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 MCgreen@montgomerycollege.edu.

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.

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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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GreenEats

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CampusGreenUp

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GreenServiceDay

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 http://www.Help-Kids-India.org. 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 http://www.Help-Kids-India.org 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 Help-Kids-India.org

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

Colleges and universities across the country compete for the Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards.  In order to compete, institutions must provide a short video highlighting their initiatives.  Planet Forward has partnered with Second Nature to present the videos provided by the Finalists for the 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards.  These videos are concise and well produced and they provide an easy way to learn from other institutions.   The video from the University of California is below.

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(NaturalNews 7 July 2011)  A 31-year-old heritage organic farm in Maryland is being threatened with takeover by the county in which it is located, and your help is needed to stop  these efforts. Nick’s Organic Farm is the only farm in Montgomery County, Md., that produces organic seeds, and it is strategically located in a uniquely protected area far away from genetically-modified (GM) crops and other contamination factors. But the county’s education board recently voted to turn this special farm into a private soccer field complex, of which there are already hundreds throughout the region.

During the Involvement Fest on the Rockville Campus this past Wednesday (9/14/2011), 20 students volunteered to join the MC Green Student Club.  Only five students are required to operate a club.  The number of volunteers and the commitment to sustainability they demonstrated was quite impressive.  Many of the volunteers are studying environmental science.  These new club members will help rejuvenate the college’s sustainability initiatives.

 

The Princeton Review has released its annual review of green colleges.  This 2011 edition focuses on 311 colleges and universities that are national leaders on sustainability.

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On Wednesday, March 2, 2011 a conference was held on sustainable business practices on the Rockville campus of Montgomery College.   The conference was sponsored by the Etiquette Club, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Phi Theta Kappa, and the Nutrition Club.

This event  featured local prominent business owners speaking about the innovation driving today’s new green economy as well as the new business values of people, planet, and profit.   It was open to all MC students, staff, faculty, and the general public.

The speakers for the event included
Dave Feldman, Executive Director, Bethesda Green; CEO, Livability Project LLC
Pat Wirth, CEO/President, Potomac Falls Express Lube & Car Wash
Representative from Reznick Group
Robert Youngentob, President, EYA
Bill Keating, President, Urban Service

The Office of Student Life organized a festival for Earth Day.  The event was well attended and a lot of fun.  The activities were held inside because of rain.  In the last picture below, students wrote ideas on a poster for how to make Montgomery College more green.  Click on the picture and you can see some of their ideas.

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