Meet Student Environmental Club President Serena Dunlap

by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent

As a senior at Boyertown Area Senior High School, Serena Dunlap attended an art class at Montgomery County Community College via its dual enrollment program.  However, after graduating with a 3.7 GPA, she chose to attend Drexel University in fall of 2011.  She realized, after one semester, that Drexel would be too expensive and transferred back to MCCC for spring 2012.

Dunlap is a recipient of an Honors Program scholarship, which helps her budget since she’s paying for college herself.

“I am paying my own way through college.  I chose [MCCC] because it is close, inexpensive, and it keeps me in school.  I didn’t realize everything it had to offer until I got involved in the Honors Program and came to Central Campus.”

Dunlap spends her time this semester in much the same way she’s spent the past three semesters: busy.  On any given day, she darts from building to building on Central Campus; between classes and clubs to student government and volunteerism, Dunlap is the definition of student leadership.

“You want me to tell you everything I’m involved in?” Dunlap joked.  “I participate in anything at [MCCC].”

Her involvement at the College reads like the resume of an established adult many years her senior.

  • Member, Phi Thetta Kappa (2012-2013)
  • Montgomery County Community College Honors Program Member (2012-2013)
  • Student Government Vice President (2013)
  • President of Environmental Club (2013)
  • Northeast Regional Representative of the American Student Association of Community  Colleges (2012-2013)
  • Student Representative for the Student Life Committee (2013)
  • Upward Bound Peer Mentor (2013)
  • Student Government Senator at Central Campus (2012-2013)
  • Vice President of Environmental Club (2012-2013)

For the future, Dunlap wants to attend Bryn Mawr College and study Psychology, with a minor in Art.

“I wish to find my success in the field of art therapy,” she shared.

She’s off to a great start.  In fact, two of her original paintings were donated to and now hang in the Student Leadership and Involvement Office at West Campus.

Student Environmental Club President Serena Dunlap at MCCC's Campus Sustainability Day celebration in October. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

Student Environmental Club President Serena Dunlap at MCCC’s Campus Sustainability Day celebration in October. Photo by Alana J. Mauger

Culinary Arts Institute Goes ‘Landfill Free’

by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor

Montgomery County Community College’s brand new Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) became the institution’s first “Landfill-Free Enterprise” when it opened in August 2013. The CAI partners with Sustainable Waste Solutions (SWS), of Souderton,  to convert all waste — trash, recycling and food trimmings — into energy or materials.

“Sustainability is so important in the food industry, especially since we produce so much waste,” explained Chef Instructor and CAI Business Manager John De Pinto.

For waste that can be recycled, SWS employs single-stream advanced techniques to increase the rate of materials that are actually recycled, eliminating  byproduct waste that may end up in the landfill.

For materials that cannot be recycled, SWS employs Energy-from-Waste or Waste-to-Energy processes, which create energy, typically in the form of electricity, from the combustion of solid waste.

SWS also transforms 100% of the CAI’s food scraps — including meats and high fat foods that typically cannot be composted — into agricultural compost through a scientific process that complies with government regulations regarding disease control and ground water pollution. In addition all of the CAI’s cooking grease collected and transformed into biofuel.

Check out a short video tour of College’s brand new Culinary Arts Institute below!

Carpool Your Way to a New iPad From Zimride!

Hitting the road for Thanksgiving? Want to make a few extra bucks driving others along the way? Need to find a ride?

Montgomery County Community College has partnered with Zimride to make it easy to catch a lift or fill the empty seats in your car.

Sharing rides is safe and easy! MCCC’s customized Zimride site is only open to individuals  with a valid MCCC login and password. Use the same credentials you use to access WebAdvisor!

To date, the College’s students, faculty and staff have posted 1,286,654 miles since partnering with Zimride. That’s a potential CO2 reduction of 283,063 pounds!

Post your ride before the end of  November and be automatically entered to win an iPad, courtesy of Zimride! After posting, Zimride will match you up with others heading the same way.

So wherever you need to go, Zimride will get you home in time for Thanksgiving.

Household Batteries Now Accepted for Recycling

Montgomery County Community College is partnering with Grainger Industrial Supply to recycle household batteries. Collection boxes are available at several locations at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, including the College Hall south lobby entrance, the Parkhouse Hall 202 lobby entrance, the Advanced Technology Center atrium, the Facilities Management Building conference room, and the Science Center lower level near the Engineering laboratories.

Battery collection box in the ATC atrium.

Battery collection box in the ATC atrium.

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

Monthly Shuttle Rider Updates Now Available

shuttle report thumbStarting this fall, the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association (GVF) is providing the College with monthly ridership reports for its transportation shuttle program. The Shuttle Ridership Summaries are filed under the Data & Reporting tab.

Click here to read the August-September report or October report (PDF).

Keeping Pottstown’s Riverfront Park Green

Students from Montgomery County Community College’s Beta Tau Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the West Campus spent the morning of Saturday, Oct. 19 cleaning up Riverfront Park in Pottstown. Thank you to faculty advisors James Bretz and Diana McFadden for providing photos!