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!


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

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

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

SRHA to Screen ‘The City Dark’ Documentary at West Campus

The Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area (SRHA) will screen the documentary “The City Dark” at Montgomery County Community College’s West Campus on Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m. in the South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but pre-registration is requested.

The following information is provided on SRHA’s website:

The City Dark is a one-hour feature documentary about the loss of night. Featuring stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, The City Dark is the definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

This event is free! But space is limited, so please download a ticket. Click Here for Free Tickets

After moving to NYC from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question – do we need the stars? – taking him from Brooklyn to Mauna Kea, Paris, and beyond. Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawaii, tracking hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing injured birds on Chicago streets, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights – including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above.

Program will feature a brief introduction by Schuylkill River Heritage Area Executive Director Kurt Zwikl. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Superintendent Edie Shean Hammond will discuss the ongoing effort to make Hopewell a Dark Sky Park. Following the film, Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council President Stan Stubbe will speak and answer questions.

The screening of The City Dark is being hosted by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area in partnership with Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and the Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council.

Watch the Trailer

Campus to Host County Electronics Recycling Collection

Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus will host Montgomery County’s Electronics Collection Program on June 29 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Carthcart Road parking lot, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The program is a community service to the residents of Montgomery County and the surrounding counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia. The program is not open to businesses or institutions.

On Jan. 24,2013,  the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), established a new recycling program for “covered devices,” which includes televisions, computers, printers and keyboards. Learn more about CDRA

Click here for a list of accepted items.

To learn more about recycling in Montgomery County, call the Recycling Hotline at 610-278-3618 or visit

RecycleMania: The Results Are In!

by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor

RM_logo_2013Montgomery County Community College  finished the national 2013 RecycleMania competition with some promising numbers!

The College placed 2nd among all higher education institutions in Pennsylvania in the competition’s Waste Minimization category, collecting 15.292 lbs. of combined trash and recycling per capita. Nationally, this ranked MCCC 17th in Waste Minimization among public two-year colleges and 25th overall.

In the Per Capita Classic category, the College finished 12th among public two-year institutions nationally, with 4.252 lbs. of recycling per capita, positioning it as 20th in PA and 303rd overall.

In the Grand Champion category, MCCC scored a 27.803% cumulative recycling rate, positioning it 9th in PA, 17th among public two-year institutions, and 143rd overall.

Overall, the College collected a cumulative 34,132 lbs. of recycling over the eight-week competition, ranking it 14th among public two-year institutions nationally, 18th in PA, and 271st overall in the Gorilla Prize category

RecycleMania is an eight-week nationwide competition, held Feb. 3 through March 30, during which colleges and universities competed to see who could reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste. Montgomery County Community College has participated for six consecutive years.

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 is translates to the energy consumption of four households or the emissions of nine cars.

To learn more about RecycleMania or to view the full list of results, visit

PHOTO GALLERY: Earth Day 2013

Check out photos from Montgomery County Community College’s week-long Earth Day celebration!

Photos by Matt Carlin, Diane VanDyke, John Welsh and Sandi Yanisko