Sustainability Successes at MCC
MCC students and staff are committed to sustainable practices here on our campus. Please note that the following list of sustainability successes is not comprehensive. To better promote all sustainability initiatives campus-wide we ask that you contact us.
1. Sustainability Task Force at MCC (Jan. 2011 – first formal meeting).
2. Solar-thermal equipment installed in room 510. Energy recovered is used to heat water.
3. Establishment of MCC’s Sustainability web page located under Excellence in Education.
4. Electronic Cycling Collection in partnership with Goodwill Industries and West Shore Symphony. Five Gaylord boxes (62 cubic foot/box) were filled with electronic equipment.
5. ChargePoint electric car charging station.
6. Use of electronic student records.
7. Replacing computing servers to a cloud computing system.
8. Siemens project.
9. Student Clubs (Gardening, Environmental (former biology club)...).
10. Recycling of paper, cardboard, some plastic on campus in selected area.
11. Increases use of sustainable products (microfiber cloths, increased use of green-products...).
12. Cooperative ordering with other institutions.
13. Use of “green” gowns for graduation (student and faculty).
14. Purchasing a document imaging system.
15. Reactivated Land Use Committee (2004).
16. MCC Board designated and protected Natural Area on campus (approximately 10 acres).
17. Alternative and renewable energy programs. First ARE class offerred winter of 2012.
18. Silver Creek Energy Lab (SCEL) industry partnership with Erdman Manufacturing.
19. Decrease wattage of lighting used on campus; old lamps are recycled.
20. Riparian buffer zones (protected interface between land and water) surrounding all natural water sources.
21. Green roofs on parts of newer buildings.
22. Battery recycling campus-wide
23. Outdoor learning environment; grass nearby replaced with native wildflowers.
24. Removal of non-native fish from Four Mile Creek on MCC’s grounds.
25. Addition of an environmental science course (BIOL 110).
26. Providing opportunities for faculty and staff to visit other sustainability programs and attend conferences.
27. Numerous printers defaulting to duplex (two-sided) printing.
28. Multi-bin recycling at MCC hosted events.
29. Hosting sustainability presentations on campus.
30. Established student internships to assist Muskegon townships with gathering energy data. Data is to be used to establish a baseline, explore energy efficiency strategies, seek ways to implement energy efficiency strategies, and reduce green house gas emissions (MCC-Jeff Stipes, MAREC, Leslee Rohs, Renae Hesselink…).
31. America Recycles Day (Nov. 15, 2011) - MCC will provide recycling of plastics (1-7), glass, aluminum, paper, and cardboard across the campus.
32. Participated in America Recycle's Day November 15, 2012 with a recycling education event in the Student Union.
33. Added five Busch Waste Watcher recycling bin stations to the Student Union, Gerber Lounge, Collegiate Hall, Cyber Cafe, and the Stevenson Center front hall. The stations accept four stream recycling: 1) clean paper, cardboard; 2) glass, metal, plastics 1-7; 3) compost; 4) waste.
34. Informed all administration and departments, 38, on "How to Recycle," offered Task Force assistance with recycling, and asked for help, ideas and a liaison representative from each area to help with sustainability efforts.
35. February 14, Valentine's Day, distributed "Smarties" candy with a message to all college employees, approximately 600. Message read, "One Planet. Be Smart. Recycle. Reuse. Reduce waste and consumption." The plege people agreed to was, “I pledge to learn how to recycle, reuse and reduce waste and consumption. Sincerely,_________”. About 200 were handed out to students.