by Robert Gardner, Think Green Correspondent
For the third consecutive year, Montgomery County Community College celebrated National Campus Sustainability Day activities at its Central Campus in Blue Bell (Oct. 17) and West Campus in Pottstown (Oct. 24).
The events aimed to disseminate information regarding the College’s sustainability efforts. The following aspects were highlighted:
- The Athletic Department, in partnership with the Office of Student Leadership, started its annual food drive early, with Women’s Basketball Coach Kelly Donahue and student-athlete Danielle Lillo collecting non-perishable food items.
- Carissa Bobenchik of GVF offered Bike Maps for the Philadelphia region, SEPTA routes, and other sustainable transportation information; GVF manages the Campus Shuttle.
- Custodial Services displayed many of the “green” products it uses, including paper products which contain recycled content and environmentally-friendly chemicals for cleaning.
- Barnes & Noble Campus Bookstore had gave away coupons good for two free cups of coffee with the purchase of any sustainable item, which include coffee and travel mugs, water bottles, notebooks with recycled paper, and Champion brand “eco-sweatshirts” made of up to 5% recycled polyester. The coffee coupons are printed on wildflower-seeded paper which can be planted.
- At the Central Campus, students set up by the Morris Road lot measured drivers’ tire pressure. According to fueleconomy.gov, keeping tires properly inflated can improve gas mileage by 3.3%, or equivalent gasoline savings of up to $0.11 per gallon.
- The ACE Club’s poster presentation (Central Campus) artfully depicted the College’s dedication to sustainability, including:
- The Environmental Club, the College’s newest student-run club at the Central Campus was on hand to recruit new members and inform the public of upcoming activities. On Sunday, Oct. 28, ACE Club and Environmental Club will participate in Cresheim Creek Planting Day. Also, many will join professor Jerry Coleman at Pennypack Farm on Friday, Nov. 2 to learn about sustainable farming. Those interested should contact ACE Club President John Stalker at firstname.lastname@example.org or EC President Sara Calcinore at email@example.com.
- At the West Campus, Student Government Association members, Student Leadership & Involvement volunteers, and IT staff members joined GVF and Mustangs Athletics in providing information.
Photos by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor