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 @ sustainability@massasoit.edu

Student Carpooling Program

Massasoit is offering preferred parking for students who carpool to the Brockton campus. This initiative is a collaboration with the MA Dept. of Transportation’s MassRIDES program and part of Massasoit’s overall commitment to sustainability.

Lots 2, 4, and 5 now have designated carpool spaces, and carpool stickers are required to park in these locations. To get their FREE sticker, student carpool drivers and other drivers in their group just need to take their license and registration to Campus Police (Student Center, lower level) to sign up for the program.

Carpooling benefits are many, including:

  • Parking close to class
  • Saving on gas money
  • Reducing vehicle wear and tear
  • Lowering your carbon footprint

In addition, by signing up for the MassRIDES NuRide program, students can earn points toward restaurant coupons, store discounts, and other deals! Those who don’t yet have a carpool buddy can sign up with NuRide to find one.

See carpool-flyer for more details. If you have any questions, please email sustainability@massasoit.edu

Second Friday Speaker – Friday, December 9

12:05-1:00 p.m., Brockton Rm. LA560 & Canton Rm. C211

A Life-Changing Sabbatical Journey

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An adventure that began in Costa Rica to study sustainable agriculture and continued for 7 months to 12 countries, altering my perspective on the world and my place in it.

Massasoit Biology Professor Melanie Trecek-King

All students, faculty, and staff are invited — please join us!

America Recycles Day

amrecyclesdayNovember 15 is America Recycles Day. Stop by the Environmental League of Massasoit’s display between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the Brockton cafeteria to learn how you can do your part!

Visit our Recycling pages to find out about the many items you can recycle at Massasoit and where to take hard-to-recycle items such as plastic bags, electronics, and foam.

Sustainable Gardens Walking Tour

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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)

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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!

For more information, please contact: elm@massasoit.edu

 

 

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


clothes-line-296455_960_720July 18, 2016 – WickedLocal.com

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.

For complete article: http://www.wickedlocal.com/news/20160718/state-senate-reaffirms-right-to-hang-laundry-on-clotheslines

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.

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