Campus Sustainability Day Wed. Oct. 21

 Two important activities going on:

  • 10:00 am: People Forming the #350 Outside on the Moraine GreenDuring third week of October, Colleges, Universities, and organized groups will focus on the number 350.  Why 350?  This is the maximum number of parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide (CO2) that scientists have determined will allow ecosystems on the earth function efficiently and in a healthy manner.  Currently the earth registers at 390 ppm of CO2.  On Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at 10:00 am, MVCC students, professors, and staff are invited to voluntarily participate in making a human number 350 out on the Moraine Green, near the Gateway.  Glen Carpenter, Moraine’s Photographer, will take a photo and it will be posted on the 350.org website along with others from around the world.  For more educational information, log onto www.350.org.  If you are interested in bringing a class to participate in the photo, please contact Michelle Zurawski, Assistant Professor of Biology and Sustainability Coordinator of Teaching & Learning – zurawski@morainevalley.edu or (708) 974-5559.
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Environmental & Social Justice Activities in the Student UnionThere will be activities and information tables in the Student Union/Café Moraine area. From 11 to 2, students, staff and faculty are invited to stop by and learn about national and regional organizations and activities that promote a healthy environment for people and the planet. Organizations highlighted are focused on environmental and social justice campaigns. Calculate your eco-footprint, identify safe cosmetics and body care choices, discover local and national groups working towards a sustainable future and what you can do to help, and learn more about sustainability.  The goal for the day is to encourage others to become interested, involved and active in positive organizations promoting a safe and healthy future for everyone. For more information, please contact Stephenie Presseller, Sustainability Coordinator – pressellers@morainevalley.edu or (708) 974-5412.

Free Home Environmental Fair This Weekend

On Saturday, October 17th in Western Springs, Lyons Township High School South Campus (4900 S. Willow Springs Road) is hosting a free environmental fair “How Cool is Your Home?”.  To learn more about this free event, visit www.lagrangearealwv.org. There will be speakers, exhibits, children’s activities, giveaways, and door prizes.  Should be educational and fun for all!

Calculate The Benefits of Organic

Are you a loyal consumer of organic foods?  Calculate the benefits to the environment here:  http://www.organicvalley.coop/organiccounts/.  Not only has the science show they are 25 – even 50% more nutritious, but they also prevent toxins from entering the environment.  Remember, a healthy environment, means a healthy you and vice versa!  This is fun to do with the kids!

The road to sustainability, Sum Total, and Green Rankings

Three things to pass along:

  1. The Road to Sustainability from Physics World: A cool write up about the sustainable stuff.  Here’s a little intro quote:“Sustainability” is the hottest topic in energy research today, but what does it actually mean? George Crabtree and John Sarrao describe what makes a technology sustainable, and outline the materials-science challenges standing between us and clean, long-lasting energy
  2. Newsweek’s Green Rankings 2009: This years marks the beginning of Newsweek’s “green” rankings where they rank 500 of the greenest companies.  Who do you think made #1?
  3. Sum Total Being Green isn’t new: