The EvCC Sustainability Newsletter
April 2013 Special Earth Week Issue
By Molly Beeman
It finally happened; Spring has sprung!!!
In this issue, those that are "green at heart" can find all the information needed to participate in EvCC's 3rd annual Earth Week Celebration events! Visit the vendors on Awarness day; Get free coffee* by bringing your own cup; See Ciscoe live and in person...and much, much more! Ready to get out and work in your yard? Check out the tips below for a more sustainable spring.
Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25th EVCC Celebrates Earth Week!
Join EvCC in our annual celebration of Earth Week April 22nd through the 25th. Check out the Sustainable Vendor Awareness Fair on Monday the 22nd; if green is your game, join Ciscoe Morris on campus for a discussion about organic gardening on Tuesday the 24th. Are you a student, staff or faculty at EvCC? Enter the EvCC Earth Art Competition (see details below). Click here for a link to all the fabulous activities and events!
EvCC Sustainability highlight: EvCC's Earth Art Competition
Submit your sustainable work of art at the EvCC Earth Week "Earth Art" competition for bragging rights and valuable prize money. Click here for the 2013 Earth Art Entry Form. No project? Visit the Whitehorse Hall Critique space (Whitehorse Hall 2nd floor) between Monday, April 22nd and Thursday, April 25th to view the submissions. Vote for your favorite recycled material artwork by submitting a "people's choice" vote and help a starving artist find fame and acclaim! EvCC Earth Art Competition projects will be displayed beginning Monday, April 22nd through Thursday, April 25th. Judging will commence from 10am-1pm, April 25th, 2013, Whitehorse Hall Critique Space. Event entry limited to current students, staff and faculty of Everett Community College. Event attendance is free and open to the public.
Earth Week programs are supported with grants from the EvCC Sustainability Initiative.
Have a sustainable spring!
Ever wonder how many of the things you purchase are actually "green"? Some businesses are going far out of their way to make sustainability a marketing tool, others have good intentions and practice great "green" and sustainable purchasing. How to tell the difference? It can be simpler than you think. Try these simple tips to see if where you shop for spring measures up.
- Where do the products for sale at the business come from? Are the products locally manufactured or grown? For example, Cedar Grove carries sustainable products, locally ‘created’ from what would otherwise go to a land fill…win-win!
- Think about buying locally from businesses who "grow their own" like local nurseries. Beautify your yard AND be good to the environment! Try nurseries like West Coast in Monroe, or Storm Lake Growers Inc (they specialize in local flora and fauna) .
- Reuse and Recycle!!! If you are purchasing plants for your yard this spring, think about donating the plastic pots the plants come in to the EvCC Grounds Department, local nurseries or asking the store to take them back . Plastic can take decades to degrade in a landfill, and is so easily reusable...
EVCC Efficiency Projects
- EvCC's Liberty Hall (a replacement project for the aging EvCC Index Quad buildings) is nearly complete! This 55,000 squarefoot building will be EvCC's third
high efficiency LEED rated building project. This building has two high efficiency grants applications in process.
- EvCC's Lead Electrician, Steve Lyons is working on EvCC's 44th efficency upgrade. This upgrade will likely put EvCC's cumulative electricity savings at more that 1.5 million KW.
- EvCC Rainier Boiler Project (Completed): Everett Community College recently completed a project to install more efficient heating systems to Rainier Hall. Previously connected to the campus boiler system, Rainier Hall now has an individual boiler. This project was partially funded by a 162K Department of Commerce grant. The ESCO (Energy Services Company) for this project was McKinstry.
- EvCC's Corporate and Continuing Education Center (CCEC): Both PUD (lighting) and PSE (HVAC) have received applications for efficiency for this project. More information will become available as the project gets nearer to completion.
- EvCC's Shuksan Hall building has had a boiler installed, removing it from the main campus boiler system. The new boiler will provide a higher level of occupant comfort and save both money and energy.
Sustainable Projects and Programs at EvCC
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