Sustainability at MCC

What Is Sustainability?

Sustainability has many definitions but the basic principles and concepts remain constant: balancing a growing economy, protection for the environment, and social responsibility, so they together lead to an improved quality of life for ourselves and future generations.

Sustainable development: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

This concept of sustainability encompasses ideas, aspirations, and values that continue to inspire public and private organizations to become better stewards of the environment and promote positive economic growth and social objectives. The principles of sustainability can stimulate technological innovation, advance competitiveness and improve our quality of life.

The Sustainability Team at MCC

Current Major Projects

  • A demonstration solar energy project
  • A demonstration wind energy project
  • Expand the area of college grounds being cared for in an environmentally friendly manner
  • Develop the 'college pond' and the ‘bandshell pond’ in a way that might make both useable as outdoor classrooms for environmental science classes
  • Place bike racks around campus- encourage use of bicycles to save energy
  • Work with college cafeteria service to improve re-cycling efforts
  • The MCC Farmers Market
  • President's Climate Commitment Planning
  • Green Catering Guidelines
  • Campus Energy Audit
  • Sustainability Curriculum Development
  • MCC Composting Project
  • Sustainability Club
  • "Green Campus" Live Wire Column
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Information Technology Liaison
  • Reduction of Paper Use
  • Student Car Pool/Transportation
  • Developing a long-term strategic plan
  • Sustainability Newsletter
  • Develop the Sustainability Website
Our Latest Project - The MCC Community Gardens
  • 20 garden parcels
  • 2009 is the first year on campus
  • Individuals and depts (biology, culinary arts, environmental science, archaeology, and Great Path Academy)
  • 4 compost bins located adjacent to the Gardens
  • Includes students from MCC, Great Path Academy and Manchester Regional Academy
  • The Entrepreneurship Class at MCC is developing a small business to sell MCC Compost at the Farmers’ Market
  • Graphic Design students are developing a logo for the compost bags

Contact Us

If you are interested in working with Team Green please contact:

Director of Public Safety/Environmental Health: Susan Gibbens
SGibbens@mcc.commnet.edu

Professor of English: Patrick Sullivan
PSullivan@mcc.commnet.edu

Professor of Sport & Exercise Studies: Andy Paterna
APaterna@mcc.commnet.edu

Last Update: October 08 2010
For additional information, contact: John Murray