Welcome to the Greener CMC Wiki Site.

News Update for June 2010:  

  • Bill McKibben Visits the Roaring Fork Valley in July
CORE, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and the Aspen Institute are bringing renowned author and journalist, Bill McKibben, to the Roaring Fork Valley July 9th-11th.  McKibben is the author ofThe End of NatureEnoughDeep EconomyEaarth and more.  He is a professor of environmental studies at Middlebury College, the founder of 350.org, and a fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. 
    • Friday July 9th 3:30-5:30 pm:  Get ready to have your voice heard! Bill McKibben will be leading a ‘get to work' party at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Hallam Lake Nature Preserve.  McKibben will give a rallying talk before asking us all to get to work calling and writing local, state and federal government officials to ask for comprehensive climate legislation and clean energy policy.  Just think how effective it would be if each Coloradan representative had 50 messages expressing their constituents' support for climate legislation! Bring your cell phone.  Be prepared to make phone calls or write letters for 30-45 minutes.
    • Date to be determined:  CORE and ACES will be hosting a night with Bill McKibben at Toklat. More information to follow or call CORE for more details (970)544-9808.
    • Sunday July 11th 10:30-12:30:  Bill McKibben will present at the Aspen Ideas Festival.  Please contact Devon at Devon.Rodonets@aspeninst.org or 970.544.7931 for more information.

  • Save the date: 10.10.10. AASHE National Conference is coming to Denver, CO 
    • Interested in learning more about national wide sustainability initiatives for higher education institutions? Look at attending this conference. Check out http://conf2010.aashe.org/ for more details. 
      • *Colorado Mountain College is a member of AASHE. 
      • Early bird price: $350.00 for three day admission
      • Full session schedule should be posted in July.
  • ESCo Update – The ESCo project was presented to the CLT folks last Thursday.  All were accepting of the improvements.  The next step is to present this proposal to the Board next Mon 6/21.  From there, CMC will be signing the energy performance contract. Stay tuned for more!
  • Hitching Post for SV Campus: Update 
    • Alison has gathered information from each campus on their alternative transportation options. Right now we’re in a waiting mode to see what the local transportation areas will do. In August I will ask Mike Trujillo if he can give me his best thinking about how to handle the legal/liable aspect of this.  
    • To move forward after that, we’ll need commitment from BEST Team members, and other locals in our CMC communities to gain traction and successfully work towards creating hitching posts or carpool sites. 
    • Anyone interest in this project please contact Alison Limoges.
  • RFP Selection for Janitorial and Office Supplies: The RFP Selection Committee has finished its process and awarded the contract to the two following firms:  
    • Office Supplies – Office Depot
    • Janitorial Products – Central Distributing
  • Request: Please send Lynne your campus stories, new courses,activities or events for wiki & website. lcassidy@coloradomtn.edu
  • Reminder: Next BEST Meeting: July 21, 2010... See you there. 

News Update for May 2010:  HAPPY GRADUATION!!!! 

  • Request: NEWS & EVENT updates for the wiki, web pages and the Facebook page. Please send me any new ideas, classes, events, news, student/faculty success stories, etc. that you hear of. Send your submissions to lcassidy@coloradomtn.edu.
  • Next BEST meeting is Tuesday, May 25th. 
  • This summer the Office of Sustainability is looking to support efforts in: 
    • Sustainability across the curriculum training development
    • Infusing sustainability into student orientation
    • Assessment 

News Update for April 2010: 

  • The Sustainability Web pages are LIVE!!! You can find the pages under the following sections: 
    • New Students - About CMC
    • Current Students 
    • Communities & Friends
    I want to continuously update these pages. Please send me any new ideas, classes, events, news, student/faculty success
    stories, etc. that you hear of. Send your submissions to lcassidy@coloradomtn.edu.

College-wide Earth Week Event Schedules:

Public Earth Day Events at Breckenridge, Leadville and Edwards:

·      April 20, 6:45 p.m., discussion about local and sustainable food; 7:15 p.m., screening of “Food, Inc.”; CMC Breckenridge Center auditorium

·      April 21, 6 p.m., panel discussion on pharmaceuticals, personal care products and emerging contaminants; CMC Breckenridge Center auditorium

·      April 22, 6-8 p.m., 8th Annual Global Issues Seminar, including discussions on global water issues and sustainable farming; cafeteria of the College Center building, CMC Timberline Campus in Leadville

·      April 22, noon to 6 p.m., volunteer project to begin construction on greenhouse and garden areas; CMC Vail-Eagle Valley Campus grounds in Edwards; contact Todd Rymer at 970-569-2920

·      April 23, noon to 4 p.m., trash cleanup; CMC campus in Leadville; call 719-486-4216 or meet at the campus’s main parking area at noon

  •    April 29, 7 p.m., screening of “Tapped”; CMC Breckenridge Center auditorium

Public Earth Day Events in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Spring Valley:

  • April 19, screening of “Red Lady: The Battle for Your Mountains” and “No Impact Man,” 5:30 p.m., CMC Lappala Center in Carbondale
  • April 20, screening of “Tapped,” 6:30 p.m., theater at the CMC Spring Valley Center south of Glenwood Springs
  • April 21, screening of “Food, Inc.,” 6:30 p.m., CMC Glenwood Center on Blake Avenue
  • April 21, environmental ethics discussion at Socrates Café, 6 p.m., library at Spring Valley Center
  • April 22, community service xeriscaping project and trash cleanup event, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Spring Valley Center; contact Johann Aberger at 947-8237

  • UPCOMING EVENT: 8th Annual Encana Energy Expo
    • When: May 5th, 2010
    • Where: Garfield County Fairgrounds, Rifle, Colorado
    • What is offered: Talk with energy industry representatives & view over 80 exhibits covering: Mineral & surface rights, Geology, Natural gas production, Oil shale technology, Reclamation, Environmental initiatives, Alternative energy, Natural gas vehicles, and more.
    • For more information call 970-285-2600

News Update for March 2010: 

  • Roaring Fork Valley EVENTShowings of the documentary “Tapped”.  "Tapped" is about the harm that our bottled water industry is causing.  This film will change your relationship with the water you drink. Presented by the Roaring Fork Conservancy with Roaring Fork Leadership.  Buy tickets and learn more at www.roaringfork.org/tapped.
    • Wednesday, March 31st 7:00 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House Aspen, CO   $9 admission
    • Tuesday, April 6th 7:00 p.m. at the Church at Carbondale Gathering Space   $9 suggested donation

  • Summit County EVENT: CMC-Summit Speakers Series: Our Energy Future: Policy and Politics
    • WHERE: The New CMC Breckenridge Auditorium - 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge
    • WHEN: March 19, 2010
    • TIME: 7:00 – 8:30 
    • FEE: General Admission - $10    Students – Free

  • Summit County EVENT: The Colorado Governor's Energy Office High Performance Building Program is hosting a FREE workshop and a webinar  later this month.

    Benefit from the FREE ENERGY of leading architects and engineers as they illuminate high performance building in a workshop for planners, funders, designers, builders, operations and maintenance managers.  


    WHEN:  Friday, March 26, 2010   Tours: 12 - 1 p.m.   Workshop: 1 - 5 p.m.

    WHERE:  Colorado Mountain College - Summit Campus - Breckenridge Location

                   107 Denison Placer Road Breckenridge, CO 80424


    • http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/2010/02/go-paperless-for-earth-day.html
    • Over 550 teachers have signed our pledge to go paperless in their classrooms for Earth Day 2010. Can you commit to going paperless for a day?
  • College wide ACTIVITY: March 27, 2010 - EARTH HOUR 2010 
    • On Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people around the world will come together to call for action on climate change by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour. The state of Colorado has even signed on to support this Earth Hour event. Join in by turning off your lights of one hour to save energy world wide. 
    • https://www.myearthhour.org/home

Update for February 2010: 

  • John Saunders, Alpine science faculty, has renewed CMC's membership to AASHE. This is the governing body that supports the Presidents' Climate Commitment. PLEASE take advantage of this incredible resource - webinars, discussion forums, white paper resources, conference, etc.!!! http://www.aashe.org
  • Plannning for Earth Day activities (April 22) are already beginning for many Green Teams. This is a perfect event to educate people on how to look at their actions through the interconnected Principles of Sustainability - Environment, Economy, Social Justice  (or as the business world likes to say: People, Place, and Profit.)
    • Questions to ask: 
      • How will your action or project on Earth Day improve the environment? 
      • What are the economic benefits of this action?
      • What positive effects will this action have on the people in your community (social justice/equity)?  
      • Does your action or project benefit the whole system? 
    • If you are looking for ideas or support contact Lynne Cassidy or contact other BEST members who are Green Team leaders.  I will post a list of college-wide events next month. 

  • The sustainability website should be online by the end of the month. (Fingers Crossed!)  
  • We are anxiously awaiting Ennovate's, our contracted energy service company (ESCo), energy audit report which is due out in April. As we wait, the facilities department is working with Ennovate on a college-wide energy policy/program.  
  • A sustainability budget has been agreed upon and passed. 
  •  We are looking at ways to "green" up graduation ceremonies this coming spring. We are also looking at introducing sustainability themes and practices to student orientation this summer. 
  • If you have any ideas or comments you wish to share please contact Lynne Cassidy, Sustainability Coordinator. (lcassidy@coloradomtn.edu)

Update for January 2010: 

  • Much of our work in the past months has been focused on establishing a solid and supportive foundation for sustainability to work from at CMC. 
  • We are reviewing the final drafts of our sustainability strategic plan and infrastructure. Our goal is to have these completed by the end of February.

  • A budget to support sustainability is being proposed in February.

  • Ennovate, the energy service company (ESCo) we have contracted with, has completed their energy audits of all CMC buildings. They will have a comprehensive energy report to us in February. The initial draft report includes recommendations to create an college wide energy policy & maintenance plan, to provide operational training for staff and educational components for students. This is an exciting time for the facilities department!!!! 

  • We are investigating into how to best develop a fund to capture a percentage of the savings we will receive from lowering our energy bills (once buildings are retrofitted). The purpose of this fund is to directly reinvest this money into sustainability projects at all of the campuses. 

  • This spring we really want to focus on educating people about what sustainability means. We need to educate the CMC community about the concepts that comprise sustainability before we can begin asking people to help us. We want to be able to convey CMC sustainability goals, and to provide people the knowledge and the tools to incorporate principles into their own lives at home and at work. 
  • FYI: On January 19, 2010, The Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) launched STARS 1.0. We chose this self-reporting tracking and assessment framework because it is the most comprehensive, whole-system assessment tool (not just a survey).  Check out your area of expertise and become familiar with how you can begin implementing sustainable practices into your department: http://stars.aashe.org/pages/about/3993/   Our goal is to have CMC begin fully participating in the STARS program in 2011.  If you have any questions regarding STARS please contact lcassidy@coloradomtn.edu.
  • AS in Environmental Science has been approved. (It is a guaranteed transfer degree.)
  • Building Professional Institute (BPI) Energy Auditors programs at Aspen and West Garfield, and the Green Build courses offered in Aspen, Edwards and West Garfield have also been very successful. Faculty are now being trained to offer BPI courses at Summit Campus.

  • Compost is happening at the Eagle/Vail Campus in Edwards. Talk to Todd Rymer about this project. Great job Todd!!!!

2009 CMC Sustainability Action Achievements 

  • On September 25, 2009, President Stanley Jensen signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment. This significant national initiative attests to Colorado Mountain College 's commitment to achieve climate neutrality and to provide 21st century learners the knowledge to establish a culture of sustainability.

    Colorado Mountain College will be among 650 colleges and universities nation-wide that have signed this important document that addresses global warming and sustainability.  For more information on this important initiative go to http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/

    Any questions regarding CMC's sustainability initiatives can be directed to Nancy Genova (ngenova@coloradomtn.edu) or Lynne Cassidy (lcassidy@coloradomtn.edu).

  • CMC AQIP Page - In April 2009 our AQIP Sustainability Action Team's report was approved by the College Leadership Team and the President of the College. You can access this report here on the AQIP wiki page or on the main front page of the CMC website. (AQIP stands for Academic Quality Improvement Program, the accreditation program established by the Higher Learning Commission - North Central Association of Colleges and Schools).   

  • Aspen Campus Display Highlights the Need for Plastic Bag Ban: Coddy Berens did a wonderful job of putting this display together, below is a link to the power point
The Dangers of Plastic Bags (Microsoft PowerPoint)
Bottled Water - Do We Need It? (Microsoft PowerPoint)

  • Read Meeta Goel's notes from the Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit which was held at CU Boulder in February 2009 (See attachments below)

  •  Alpine Got the Gold!  Kudos to the Alpine Green Committee and the Steamboat Springs Alpine Campus for achieving the Gold Level Certification from the Steamboat Chamber Sustainable Business Program, announced February 9, 2009.

  • CMC Sustainability Pledge: “I pledge to help Colorado Mountain College in its sustainability efforts by incorporating the values of truth, trust, respect, and responsiveness into my daily actions in order to improve the quality of my personal life, my community, the environment, and the organizations with which I collaborate.” Pledge Cards are available at each campus. 
  • COMING SOON: CMC sustainability webpage

Great "Green" Reading: 

  • Read Paul Hawken's commencement address at the University of Portland, delivered May 3, 2009.  This is a short speech, as commencement addresses go, and well worth reading.  A pdf of the speech is also included in the attached documents at the bottom of this page.
“So who will do the hard and noble work of actually building the green economy? 
The answer: millions of ordinary people, many of whom do not have good jobs right now. 
According to the National Renewable Energy Lab, the major barriers to a more rapid adoption 
of renewable energy and energy efficiency are not financial, legal, technical, or ideological. 
One big problem is simply that green employers can’t find enough trained, green-collar workers 
to do all the jobs.”     
– Van Jones, The Green Collar Economy

  • Data released by the United States. Environmental Protection Agency shows that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags. See lee.ifas.ufl.edu/FYN/FYNPubs/TheDangersofPlasticBags.pdf
  • Communicating with skeptics about sustainability and climage change
  • Check out emagineGreen (they were just up at CMC Spring Valley for SV Science Program); "emagineGreen is a company dedicated to turning curiosity about what is happening in our environment into positive action. Our purpose is to simplify the ‘going green’ process for millions of people who want a healthier home and environment.  We don’t tell you what you should do;  we show you what you can do."  http://emaginegreen.com/



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