MCC Sustainability Advisory Committee

What's New...

2020/03/02 — The Sustainability Advisory Committee is sponsoring our annual textbook recycling program which will run from Monday, March 23rd to Friday, April 3rd.  We will be partnering with a local nonprofit organization, More Than Words.  If you have textbooks that you no longer use, please consider recycling them; however, they DO NOT accept textbooks over 10 years old, or any other educational resources such as encyclopedias, magazines, journals, audio cassettes or CD's (for another option that includes older books, see the item for 2020/02/05, below).

Recycling bins will be located in these locations:

  • Cowan Center — 5th floor across from cube 12
  • Talbot — security desk
  • Derby — security desk
  • Federal — next to the elevator
  • Henderson — hallway closest to Bedford House
  • North Academic — next to the copy center
  • South Academic — student lounge
  • Academic Resources — near the ramp to the library
  • Bedford House — kitchen

2020/02/25 — MCC Student Sustainability Club Restarted. With the assistance of Prof. Lisa Lobel (Biology, and SAC member), a group of intrepid students has rebooted the MCC Student Sustainability Club. Here is the meeting schedule for club for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester:

    Tuesday, March 3 at 3pm in HH 113,

    Tuesday, March 24 at 3pm in HH 116,

    Tuesday, April 7 at 3pm in HH 116,

    Tuesday, April 21 at 3pm in HH 113, and

    Tuesday, May 5 at 3pm in HH 113.

The club plans to participate in the 50th anniversary Earth Day celebration held at UMass Lowell. Watch this space.

2020/02/05 — Faithe MacElliot, of the TRiO program and a member of Our Faire Committee, has been working with Prof. Emile to collect textbooks to stock a new University in the Ivory Coast, Africa. Books as old as 20 years are welcome. See his description of need below.

A few countrymen and I are working on a project to build a University where English as a Foreign Language and business courses will be taught. I definitely need books, any subject as students will need them for research in any area they would like. Cote d'Ivoire (the Ivory Coast that is) being French speaking, books written in English are hard to find for those students who are eager to learn the language. Many of them travel to neighboring countries such as Ghana for books written in English. This will save them and their parents a trip. It would be great to have books written in 1999 and up.

To arrange a contribution, contact Faithe at

2019/10/28 — A free Sustainability Best Practices workshop will be held Monday, November 4, 8:00 AM-12:30 PM, at Moloney Hall on the University of Massachusetts, Lowell campus. There is no fee for the workshop, but registration is required. The focus is on sustainability experiences in the Massachusetts higher education system. Students are encouraged to participate. To register, and for much more information, please follow this link.

2019/10/23 — On November 2, at 3:00 PM in the MCC Concert Hall, Bedford, the MCC World of Music series will present a concert entitled Environmental Issues Reflected by Music. The concert, featuring MCC music faculty members Robert Bekker, (guitar), Orlando Cela (flute), Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta (piano) and Anna Ward (soprano) is presented in conjunction with the Fall 2019 IDS Weekend, Navigating Climate Change. For more information, go to the MCC World of Music web page.

2019/09/30 (from the MCC NewsCaster) — ​There are still a few seats left for the IDS 105-30 (CRN 15905) weekend course, Navigating Climate Change: Hope, Action, Solidarity, which includes a film screening of a new short documentary, Lost World, and discussion with Cambodian American Director Kalyanee Mam, on her award-winning film advocating for environmental sustainability. A flyer for the course may be found here.

2019/09/21 — Water Bottle Filling Station Update. Approval has been given for the installation of a water bottle filling station in South Academic Building on the Bedford campus. No ETA for the station was given. The goal of the project is to have at least one such station in each MCC building on both campuses. See the 2017/10/07 note below for a picture, in case you've never come across one. (added 2019/10/23 — a station is now installed in South Academic.)

2019/06/04 (updated 2019/06/06) — Community Garden ApplicationCome Garden with us this summer!

It's that time of year again, when we begin our growing season in the Middlesex Community College Community Garden!

Applications due by Monday, June 17th.

The application is for a 2' x 8' plot within our Community Garden, and will be reviewed by the MCC Sustainability Advisory Committee. To help us make improvements to our garden and offset costs, there is a $25.00 fee, payable in the Student Accounts Office (Bedford Campus, Building 8, Campus Center, Rm 225).

Plots are assigned on first come, first served basis, and will be designated as soon as your application is processed. This plot assignment will then be emailed to you.

There will be a garden prep event and plots will be available for planting starting on Friday, June 7th after 1:00pm. If you would like to assist in preparing the garden, please join us!

In our garden, we do not use any pesticides or chemicals, so we ask that you do not bring them to use within your own plot.

The application for your plot may be found here.

2018/10/29Thanks to Sustainability Committee member, and librarian extraordinaire (which simply means she's a librarian) Kim Money Priddy, we present a link to a site which gives basic operating information and data about the geothermal system operating in Trustee's House in Bedford. Follow this link: Faculty may find this site a useful source of real-life datasets for use in classes.

MCC is continuing to install water bottle filling stations. The initial goal is to install one such station in each MCC building. So bring a reusable water bottle to campus to fill and you'll never need to use up another plastic cup again. A picture of a station can be seen with a click here.

2015/04/09 — MCC Earth Day Photo Contest.
Show the College and the world how you practice sustainable habits on campus, and win a prize. Take a "sustainable selfie" of yourself (and others) and submit it to the Sustainable MCC Facebook site. The photos with the most likes will win prizes. Complete details and contest rules are available here: Contest Details and Information Link

Sustainability Newsletter 2014


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