Green Team RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/ Green Team RSS Feed <![CDATA[ E-Waste Recycling Event Coming Oct. 14 in Winfield]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1568 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1568 The Southwestern College Green Team is again collaborating with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to host an e-waste recycling event. It will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Barn #4 at the Winfield Fairgrounds.

Businesses and individuals may bring items to the event. Vintage Tech LLC will collect the items and process them for recycling. Vintage Tech guarantees 100% security on all hard drives and customer information. They are e-Stewards, R2 and ISO 14001 Certified.

Vintage Tech accepts the following electronic items:  cables, cable boxes, cash registers, cellular phones, computer peripherals and all computer parts, copiers, cords, CRT monitors, DVD players, external drives, fax machines, scanners, keyboards, laptops, LCD monitors, mouse, MP3 players, iPods, networking equipment, PDAs, printers, projectors, satellite dishes, servers, stereos, televisions, typewriters, UPS unites, VCRs, and video game consoles.

Vintage Tech also accepts the following household items:  blenders (without glass), bread machines, cameras, carpet sweepers, coffee makers (without glass), clocks, curling irons, electric knives, electric toothbrushes, fans, food sealing equipment, fryers, hair cutters, hair dryers, heaters, holiday lights, irons, land line phones, massagers, metal tools (drills, screwdrivers, small saws, sanders), microwave ovens, mixers, remotes, radios, shaving equipment, toaster ovens and vacuum cleaners (without bag).

Vintage Tech cannot accept these items:  ballasts, capacitors, items containing Freon (air conditioners and dehumidifiers), gas cylinders, light bulbs, liquids and items containing liquids, household batteries, lithium batteries, medical equipment, VHS cassette tapes, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, washer and dryers.

During the first e-waste recycling event in February, more than six tons of electronic waste was kept out landfills as participants collected 12,421 pounds of outdated, unused, or nonfunctioning electronics to be sent to Vintage Tech Recyclers.

There were 64 different items brought to the event for recycling.  The most popular items were cable and cords (111) followed by computers (77), batteries (67), and printers (63). 

For questions about recycling, please contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311 or by email at jason.speegle@sckans.edu.

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:06:23 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[E-Waste Recycling Event Successful at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1486 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1486 The Southwestern College Green Team collaborated with the City of Winfield and Grace United Methodist Church to host an e-waste recycling event on Feb. 11.

More than six tons of electronic waste was kept out of landfills as participants collected 12,421 pounds of outdated, unused, or nonfunctioning electronics to be sent to Vintage Tech Recyclers.

Nearly 30 students from Southwestern helped out along with eight workers from the Winfield Correctional Facility and volunteers from Grace United Methodist Church.  Vintage Tech LLC collected the items and processed them for recycling. Vintage Tech guarantees 100% security on all hard drives and customer information.

There were 64 different items brought to the event for recycling.  The most popular items were cable and cords (111) followed by computers (77), batteries (67), and printers (63).

“The recycling of electronics is so important,” says Green Team director Jason Speegle.  “It prevents many toxic materials from being dumped in a landfill and allows new products to be manufactured using fewer natural resources. We were very excited to be able to offer this service to the Cowley County community. We hope to have our next e-waste collection sometime during the fall of 2014.”

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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:53:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Southwestern Purchases Water Bottle Filling Stations]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1426 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1426 Green Team Southwestern has purchased eight Elkay EZH20 Bottle Filling Stations to be installed around the Southwestern College campus. 

The first one has been installed and is operational in the Deets Library.  Another one has been installed in the lower level of the Christy Administration Building.

“We purchased these filling stations in order to promote the use of refillable cups and bottles instead of bottled drinking water,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “We received 500 customized Vapur collapsible water bottles with our purchase of the filling stations. The SC Laptop Center gave out 300 of these Vapur collapsible water bottles to SC students at the time that they received their new laptops this fall.”

Some of the advantages of the filling stations include:
•             The EZH2O bottle filling station fill rate is 1.1-1.5 gallons per minute, three times faster than a traditional drinking fountain
•             One-handed operation allows for a quick fill between activities
•             The electronic sensor provides touchless, sanitary operation
•             Integrated Silver Agion Anti-microbial protects against mold and mildew growth
•             Innovative Green TickerTM counts the number of bottles saved from landfills

Water Bottle filijng station

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Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:40:46 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Southwestern is a KACEE Award Recipient]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1333 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1333 The Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (KACEE) has announced the recipients of the 2013 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Awards.  Green Team Southwestern is among the recipients.

Nominated by their peers, these awardees exhibit outstanding innovation, leadership and achievement, as well as collaboration and cooperation within and beyond the environmental education field. 

“KACEE is pleased to honor these deserving individuals and organizations, who are so dedicated to environmental education in Kansas,” said KACEE President Jeff Severin, director of sustainability at the University of Kansas.  

Southwestern College earned a KACEE award.  KACEE awards are given in several categories and recognize outstanding leadership, achievements, and collaborations by individuals and organizations with at least five years’ experience in conservation and environmental education in Kansas.

Awardees will be recognized at an awards celebration hosted by KACEE on Friday, April 5, at Heritage Hall in Topeka.  The event is sponsored by KACEE, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Capitol Federal Foundation, and the Westar Energy Green Team.

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Tue, 05 Mar 2013 11:56:45 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Student Presents at Sustainability Conference in Manhattan]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1210 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1210 The 2012 Kansas Higher Education Sustainability Conference was held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Manhattan.  Southwestern College senior Shea Wilson, Arkansas City, presented at the conference.

The vision for this conference was to empower each of the attendees to return to work with new commitments to help "sustain Kansas" through work at the intersection of environmental, social, and economic issues that will shape the future of Kansas.
The conference format was designed for three purposes for attendees:

•Learn more about and network with sustainability efforts around the state in higher education
•Learn about challenges to sustainability work in commerce, non-profits and advocacy, communities, and student life
•Engage others in renewing their commitment to sustainability work for the future of Kansas

Kevin Minister, Visiting Scholar for the Institute for Discipleship, attended the conference and was impressed with the presentation by Wilson.

“Shea's presentation exemplified the way in which Southwestern and the SC Green Team are leading the way in addressing sustainability in Kansas higher education,” Minister says. “On more than one occasion I heard someone say ‘I wish we had that at our school’ in relation to some form of sustainability programming at SC. It was also helpful to see how sustainability is being addressed at other Kansas schools that are working to institutionalize their commitments to sustainability.”

Wilson is a biochemistry major at Southwestern College.  After completion of his undergraduate degree, he hopes to attend dental school. Wilson is an active member of the Green Team and the Campus Sustainability Council at Southwestern. Before attending Southwestern College, he served more than four years as an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force, including a tour in Iraq.

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Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:51:13 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Continues as Outstanding Sustainability School]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1201 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1201 The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) has released its annual report, and Southwestern College is among the 165 colleges listed that have financially supported the Commitment through each of its years and is now the only Kansas institution listed as an active member in good standing. 

“The commitment to achieving carbon neutrality and teaching sustainability at Southwestern College is very real,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “We are proud to be in good standing with the ACUPCC, knowing that we have lived up to our commitment.  From an environmental standpoint, I wish every college and university in Kansas supported the ACUPCC. Our students, faculty, staff, and administration are dedicated to helping SC become a model of sustainability.”

Southwestern College is a charter signatory member of the ACUPCC and is the only Kansas institution that has been in good standing since the inception of the ACUPCC.

Speegle notes that Southwestern:

• conducts a greenhouse gas inventory each year;

• updates its climate action plan to achieve carbon neutrality;

• implemented a sustainability and environmental studies minor last school year;

• keeps track of electricity usage at the college through smart metering technology;

• participates in the annual Recylemania contest involving colleges and universities from across the country.

ACUPCC is an effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Its mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society.

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Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:30:31 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Included in 'Princeton Review' Green Guidebook]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1160 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1160 As the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, “The Princeton Review,” in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has released the third annual edition of its free guidebook saluting the nation's most environmentally responsible "green colleges."

Southwestern College is included in the publication.

“We are excited to be consistently recognized for our sustainability efforts,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “We are continuously building on the concept of sustainability and slowly changing the culture of Southwestern to one that is more environmentally conscientious.”

“The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition" profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The 232-page book—the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges—can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and Canada to tally its annual "Green Rating" scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs.  The company tallied Green Ratings for 768 institutions in summer 2011.  The 322 schools in the guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.

The guide was developed with support from United Technologies Corp (www.utc.com), founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools. “The Princeton Review,” well known for its education and test-prep services, first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 in collaboration with USGBC, which is best-known for developing the LEED green building rating system. In 2010, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools (www.centerforgreenschools.org) to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student learning experiences.

 

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Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:39:59 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[College Hill Photo Gallery Features SC Service Learning Teams]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1158 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1158 The three Southwestern College service learning teams will have a photo gallery on display April 16 through May 5 at College Hill Coffee in Winfield.

Theme of the display is the partnership of students from Green Team Southwestern, Leadership Southwestern, and Discipleship Southwestern partnering with community organizations.

“All community members are encouraged to stop by throughout these three weeks and see the great work going on out in the community,” says Lindsay Wilke, assistant director of Leadership Southwestern.  “The partnerships formed between Southwestern College and the community are strong, and they are a win-win for everyone.”

The list of community partners being recognized includes:

• Green Team Southwestern—City of Winfield recycling, Cates Supply, Sodexo, Winfield High School, Hustler Turf, and Country View Elementary.

• Leadership Southwestern—Legacy Foundation, Whittier, Lowell, and Irving Elementary, Elks Club, Rotary Club, Creative Community Living, and Cowley County K-State Research Extension Office.

• Discipleship—Salvation Army, First United Methodist Church, and Eagle’s Nest.
A formal reception to recognize these partners will be on Monday, April 16, at 5 p.m. at College Hill Coffee. 

Wilke adds that the display kickoff is in conjunction with National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), celebrating people in action.

For more information, contact Wilke at (620) 229-6393.

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Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:01:05 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Southwestern Recognized by the KDHE]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1067 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1067 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management recently held its fourth annual Kansas Green Team Assembly in Topeka. This assembly celebrates the success of the state’s Green Teams and shows appreciation for the commitment to environmental stewardship made by businesses in Kansas.

Speegle KDHE Award


Green Team Southwestern won the Sustainability Education award.  This award recognizes a Kansas Green Team that is an outstanding leader in the education and outreach of sustainability.

Green Team Southwestern members lead sustainability trainings in the residence halls and various institutional departments each year. They are also involved in community outreach sustainability efforts. In 2010, in collaboration with USD 465, Green Team Southwestern began a community garden in Winfield. The purpose of the garden is to emphasize the importance of locally grown food and to support the local food bank. To commemorate Earth Day, they have planned activities such as Park-It-Week, Plant-a-Tree Day, a nature hike, various educational speakers, and Sweep Winfield.

“This annual event is a great way to showcase the green work taking place year-round,” explained Megan MacPherson, KDHE’s State Green Team Coordinator.

 

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Fri, 07 Oct 2011 14:55:52 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Electric Mower Donated to Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1045 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1045 Group for Mower Doation

Southwestern College was the recipient of a donated Hustler Zeon electric riding mower, Tuesday, Sept. 13.
           
David Helsel, head of Southwestern College security, is the owner of Dave’s Enterprises, a small business that sells Hustler Turf Equipment. Helsel worked with Excel Industries, the parent company of Hustler Turf Equipment, a company which operates out of Hesston, to donate an electric mower to SC in honor of the Green Team and the college’s sustainability efforts.
           
The mower is estimated to save Southwestern around $245 each year in gasoline and maintenance expenses. 
           
Larry Buller, Josh Schmidt, and Roger Busenitz from Excel Industries, were in Winfield to present the Zeon mower with Helsel to Southwestern College President Dick Merriman; Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern; Jeff Gile, manager of plant operations at SC; and several members of Green Team Southwestern.

 

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Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:20:35 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Wind Turbine Being Installed at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1008 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/1008 Installation of a wind turbine has begun at Southwestern College, thanks to a grant from the Wind for Schools program and the cooperation of a local business.

Southwest Windpower of Arizona will provide the college with a Skystream 3.7 land turbine system and Cates Supply of Winfield will install the turbine with the help of the Southwestern College plant operations staff. The Skystream 3.7, a 2.4 kW wind turbine, will produce up to 400 kilowatt hours per month. Brian Williams and Justin Cates of Cates Supply have been instrumental in the project, along with Southwestern’s Green Team director Jason Speegle.

Slab for Wind Turbine


“We are excited to work with an energetic and proactive school that is interested in educating students and the community about wind power,” says Scott Brown, president and chief operating officer for Southwest Windpower.

The turbine is being installed on the southeast corner of campus near the grass soccer field and installation is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.

“The wind turbine will enable Southwestern to create curriculum to educate the campus and community about wind energy,” says Speegle.

 

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Mon, 11 Jul 2011 11:11:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Returns from Chicago]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/996 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/996 Members of the Southwestern College Green Team have returned from and eight-day service trip to Chicago.

GTeam Working


The group stayed and worked at Riverwoods Christian Center.  They spent several days doing woodworking, building bunk beds for newly constructed dorms, working on building a door to create a ventilation system for the workshop. They also spent time pulling weeds, picking up loose tree branches and litter, weed eating, landscaping, and planting bushes.

“The purpose of this trip was to serve the Riverwoods Center,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “We were willing to do whatever they needed us to do in order to help them prepare for their upcoming camping season. We worked hard and our students not only accomplished a lot, but I think they really learned a lot as well. Working at Riverwoods definitely fit right in with our mission of ‘responsible citizenship in the area of sustainability.’ Riverwoods works with the economically stressed in their community, helping them create a sustainable future for themselves. The camp got us involved with nature and the beds that we were building were being fashioned out of the oak trees grown on Riverwoods campus.”
The group was also able to visit some attractions of Chicago.  They visited the Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain, and the Shedd Aquarium.  They also attended the Chicago Green Festival which included several speakers, vendors, and exhibitions. 

“I do my best to expose the students on the Green Team to different cultures and different ideas in the area of sustainability,” Speegle says. “Working at Riverwoods, visiting Chicago, and attending the Green Festival definitely allowed us to experience a world very different than Winfield.”

Students attending the trip were Clint Dick, Spivey; Sydnee Nelson, Clay Center; Sarah Rommelfanger, Baldwin City; Daniel Van Sickle, Maize; Kelcie Parrish, Oklahoma City; Mark Strecker, Tonkawa, Okla.; and  Tendai Kwaramba, Zimbabwe.

Gteam Group in Chicago


For more information about Green Team Southwestern, contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311.

 

 

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Mon, 23 May 2011 11:25:49 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Listed in Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/991 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/991 Southwestern College is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada, according to “The Princeton Review.” The well-known education services company selected SC for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition."

Created by “The Princeton Review” in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges” is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. “The Princeton Review” chose the schools for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2010 about their school's sustainability initiatives.

Released on April 20, the guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats, and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices, and academic offerings. The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

“The Princeton Review” first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification. This past fall, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools (www.centerforgreenschools.org) to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed, and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student learning experiences.

“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, senior vice president, publishing, “The Princeton Review.” “Among 8,200 college applicants who participated in our spring 2011 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly 7 out of 10 (69%) said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school. Together with the USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices.  We highly recommend the colleges in this book."

Southwestern College joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.

“It is exciting that Southwestern College is being recognized for our green efforts,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “Being environmentally friendly has become such a priority for our administration, staff, and students.  We are trying to become a model of sustainability.”

"A green campus can transform the college experience for students through enhanced sustainability education and by creating healthy living and learning environments all while saving energy, water and money as part of an institution’s bottom line," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair, USGBC. "We launched the Center for Green Schools at USGBC with a vision of green schools for all within this generation.  Partnering with ‘The Princeton Review’ to provide this invaluable resource to college-bound students was a no-brainer for helping to create transformational change on these campuses."

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Wed, 11 May 2011 10:49:27 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Students Headed to Chicago]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/990 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/990 Members of Green Team Southwestern will be participating in a service learning trip to Chicago May 9-17.

“The Green Team does a service learning trip every year and this year we are going to Chicago,” says Green Team director Jason Speegle.  “We are going to be working at Riverwoods Christian Camp, which is a camp for underprivileged kids in the Chicago area.”

Speegle says that the Green Team will help prepare the camp for summer usage by painting, landscaping, wood chopping, and trail paving.

The Green Team will also be attending the Chicago Green Festival on May 14.

“This is an opportunity for our students to experience, serve, and learn from a community and culture that is different from Winfield and the surrounding area,” Speegle says.  “We plan to do some hard work, have a lot of fun, and grow as individuals and as a team.”

Students attending the trip are Clint Dick, Spivey; Sydnee Nelson, Clay Center; Sarah Rommelfanger, Baldwin City; Daniel Van Sickle, Maize; Kelcie Parrish, Oklahoma City; Mark Strecker, Tonkawa, Okla.; and  Tendai Kwaramba, Zimbabwe.
Alex Gottlob from Gottlob Lawn and Landscape in Winfield will accompany the students along with Speegle.

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Fri, 06 May 2011 13:52:44 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Fares Well in RecycleMania ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/986 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/986 The results are in from the 2011 RecycleMania event and Southwestern College fared well with state wins in four categories.  RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

Southwestern ranks #1 in the state of Kansas in the following categories:

Stephen Strecker and Kevin Neighbors


• Grand Champion Division (percentage of waste being recycled)—Southwestern is at 27.03 %

• Per Capita Classic (the amount of recycling collected per student at SC)—SC is at 8.53 lbs. per student.

• Cumulative paper recycled per person—4.54 lbs. per person. 

• Bottles and cans (includes steel, aluminum, plastic, and glass)—1.41 lbs. collected per person.

Southwestern finished in front of the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Johnson County Community College in each of the above categories.
SC finished in second place in the Waste Minimization category just behind Johnson County and in the cumulative cardboard recycled per person, just behind Kansas State.  Complete results can be found at www.recyclemaniacs.org.

“The Green Team is trying to make it easy for students, faculty, and staff by placing recycling bins in convenient locations,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “We are trying to recycle a wider variety of material.  We will try to keep changing and improving the recycling program in order to make it more convenient to recycle more.  Our hope is that the SC family would make decisions that would lead to less waste, such as using reusable coffee cups and water bottles in lieu of disposable ones and not printing materials unless necessary.  Small changes go a long way.”

The law firm of Stinson, Morrison, and Hecker financially supported Southwestern in their RecycleMania participation.

 

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Tue, 03 May 2011 10:51:22 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Creation Care Day Concert to be Held on 77 Steps]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/961 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/961 The Southwestern College Green Team is hosting a Creation Care Day concert from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. This concert is free to the public and will be held on the campus of Southwestern College on the 77 steps below the Christy Administration building.

The Praise Team from Asbury Church in Wichita will put on the concert and Pastor Joe Skillen will speak about the role of being stewards of God’s creation.

“This concert will be a fun way to praise the Creator and be outside in his creation,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “With Easter and Earth Day approaching, I believe that it is important to focus on God as creator and sustainer of our planet and all that it contains. It is also important to understand what God expects from us in terms of caring for His creation.”

Green Team Southwestern will also be collecting old cell phones to be recycled through an organization called Plant My Phone. Plant My Phone receives old cell phones and safely recycles the parts or refurbishes the phones and sells them. Money received from the cell phone goes toward planting trees. If you have old cell phones, bring them to the concert and the Green Team will have them recycled.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Wroten Hall.

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Fri, 08 Apr 2011 11:03:49 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Southwestern to Begin Community Garden]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/918 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/918 The Southwestern College Green Team is teaming up with USD 465 to begin a School Community Garden in Winfield.

Green Team Southwestern has received a mini-grant from the Kansas Campus Compact and USD 465 has received a grant from Legacy to begin the garden in Winfield. 

According to USD 465 Superintendent Marvin Estes, the Legacy grant allowed the district to fence in the plot on the north side of Winfield Middle School.  Estes reports that the city of Winfield donated some old light poles for fence support and the school district provided the water supply.  Some individuals have made donations already and Estes hopes that the garden will be fully operational this year.

“This is a chance to teach our students how to produce food from the earth and be involved in the community,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “A portion of the food grown will go to a local food bank.”

Speegle also says that some of the food will be distributed to volunteers and some will be sold at farmers markets to financially sustain the garden.

The Green Team is inviting high school and college students and community members to be a part of the garden.  Speegle says that volunteers are going to be especially needed during the summer months for watering, planting, and harvesting.

“Jason Speegle and the Southwestern College Green Team have brought new life to the School Community Garden through their labor and grant from the Kansas Campus Compact,” Estes says.   “We look forward to continuing this partnership for the service to the greater Winfield community.”

For more information about the garden or to volunteer, contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311.

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Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:55:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Southwestern to Sponsor Moundbuilder Basketball Thursday Night]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/905 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/905 Green Team Southwestern is sponsoring the Thursday night basketball games featuring Southwestern College hosting Friends University at Stewart Field House in Winfield.  The Lady Builders will play at 6 p.m. while the men tip-off at 8 p.m.

In order to symbolize Southwestern’s initiatives to “go green,” the Green Team is encouraging fans attending the games to wear green, and prizes will be awarded to the greenest fan in the crowd.  Many other games, activities, and information are planned for the evening.

Green Team members are also using this event as a fundraiser.  According to Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern, students are planning a summer service trip to Chicago where they will work at a camp for underprivileged children.  The Green Team will be selling T-shirts, water bottles, Green Team coffee tumblers, and baked goods. 

“We hope to raise some money and to do a few things to make the game greener,” Speegle says.  “There will be multiple recycling bins inside Stewart Field House and we will announce green tips and hand out information that everyone can use.”

Several local businesses are also helping with the festivities.  They include Gottlob Lawn and Landscape, Winfield Recreation Commission, Donna’s Designs, and the Massage Group

For more information about Green Team Southwestern, contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311.

“Come out, support the men’s and women’s basketball teams,” Speegle says.  “We look forward to the opportunity to inform the fans about living greener.”

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Tue, 08 Feb 2011 15:11:24 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Device to Measure Electricity Usage Installed at Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/882 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/882 In an effort to more efficiently measure how much electricity is being used in each building on the Southwestern College campus, SC has teamed up with SmartSynch and is installing a smart metering system throughout the campus.

According to Jason Speegle, Green Team Director at Southwestern College, the SmartSynch energy meters will capture electricity usage from every building on the campus every 15 minutes and download wirelessly so that it can be viewed and monitored via the internet. 

“It is important for us to know where we’re using the most electricity,” Speegle says.  “We desire to cut down on our electricity usage in order to be more fiscally and environmentally responsible. This new system will help us focus on where we can become more efficient in how we measure our electrical consumption.”

Currently, multiple buildings are metered together making it impossible to distinguish energy usage of one building versus another.  With the SmartMeters providing a visual reading of the energy usage, the college can identify problem areas or procedures that need to be improved and, according to Speegle, determine ways to impact the students’ energy use habits in order to lessen our environmental impact.

The SmartMeter system is also a tool that the city of Winfield may look into.

“I think the SmartMeter system is leading edge technology as far as metering goes,” says James Ging, assistant director of water and electric department for the city of Winfield.  “The new generation in our industry is pointing towards smart grid technology.  It gives a lot of information.  I think the city and the college can work together.  We could use their input and if things that help the college could help us that would be great.”

The SmartMeter system automatically monitors data collection schedules and meter alarms. In fact, these particular SmartMeters can be set to return near real-time electricity usage data as frequently as every 15 minutes. In addition, SmartSynch devices use deliver the stored data securely via public wireless networks.
           
SmartSynch is a Smart Grid Technology Company, which means it lets utilities communicate with any device on the electrical grid. The company promotes two-way delivery of real-time energy usage data over public wireless networks (AT&T, Rogers, T-Mobile, etc.). Founded in 1998, SmartSynch has installed SmartMeter systems for over 100 major North American electric providers and is the largest commercial and industrial smart metering provider in North America.

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Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:29:04 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Selected as Top Rated Green College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/875 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/875 Southwestern College has been selected by the U.S. Green Building Council and “The Princeton Review” as one of America’s top rated green colleges.

Southwestern will appear in the second annual “Guide to Green Colleges.”  The guide profiles the nation’s most environmentally-responsible campuses. 

Green Team Southwestern has done several sustainable events in the past year.  They include:

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• Recyclemania, a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

• Sweep Winfield, an event that sent numerous Southwestern College students throughout Winfield picking up trash and recyclables in order to help clean up the community.

• The Kansas Envirothon, an outdoor, environmental high school competition where students learn and are tested on soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and a current issue. 

• Creation Care Day, a day for area youth to learn about caring for God’s creation, held on the SC campus.

“It is exciting that Southwestern College is being recognized for our Green efforts,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “Being environmentally friendly has become such a priority for our administration, staff, and students.  We are trying to become a model of sustainability.” 

 

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Wed, 15 Dec 2010 11:46:24 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Green Team Students Attend AASHE Meetings in Denver]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/836 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/836 Five Southwestern College Green Team members recently attended workshops by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in Denver, Colo.
           
Students attending the conference were Clint Dick, Spivey; Mark Strecker and Stephen Strecker, Tonkawa, Okla.; Sarah Rommelfanger, Baldwin City; and Autumn East, Royse City, Texas.
           
Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern, says it is beneficial for his students to see what other colleges are doing about sustainable living.

Green Team in Denver

           
“It is good to expose our Green Team students to other people at other colleges,” Speegle says.  “There is a world outside of Southwestern College that is trying to progress toward the same goal that we are.  It creates a motivation towards a larger sustainable effort.  This was a huge educational opportunity.”
           
According to Speegle, close to 1,000 universities were represented at the conference. 
           
“I thought the size and scale of the AASHE community was amazing,” Mark Strecker says.  “I had no idea that North American higher education had such a heavy investment in sustainability. I learned a lot in the way of how to make Southwestern more sustainable and the different paths that can be taken to do so. Overall it was a great experience.”
           
Joining the Green Team members were Southwestern College assistant professor of biology Rick Cowlishaw and vice president for planning and new programs Steve Wilke.

“The AASHE conference was hectic, but we all learned so much that we can now take to Southwestern College and the Winfield community,” Rommelfanger says.  “Events like the AASHE conference are very important and very effective ways to spread cutting-edge knowledge about fields that affect everyone. Sustainability is one of the most important ideas for our time, especially for the current generation of students while the stewardship-oriented perception of a citizen’s social duty is expanding at such a huge rate.”

 

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Wed, 20 Oct 2010 11:47:11 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[New Green Practices at the Deets Library]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/812 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/812 The staff of the Harold and Mary Ellen Deets Library at Southwestern College has incorporated several practices which are very beneficial to the environment. These practices as well as their impacts are detailed in the following paragraphs.

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES 2009-2010

The library celebrated Earth Day by not providing paper coffee cups for the day. Its success in encouraging patrons to use reusable cups demonstrated that the library does not need to provide paper coffee cups next year. This will save about 5,000 cups from the landfill and $600 of the library’s budget.

The library also started to use the bookseller Better World Books for some of its book purchases. Sixty-nine used books were bought from Better World Books, which saved them from the landfill. The purchases also supported world literacy programs with a portion of the sale going to various organizations.

The Deets Library at SC shipped 351 withdrawn library books or donated textbooks to Better World Books to be sold online or recycled. A portion of the sales funded Worldfund, a Latin American literacy program that the library selected to help sponsor. The resulting positive environmental impact of the Deets Library sending its used books to Better World Books included:  the conservation of 8 trees, 3,960 gallons of water, 505 pounds of atmosphere polluting gases, 4 cubic yards of landfill space, and 1,168 kWh of electricity, as well as reducing the amount of waste entering the landfill by 265 books (364 pounds) being reused instead of thrown away and 86 books being recycled with a 97% rate of recycled product per book.

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Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:56:42 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Helps Coordinate Two Electronic Recycling Events in Cowley County]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/807 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/807 The Cowley County Conservation District along with Cowley County K-State Research & Extension, The City of Winfield, Sunflower RC&D, Winfield Correctional Facility, ABCDE, USD #465, and Southwestern College Green Team combined resources to conduct the two Cowley County Electronic Waste Recycle Days on April 27 and August 28, 2010. The first took place at the Winfield Fairgrounds and the second at the Agri-Business building in Arkansas City. In each collection, over an entire semi-truck trailer was filled (35 pallets) with electronics that Cowley County residents brought to be recycled.

Electronic waste is an ever-growing product, that when recycled, keeps toxins out of landfills, preserves our natural resources, and provides jobs through recycling centers and packaging facilities. In order to conserve natural resources and the energy needed to produce new electronic equipment from virgin resources, electronic equipment can be refurbished, reused, and recycled instead of being thrown into a landfill. E-waste contains valuable materials such as gold, silver, copper, steel and plastic. It makes sense to recycle these materials instead of throwing them into our landfills.

Items that were accepted included televisions, computers, mice, keyboards, cameras, microwaves, DVD and VCR players, cell phones, MP3 players, just to name a few. The program was free to Cowley County households, government agencies, and educational institutions, but a $1 minimum donation was requested to cover the cost of transportation to the Rice County recycling facility. Businesses were also allowed to bring items, but were assessed a $5 fee for each monitor and television. All items will be secured and electronically cleaned, so by recycling e-waste through our program you are assured there will not be any security issues.

The E-Waste program is funded in part by a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Rice County Recycling and E-Waste with the support of the Solid Waste Management Reduction Initiative through Sunflower RC&D.

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Fri, 10 Sep 2010 08:37:15 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College Excels in National Recyclemania Competition]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/792 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/792 Southwestern College participated for the second year in RecycleMania, a national collegiate competition focused on waste minimization and recycling. In the Per Capita Classic, which measures the weight of recycled material per student, Southwestern placed 61st out of 346 colleges and universities, just edging out the University of North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Brown University. The Per Capita Classic champion was the United States Coast Guard Academy. Among Kansas institutions, Southwestern was the Grand Champion, the winner of the Per Capita Classic, and had the best results for several targeted recyclables: bottles and cans, paper, and corrugated cardboard. The other Kansas schools that participated (and trailed SC) are Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, Bethany College and Johnson County Community College.

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Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:06:32 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Kansas Envirothon Returns to Southwestern College]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/791 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/791 Southwestern College in Winfield was the host for the 2010 Kansas Envirothon on Wednesday, May 12.

Holton High School was tops among 14 schools represented.

The Kansas Envirothon is an outdoor, environmental high school competition where students learn and are tested on soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and a current issue. Each school is allowed to send one team of five high school students to the state competition. Holton High School will represent Kansas at the Canon Envirothon in Fresno, Calif. The current issue for the 2010 Kansas competition is "Protection of groundwater through urban, agricultural and environmental planning."

“One of the reasons that Southwestern College offered to host the Kansas State Envirothon competition was to demonstrate that environmental responsibility is one of our institutional priorities,” says Jason Speegle, Green Team director at Southwestern College. “The Envirothon has a long tradition of environmental based scholastics. Southwestern has great facilities and great students, faculty, and staff. The ability to bring all of those elements together makes for a great event.”

Southwestern faculty members Rick Cowlishaw, Charlie Hunter, and Pat Ross participated in the event by being presenters. Cowlishaw and Hunter discussed current issues with the students while Ross discussed aquatics.

“The Kansas Envirothon was great this year,” Speegle says. “It was somewhat easier for us to plan the logistics since this was our second year to host the event. We were also able to interact with the Cowley County Conservation District in the planning and bring in more quality presenters from the area than we did last year.”

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Wed, 11 Aug 2010 16:04:46 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[ SC Graduation Regalia Is Environmentally Friendly ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/790 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/790 Southwestern College Commencement was Sunday, May 9, and SC teamed up with Jostens to use environmentally friendly graduation regalia.

“Our Jostens representative informed us that Southwestern College would be one of the first colleges to use the elements gown exclusively,” say Jason VenJohn, Moundbuilder Market merchandise manager.

This gown carries a strong environmental story while preserving the elegance and tradition of graduation. The acetate fabric fiber is made from natural wood sourced exclusively from renewable managed forests. Acetate fabric is proved to decompose in soil within a year.

The gown contains an Eco-Zip coil zipper with tape and teeth made from 100% recycled PET. Earth-friendly plastic gown packaging is proven to decompose in a landfill within a reasonably short period of time. It contains ECM BioFilms material that facilitates the decomposition process.

In addition, Jostens donates $1 to an environmental sustainability project for every gown purchased.

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Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:53:57 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Cowley County Recycles Electronic Waste]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/789 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/789 The Cowley County Conservation District along with Cowley County K-State Research & Extension, The City of Winfield, Sunflower RC&D, Winfield Correctional Facility, ABCDE, USD #465, and Southwestern College Green Team combined resources to conduct the first of two Cowley County Electronic Waste Recycle Day on April 27, 2010. A second date is planned for August 28 at the Agri-Business building in Arkansas City.

The electronic waste is an ever-growing product, that when recycled, keeps toxins out of landfills, preserves our natural resources, and provides jobs through recycling centers and packaging facilities. In order to conserve natural resources and the energy needed to produce new electronic equipment from virgin resources, electronic equipment can be refurbished, reused, and recycled instead of being landfilled. E-waste contains valuable materials such as gold, silver, copper, steel and plastic. It makes sense to recycle these materials instead of throwing them into our landfills.

The collection site was the Cowley County Fairgrounds from 3pm-7pm on Tuesday, April 27. Items that were accepted included televisions, computers, mice, keyboards, cameras, microwaves, DVD and VCR players, cell phones, MP3 players, just to name a few. A complete list can be found at www.cowleycountyconservationdistrict.com. A total of 1.5 semi-truck trailers worth of electronics were collected to be recycled. Twelve students from Southwestern College volunteered during the afternoon.

The program was free to Cowley County households, government agencies, and educational institutions, but a $1 minimum donation was requested to cover the cost of transportation to the Rice County recycling facility. Businesses were also allowed to bring items, but were assessed a $5 fee for each monitor and television. All items will be secured and electronically cleaned, so by recycling e-waste through our program you are assured there will not be any security issues.

The E-Waste program is funded in part by a grant from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Rice County Recycling and E-Waste with the support of the Solid Waste Management Reduction Initiative through Sunflower RC&D.

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Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:40:37 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Sweep Winfield' Cleans Up]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/746 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/746 The city of Winfield is cleaner following the first “Sweep Winfield” event.
           
On Saturday, April 17, Southwestern College students teamed up for the first-year event, “Sweep Winfield,” organized by Kate Norton, assistant women’s soccer coach and Green Team Southwestern member.  After two hours of combing the streets of Winfield, seven teams consisting of approximately 70 SC students collected more than 1,125 pounds of waste, and 25% of it was recyclable. 
           
“It was exciting to see the number of students that participated along with the enthusiasm and competitive spirit that they brought,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “It’s not glamorous, but the students made it fun

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and it benefits Winfield by disposing more than 1,100 pounds of waste.”
           
The groups participating in the event from the college were the Green Team, athletic training, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, football, Leadership Southwestern, and Phi Delta Theta.  The team that collected the most garbage would be declared the winner.  The golf team won first prize by collecting 254 pounds of garbage.  Women’s soccer finished second (228 pounds of garbage) and football finished third (197 pounds of garbage).        
           
Each member of the winning SC golf team won a prize bag filled with goodies donated by numerous Winfield businesses.  Sponsors included Braum’s, Posh, Sodexo Education, Cuppa Jo’s, City of Winfield, Gottlob Lawn & Landscaping, Salon Avant, Gambino’s, Health World, and Winfield Recreation Commission.
           
“I thought the event went really well,” Norton says.  “The participants had fun and were very competitive.  I hope this becomes an annual Winfield event.”

 

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Thu, 22 Apr 2010 09:27:36 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA['Sweep Winfield' Takes Place Saturday]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/739 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/739 The Southwestern College Green Team will kick off their Earth Day celebration with “Sweep Winfield” on Saturday, April 17.
           
“Sweep Winfield” will take place at several areas around Winfield.  Teams will be in the vicinity of College, First, Main, and Sixth Streets. 
           
According to Kate Norton, assistant women’s soccer coach and Green Team member, the goal of “Sweep Winfield” is not just to pick up trash in Winfield but to also bridge the gap between the community of Winfield and the community of Southwestern College.
           
Numerous Southwestern College organizations will participate in “Sweep Winfield” including the Green Team, athletic training, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, football, Leadership Southwestern, and Phi Delta Theta. 
           
Winfield business sponsors for the event include Braum’s, Posh, Sodexo Educatio
n, Cuppa Jo’s, City of Winfield, Gottlob Lawn & Landscaping, Salon Avant, Gambino’s, Health World, and Winfield Recreation Commission.
           
There are several events going on to celebrate Earth Day.  They include:

• Monday, April 19 at 7 p.m.—Home energy rating presentation in the Southwestern College Welcome Center.  SC grad and certified residential energy rater Scott Kuhn will present.
• Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.—Renewable energy information session on the Cole Mound Plaza (Mossman 101 in case of rain).  Brian Robinson from Cates Supply will present.
• Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m.—Hope for Creation simulcast in Beech 104, presented by blessedearth.com.  At 7 p.m., a nature hike around the SC campus beginning on the Warren Apartments lawn.  Larry Schuster will guide the tour.
• Thursday, April 22—Earthday is plant-a-tree day at the college.
• Saturday, April 24—Creation Care Day, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The SC Green Team will host area high school students for workshops on Biblical views on creation care.
• Tuesday, April 27—Electronic waste recycling collection at the Winfield fairgrounds from 3 to 7 p.m. 
           
Unless indicated, anyone may attend any of these events with no admission charge.  For more information about the SC Green Team or “Sweep Winfield,” call (620) 229-6311.

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Wed, 14 Apr 2010 15:11:44 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Green Team to Visit Winfield High School]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/667 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/667 The Southwestern College Green Team will educate Winfield High School students on Thursday, Jan. 28.

The Green Team will be speaking at Winfield High School Thursday morning at 10:15 a.m. in the auditorium as a part of the Commemorate Kansas/Serve Kansas mini-grant that was awarded through Kansas Campus Compact.  

Sydnee Nelson, Clay Center; Timothy Henry, Caldwell; Sarah Rommelfanger, Baldwin City, and Tendai Kwaramba, Zimbabwe, are students from the Southwestern College Green Team that will develop and give educational presentations on sustainability in Kansas. Scope of the presentations will include the history of Kansas as a leader in agriculture and sustainable living in the past as well as practical suggestions for sustainable living now and into the future.
           
The project will culminate with a presentation of renewable energy by Brian Robinson and Justin Cates of Cates Supply at the Southwestern College biology field station. Cates Supply recently installed a 2.5-kilowatt solar array and a 200-watt wind turbine which provide all of the power for the Biology Field Station.  The students will be allowed to tour the biology field station with Rick Cowlishaw, Southwestern College assistant professor of biology, and see firsthand how renewable energy functions.

The Commemorate Kansas/Serve Kansas program was created to promote higher education participation in activities that foster a greater appreciation for Kansas history and promote opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to do measurable, meaningful, sustainable service to their communities in support of the Kansas State Historical Society’s efforts to commemorate the 149th Kansas Day.   Six other institutions participating in the Commemorate Kansas/Serve Kansas program are Butler Community College, Fort Hays State University, Garden City Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Kansas State University, and Seward County Community College. 

“These creative projects are an indication that students and faculty at Kansas colleges and universities are aware of the importance of connecting their education with a civic purpose that serves all of Kansas’ citizens,” said Matthew Lindsey, executive director for Kansas Campus Compact

The Southwestern biology field Station is located on 240 acres of land approximately 10 miles north of Winfield. It will provide the students with a combination of Kansas’s past and present (agriculture) and its future (renewable energy generation).

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Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:39:42 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Receives Kansas Day Grant]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/651 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/651 Southwestern College has announced that students in the Green Team program will be coordinating service activities as part of Kansas Day 2010.  These activities are part of the inaugural Kansas Campus Compact’s Commemorate Kansas/Serve Kansas program.  A $750 grant has been awarded to SC from the Kansas Campus Compact.                             

Students from the Southwestern College Green Team will develop and give educational presentations on sustainability in Kansas to Cowley County middle and high school students. Scope of the presentations will include the history of Kansas as a leader in agriculture and sustainable living in the past as well as practical suggestions for sustainable living now and into the future. The project will culminate with a presentation of renewable energy at the Southwestern College biology field station.

“I think that Kansas has a responsibility to become leaders in sustainability and renewable energy,” says Jason Speegle, Green Team director at Southwestern.  “We possess a renewable resource in the wind that has the potential to provide clean energy to hundreds of thousands of homes across our state and nation. I also think that we have a responsibility to live within our means with regards to the earth’s resources and teach our young people to do the same.”

Southwestern College recently purchased a 2.5-kilowatt solar array and a 200-watt wind turbine to provide all of the power for the biology field station.  The students will be allowed to tour the field station and see firsthand how renewable energy functions. The Southwestern biology field station is located on 240 acres of land approximately 10 miles north of Winfield. It will provide the students with a combination of Kansas’s past and present (agriculture) and its future (renewable energy generation). The Southwestern College 2010 Commemorate Kansas/Serve Kansas project will take place Jan. 28.

The Commemorate Kansas/Serve Kansas program was created to promote higher education participation in activities that foster a greater appreciation for Kansas history and promote opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to do measurable, meaningful, sustainable service to their communities in support of the Kansas State Historical Society’s efforts to commemorate the 149th Kansas Day.  

Six other institutions participating in the Commemorate Kansas/Serve Kansas program are Butler Community College, Fort Hays State University, Garden City Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Kansas State University, and Seward County Community College.

“These creative projects are an indication that students and faculty at Kansas colleges and universities are aware of the importance of connecting their education with a civic purpose that serves all of Kansas’ citizens,” said Matthew Lindsey, executive director for Kansas Campus Compact.

Headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas Campus Compact is a coalition of higher education committed to strengthening the collective commitment and capacity of leaders at colleges and universities to integrate civic engagement and responsibility into the higher educational curriculum and environment.

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Tue, 08 Dec 2009 11:17:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern Now Member of AASHE]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/629 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/629 Recently, Southwestern College joined the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  AASHE is an organization of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education. You can see our school’s name on AASHE’s list of campus members and on its home page welcome to members that joined the previous month.

I’m writing to let you know about some of the benefits of AASHE membership. As members, we have access to all of AASHE’s online resources and to opportunities for networking, information sharing, collaboration, and professional development to help advance sustainability at our campus.  We can take advantage of all of the following:

  • Discounts – reduced registration fees for conferences, workshops, and other AASHE-sponsored events, and discounts on products and services offered through AASHE.
  • Professional Awards - including Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards, Student Sustainability Leadership Awards, and Student Sustainability Research Awards, given only to member institutions.
  • Directories - AASHE maintains online directories of Campus Sustainability Staff so that we can find and reach out to our colleagues doing similar work at other institutions.
  • Online Resources – AASHE’s extensive online Resource Center includes assessment tools, policy and program databases, best practices, campus profiles, how-to guides, reports, and other resources. To create your personal account, follow this link: www.aashe.org/user/register and complete the user profile.  Use your campus-based email address as your “username,” and the system will send a password to that address.  When you receive it, go to the login page at www.aashe.org/user/login, enter your username, and type or paste the password into the password box.  Click the “log in” button and you should be logged in with access to all locked resources.  Email webmaster@aasher.org if you have difficulty with this process.
  • Networking and Professional Development - AASHE offers excellent opportunities to connect with colleagues at regional, national, and international events, build collaborations, and share resources.  Interest Groups allow members to connect with others on specific topics and gain knowledge that will help support your sustainability work.  AASHE workshops are held at member campuses and at conferences.
  • Conferences – AASHE’s international conferences bring together every sector of higher education as well as business, government, and non-profits.  The next conference, “Greening of the Campus: Embracing Change,” is in Indianapolis, IN, Sept 20-23 (in partnership with Ball State University). See the conference website for more info:  http://goc.iweb.bsu.edu/.
  • Publicity and Recognition - AASHE publicizes and celebrates member achievements through its newsletters, website, and other communications. The Member Spotlight feature that appears in the right column of AASHE’s website highlights sustainability efforts at individual campuses.
  • Use of Member Logo – We can post the AASHE Member Logo on our website to emphasize our commitment to sustainability.  The logo may also be used on any signage, reports, brochures, and publicity or display materials where it would benefit us.
  • Individual Consulting - AASHE offers phone and email consultation to members.
  • Governance – Anyone from a member institution may participate in AASHE governance, committees, and working groups.  

In addition to the member benefits listed above, you may wish to subscribe to these publications:

  • AASHE Bulletin - A free weekly e-newsletter that keeps readers up-to-date on the latest news, resources, opportunities, and events related to campus sustainability.  Sign up here: http://www.aashe.org/publications/bulletin.php.
  • AASHE Blog - “Campus Sustainability Perspectives” features conversations on news and opinions about campus sustainability.  You can subscribe to the blog, comment on postings by others, and submit your own items as a guest blogger. 

If you have any questions, you can email AASHE at info@aashe.org.  Again, anyone on our campus can take advantage of these membership benefits from AASHE.

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Wed, 04 Nov 2009 08:26:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Recycle Your Old Cell Phones]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/627 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/627 Do you have old cell phones that you don’t know what to do with? RECYCLE THEM!! There is an easy and free way to recycle your old cell phones. RecyclePhones.org will pay for you to ship your old, unwanted cell phone to them. They will recycle the phone and plant a tree for each cell phone they receive (through a partnership with Global Releaf www.americanforests.org).  It costs nothing to send the phone to them because a free shipping label is provided. All you have to do is go to www.recyclephones.org and press "Print Shipping Label", place your phone(s) in a box or sturdy envelope, attach the label and place it in your mailbox.

THINK GREEN...BLEED PURPLE!

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Thu, 29 Oct 2009 10:05:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Green Team Collaborates with Kansas CW]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/527 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/527 KSCW Photo

The Green Team is extending its visibility statewide with activities on and off campus.

A collaboration with the Kansas CW and KWCH television stations features team leader Jason Speegle promoting green living tips, including the planting of trees.

Check out the broadcast spots under the Videos section of this website, along with news of the Kansas Envirothon held May 13 at the biology field station.

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Fri, 05 Jun 2009 15:09:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Southwestern College to Host 2009 Kansas Envirothon]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/512 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/512 Eighteen high schools from around the state will travel to Southwestern College Wednesday, May 13 for the 2009 Kansas Envirothon.  The entire competition will take place at the SC biology field station, north of Winfield.
The Kansas Envirothon is an outdoor, environmental high school competition where students learn and are tested on soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics, and a current issue. The winner of the Kansas Envirothon will represent Kansas at the Canon Envirothon national competition.
“I think it is very exciting that many high schools around the state of Kansas are beginning to teach environmental care,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “It is a vital part of our society, and teenagers and college students will be the ones to lead our country in a cultural shift toward environmental sustainability.  Southwestern College and the Green Team are thrilled to be hosting the Kansas Envirothon this year and hope to be very involved with the event for years to come.”
The current issue for the 2009 Kansas competition is “Biodiversity in a Changing World.”  Southwestern College professors Charles Hunter and Rick Cowlishaw will educate the students in this current issue during their time at the SC biology field station.
Each county is allowed to send one team of five high school students to the state competition.  Participating high schools and counties include: Hiawatha (Brown), Clay Center (Clay), Pittsburg (Crawford), Wilson (Ellsworth), Hill City (Graham), Holton (Jackson), Northern Heights (Lyon), Hillsboro (Marion), Valley Heights (Marshall), Council Grove (Morris), Centralia (Nemaha), Rock Creek (Pottawatomie), Riley County (Riley), Salina South (Saline), Linn (Washington), Neodesha (Wilson), and either Wathena or Troy High School (Doniphan). 
The Canon Envirothon competition will be held Aug. 2-8 in Asheville, N.C.

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Wed, 06 May 2009 09:05:06 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Participates in RecycleMania]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/509 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/509 Southwestern College recently participated in a 10-week nationwide competition called RecycleMania.  SC recycled nearly 21,000 pounds of cardboard, paper products, plastic, aluminum, glass, steel, and food products.
“I thought this would be a good way to set benchmarks in order to determine how much Southwestern actually recycles and to measure how much waste the college produces,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “In years to come, we hope to take steps that will allow us to recycle more and waste less.  This competition shows us how to measure our progress in both areas.”
According to the RecycleMania Web site (www.recyclemaniacs.org), RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.
More than 500 colleges and universities entered the competition. SC entered its name into three separate competitions during RecycleMania.
The first competition is called the Grand Champion division which measures the amount of trash that a campus produces versus the amount of recycling collected. SC finished 110th out of 206 schools with a cumulative recycling rate of 25.04% of its waste.
The second competition was called the Per Capita Classic in which the amount of recycling collected is measured per person on campus. SC finished 151st out of 293 schools with a recycling rate of 10.42 pounds per person (Kansas State finished 214th).
In the final Waste Minimization competition, schools measured how much waste (trash + recyclables) it produced per person. SC finished 63rd out of 148 schools with 41.59 pounds of waste per person.

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Thu, 30 Apr 2009 14:03:49 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Green Team Director Saves Lots of Trees]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/221 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/221 Thanks to some hard work and an unusual find by Jason Speegle, almost 30 trees were saved from the paper mill.

Speegle, director of the Green Team at Southwestern College, was walking near campus when he saw numerous boxes filled with old textbooks sitting in a dumpster.  As director of the sustainable environment group on campus, he was well aware of his chance to make a difference.  He recruited Kate Norton, assistant women’s soccer coach, along with several of the soccer players and they began the seemingly endless task of preparing all of the thrown out text books to be recycled. 

Textbook recycling is far from an easy chore, according to Speegle.

“You have to tear off the front and back covers,” Speegle says.  “Then you have to physically tear the books into several parts in order to satisfy the requirements of the city of Winfield.  The books averaged around 175 pages per book.”

Slowly but surely, the small group of students, Speegle, and Norton prepared each of the discarded textbooks to be recycled and a crowd of students began gathering and helping.  Eventually 20 students had turned up to help. 

“It ended up taking us around three hours to finish,” Speegle reports.

According to Speegle’s estimation, they saved just over 26 trees.

As part of the new Southwestern program, Speegle is recruiting and leading students in activities such as recycling, conserving resources on campus and in the community, and pioneering college use of renewable energy sources. The program promotes sustainability education as well as student leadership development.

“I don’t want to be the center of attention about environmental issues here,” Speegle says.  “Everyone on this campus can be an environmentalist.  My goal is to increase awareness about recycling and sustainability and to slowly attempt to change the culture of the college toward a greener future.”

For more information about the Green Team, contact Speegle at (620) 229-6311.

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Thu, 25 Sep 2008 09:45:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Anthony Cortese to Speak at Southwestern]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/213 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/213 One of the nation’s top advocates for sustainable lifestyles is coming to Southwestern College.  Anthony Cortese will give a public lecture Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., in Mossman 101.

Cortese is the co-director of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.  Southwestern College President Dick Merriman was an early signer of this compact, and the college now is engaging in progressively green practices.  

Academic dean Andy Sheppard says that Cortese will meet with several students, faculty, and administrators around campus and challenge them to think about various ways the college can “go green.”

“I think the thing that is great about having Dr. Cortese here is that he is not coming to give us a top 10 list of things to do in order to reduce our carbon foot-print,” Sheppard says.  “Rather, his visit will be spent on helping us to make a culture change in the way we consume our resources.”

Cortese was formerly the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. He was the first dean of environmental programs at Tufts University and spear-headed the award-winning Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute in 1989 which helped integrate environmental and sustainability perspectives in over 175 courses and the internationally acclaimed Talloires Declaration of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future in 1990.

Cortese is a founding and current member of the board of directors of The Natural Step US, and a founding member of the Environmental Business Council of New England. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been a consultant to UNEP, a member of the EPA Science Advisory Board and the President's Council on Sustainable Development's Education Task Force. He has been actively engaged climate change and other large system environmental challenges for 25 years. He is also a founding member of the U.S. Board of Councilors for the China – U.S. Center for Sustainable Development.

Cortese has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering and a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

The public is invited to attend the Oct. 1 lecture by Cortese.  There is no admission charge.  For more information about Cortese’s visit to Southwestern College, contact Jason Speegle, Green Team director, at (620) 229-6311.

Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  More than 1,900 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at five professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

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Tue, 23 Sep 2008 08:35:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Recycles Over 1300 Textbooks]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/171 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/171 The Green Team would like to send out a special thank you to the group of students and coaches who helped with the recycling efforts last Thursday evening. Thanks to the help of these service minded young men and women, the Green Team was able to “rescue” over one-thousand unused textbooks that were on their way to the landfill. The group spent several hours preparing the textbooks and the cardboard boxes they were stored in to be recycled. Approximately 1365 textbooks with an average of 175 pages apiece, or around 238,875 pages (8.5” x 11”) are now being recycled thanks to this group of students. According to conservatree.com, that amount of paper is roughly equivalent to 26+ whole trees!

A list of the names of the students who helped follows at the end of this message. Thank you so much for your time and effort to make SC a more environmentally friendly campus. Think GREEN SC!

Special Thanks to: 
SC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Players and Coaches: Kate Norton, Drew Oldhanm, Ellie Brewer, Shannon Varney, Taylor Aldrich, Kerry Sonnenburg, Morgan Constantine, Ashley Campbell, Alex Hopson, Giovanni Garcia, Jason Bond, George McNitt, Colin Baker, and Christopher Rooney.
SC Leadership Students: Addie Lambing, Anna Macy, Elizabeth Macy, Kylie Stone
Also: Stacie Hinkel and Kayla Middleton

I apologize if there are students whom I have forgotten to include in this list. Thank you to everyone who contributed. For information on what else the Green Team is doing on campus, please visit www.sckans.edu/green.

 

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Mon, 08 Sep 2008 18:31:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Laptop Learning Program Helps the Environment]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/170 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/170 Southwestern College always tries to think “green” when it comes to purchasing supplies, furniture, and materials to be used by the college.  According to David Dolsen, the purchasing department of SC “looks for green products with every purchase.” The excerpt from the article below is just one example of how SC is purchasing environmentally-friendly products.


Southwestern College purchases all of its student laptops and computers from Dell. For every computer purchased, Dell makes a contribution of $2 for a laptop and $6 for a desktop toward the planting of trees that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Dell partners with The Conservation Fund and the Carbonfund.org, non-profit organizations that plant trees in sustainably managed reforestation projects. 


“Our success in addressing climate change, energy depletion and other global challenges ultimately depends on our ability to empower and inspire the ReGeneration, people of all ages who care about the environment,” said Tod Arbogast, director of sustainable business at Dell. “Programs like ‘Plant a Tree for Me’ provide a simple and tangible way to make a difference.”


Dell launched “Plant a Tree for Me” for customers in January 2007. The company recently joined The Conservation Fund, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other commercial partners in dedicating 158 acres of forestland in East Texas, one of five tree-planting projects funded through the program.


“Climate change and habitat loss are two of the greatest environmental challenges of our time,” said Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund. “Thanks to industry-leading efforts of Dell and samsclub.com, and the generosity of their customers, we are making extraordinary strides to restore native forests that will clean the air we breathe, filter the water we drink, enhance habitat for wildlife and create new recreation areas that we can all enjoy.”


In July of 2008, Southwestern College purchased $320,000 worth of laptops from Dell. This purchase also contributed to the reduction of carbon-dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere.

Environmental Leadership:
Dell is committed to becoming the “greenest” technology company on the planet. Last year, the company announced that it would be the first major computer manufacturer to neutralize the carbon impact of its worldwide operations. The company’s carbon intensity (CO2 emissions/revenue) is among the lowest of the Fortune 50.


In September 2007, Dell announced “Plant a Forest for Me,” a program that enables organizations worldwide to share best practices and, as partners, facilitate the planting of trees in sustainably managed reforestation projects. Partners include AMD, ABN AMRO, Ask.com, CGI, Staples, Salesforce.com, Targus and WellPoint.


Dell also offers the industry’s only free recycling program for consumers. In 2006, the company recycled more than 78 million pounds of computer equipment worldwide, a 93 percent increase over 2005. This put Dell ahead of schedule in achieving a goal of recycling 275 million pounds of equipment by 2009.
For more information on “Plant a Tree for Me,” “Plant a Forest for Me,” and Dell’s commitment to become the “greenest” technology company on the planet, visit www.dell.com/earth. To join with the company and thousands of others in lending a voice and protecting the environment, visit www.regeneration.org.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2008 10:09:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Anthony Cortese to Visit Southwestern]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/169 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/169 Anthony Cortese, co-director of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), will be visiting SC from September 29 - October 1. Find out more about Mr. Cortese here.

He will be giving a public lecture on October 1, 2008 at 7:00 pm in Mossman 101.

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Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:46:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Purchases Environmentally-Friendly Furniture]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/168 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/168 This summer Southwestern College purchased new furniture for the Honor and Shriwise apartments.  The furniture was purchased from University Loft Company (ULC), which has taken a pro-active approach to the environment by implementing a Green Plan.  ULC uses Hevea Brasiliensis (HB), also known as Environmentally Farmed Timber (EFT).  HB produces a natural form of latex that is tapped from its trunk, and is used in the production of rubber.  HB adequately produces latex for 20 years, after that time it is harvested for timber.  Five Hevea Brasiliensis trees can be grown and harvested in the time one oak tree is ready to be milled. 

To make room for the new furniture, SC recycled 2140 pounds of steel bed frames and donated several sets of old furniture to a local Winfield organization.

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Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:18:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[SC Going Green: Laundry Facilities]]> http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/167 http://www.sckans.edu/activities/green-team/news/view/167 Over the summer Southwestern College signed a new contract with our laundry provider that included 20 new washers and 20 new dryers.  The old top load washers were installed in 1996 and used over 23 gallons of water per load; the new washers are energy efficient front loaders that only take 14.8 gallons per load.  The machines are ADA compliant; DOE 2007 compliant for energy and water standards, ENERGY STAR® qualified and have a Modified Energy Factor (MEF) of 2.16 and a Water Factor (WF) of 5.2.

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Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:18:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)