It IS Easy Being Green! S u sta i na bi l i t y Ad v isor y Co mm ittee S pre ad s th at Me ssa ge a t MCC __________________ We are working to increase awareness in all areas from things as simple as signage telling people not to use the handicap doors, if they don’t need them, to scheduling multifaceted special events throughout the year to involve faculty, staff and students. Awareness is key to our efforts. Jessie Klein Professor of Science MCC Sustainability Advisory Committee Chairwoman S ustainability is becoming a way of life at Middlesex as the college strives to make all its actions, even the ones you might never see, more environmentally sustainable. The framework of MCC’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (SAC) emerged from conversations among a diverse group of faculty and staff back in 2007. Early in the process, they worked with the Graphic Design department to have a student-designed logo created around the theme of “Reduce Reuse Recycle,” and worked with the MCC Facilities Department to hold the first textbook recycling drive. In May 2007, Middlesex President Carole Cowan joined hundreds of college and university presidents in signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), pledging the college community to develop a comprehensive plan to mitigate our negative impact on climate change. The ACUPCC states that institutions “within two years of signing will develop an institutional action plan for becoming climate neutral.” The SAC was formed as an ad hoc committee to carry out the mandates associated with being a signatory to the ACUPCC, and last year became a standing committee. Today, the 26-member committee, chaired by Science Professor Jessie Klein, works to develop informed, innovative strategies for sustainability initiatives on both campuses and to integrate sustainability-related practices in everything from strategic planning and institutional policies to purchasing, recycling activities, and operational and facilities management decisions. Current goals include providing accessible paper recycling receptacles for students and staff; involving students in sustainability efforts through special events throughout the school year; and promoting sustainability initiatives across the college community through implementation of a wide-range of communications strategies, including a website and newsletters. “We are doing many different things, which all together make a big difference in the amount of energy we use,” said Klein. “Committee members assume various responsibilities, often related to their jobs at the college. We currently have an extensive recycling program underway on both campuses. We are working to increase awareness in all areas from things as simple as signage – telling people not to use the handicap doors, if they don’t need them – to scheduling multifaceted special events throughout the year to involve faculty, staff and students. Awareness is key to our efforts.” Profiles __________________ |14|