Monthly Archives: April 2009

Panel Discussion Online: How Green is MVCC?

The library hosted our final One Book, One College event. This event was a panel discussion featuring members of Moraine Valley’s Green Team who discussed the successes and obstacles facing our campus in terms of sustainability. The discussion is available online:

  • Listen now:Refresh: Needs Flash: Flash MP3 Player
  • Visit our event podcast past
  • Listen in iTunes
  • Download the MP3 audio

  • Panel Members discuss successes and obstacles at Moraine Valley

    The honors economics class created a fair trade poster display for viewing during the event.

    Earth Week Activities

    It’s Earth Week, and there are many things happening around MVCC.

    • All Week
      • Recycling Project Donate used towels, sheets, blankets, comforters, and rugs (without rubber backings) for local animal shelters. Collection boxes around campus.
      • Bookstore Sale Save 25 percent off (almost) everything green, including green clothing, DVDs, CDs, pens, recycled products, and more! (Exceptions: textbooks and reference books) 
      • Student Club HappeningsStudent clubs will host activities during the week. Stop by the Student Life Office in Building U.
      • Carpool with CyridesCarpool with Moraine Valley’s ride-sharing program and you’ll automatically be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a $50 gas gift card.
      • Beverage Discounts—Bring your own cup!Café Moraine – 50 percent off 12 and 16 oz. coffee or 20 and 30 oz. fountain drinks.
      • Espresso Love – 50 cents off 16 and 20 oz. coffee
      • Online Ecological Footprint QuizDo you know how much of an impact you as an individual make on the environment? Take this short quiz and find out.
      • Wear Green—show your support!
    • Monday, April 20
      • Guided Tree Walks – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Building T (canceled due to weather) Presented by the Morton Arboretum staff. Learn more about the fascinating aspects of Moraine Valley’s beautiful trees. Meet at Building T front entrance. Walks depart every 30 minutes. 
    • Tuesday, April 21
      • Prairie Path – 9 a.m., Building PLearn about the native vs. exotic plant species on the Nature Study Area. Presented by Professor Janet Kotash. Presented by professor Janet Kotash. Meet at the big rock by Building P.
      • Information Booth 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Building G, Cyclone CenterHave lunch at the Taste of Moraine Valley and be sure to visit our table with information about green cleaning products, environmentally friendly Bookstore items, and more. Free seedlings while supplies last. Tickets to the Taste are available at the door for $5.
      • Geography Bee2 p.m., Building L, LibraryCorrectly answer multiple-choice questions and move on to the next round. Miss one—you’re out. Pick up a registration form and rules in Building B, Room B244, or just come by to watch!
    • Wednesday, April 22
      • Green Team and Sustainability Update: What’s Happening at Moraine Valley and What Lies Ahead – Panel Discussion1 p.m., Building L, LibraryMembers of Moraine Valley’s Green Team discuss the sustainability efforts going on around campus and challenges the lie ahead. Also view interesting fair-trade projects created by Instructor Anette D’Silva’s economics students. 
    • Thursday, April 23
      • Geography Fair10 a.m.-3 p.m., Building B, second floor bridgePresent a poster, research project, or the use of maps to cover one of the following topics: sustainability, globalization, water issues, international conflicts, migration, or fair trade. Pick up a registration form and rules in Building B, Room B244, or just come by to see the displays!
      • Nature Study Area Stewardship Walk3:30-5 p.m., Nature Study AreaHelp beautify our prairie while learning about fire’s effect on biodiversity. Wear long pants and boots or closed-toed shoes. Sponsored by the Biology Club and Biology Department.
    • Friday, April 24
      • Composting11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student UnionLearn all about it! Conducted by the University of Illinois Extension Service.

    Questions? Call (708) 974-5412 or (708) 974-5710.

    Creating Sustainable Communities Podcast

    The library was happy to host a special event as part of our One Book, One College series. This event, “Creating Sustainable Communities,” featured area leaders who discussed green efforts in the Southwest Suburban Region. Panel members included: 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; and Chris Slattery, The Delta Institute, Stephanie Presseller, Moraine Valley Community College.

    A New Green History of the World

    I wanted to share the link to a new resource in the library. This book,A new green history of the world: the environment and the collapse of great civilizations by Clive Ponting is in our library and available for you to take home. Here’s the publisher’s description:

    • Clive Ponting’s original and provocative history of human civilization—now in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition Years ahead of its time. Clive Ponting captivated readers with A Green History of the World, his study of great civilizations and the causes of their fall. Using the Roman empire as its central example, this classic work reveals how overexpansion and the exhaustion of available natural resources have played key roles in the collapse of all great cultures in human history. With an argument of urgent relevance to our modern society, A Green History of the World offers a provocative and illuminating view of human history and its relationship to the environment. 

    EPA Launching National Cell Phone Recycling Week, April 6th to 12th.

    US EPA is launching National Cell Phone Recycling Week as part of its efforts to celebrate Earth Day the entire month of April. The week, which runs from April 6th through April 12th, is a joint effort between EPA’s Plug-In To eCycling program and leading cell phone manufacturers, retailers and service providers to increase national awareness about the importance of cell phone recycling. To celebrate National Cell Phone Recycling Week, Plug-In partners across the country, including AT&T, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, are introducing a series of in-store promotions, contests, and giveaways.  The partners will provide in-store and online recycling opportunities for consumers. Plug-In To eCycling is a voluntary partnership between EPA and electronics manufacturers, retailers, and service providers to offer consumers more opportunities to donate or recycle their used electronics.  In 2007, as part of their commitment to the program, retailers and electronics manufacturers voluntarily recycled more than 47 million pounds of electronics, mostly computers and televisions. Information about EPA’s Plug-In to eCycling program: Information about cell phone recycling: