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- Thursday, April 17
Sustainable Transportation Day
1-3:30 p.m. • B-Building Patio
Rethink the way you commute. Biking and rideshare programs can offer a fast and efficient method of commuting to work or school. Come learn about safe biking options, ride sharing and other sustainable transportation options from the Sustainability Club and NuRide. Get your bike tuned up or test out Hubway’s bike share program.
Sponsored by the Sustainability Club
- Tuesday, April 22
Earth Day Celebration and Sustainability Showcase
1-2:15 p.m. • A300 and A300 Lobby
Sustainability projects originated by BHCC students, faculty and staff will be showcased and celebrated for their contribution to greening the BHCC campus. Come learn about ideas and innovations that have been introduced by our community to increase environmental awareness, reduce electricity consumption, reduce waste, increase recycling, and create a culture that supports sustainability here at BHCC. Program features a recognition ceremony, engaging speakers from the BHCC community, and an interactive table and poster session. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Presidents’ Climate Commitment Committee, BHCC Special Events, and the Sustainability Club.
- Wednesday, April 23
E-Waste Drive and Recycling Fair
1-3:00 p.m. • D-Lounge
Donate your used electronic devices to BHCC’s third “e-Waste” event and benefit cancer patients, clinics and cancer research. Computers, laptops, and cell phones are welcome. CRT monitors and televisions cannot be accepted. All donations are tax deductible.
Sponsored by the Sustainability Club with assistance from students in CIT115 and Professor Jaime L’heureux.
- Thursday, April 24
One Book Lecture with William Kamkwamba
1-2:15 p.m. • A300
William Kamkwamba is the author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, BHCC’s 2013-2014 One Book selection. The achievements chronicled in this remarkable book are a testament to the triumph of imagination and the power of human potential under the most adverse circumstances.
Sponsored by the One Book Program.
- Thursday, May 1
Garden Party and Commemorative Tree Planting
1-2:15 p.m. • Community Garden, G-Building
Learn about BHCC’s Urban Organic Garden and how it is being integrated into the College curriculum. The event includes music and food, guest speakers, and discussions about urban gardening and healthy lifestyles. To honor the 40th anniversary of the College, a commemorative tree will be planted near the garden. All are welcome to get their hands dirty and help with the spring garden clean-up.
Sponsored by the Sustainability Club and Professor Kim Frashure with assistance from students in ENV105. Featuring music from the music club.
- The Cost of Bottled Water Event
December 11, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. in D- Lounge
The Sustainability Club will conduct an event that includes sharing information about the costs of bottled water compared to tap water and how much students can save by changing their behavior. They will also share information about the club’s “Meatless Monday” campaign that promotes healthy food options that also help to reduce the College’s carbon footprint. Activities will include games, information lectures, video displays, tips and giveaways!
- Association of Community College Trustees Conference
October 10, 2012, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Hynes Convention Center
October 12, 2012, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Hynes Convention Center
Join the Sustainability Club as they support the College’s Board of Trustees in the national conference being conducted at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Students will share their “Rethink the Way You Drink” Campaign and explain their water conservation pledge as part of a “Marketplace” featured at the event. Also planned are educational skits, games and targeted learning activities designed to increase awareness of sustainability.
- Rethink the Way You Drink Campaign
Sept 27, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. at D-Lounge
Join the Sustainability Club in their work to increase awareness among students and faculty about water conservation including issues such as environmental and health concerns, economic impact and the benefits of canteen usage. Activities include games, information lectures, video displays, and giveaways!
- B2Green Event
The BHCC Sustainability Club will be featured at Somerville's leading business green event of the year. Dozens of local business innovators participate in a fast paced exhibition demonstrating how to go green & save money. This activity will be followed by a special after-hours networking event. Students will conduct the What's Your Carbon Footprint activity that encourages participants to measure their individual carbon footprint to determine how many "planets" their current lifestyle requires and other sustainability initiatives. They will also explain their “Rethink the Way You Drink” water awareness campaign and distribute sustainability related surveys and giveaways at the event.
- Health Fair
The BHCC Sustainability Club is working with the Nursing Department and faculty to conduct the annual Health Fair event. Activities will student displays, blood pressure screenings, fitness assessments, exercise classes, body fat measurement, video displays etc.) to promote health and wellness awareness for the College community.
The Sustainability Club will screen the “PASS Project” video created by Professor Scott Benjamin and BHCC students that integrates soccer and sustainability.
- Rethink the Way You Drink
APRIL 24, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. @ The Garden next to C-Lounge
On April 24 the BHCC sustainability club will conduct an event promoting water conservation. The campaign is called “Rethink the Way You Drink”. The event will take place in the D-lounge area of BHCC and will feature games such as the “Water Conservation” fish tank game and “Bottle Toss.” There will also be copies of “The Carbon Footprint of Water;” research conducted by Bevan Griffiths Sattenspiel and Wendy Wilson.
Students will also learn about the incredible amount of plastic bottle waste in the world and about Emerson University's recent ban on all bottled water on their campus. The S- Club will discuss similar campaigns at Harvard University and Brown University.
- Planet Earth Movie Screening
APRIL 25, 2012, 5:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. @ A-300 Auditorium
A Screening of the movie Planet Earth (Ocean Section) will help participants to understand the importance of the ocean and water to human habitation. Despite decades of exploration, less than a tenth of the deep ocean realm has been explored, despite it being the largest habitat for life on Earth.
The deep sea also plays another role often overlooked in the operation of Earth: storing heat. Seawater that is warmed at the surface eventually becomes dense with salts and sinks into the deep sea. There it retains heat that can take centuries to come again to the surface. This is a critical concern regarding global warming, since the only way to truly cool down Earth is to expel the heat trapped by the greenhouse effect into space.
The event will also include discussion of initiatives by Emerson College, Harvard University and Brown University to ban plastic bottles. The S-Club is collaborating with the Music Club to enjoy live music after the movie and healthy food snacks.
- G-Party Garden Party and Cookout
APRIL 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. @ Urban Garden next to G-Building
The Sustainability Club will work directly with the Office of Sustainability Management and several other offices at the College to help launch this year's Urban Organic Garden project. Participants will help to clean up existing beds for the new growing season, plant flowers or seeds and learn about local gardening resources. The event will also include cookout food, music and the water conservation awareness campaign known as "Rethink the Way You Drink".
- State Leadership and Skills Conference
APRIL 27, 2012
Bunker Hill Community College students will serve as guest judges for the Sustainable Solutions Contest at the 2012 State Leadership and Skills Conference. During this annual event, more than 1,500 students compete in 71 occupational and leadership skill areas. Gold medalists from these contests proceed to join more than 4,000 students to compete in the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships conducted annually.
The Sustainable Solutions contest is designed to recognize outstanding green technology innovation projects developed at participating technical high schools and colleges located throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is the first time that community college students were invited to participate as guest judges in this event. SkillsUSA Director Karen Ward explains, "We think it is vitally important to engage the secondary education sector within the SkillsUSA network. We are currently collaborating with Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray on this effort and he is also a big supporter of technical education.
- Rethink the Way You Drink
March 20, 2012
On March 20th 2012 sustainability club organized an event promoting water conservation campaign. The event took place at busy D-lounge area of BHCC. Dozens of canteens were given away to students. The club was able to gather over 60 signatures from BHCC students supporting the mission to conserve the valuable limited resource of water.
The "fish tank" game became a highlight of the day as dozens of students participated as a way of creating awareness of waste issues. Participants also won tickets to attend exhibits at the Museum of Science.
- Recycling in Action:
February 29, 2012
On February 29th 2012 BHCC Sustainability Club members had a great opportunity to take a tour to Casella plant to see recycling in action. The purpose of event was to promote the adoption of single stream recycling at BHCC. The tour helped the club members to understand how enormous amount of waste communities produce can be converted into structured garbage storages.
The club was able to network with other colleges while taking a tour. It reassured members that working together makes small changes create a large scale effect on communities.
- Meatless Monday
November 14, 2011 @12:30-2:30 p.m.,
BHCC Cafeteria; E Building
The Sustainability Club and the Office of Sustainability Management worked with BHCC faculty and staff along with Sylvia Holt from the College's FAME Food Services to develop and launch the concept of "Meatless Mondays."
This event will help to promote alternative food options at the College that have many health benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Featured at the event will be special menu selections that are delicious and healthy, sustainability–related surveys and information about nutrition.
Download the Meatless Monday Flyer for more information.
- ACUPCC Northeast Regional Collaborative Symposium
@ November 3 and 4, 2011. G-Building
Supporting the Office of Sustainability Management, The Sustainability Club will participate in the planned regional conference. They plan to create displays that share the work they have done on campus and in the community. Activities will include taste testing for attendees that compares purified water with bottled water, exhibits of sustainability related internships and distribution of sustainability related surveys. Students will also encourage all attendees at the event to assess their carbon footprint and will calculate the cumulative results with all attendees.
- Sustainable Speaker Series: "A Garden City Bandage: The Story of One City's Efforts to Get Good Food to Everyone," featuring Joshua Slotnick.
November 8, 2011 @ 2:00pm-3:00 p.m., Room B206A
The Sustainability Club worked closely with BHCC faculty member Eileen Feldman to arrange a guest speaker who will focus on the topic of community-supported agriculture. Today gardens and farms dot many cities and are transforming resident's lives for the better. This discussion will describe one community's revolutionary, and evolutionary, efforts to deal with locally grown food and the lessons learned along the way.
- Carbon Footprint-Ball and Awareness Challenge
October 19, 2011. @ 1:00p.m.-2:30 p.m., G-Building Gymnasium
In celebration of National Campus Sustainability Week, students in the Sustainability Club will encourage students, faculty and staff to take the "Carbon Footprint Quiz" that measures the impact of individual lifestyles on the environment.
Participants receive points for their knowledge of sustainability and compete to win prizes as part of a unique game called "Carbon Footprint-Ball."
- Free Zumba Class
Tuesday, October 18 @ 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., G-Building Gymnasium
In celebration of National Campus Sustainability Week, The Sustainability Club is sponsoring a free Zumba class for all interested faculty, staff and students. The class combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout.
The event is designed to promote wellness and to encourage a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and a healthy diet.
- Sustainable Speakers Series: "Sustainable Farming: How to Start and Continue Successful Business" featuring Sam Anderson.
Monday, October 17 @ 12:00 p.m.-1:00p.m., Room E175
In celebration of National Campus Sustainability Week, students in the Sustainability Club collaborated with BHCC adjunct faculty member Eileen Feldman, to coordinate a special guest speaker on the topic of sustainable agriculture.
Sam Anderson will lead a discussion on the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project that assists multi-cultural individuals to successfully begin and continue farming. This discussion will also include the topic of starting and running a farm/garden as a small business.
- Urban Organic Garden Tours: Friday, September 2
@11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., G-Building grounds1
As part of the 2011 convocation activities, students in the Sustainability Club coordinated live tours of the BHCC Urban Organic Garden Project. The event was designed to share the results of the new gardens that involve many different groups such as the Veterans Center, the Office of Community Engagement, the Nursing Department, the Honors Program, BHCC Online Education and the President's Climate Commitment and Sustainability Committee.
Students also distributed the "Going Green" Survey that asks questions about sustainability related topics and invited guests such as the Four Seasons Nursery and the Mothers of Charlestown to participate in the activities.
- B2Green Expo and Networking Event
May 5, 2011
The BHCC Sustainability Club will be featured at Somerville's leading business green event of the year. Dozens of local business innovators participate in a fast paced exhibition demonstrating how to go green & save money -- followed by a special after hours networking event. Student will conduct the What's Your Carbon Footprint activity that encourages participants to measure their individual carbon footprint to determine how many "planets" their current lifestyle requires.
May 12, 2011
The Sustainability Club will work directly with the Office of Sustainability Management to help launch the college's first Urban Garden project. Participants will help to build raised beds that will be used to grow vegetables and flowers in an area designated next to the health and wellness Center. In addition, a student initiated "water conservation awareness campaign" will be announced. The event will celebrate sustainable agriculture at Bunker Hill Community College.
May 21, 2011
The Sustainability Club will partner with Casella Waste Management in this event that attracts over 100,000 people at The Esplanade on the Charles River in Boston. The Event is also supported by Radio Station 92.9 and is a family friendly, free festival show casing national and local music arts, environmentally-friendly products and local non-profit organizations.
Last year's event featured performances from Collective Soul, the Gin Blossoms, Crash Kings and Marcy Playground. Participants will help to promote waste awareness and proper recycling procedures for all attendees at the event.
- From Buckets to Beds: An Urban Gardening Workshop with Groundwork Somerville
April 22, 2011
Students from the Sustainability Club helped to increase awareness of sustainable agriculture as part of this event organized for faculty and staff. Participants in the hands-on workshop learned how to reduce their carbon footprints, sampled local foods prepared by the BHCC Culinary Department and planted vegetable and flower seeds in take-home containers. Also on display were the recycling bins recently donated by the Sustainability Club.
- SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference
April 29, 2011
BHCC Sustainability Club will participate as guest judges for a Sustainable Solutions Contest. More than 1,500 students compete in 71 occupational and leadership skill areas. Gold medalists from these contests proceed to join more than 4,000 students to compete in the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships conducted annually.
- Compelling Conversations with Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
March 24, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., A-300
The Sustainability Club will be co-sponsoring the event called, "Compelling Conversation with Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Civil Rights Activist and Former Champion Boxer." Club members will help to make this a "Zero waste" event by monitoring what is thrown out and recycling.
- CBHCC Professional Development Day
March 29, 2011 at Health and Wellness Center
Professional Development Day is an annual event for BHCC faculty and staff. For the Spring 2011 event, "sustainability" is the general theme. The event will feature Leith Sharp, international expert in sustainability, who will deliver the plenary address and workshops for faculty and staff.
The Sustainability Club will coordinate a special student workshop for club presidents, SGA members and mentors. They will also have a booth space at the event to help promote awareness of sustainability with the "What's Your Carbon Footprint" and other hands-on activities. We also plan to collaborate with the BHCC Entrepreneurship Club on the event. The Sustainability Club will invite Leith Sharp to host a special session for students immediately prior to the start of the official event.
- Farm Share Fair
Feb 24, 2011
The event is designed to increase awareness of sustainable growing practices and the concept of "community supported agriculture (CSA)" that encourages people to support local farmers and to eat fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and fish.
As part of the event, the Sustainability club members will be conducting a survey to increase awareness on campus and will also have a "What's Your Carbon Footprint" activity where participants take a quiz to measure the impact of their lifestyle on the environment. (The "What's Your Carbon Footprint" initiative is an ongoing initiative between the Sustainability Club and the Office of Sustainability Management that began in the Fall 2010 semester.)