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MCTC to Host 10th Annual Sustainability Fair

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

The Raptor Center visits MCTCThe Three-Legged Frog Environmental Club and MCTC Faculty Sustainability Committee invite the MCTC community to attend the tenth annual Sustainability Fair. The Fair, titled “What Is Your Environmental Footprint (and Why Should You Care)?” will host a variety of community environmental organizations, speakers and student clubs to share their expertise, commitment and enthusiasm to inspire greater awareness and action on current environmental issues.

  • April 2
  • 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
  • T Skyway

The fair will offer educational opportunities on climate change, water conservation, sustainable food, recycling and composting, biodiversity preservation, sustainable transportation and sustainable energy—including solar and geothermal energy. Participants will learn ways to reduce their environmental footprint, and have opportunities to get involved and take action on a variety of environmental issues.

The University of Minnesota Raptor Center will return for the fourth year, presenting live raptors, including a bald eagle. (Photo taken at the 2013 Sustainability Fair).

More than 20 environmental and student organizations will be tabling at the fair. The event will provide attendees free pizza with organic ingredients and sodas from a local co-op.

“No Impact Week” Supports College Sustainability Efforts

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Thousands of plastic bottles comprise the "Bottle Buyology" exhibit.The MCTC Faculty Sustainability Committee and Three-Legged Frog student environmental club will host No Impact Week at MCTC March 3–7. No Impact Week, inspired by the film No Impact Man, is a one-week challenge that seeks to increase awareness, education and empowerment surrounding environmental issues, and to offer alternative lifestyle habits to reduce environmental impact. Click here for a complete schedule of events, including two screenings of the film No Impact Man.

“MCTC is a large institution, and it does create an impact on the environment,” said Erica Joelson, member of the Three-Legged Frog student club and chief organizer of No Impact Week. “We use energy to heat and cool the buildings, water in kitchens, bathrooms and labs, and paper in all sorts of ways. The amount of waste the College creates does have an impact on the environment.”

In 2009 MCTC President Phil Davis signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, joining a network of 450 colleges and universities across the country that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. The mission of this group is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.

MCTC has already taken steps to reduce its environmental impact, and currently has in place programs to recycle packaging materials and food waste, incorporate environmental impact studies on all new construction projects and use a variety of energy-saving technologies. “MCTC planted rain gardens during the recent plaza renovation, and the Science building was built with sustainability in mind,” said Three-Legged Frog student club president Michelle Larsen. “The campus offers a decent recycling program, the cafeteria sells organic milk, campus stores sell reusable water bottles and there are many environmentally- and sustainability-minded courses to take. However, we could still do more.”

“I have had students in classes throughout my years of teaching Environmental Science who started out thinking they couldn’t really make a difference in the environmental problems that our planet is experiencing—that their actions didn’t really matter,” said Cathy Geist, MCTC Biology instructor and advisor of the Three-Legged Frog student club. “However, after a time many of them begin to feel more empowered to make changes, and discover that these changes really do matter. There are myriad changes we all can make one step at a time. That’s what No Impact Week is all about.”

Photo: The Three-Legged Frog student group brought a segment of an exhibit titled “Bottle Buyology” to MCTC’s T Building Skyway in the fall of 2012 to illuminate a small percentage of the amount of recyclables that are thrown away in Minnesota each year. The display, created by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, was originally featured in the 2012 Minnesota State Fair Eco Experience building and measured 30 feet long by 15 feet high.

Sustainability Fair

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Sustainability FairApril 27
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
MCTC’s T Building Skyway

“One Planet, Many Voices”

Come to the annual Sustainability Fair and learn what you can do to ‪live more sustainably with all life on our beautiful planet. Environmental organizations and speakers will share important information about their sustainability efforts. Sign up for a chance to win raffle prizes (State park pass, co-op gift certificates), get your bike repaired for free, drink organic Peace coffee and tea. Most importantly, talk to people about what you care about!

This event is free and open to all. Presented by the Three-Legged Frog ‪Environmental Club‬. Our goal is to have a waste free event.

Speaker Schedule

11 a.m.: Three-Legged Frog Presents: Power Shift 2011 Panel Discussion
Last week, 10,000 young leaders converged on Washington, DC to stand up for our future. Eight Three-Legged Frog members were among them. This generation is the largest in American history, and it is up to us to shift the power from big polluters to the people! We will share our experience with you and discuss the crucial needs our community has for a sustainable, clean energy future.

12 p.m.: Corrine Bruning & Collie Graddick – Building Local Resilience: Energy and Food Systems
Corrine Bruning is a former Three-Legged Frog member and president. She will be presenting on the Transition Town movement and her personal experiences in facilitating Transition Town Phillips in south Minneapolis. The aim of Transition Town is to equip communities for the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil, looking at across-the-board creative adaptations in the realms of energy production, health, education, economy and agriculture as a “road map” to a sustainable future for the town. Collie Graddick is an educator, farmer, food justice advocate, consultant with the MN Department of Agriculture and facilitator of the Coop Project. He has recently led a series of workshops on how to build a Neighborhood Level Sustainable Food System.

1 p.m.: Alphonce Nicholaus & Donovan LaLonde: Sustainability from Minnesota to Tanzania
Alphonce graduated from the U of M in Environmental Science, Policy and Management and is currently in the Masters Program for Geographic Information Sciences. He will share how his commitment to both the environment and human well-being has developed. He plans to return to his homeland, Tanzania, to work on environmental conservation, such as working with both children and adults on tree planting projects. Donovan, currently a U of M student, is majoring in Communications, with a minor in Sustainability Studies. He has designed an innovative sustainability manual for the U of M campus and looks forward to applying his unique combination of environmental knowledge and human understanding to his future work. (Both Alphonce and Donovan are former MCTC students and were active members of Three-legged Frog.)

2 p.m.: VIDEO: Majora Carter – Momentum 2011 Series
Majora Carter simultaneously takes on public health, poverty and climate change adaptation as one of the nation’s pioneers of environment-centered urban renewal and green-collar job training and placement. She began her remarkable career trajectory by founding Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 to bring community-building jobs and a healthier environment to the neighborhood in which she grew up.