Stay Informed with ‘Think Green’ Blog

If you haven’t visited the Think Green blog lately, you’re missing out on some important information about the College’s sustainability efforts. The blog can be accessed at http://mc3green.wordpress.com and is updated weekly.

Click on the links below to read some recent posts.

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Energy Efficient Measure Generate Funds for Greener Campuses
Sept. 23, 2011

The College recently entered into a Guaranteed Energy Services Agreement with Siemens Industry Inc., Blue Bell, for the implementation of a self-funding energy conservation project.

With the energy improvements, the College expects a total guaranteed savings over the next 15 years of approximately $6,383,434 or 19 percent in energy savings. The total cost of the construction and installation is $4,051,751, which will be paid by the annual energy savings generated. Read More

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New Containers Encourage Recycling on Campus
Sept. 6, 2011

To promote recycling efforts at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, the Facilities Department — in coordination with the President’s Climate Council — purchased and installed new recycling and trash containers around campus.

The rationale behind the new system is that uniform and clearly-labeled containers will encourage recycling among the College’s students, faculty and staff. Read More

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Instructor Develops Economics of Sustainability Course with Library of Congress Grant
Aug. 14, 2011

The Library of Congress has awarded Montgomery County Community College and Economics Instructor Jill Beccaris-Pescatore a Teaching with Primary Sources grant in the amount of $7,500 to support the development and implementation of an Introduction to Environmental Economics course.

Students enrolled in the course will connect primary sources, available through the Library of Congress, to issues of scarcity and choice in the area of environmental and natural resource economics. Read More

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Compost Pile Yields First ‘Crop’ on Top Dressing
Aug. 8, 2011

For the first time since Grounds Supervisor Phil Capinski and his team created a compost pile for the College’s leaves, grass clippings other green waste, that compost will be used as top dressing around the Central Campus.

The College is working with Livezey Landscaping Inc. to process the contents of the pile through a screener, which separates and further refines usable compost from rocks and materials that have not yet sufficiently broken down. Read More

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