Monthly Archives: January 2010

Need Inexpensive Fair Trade Organic Socially Conscious Coffee?

My esteemed colleague Sandra Gibbons, Professor of Biology, introduced me to the wonderful Peace coffee.  My husband loves their coffee, and he knows coffee.  I only drink coffee on Fridays and look forward to my Peace treat.  And I really like their logo since I studied sea turtles in grad school.  But what I like the most about this superior tasting coffee is that they are committed to sustainability more than any other coffee company I know.  Their motto is: “A cultural, social and consumable revolution with grounds firmly fixed in.  A farmer friendly fair trade reality.”  They even try to deliver their beans by bicycle to towns.  AND…yes there is more…it is very inexpensive, especially considering it is organic, fair trade, etc.  If you purchase 10 pounds at once you get a 15% discount.  AND…I know it keeps getting better…if you take the survey indicated on this web page,, right now (not sure when this opportunity will expire so take it soon), you get an additional 20% off.  The 10 pound discount CAN be combined with the survey discount.  We just purchased 10 pounds of organic fair trade espresso for $75 (including the shipping fee).  So, get your coffee, get your buzz, and support a company that is super committed to sustainability.

10 Green iPhone Apps

Mother Jones has a short article on their site that lists 10 “green” iphone apps. I know that not everyone has an iphone, but this is an example of how having information in hand, at the point of need, helps us to make informed decisions. These apps are a way to conjure up immediate info to use. Now, we may have to explore where the apps get their info, but, you know, it is good that someone is working to do this.

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John Wood Community College’s NEW Sustainable Local Foods Farming Program

John Wood Community College, in Quincy, IL, recently announced a new Sustainable Local Foods Farming Program.  The program provides courses and hands-on training in sustainable fruit and vegetable production, entrepreneurship, and marketing.  Students gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to be successful agricultural entrepreneurs in this emerging industry.  Hands-on courses are taught at JWCC’s demonstration market garden, located on the Quincy campus.  I would love to see something like this hit MVCC!  For more information:

The Failure at Copenhagen

Just to follow up on our earlier posts about the climate talks at Copenhagen, I wanted to share the link (see below) to a story from the PBS Newshour. Here is a piece of the transcript:

VINUTA GOPAL, Greenpeace India: The world leaders have failed the planet, and now it’s up to people to come together, because we need a deal that is real.

RAY SUAREZ (Newshour corespondent): That deal, of course, is the 12-paragraph nonbinding Copenhagen accord announced after two weeks of grueling negotiations and last-minute dealings. One hundred and ninety-three participant nations formally called for billions in aid to help poor nations cope with climate change, but set no firm targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.The U.N.’s climate chief, Yvo de Boer:

YVO DE BOER, executive secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: An impressive accord, but not an accord that is legally binding, not an accord that, at this moment, pins down industrialized countries to individual targets.

RAY SUAREZ: At heart, the accord represented just how far President Obama and the leaders of China, Brazil, India, and South Africa were willing to go. At a snowed-in White House Saturday after his return, the president had a more upbeat assessment.

U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: For the first time in history, all of the major — the world’s major economies have come together to accept their responsibility to take action to confront the threat of climate change. After extremely difficult and complex negotiations, this important breakthrough lays the foundation for international action in the years to come.

RAY SUAREZ: European leaders were notably absent from President Obama’s last-minute meetings. Today, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown demanded the entire process be reformed. He said, “Never again should we let a global deal be held to ransom by only a handful of countries.”On a different note, the British climate change secretary, Ed Miliband, singled out developing nations.

ED MILIBAND, secretary of state for energy and climate change, United Kingdom: Because there was point-blank refusal from many of those countries to have legally binding targets. I think it shows in a sense how far we do have to go to tackle the problem collectively.

RAY SUAREZ: China came under criticism for refusing to agree to legally binding and verifiable actions.

Watch the video and the read the transcripts of this story here: A Look at Climate Change After Copenhagen

Cutting Edge Green Buildings in Our Backyard

Argonne National Laboratory is a cutting-edge research center that is right in our backyard, near Lemont. It conducts a range of experiments for the Department of Energy. One of the challenges that many organizations (such as Moraine Valley and Argonne) face is being Green-friendly while still maintaining the cutting-edge equipment and technology. Well, Argonne is one of the examples that shows how technology infrastructure can be maintained, while still being Green. Here is an article from their news blog:
Argonne microscopy facility combines cutting-edge science, green architecture.