Monthly Archives: September 2009

“If you eat these healthy foods, you’re going to grow up to be big and strong, like me”

Michelle Obama to promote gardening and eating healthy, local foods on “Sesame Street”

Michelle Obama, who is planting a fruit and vegetable garden on the grounds of the White House, will appear in the November10 season debut of “Sesame Street” — the educational show for kids that is broadcast in more than 120 countries around the world.  The Obama’s garden at the White House is the first of its kind since WWII.   Michelle is leading by example- grow and eat local and sustainable foods- and is doing a great job at it!

We should all be so lucky to have the time and space for our own fruit and vegetable gardens… but if we don’t we can at least seek out our nearest Farmers Market. There are still plenty of them in operation through the fall. You can check this link to find one near you: Local Harvest

And go here to read the whole article about the First Lady’s appearance on Sesame Street: Mrs. Obama on Sesame Street!

Greening the University

I recently came across the article “Greening the University” in Change magazine (which is one of the best publications that focuses on innovation within colleges and universities).  I think that this article really summarizes much of the energy and direction held by many of us in US colleges and universities, including those of us at Moraine Valley.  This article focuses on the work at St. John’s University, but I think it is representative of a larger effort across the country.  Here’s a short quote:

There is a growing awareness at the board level, as there is throughout society, that sustainability and conserving energy are very important priorities. It is a wonderful way to use the university’s enormous resources —the faculty, students, and the administration—to give back to society. Our primary function has always been education, but beyond that there is so much more a university can do.—Thomas McInerney, chair, St. John’s University Board of Trustees 

Read the full article here: Greening the University by Jame Pellow and Brij Anand


(reposted from MNN Daily Brief, e-Newsletter, September 24, 2009) POLAR MELTDOWN: Ice sheets in Greenland and western Antarctica are melting faster than scientists previously thought, and some places are experiencing “a runaway effect,” according to a team of British scientists who analyzed laser readings taken by NASA satellites. Some Antarctic ice sheets have been losing 30 feet of thickness annually since 2003, and while many areas are up to a mile thick to begin with, the melting is speeding up – the rate of Antarctic thinning was 50 percent higher between 2003 and 2007 than it was from 1995 to 2003. The problem isn’t warmer air, but warmer water, which wears down the ice from the outside in. “To some extent it’s a runaway effect,” says the lead author of the study, which was published online today in the journal Nature. “The question is how far will it run?” (Sources: Associated Press, USA TodaySan Francisco Chronicle)

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Call Senators Today or Less EPA Greenhouse Gas Protection

An amendment proposed by Senator Murkowski (Alaska) is hitting the Senate floor in the next few days.  If it passes, the EPA will no long be able to regulate greenhouse gases.  You know, the ones that cause climate change.  Please call or write your Senators to vote against the Murkowski Amendment.  This link will bring you the the e-mail addresses and phone numbers of all of the US State Senators: