UPCOMING EVENT: Energy Efficiency Fair by Snohomish County PUD

Purchase low cost energy efficiency appliances here on campus, on Wednesday October 18 from 11:30 am till 2:00 pm in the second floor hallway of Parks Student Union. The PUD team hosting this event will be selling a Home & Bath Savings Kit which includes 8 LEDs, 2 filament LEDs, a showerhead with smart adapter, and two faucet aerators for just $10.00 plus tax. This normally would cost $75.00 so don’t miss your chance to save up to $250.00 annually on energy costs for a fraction of the retail price. Also offered at this event is an LED flood light pack, that has the savings potential of up to $45.00 per year. Please read this flyer for more details.

 

EvCC Partners with 3-R Technology to benefit Bangalore Orphanage

“I’m happy to report that our latest shipment of laptops refurbished by 3R Technology just arrived at the Homes of Hope India orphanage in Bangalore. This facility provides housing, meals, and education for over a hundred young women and girls from one of the most disenfranchised and under-served communities in the world. These laptops help ensure much-needed education and training for their academic and employment future.”
Many thanks to you and all our customers for helping us make these donations possible! Your commitment to environmentally sound and ethical electronics recycling makes a tremendous difference…”    

       

 –Glen Giados, the CEO of 3-R Technology,  regarding the more than 5 tons of electronic waste that Everett Community College and local community members have recycled by partnering with 3-R Technology/Recycling  in the past 3 years during EvCC Sustainability recycling events.

 

EvCC Wildlife Habitat (Bird Garden) Installation Update 7-24-17

EvCC is ready to break ground on the wildlife habitat (Bird Garden) installation, funded by EvCC, Snohomish County Conservation District and the Pilchuck Audubon Society.  Pre project pics of the largely turf covered area between the West wall of Index B and the East wall of Graywolf hall show minimal landscaping and LOTS of grass…

The project, scheduled for completion in late September of 2017, will include native plants that are bird habitat friendly as well as a water feature.

The project will not only create a wildlife habitat, but beautify this corner of the campus.

 

 

EvCC Wildlife Habitat Installation

Baby bird feeding time!

EvCC and the Pilchuck Audubon Society are in the beginning stages of planning for a wildlife habitat installation designed to support the local avian population.

EvCC Sustainability team members Molly Beeman and Max Tinsley met with Jed Holmes, the Pilchuck Audubon Society’s Backyard Habitat Coordinator late last month to determine a suitable site on EvCC’s main campus to develop a bird friendly habitat.

EvCC Sustainability and Pilchuck Audubon are currently working on developing the necessary resources for this project, which will likely be completed by summer of 2018.

On completion, the project will provide habitable spaces for bird nest construction and native plants that attract insects to support the feeding of avian young.

The completed project will result in a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife certified backyard wildlife sanctuary for Everett Community College.

 

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!