Spring Cleaning in Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood

Now that Spring is in full-swing, it’s time to get cleaning! Last Saturday, May 20th, dozens of neighbors from around EvCC turned out to rid themselves of the clutter which they’ve accumulated over the last year. Volunteers from EvCC’s Custodial and Facilities crews helped residents of the Northwest neighborhood throw out or recycle old electronics, scrap metals and lumber, yard waste, and other household items such as carpets, bedframes and more.

A big thanks to 3-R Electronics Recycling for coming out to this event! Also saved from certain doom in the landfill were a number of bicycles, which were happily accepted by a local bike shop in town. Although neighbors did not have to pay an entry fee, they were asked for donations to help cover the the rental and hauling costs of the containers.

Employees who volunteered their time spoke of this event as a good way for the college to improve its connection and relationship with the surrounding community; something to be appreciated as the college can sometimes forget how its growth and resulting traffic impact our neighbors.

This event was sponsored by the Northwest Neighborhood Association, in partnership with EvCC’s Sustainability Team.

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Leadership Academy Focuses on Sustainability

EvCC’s Leadership Academy provides a professional development opportunity for college faculty, staff, and administrators to enhance skills with specific emphasis on leadership practices, working styles, diversity, communication, group dynamics, design thinking, change management and conflict resolution. The academy takes place over the course of  eight months and focuses on building small teams who work together on a projects that give back to the college.

Team Hufflepuff
Team Hufflepuff: Elise Robinson, Lisa Jones, Brittany Padgett, Mile Labitzke, and Stephanie Coxon

For the 2016-2017 academy, Team Hufflepuff worked with client Pat Sisneros, Vice President of College Services.

One of Pat’s areas of focus was making sustainability more institutionalized at EvCC and for the college to eventually be recognized as a national leader for sustainability.  Of course, we already know that EvCC is doing some great work with sustainability, but it turns out that we needed to do a better job at telling our story and encouraging everyone to get on board.

Team Hufflepuff tackled this project with the goal of completely revamping the college’s sustainability website with easier navigation, updated images, and action-oriented language. It would be an area to show off the great work that is already happening on campus as well as bring in new tools and resources to help spark greater interest on campus.

The Results – After 8 Months

  • A new campaign was created (Go, See, Do!)
  • The website structure and design was completely overhauled
  • A new dashboard was created on the website, based on EvCC’s Climate Action Plan
  • New photos were taken to highlight areas on campus where sustainability is happening
  • EvCC President Dr. Beyer issued a statement on sustainability
  • Current and new sustainability resources were highlighted
  • A new sustainability pledge was created
  • A new sustainability hero award was created
  • A new sustainability resource map was created
  • A new sustainability blog was created (and you are reading it now!)
  • A sustainability audit process that was first conceptualized through a previous leadership academy project was resurrected
  • Team Hufflepuff presented to faculty, staff, and administrators to help raise awareness and encourage participation in sustainability practices

Have you visited the new sustainability website? Have you used any of the new tools and participated in sustainability practices?

Notice a colleague committing “random acts of greenness?” Then be sure to recognize them!

EvCC’s New Sustainability Map

Practicing sustainability is easier than you think!

We’ve created a comprehensive map of tips, tools, and resources to help you live sustainable every single day. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that!

Whether you take advantage of a bring-your-own-cup discount, or decide to participate in a carpool – here are the many ways that you can contribute to a better community at EvCC and beyond.

sustainability map

Click here to view the map