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 several times per month.
Click on the links below to read some recent posts.
Student Essay: Go Green, Buy Green — The Benefits of Local Produce
Jan. 1, 2012
In today’s harsh economy, it seems like a large amount of money only goes a short way. With a growing population and decreasing employment opportunities, many families struggle to provide enough food for their household without turning to inexpensive and often unhealthy foods made by large companies across the country. These problems could easily be solved by buying local produce.
Farmers markets are often less costly than produce found at major grocery stores because the produce doesn’t need to be shipped. This also means that what consumers spend on produce goes directly into local farmers’ pockets and then back into the environment and the community. At a time when small businesses are in trouble, paying nearby farmers for their crops is much more supportive to a consumer’s hometown because it preserves farmland and green areas. Continue Reading
New Geology, Geography Sustainability Courses Introduced at West Campus
Dec. 12, 2011
For all the debate about global warming, one thing’s certain: Today’s students will live with the outcome, so it’s wise to look ahead.
That’s why two faculty members at Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus have launched a pair of courses to spark thinking and planning about the earth’s future.
“This is going to emerge as one of our greatest challenges,” says Assistant Professor of Geography Sam Wallace. “Students should address it before leaving college.”
In “Sustainable Climate Communities,” Wallace examines the cultural and economic impact of global warming, as well as mitigation and adaption strategies.
Geology Professor Rob Kuhlman delves into the geophysical basis of climate change and the impact human behavior has on it in the other course, “The Science of Climate Change.”
“I think it’s exciting. I think Montco is cutting-edge,” says Kuhlman. “It’s a contemporary and socially important suite of courses to meet future needs.” Continue Reading
Student Essay: In Celebration of the Schuylkill River
Nov. 18, 2011
People are drawn to the beauty of the Schuylkill River for various reasons. The river offers recreation, history, art and nature, to name a few. It is just a hop and skip down the road from the Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus in Pottstown, and it snakes its way through Chester, Berks and Philadelphia counties.
The Schuylkill River plays an important role in Pottstown’s history, and its beauty is celebrated by nature enthusiasts and artists alike. Continue Reading
‘Green’ Standards Set for Paper Products
Nov. 8, 2011
As part of its ongoing effort to implement green best practices, the College has developed new specifications for its purchase of “Green Seal Certified” paper towels and toilet tissue. The process to make these products is 100% recycled, meaning that all materials are recovered after the papermaking process and nothing is discarded. Continue Reading