invited to attend this panel discussion focusing on sustainability initiatives in the Southwest Suburbs.  How do we build sustainable communities?  Panel members will discuss their successes and consider the obstacles that are ahead.  Panel members will include: 

  • Jerry Bennett, Mayor of Palos Hills
  • Daniel J. McLaughlin, Mayor of Orland Park
  • Reggie Greenwood, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation
  • David Chandler, Center for Neighborhood Technology 
  • Chris Slattery, The Delta Institute 

What’s Happening at MVCC and What Lies Ahead: Green Team UpdateApril 22nd, 1 p.m.Join us as members of Moraine Valley’s Green Team discuss the sustainability efforts going on around campus and challenges the lie ahead.