The winners of Montgomery College’s first Efficiency Contest were announced last Wednesday. They are listed below.   The MC Green Team wants to thank all the students, faculty, and staff that submitted proposals.  We were impressed with the quality of many of these proposals.  The MC Green Team will explore how the college can begin to implement these proposals as well as other related projects.

The MC Green Team wants to thank the Montgomery College Foundation for funding the awards for this contest.  None of this would have been possible without their support.

Contest Finalists 2014

1. Lori Kelman, Professor, Germantown–A clearer recycling policy
2. Tie: Sarah “Katie” Herrington, Student, Rockville–Sustainable restrooms/
John Phillips & Shorieh Talaat, Professors, Rockville–Rooftop solar farm
4. Kimberly Ventura, Student, TP/SS–Recycling food waste
5. Filseta Ameha, Student, Rockville–Reusable containers in the cafeteria

MC Efficiency Contest  

Montgomery College is holding a college-wide efficiency contest this year.  We received over 25 proposals from 21 students, staff and faculty members from all three campuses in the fall.  There were many promising proposals.  We really appreciate all the work that went into them.


Our panel of experts selected the top five proposals.  The authors and their proposals are provided below.    These winners of the first round will receive 200$.  These proposals will be developed further during the spring semester working with college personnel.  The winner of the second round will receive $2,500, second place $1,000, third place $500.  

Check out the proposals.  They are impressive.  Approximately two pages a piece.  Interesting ideas.
Who do you think should win?  Let us know what you think in the comments section.

First Round Winners

Lori Kelman, Professor, Germantown–A clearer recycling policy
Filseta Ameha, Student, Rockville–Reusable containers in the cafeteria
John Phillips & Shorieh Talaat, Professors, Rockville–Rooftop solar farm
Sarah “Katie” Herrington, Student, Rockville–Sustainable restrooms
Kimberly Ventura, Student, TP/SS–Recycling food waste

The Proposals

     The challenge, run by run by the Commission’s Education Workgroup, invited planning students to identify and solve community land use issues throughout the state. From a pool of 12 academic teams, six teams presented panels and narrated PowerPoint presentations before a jury of selected commission members and state agency officials in December in Annapolis. This was the first year of the student challenge.
      The Sustainable Growth Challenge, a collegiate competition engaging students from across the state in planning and sustainability issues, attracted a dozen submissions in 2013. Student teams conducted community planning exercises, analyzing economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable growth and developing creative solutions for actual communities.

Winning presentations covered:

*planning for sea-level rise
*adapting the community of Burtonsville to mixed-use development
*improving access to the Patapsco Valley Heritage Greenway
     The winning teams were a team of graduate students from UMCP Graduate School of Landscape Architecture and two teams of community college architecture students from Montgomery College.
     First prize went to a team of a six-student team from University of Maryland Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, who presented “Design and Planning for Sea Level Change and Storm water Issues on Maryland’s Eastern Shore,” a comprehensive approach to address the challenges faced by Oxford.
     Second prize was a tie that went to the nine students who represented two teams from Montgomery College’s Architecture program.
     Both teams studied ways to improve the community of Burtonsville, which lacks good transportation connections, open space and complementary land uses. The teams presented solutions such as housing options like live-work units, redesigning the community’s two major roads, and reducing pavement with pervious bicycling and walking paths. A commuter parking lot would be revamped to further encourage walking and transit use.
     The Sustainable Growth Commission recognized winners of the 2013 competition at an awards ceremony on February 5 in Annapolis.
Second Prize (Tie) Montgomery College, Department of Applied Technology
Burtonsville Crossing 

Team 1:
Shorieh Talaat, faculty adviser
Biniyam Bezabih
Renzo Carranza
Johan Lahore
Tyler Scott
Team 2:
Shorieh Talaat, faculty adviser
Ingrid Argueta
Jill Carrington
Christopher Estrada
John Fernando
William Titsampsustainablegrowthproject
Learn more about the Sustainable Growth Challenge at
From MC Online

This was produced by Francine Wyron and Marcus Rosano.

Send contest proposals to by December 1st, 2013.  This video is the work of John Watson, Producer and Director for MCTV and the department of Advancement & Community Engagement.  Great work John!


The Montgomery College Green Team is in the process of developing a proposal for a college-wide Efficiency Contest and it is seeking input efficiencyfrom the college community.  This contest as it is presently conceived will ask the college community—staff, faculty, administrators and students—to submit proposals for reducing the college’s use of energy and/or resources and documenting the savings.

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges under the supervision of the MC Green Team.  Those employees responsible for the proposals judged to be the best will be rewarded with monetary awards using a modification to the college’s Recognition Award procedure.  Students will be rewarded with scholarships from the Montgomery College foundation.

You can find a copy of the latest draft of the proposal for this contest here: MC Efficiency Contest 2013_2_14 .  If you have any ideas for how to conduct this contest and insure its success, please send them to the MC Green Team at

The Sierra Club in Montgomery County is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator.  Please see this document — Sierra Club Volunteer Coordinator — for more information and share it with anyone you think might be interested.

Welcome back.  The video below summarizes some of the highlights from the college’s sustainability initiatives over the last year.  It was created by John Watson, ITV Producer/Director.



This powerpoint presentation provides a review of some of the highlights from last year and some of the opportunities we are looking forward to in the upcoming year.

Below you will find the Earth Day and Week schedule for all campuses.

The MC Fashion Show

What is Your GREEN act?
Make a difference at Montgomery College during Earth Week!

Monday April 23 – The MC Fashion Show, Theatre Arts BuildingThe MC Fashion is hosted by the Fashion Club, the Business and Economics Club, and the MC SIFE team and will feature models wearing hop clothing available at thrift stores. Other activities will include danve perforances, wing eating contests, free food, and more!!!

Rockville Campus – Theatre Arts Building
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-567-5000
Room: Theatre Arts Arena

Monday April 23 – Whole Foods Green Eats, 12-3 p.m., CC 015

* A Healthy Eating booth/table with HE materials and samples
* A Healthy Eating 101 power point
* And a cooking class: “Tips, Trick and Techniques to Healthy Cooking

Sign Up Online:

Tuesday April 24 – Campus Green Up, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., TA Patio
* Promote recycling and proper trash disposable.
* Cleaning of the outer campus center parking lot to the fence area.
* Collect recyclables and trash located in Campus Center Building

Free Earth Day t-shirt give away to the first 50 participants

To Sign Up Online:

Tuesday April 24 – U.S. Green Building Council Speaker, 12-1:30 p.m., TC 214

Tuesday April 24 – Oxfam Banquet, 5-6:30 p.m., TA Arena

Oxfam Banquet

* Experience the inequities of food distribution that plague the world.
* Participants determine their class status by a random drawing. At the banquet a percentage of high, middle and low class will receive a sumptuous meal.
* With each of these meals participants will engage in an exploration of the causes of global hunger as well as strategies to ease hunger in our own communities and across the world.
* Guest SpeakersAdmission ranges from food donations to $5 for students (discounts available) and $10 for faculty, staff and administrators. Monies and can food donations will be collected at the door.

Wednesday April 25- Earth Day Festival, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., TA Patio

Earth Day Festival

* Local Organizations/ Vendors
* Go Green Departments
* Club Fun Activities
* Earth Day Pledge
* Bike Give AwayThursday April 26 – Green Service Day, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., TA Patio* Planting flowers with Early Child Development Center.

* Planting Seeds in cups to give to local DDA agencies (JFGH, SEEC, ARC)Sign Up Online:

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 the Montgomery College, Takoma Park/ Silver Spring Campus will be celebrating Earth Day as well as informing students about the Smokeless Stove Project that is part of the MC India Initiative.Visit the Earth Day tables in the Atrium of the ST Building. Information on earth-friendly volunteer opportunities will be available, as will student speakers and demonstration of a Smokeless Stove. The goal is to raise enough donations to purchase two stoves for Donors will receive a commemorative bookmark!DID YOU KNOW:
– More than two million people, mostly women and children, die from indoor smoke pollution caused by unventilated cooking (World Health Organization).
– In India alone, 600,000 people die from this cause.
– “Smokeless stoves” reduce indoor concentrations of carbon monoxide gases by 76 percent (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
– Nongovernment agencies (NGOs) like Help-Kids-India help rural villagers build and install these smokeless stoves for just $32We’ll also be accepting your plastic grocery bags for re-use in the Smart Sacks program. For more information, contact MC-TP/SS Office of Service Learning, 240-567-1527 or 240-567-3992.
Germantown Campus
Tuesday April 24th–Earth Day organizers and student volunteers hope to raise awareness about global environmental issues and provide resources for our community to make greener life choices. There will be something for everyone!
8-9 a.m. bus stop – Green Awards to student bus riders who reduce our carbon footprint
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – outside quad area (rain: bookstore lobby/cafeteria)

Green exhibits – recycling news, protecting Montgomery County’s watershed, and more…

Recycling booths – get rid of your old cell phones (for soldiers) and plastic grocery bags (for Manna Food-Smart Sacks)

Carnival games – made from recyclables – $1 donation for 5 tickets to play games and win prizes. All proceeds donated to for smokeless cook stoves

Educational displays – inspect a model of a smokeless cook stove and learn about the environmental impact of indoor air pollution in the developing world

Raffle and craft sale – all proceeds benefit

For more information or accommodations, contact MC-Germantown Student Life, 240-567-7840, SA 186.

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