The discussion has just begun, but is building to what is American Identity. How is the identity created or instilled? In essence, we learn it as we grow up… And, while listening, I am multitasking with email checking. This just came in:
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:
It’s Earth Week, and there are many things happening around MVCC.
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. cyrides.morainevalley.edu
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. earthday.net/footprint
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.
The library was happy to welcome Dr. Gregory Sierra, professor of accounting and former bank regulator at the Federal Reserve Board. Dr. Sierra spoke about the use of markets to regulate carbon emissions as part of the library’s One Book, One College program. You can listen to all of our library’s public events at our Library Event Podcast page. You can listen to Dr. Sierra’s lecture here:
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/.
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.
Today, the library hosted the second event in our One Book, One College program on Garbage Land. Today’s event was a panel discussion entitled the Cycle of Stuff: How the Things We Consume Impact our World. This event can be downloaded three ways:
We are making this image available and asking that faculty members, bloggers, or other interested parties copy this image and link back to our One Book Web site: http://www.morainevalley.edu/garbageland
If you want to copy this, right click on this image (on a windows machine) and click on save picture as. Save this where you can find it. Open up your own Web site and upload the image. I know that some instructors are linking this in their Black Board course pages.