Does an Immune-Boosting Diet Exist?

Eating enough nutrients as part of a varied diet is required for the health and function of all cells, including immune cells. Each stage of the body’s immune response relies on the presence of many micronutrients. Examples of nutrients that have been identified as critical for the growth and function of immune cells include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, zinc, selenium and Vitamin E.  You can get these nutrients from eating whole grains, beans, fruits, and vegetables. 

9 Helpful Tips For A Healthy and Sustainable Diet
9 Helpful Tips For A Healthy and Sustainable Diet

What’s great about Fall is that it’s root and squash season, which means you can make lots of delicious sheet pan meals or hearty soups. Another wonderful thing are the farmer markets, making it one of the best times to get food right from your local area. When buying regional produce, you help the farmers and economy around, as well as cut down on waste. Farmers tend to not wrap everything in plastic, and the food doesn’t have to travel as far, meaning you’ve aided in cutting down on carbon emissions. If you’re trying to find your closest farmers market, check your city’s chamber of commerce or find an app that serves your area or click here.

Buying your food seasonally is another way to be more sustainable. When you purchase food that is growing and ripe during its natural season, it is more nutritious, and doesn’t have to be flown in from a faraway land (which makes it more expensive too). Overall it cuts down on use of fossil fuels and is healthier for you.

Do you want more sustainability?  Check out the the newly redesigned EvCC Sustainability web pages!

Sustainability in the Time of COVID-19

We are in a period of uncertainty, anxiety, and confusion. How do we come together to support each other, stay productive, and stay safe?

How do we continue to advance our values of environmental and social justice?

How do we make good decisions and not let fear drive us apart from our care for the earth and each other? 

Physical distancing, not social distancing

One of the things that make societies resilient is our social infrastructure. Our network of friends and family help us in difficult times so reach out, connect, but do it in a safe manner.

Get outdoors

Just because we have to reduce exposure, doesn’t mean we need to be trapped inside. If you are feeling well and the weather allows, go for a walk, run, or bike ride.

Practice self-care

· Wash your hands 

· Avoid close contact (if you are in public keep your distance from others)

· Stay home if you’re sick (follow this guidance if you don’t feel well)

· Cover coughs and sneezes

· Clean and disinfect

Do what you can to stay healthy. Get plenty of sleep. Drink lots of water. Eat healthy and get exercise. A healthy body is better prepared to fight off the virus should you be exposed.

For those using online and phone to get your school or  work done, you are already reducing your footprint! Tele-commuting can cut down on transportation miles and often the technology provider is powered by clean energy . 

 To protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, everyone on campus needs to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Before you come to campus, please fill out the Trojan Safety Check-In form. You only need to submit the form once per day.  

Do you want more sustainability?  Check out the newly redesigned EvCC Sustainability web pages!  

Sustainable Transportation To Campus

Welcome to to the 2021-2022 school year. EvCC encourages and supports staff and students to engage in sustainable practices. Now that folks are coming back to campus, here is a friendly reminder of the sustainable options available to get to campus.

Bus

EvCC offers ORCA bus passes at discounted rates so you can save money by taking the bus to school. Several different buses come to the College Station. To find out how to get to campus by bus, check out the Trip Planner – Bus Service | Community Transit.

Bicycle

If you are able, and the weather permits, to ride a bike to campus, EvCC has a free bike fixing station outside of Grey Wolf Hall and bike lockers to keep your bike safe while you are in class. The bike locker keys require a $25 refundable deposit.

Carpool

To encourage people to find alternative means of transportation outside of driving solo, carpool parking passes are at a discounted rate. Save $35 compared to buying a regular parking pass! Do your part to reduce carbon emissions!

For more information on transportation options, check out Parking and Transportation | Everett Community College (everettcc.edu)

Free Electronics Recycling Event

EvCC is hosting 3R Technology for a FREE electronics recycle event on Tuesday, July 13th from 10am to 2pm in LOT F.
Drive up and drop off your electronics for free! To ensure personal security, 3R Technology gauruntees to wipe all data from devices.
Open to the public and EvCC Community 
Learn more about accepted E Waste materials here: https://3rtechnology.com/materials-accepted
Questions? Contact EvCC Sustainability at sustainability@everettcc.edu or call 425-388-9484.

Earth Week Events at EvCC

“The earth has music for those who listen.”

– William Shakespeare

Greetings from the Everett Community College Sustainability team,

Everett Community College has been dedicated to create a green campus for students and employees with Go Green, See Green, and Do Green. Partnering with local community and approval from the college, EvCC Sustainability Office has managed so many sustainability events and activities every year as well as providing free sustainability information. It’s the time of year where the Sustainability team begins Earth Week Event Series! The EvCC celebrate Earth Week events this year from April 19-22, 2021. We are so happy to announce that the annual plant swap is back as well as do-it-yourself recycled container planting kits and several virtual events are also included. Visit Earth Week for more information.

Everyone loves recycling stuff. Clemens Miersch , Transportation Coordinator of the Sustainability Office,  shares his video about how to upcycle candle. Check out his video and comment if you have done any recycled project.

Live green for a sustainable future!

P Patch Gardening

A p patch is a parcel of property that people can acquire and use to garden and grow food/plants. Groups of p patches are gathered together in community gardens. The P patch term is actually unique to the Seattle area. It is named after the Picardo family who pioneered this kind of collaborative gardening style. P patches a great way to garden away from home and help out the community.

Bayside P Patch is a lovely example of a community garden in Everett. Bayside offers great views of Possession Sound and an interesting juxtaposition of beautiful plants on the terraced hill overlooking old Everett Factories. Visit their website to learn more: http://baysidena.yolasite.com/p-patch.php. Also check out this great article written by a local gardener about their experience growing food at Bayside P Patch: https://salishmagazine.org/community-gardens/.

Photo taken at the Beacon Hill Food Forest community garden in Seattle

Sustainable Podcasts!

Everyone loves a good podcast. Here are some good ones themed around sustainable topics.

Treehugger’s podcast: https://treehugger.libsyn.com/. This is a podcast about ecological restoration

Gravy Podcast: https://www.southernfoodways.org/gravy-format/gravy-podcast/. A podcast from the Southern Foodways Alliance about foodways in the American south and sustainable food topics.

One to Grow on Podcast: https://www.onetogrowonpod.com/. This is a podcast about how food production impacts us and our world as well as agriculture. Topics like Navajo food sovereignty are covered.

Beyond Waste Podcast: https://www.postlandfill.org/beyond-waste-podcast-episode-1/?doing_wp_cron=1614284782.6526749134063720703125 This podcast is made by Post Action Landfill Network about the systemic impacts of various kinds of waste and what we can do about it.

CRT Television Preservation

CRT Televisions should be donated instead of being thrown away or recycled. They are extremely difficult to recycle because the leaded glass they contain has essentially no profit value and it can cause environmental contamination. They should be donated instead because many people still love CRTs and there are many communities that like to preserve these old technologies for use with old video games, VHS, LaserDisc, and more. A video game’s look and feel can be highly dependent on specific hardware setups like CRTs. Old video games often perform better on CRTs and even some games like the original Duck Hunt only work on CRTs. So instead of throwing away an old television, give it a new home! Read more about CRT preservation here: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/2/6/16973914/tvs-crt-restoration-led-gaming-vintage

CRTs are the main way to play Super Smash Bros Melee competitively. You will find lots of them at esports tournaments



Ways to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

What is stormwater runoff? On a forest floor, the rain is absorbed by the soil, but when rainwater falls on the mainly non-permeable surfaces we use like asphalt, gravel and concrete; this rain can mix with harmful substances on the ground like oil. This runoff ends up polluting our waterways and hurting wildlife.

There are many ways to reduce and combat stormwater runoff such as never dumping anything down a storm drain, avoiding pesticides, picking up pet waste, rerouting water from a downspout to help rain soak into the soil, repairing leaky side sewers, and much more. Check out a local stormwater or stream group like SnoKing Watershed Council (http://snokingwatershedcouncil.org/) to learn more and find stream and habitat restoration volunteer opportunities.

Visit this link to learn more about ways to reduce stormwater: https://www.kingcounty.gov/services/environment/water-and-land/stormwater/introduction/stormwater-runoff.aspx

See if you can get a rebate for installing a rain garden or cistern: https://www.700milliongallons.org/

Check out the Tulalip Tribes resources and virtual library about climate change, salmon, stormwater, and much more here: https://nr.tulaliptribes.com/Topics/ClimateChange

North Creek Park is not just a fun trail to visit, but also is a storm water retention facility. Wetlands like the one in this park act as filters for urban environments. When water reaches the wetland, gravity slowly pulls the water through the soil and plants, which removes fine pollutants like fertilizers and oil.

Hydroponics and Aquaponics

Hydroponics is a way of cultivating plants in nutrient-rich water instead of soil. Aquaponics is a combination of hydroponics with aquaculture( raising fish and other aquatic animals). These create self-sustainable and symbiotic systems which are capable of producing a wide variety of crops from lettuce, herbs, melons, berries, beans, peas, and much more.

This graph briefly explains the symbiotic and self sustaining aquaponics system.

Farmer Frog in Woodinville has a great aquaponics system. There are lots of kinds of fish used such as trout but the main fish are koi. To learn more about Farmer Frog and their aquaponics system, visit their website: https://farmerfrog.org/

To learn more about hydroponics and aquaponics check out these resources: https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/hydroponics and https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/aquaponics. Also make sure to check out the Everett Clippers Aquaponics article by Crystin Clouser: https://everettclipper.com/13156/showcase/aquaponics-a-solution-for-self-sustainability/

Peppers growing in the Farmer Frog Aquaponics System