Sustainability Week at MHC

Mount Holyoke GW

October 20-27, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

"Addressing the Energy Crisis with the next Generation of Photovoltaics"
Alexi Arango, Assistant Professor of Physics

The energy from sunlight incident on terrestrial regions of the United States each day is enormous. The energy used each day in the United States is equally mind-boggling. Today, the primary challenge for solar energy conversion is no longer cost or efficiency, but instead how to deploy a sufficient number of solar panels to significantly impact power generation capacity. At Mount Holyoke College, students are investigating a new solar cell technology that employs semiconductor materials that are more amenable to large-scale mass production.

10:30-2:30 p.m.
Miller Worley Center Volunteer Day 
Volunteer at a youth Urban Garden in Springfield.

Join the Miller Worley Center for the Environment in volunteering at Gardening the Community is a youth-based urban agriculture project in Springfield, MA that teaches kids how to grow food in the city and create access to healthy food in urban neighborhoods. Transportation is available. Feel free to drive your own vehicle as well. Please email the Miller Worley Center for the Environment. Please wear clothes suitable for gardening, and bring a water bottle. Meet at the Blanchard Bus Station at 10:30am we will be returning to campus for 2:30pm.

Sunday, October 21, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

5k for Farmland

Each year students from MHC's Food Justice Society participate in Kestrel Land Trust's 5k for Farmland an Annual Fundraiser which helps raise funds for the preservation of farmland in the Connecticut River Valley. While Registration is $22 The Miller Worley Center subsidizes student participation to $5 per student. Students interested in participating should contact the Miller Worley Center to get connected to FJS.  Kestrel Land Trust is dedicated to conserving the land that sustains the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.

Monday, October 22

Eco-Reps Launching of Terracycle Campaign

TerraCycle is a non-profit organization, which takes commonly used items that are often thrown in the trash and recycles or upcycles them. Eco-rep's campaign will focus collecting salty food bags, such as Frito-Lay chip bags and Rold Goldpretzel bags and giving them to Terracycle to turn into binders and picnic tables!

Collections bins will be located in Blanchard, and in Kendade the following week. Each recycled bag earns $0.02 for a fantastic local food justice non-profit, Gardening the Community.

Tuesday, October 23, 4:00 -6:00 p.m.

Food Justice Society Iron Chef Competition

8-12 students will team up with Dining Services to bring you the MHC IRON CHEF COMPETITION

The Iron Chef event will feature local ingredients and serious(ly fun) competition. Email Maxine Getz if you think you can cook and would like to be on a team.  

There will be a planning meeting with dining services liaisons on Wednesday, Oct. 17th between 2:00pm and 4:30 (exact time tba when teams are formed) and food preparation will take place the day of the event, Oct. 23rd, from 4-6pm. There will be prizes and fame for the winning team!
Respond with interest by Monday, Oct. 15th. As part of Green Week, the event will focus on sustainability, local food, and environmental awareness as the theme.

Wednesday, October 24, 4:15 - 5:30p.m.

National Sustainability Day – Blanchard 2nd floor and lounge area

Various departments and offices around Mount Holyoke will display their contribution to a sustainable Mount Holyoke. Groups will feature videos, demonstrations, tips, and instructions on how you can help keep MHC green. Refreshments will be available!  (Participating groups include: EAC, Office of Environmental Stewardship, Facilities Management, Food Justice Society, MWCE, Dining Services, LITS, Parking and Fleet Services, Campus Police)

7:30 p.m. Blanchard Great Room

The Eco-Reps and The Food Justice Society, are hosting Eco-Jeopardy. You've seen the show now come test your eco-knowledge! Tim Farnham, chair of the Environmental Studies Department and Director of the Miller Worley Center for Environment will be hosting!

Professors, staff, and students will be participating together for a chance to win awesome gift baskets and raise awareness for a local food justice NGO, Gardening the Community.

FREE refreshments and donuts for all attendees! (Bring your own mug, of course!)

Visit the Event Page to learn how you can participate.

Thursday, October, 25 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Taboo: How TABOO is your plate??

Do you think our food system is broken? Are you concerned about factory farming, toxic pesticides, and GMOs? Can sustainable agriculture really feed the world? How can we actually move towards a more sustainable food system? How much of ourselves do we have to change to make it work? Join us for the local premiere of food activist Anna Lappé’s new animated short film about industrial agriculture and a discussion about sustainable farming on a local and global scale.

Facilitators: Becca Neubardt '13, and Maxine Getz (Food Justice Society) '13
Location: Blanchard Lounge (227)

Thursday, October, 25 7:30 p.m.

Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
Miller Worley Environmental Leadership Lecture

Former Sierra Club President, Robin Mann '73

Robin Mann '73 will discuss the direction of the modern environmental movement and reflect upon her experience as president of one of the most powerful environmental organizations in the country.

October, 27

Miller Worley Center for the Environment will be sponsoring tickets to: Bioneers by the Bay Conference

Other Sustainability Week Initiatives

  • The President’s Office will announce a Green Initiatives Fund for ideas to make MHC more sustainable.
  • Campus Residential Life will feature “Green-Living Tips” in all dorm halls.
  • Dining Services serving Sustainable Gracious Dinner during Family and Friends Weekend (Oct. 20)