Sustainable Massasoit

Welcome to Sustainable Massasoit!

On this site you will learn about Massasoit Community College’s sustainability initiatives, the latest environmental news, and ways you can get involved. We’d like to hear from you. Please contact us @

Sustainable Gardens Walking Tour

walking-tour-imageBrockton Campus

Friday, October 14, 12:00 p.m.

Professors Andy Oguma & Melanie Trecek-King


Have you ever wondered why Massasoit planted a wildflower meadow? Or just what is a riparian buffer or a bioswale? Or what species are actually planted in those gardens around campus? Now you can find out!

We are excited to be debuting our new sustainable-gardens-self-guided-tour on the Brockton campus! Professors Oguma and Trecek-King will lead us on the tour, using the route and pamphlets developed by Professor Oguma. These pamphlets will be made available on an ongoing basis for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to tour the gardens themselves and gain a greater understanding of the plantings and their environmental benefits.

Tour starts in Louison Board Room (Student Center) at noon.

Environmental League of Massasoit (ELM)

The Environmental League of Massasoit (ELM), formerly the Earth Club, is a student club open to all Massasoit students. Its purpose is to promote sustainability on campus and in the larger community and to support activities that enhance the enjoyment of the environment. New participants and new ideas are always welcome! Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.

The ELM meets the first and third Wednesday of each month, 12-1:00 p.m., in the Science Building, Room S115. Come join us!

We will be doing a community garden clean-up on Saturday, October 22, 11:00 a.m., at Sachem Rock Farm (355 Plymouth Street, East Bridgewater). We are planning a hike and picnic afterward. If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the club advisors below.

Hands on a globe --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisFor more information, please contact:

Michael Bankson

Andy Oguma

Holly States



MA State Senate to Consider “Right-to-Dry” Legislation

clothes-line-296455_960_720July 18, 2016 –

To  promote energy conservation, the state Senate has legally reaffirmed residents’ rights to a traditional but increasingly threatened practice: the option of hanging laundry out to dry on a clothesline.

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2016 Climate Trends Continue to Break Records

Patrick Lynch
NASA’s Goddard Space Center
July 19, 2016

Two key climate change indicators — global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent — have broken numerous records through the first half of 2016, according to NASA analyses of ground-based observations and satellite data.

Each of the first six months of 2016 set a record as the warmest respective month globally in the modern temperature record, which dates to 1880, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. The six-month period from January to June was also the planet’s warmest half-year on record, with an average temperature 1.3 degrees Celsius (2.4 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the late nineteenth century.

Read more…

Nourish to Flourish Now Offers Biweekly Delivery Option



Have you been interested in participating in Massasoit’s Nourish to Flourish program but concerned that you couldn’t use a full delivery every week? No one wants to waste food. Well, now you have options!

Nourish to Flourish is now offering delivery either every week or every other week. Learn more about the program and its options on our Nourish to Flourish page.

Antarctic CO2 hit 400 ppm

An unfortunate milestone: On May 23, the South Pole recorded CO2 level at 400 ppm for the first time in 4 million years. Read more…


The Environmental Cost of Growing Food

Economists are working on ways to put a price on the environmental damage of growing food.

View article by Dan Charles on (5/5/16).