Eco Style Fashion Show Presents Sustainable Fashion 2014

by Katrina Lundy

eco-fashion-organic-fashion-fashion-trend-that-eco-friendly-590x600What are you wearing? Youthful, sporty, and ecologically conscious is the look for 2014.

On April 22 from noon-2 p.m., Montgomery County Community College will hold its first fashion show featuring sustainable outfits from Plato’s Closet, Willow Grove, and the Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore.

Students will strut the runway in the ParkHouse Hall atrium at the College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell as they showcase Eco Style fashions. The event is free and is open to the public.

Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system that can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility. At least 8,000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles, and 25 percent of the world’s pesticides are used to grow non-organic cotton. This causes irreversible damage to people and the environment.

According to Vogue, sustainable fashion appears to be a long-term trend for any season. In 2014, sustainable fashion is available for all ages in every style.  For example, MCCC’s Campus Bookstore carries a sustainable line of athletic clothing by Champion.  The bookstore will offer a 15 percent discount on the day of the fashion show to anyone who buys sustainable fashion.

Come out and support Earth Day with faculty, staff, students, family and friends to create awareness about Eco Style fashions and the Sustainability Initiative at Montgomery County Community College.

PHOTOS: ‘Think Green’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Check out photos from Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where the  students and alumni from the College’s Environmental Club and Climate Commitment Advisory Council  joined representatives from Siemens Industry Inc. in showcasing some of the College’s green efforts. Photos by Alana J. Mauger

‘Think Green’ Returns to Philly for St. Patty’s Day

by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor

For the second year, Montgomery County Community College will join Siemens Industry Inc. in bringing its “green” message to the streets of Philadelphia on Sunday, March 16 during the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Members from the College’s student Environmental Club — decked out in “Think Green” hoodies — and the College’s Mustang mascot will join Siemens representatives along side of a “Think Green” float that showcases some of the College’s green efforts.

Check out photos from 2013′s parade

You can check out the parade in person or on CWPhilly (on TV or streaming online) from 1-4 p.m. Encore showings of the parade will air on Sunday, March 16 from 4-7 p.m. on CWPhilly immediately following the live broadcast and again on Monday, March 17 from 9 a.m.-noon on CBS-3.

In 2012, the College entered into a Guaranteed Energy Services Agreement with Siemens Industry Inc. for the implementation of a self-funding energy conservation project. Click on the above link to learn more about the GESA project.

Digital rendering of 'Think Green' float

Digital rendering of ‘Think Green’ float

College Gears Up for 2014 RecycleMania Tournament

RM_logo_2013by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will once again take part in RecycleMania, a nationwide tournament among colleges and universities designed to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.

After finishing second in Pennsylvania in the Waste Minimization category during the 2013 challenge – collecting 15.292 pounds of combined trash and recycling per capita – MCCC expects to maintain momentum in this, its seventh consecutive year of competing.

Pre-season practice weeks are held from Jan. 19-Feb. 1. Then, the official competition kicks off on Feb. 2 and extends eight weeks to March 29.

During the program, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, thelargest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita or have the highest recycling rate. Final results will be announced on April 11.

In 2013, 523 colleges comprising 3.5 million staff and students recycled and/or composted 90.8 million pounds of waste.  In addition, Recyclemania 2013 resulted in a reduction of 121,436 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2E).  Of the totals, MCCC contributed 34,132 pounds of recycling and averaged 4.252 pounds of recycling per person each week.

According to the U.S. EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM), MCCC’s recycling efforts during the competition resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 48 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E), which translates to the energy consumption of four households or the emissions of nine cars.

RecycleMania is made possible through the sponsorship support of Alcoa, SCAThe Coca Cola Company, Keep America Beautiful, and the American Forest & Paper Association. Additional program support is provided by the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise programCampus Conservation Nationals, the United Negro College Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program.

Check out MCCC’s Think Green blog at mc3green.wordpress.com for RecycleMania stats and updates.

To learn more about the RecycleMania 2014 competition, visit recyclemaniacs.org.

PHOTOS: Campus Sustainability Day 2013

Montgomery County Community College celebrated Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 23 at the West Campus and Oct. 30 at the Central Campus. Stay tuned for Think Green posts about many of the initiatives pictured!

Photos by Alana J. Mauger

Campus Sustainability Days to Showcase ‘Green’ Efforts

csd2013logo_thumbnailby Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor

Montgomery County Community College will join hundreds of colleges and universities across the country to celebrate Campus Sustainability Day 2013, the theme of which is “Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities.”

In its 11th year, Campus Sustainability Day is designed to create awareness and facilitate discussion between students, faculty, staff and the community at large. While the day is officially observed on the fourth Wednesday in October, many institutions host activities through the week and month.

See the list of supporting organizations

MCCC has two days of Campus Sustainability activities:  Wednesday, Oct. 23  in the South Hall Cafeteria at the West Campus in Pottstown, and Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Parkhouse Hall Atrium at the Central Campus in Blue Bell, both from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Each day will  feature informational exhibits about a variety of “green” campus topics, including:

In addition to these, campus sustainability info will appear on campus television displays, and the Central Campus event will feature info from the College’s Environmental Club, as well as Campus Sustainability Tours, hosted by Assistant Professor of Biology Jerry Coleman.

The College is also asking community members to get involved by tweeting ways they are going green with the hash tag #mc3green.  Responses tweeted by Nov. 1 with #mc3green will be compiled and posted to the College’s Think Green blog!

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West Gallery Hosts Annual ‘Scenes of the Schuylkill’ Art Exhibit

by Diane VanDyke

First Place was awarded to Susannah Hart Thomer for her watercolor painting, “Escalation.”

First Place was awarded to Susannah Hart Thomer for her watercolor painting, “Escalation.”

Montgomery County Community College will host the Tenth Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show, Aug. 28-Oct. 18, at the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High Street, Pottstown.

Sponsored by the Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area, the art show features 83 original pieces of artwork that highlights the beautiful and unique qualities of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.

Second Place was awarded to Jonathan Bond for his painting, “Lutz Tannery.”

Second Place was awarded to Jonathan Bond for his painting, “Lutz Tannery.”

Philadelphia artist Susannah Hart Thomer won Best of Show for her watercolor, “Escalation,” which depicts the spiral staircase located outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art leading to the Schuylkill River.

Second place went to Jonathan Bond, Kempton, Berks County, for his painting, “Lutz Tannery,” and third place went to Teresa McWilliams Farina, Royersford, for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.” The Staff Choice Award went to Lori Quinque-Quinn, Perkiomenville, for her watercolor painting, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

Third Place was awarded to Teresa McWilliams Farina for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.”

Third Place was awarded to Teresa McWilliams Farina for her pastel, “Pennypacker Mills Tranquility.”

Honorable mentions were awarded to Walt Hug, Birdsboro, for his photograph, “Midnight at Memorial Hall,” and Arnold Winkler, Blue Bell, for his digital composite, “Valley Forge.”

This year’s show was juried by Terry Newman, owner of Newman Galleries in Philadelphia.  He spent several hours examining the 107 entries before making his selections.

The hours for the gallery are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed weekends. For more information contact the SRHA at 484-945-0200 or the MCCC Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349 or hcairns@mc3.edu.

Staff Choice Award was presented to Lori Quinque-Quinn for her watercolor painting, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

Staff Choice Award was presented to Lori Quinque-Quinn for her watercolor painting, “The Coyle Farm Winter Sheep.”

You can help support the arts and art education programs at Montgomery County Community College by becoming a Friend of The Galleries. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the College Foundation at 215-641-6535. Friend and follow MCCC’s arts on facebook.com/DestinationArts.

The Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area, managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association, uses conservation, education, recreation, cultural and historic preservation and  tourism as tools for community revitalization and economic development. For more information about the SRHA visit schuylkillriver.org.