Sustainable Massasoit

World Water Day – March 22

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day. World Water Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.

Find out more about this year’s theme, wastewater, and how you can do your part to minimize that waste.

Second Friday Sustainability Speaker – March 10

Climate: Between Science & Politics

Presented by Prof. David Bassett

Friday, March 10  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Brockton Campus Student Center – Louison Board Room

Prof. Bassett will explore climate change from scientific, historical, and political perspectives. How can these divergent, often polarizing viewpoints come together to address the critical climate challenges we face?

Please join us for this fascinating presentation and lively Q&A.

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Bring your lunch — dessert and beverages will be provided.

Live streaming to Canton and Middleborough Campuses, with group viewing available in MD 103 (Middleborough) and President’s Conference Room, 100 A (Canton).

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

Second Friday Speaker – Friday, December 9

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

A Life-Changing Sabbatical Journey


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

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) is 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 every Wednesday, 12-1:00 p.m., in the Science Building, Room S115. Come join us!

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