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Sustainable Landcaping: Upcoming Presentations

Massasoit Biology Professor Melanie Trecek-King is giving two sustainable landscaping presentations in collaboration with community partners later this month. Sustainable Landscaping: Gardening for the Planet, People, and Your Pocket is designed to help community members learn about alternatives to traditional lawns and gardening with a lighter environmental footprint.

Saturday, May 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Hingham Public Library
Whiton Room
66 Leavitt Street
Hingham, MA

Wednesday, May 22, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Brockton Community Gardening Network Meeting
Downtown Center for Community Engagement
2nd Floor Boardroom
68 Legion Parkway (2nd floor Harbor One Bank building)  Brockton, MA
(Please park on Legion Parkway!)


Earth Day – April 22

RecycleSmart – New Recycling Guidelines

The global recycling market has changed dramatically. We can no longer recycle as many items here at Massasoit – or anywhere else – as we could in the very recent past.

China, where the US and most of the world have been sending our recyclables, has imposed strict limits on the levels of contamination it will accept. This means that what we recycle has to be very clean and free of items that don’t belong there.

Recycling guidelines can be confusing. Even though you want to do the right thing, sometimes you just can’t figure out what that is. And the rules are often different from one location to the next. To address this confusion, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new initiative, RecycleSmartMA, to provide clear and consistent guidelines across the Commonwealth. Massasoit is following suit with our updated Massasoit_2019_Recycling_Guidelines.

These guidelines apply to what can and cannot go into the mixed recycling bins on campus. Please note:

  • Plastic #1, #2, and #5 ONLY – bottles, tubs, jars, jugs, & clamshell containers caps are OK.
  • Plastic, metal, and glass containers should be empty and free of food residue or liquid.

The following items are considered contaminants and should be kept OUT of the mixed recycling bins:

  • Plastic bags and plastic wrap. Do not bag recyclables!
  • Cups (paper and plastic, regardless of #), straws, black plastic.
  • Wax-coated, paper food cartons (e.g., milk cartons, juice boxes).
  • Polystyrene foam (e.g., Styrofoam).

Still have questions? Need guidance on where to recycle other items? Please email: or visit:

Sustainable Massasoit or RecycleSmartMA

Thank you for doing your part to keep Massasoit sustainable!






Second Friday Sustainability Speaker Series – March 8

MA Named #1 in Energy Efficiency

For the eighth year in a row, Massachusetts has been named the most energy efficient state in the country by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The ACEEE Scorecard ranks states on the following criteria:

  • Utility and public benefits programs and policies
  • Transportation policies
  • Building energy codes and compliance
  • Combined heat and power (CHP) policies
  • State government–led initiatives around energy efficiency
  • Appliance and equipment standards

ACEEE State  Scorecard Rankings


Second Friday Sustainability Speaker – Oct. 12