Affordable and Sustainable Summer Break

Affordable and sustainable summer break

By Shannon Brown (Intern, Mount Mercy Sustainability Committee)

Where Does All That Rainwater Go?

After nearly five full days of rain and thunderstorms that have kept us cold and damp, we can’t help but ask, “Where is all that water going?” But, without knowing the inner-workings of a city's storm water system, that question becomes a little difficult to answer. Instead, what we should ask is, “Where could all that water go?” Now that’s a much easier question to answer, “We can catch it!”

How Will You Celebrate Earth Day 2014?

We've emerged from a difficult winter, memorable for its bitter cold and innumerable challenges. The first signs of spring are here, miraculous and fragile, bringing joy and renewal. In the midst of this celebration and annual rite, we also know that the earth is at risk, and it is time for each of us to find ways to live sustainably, to protect our natural world, and to share these commitments with others.

MMU GreenWeek is Here!

The 50 Shades of Green Living Learning Community (LCC) and department of Residence Life celebrate MMU GreenWeek from April 14-18.   The week's events include: (Monday) Wear green and show your support of sustainability on campus; (Tuesday) Learn about water conservation and use refillable bottles; (Wednesday) Sustainable eating -- eat local and know your food sources; (Thursday) Test your knowledge about sustainability and your own lifestyle; and (Friday) Reuse and share through a residence life clothing swap.

ReUSE a Shoe Campaign Celebrates Spring Launch at Mount Mercy

Do you have any worn-out athletic shoes that could be donated for a sustainable effort? Mount Mercy recently offered drop-off points for used shoes as part of the ReUSE a Shoe campaign, an effort associated with the Nike corporation. Mount Mercy student McKenna Sexton submitted the idea as a fall 2012 mini-grant project. With the assistance of Amanda Mayotte, student intern for the Communications and Marketing team, the campaign is now underway. Donations are now being accepted at the CRST Graduate Center, the Rec Center at Rockwell Collins, and the northeast location of Stuff Etc.

New Transfer and Graduate Students to Receive Water Bottles

This spring, Mount Mercy University will offer complimentary water bottles to new transfer students as part of their registration process. Each bottle features the Mount Mercy sustainability logo and a small brochure about the campus' efforts towards reducing plastic bottle use and promoting the presence of bottle refilling stations on campus. New Master's degree students will also receive a free bottle during program orientation events and other occasions at the CRST Graduate Center.

Sustainability Mini-Grant Encourages Everyone to "Power Down"

The sustainability, mini-grant program is proud to support a project led by Shelby Albertson and Alicia Hartley, along with Colette Atkins, Assistant Provost and Accelerated Programs Director. The trio's efforts will feature an awareness campaign about the university's electricity use; the second component will offer a training program for faculty and staff, explaining how to work remotely while having office computers turned off. Mount Mercy employees may participate in individual training sessions, in their offices, and will receive a complementary gift.

Joy Ochs Returns to India with Assistance from Mini-Grant Program

Mount Mercy Professor of English, Dr. Joy Ochs, was recently honored as a recipient of the Mellon Fellowship and will return to India this summer to study environmental issues. Ochs will be participating in the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program's seminar, "India: Religion, Globalization, and the Environment in the 21st Century." She will be stationed in Chennai and Tamil Nadu for three weeks in June. The region has seen tremendous economic growth during the last ten years, resulting in evident environmental degradation.

"ReTIRED" Project Secures Mini-Grant

Sydney Wallenfelsz, Mount Mercy senior and frisbee golf advocate, received a sustainability, mini-grant award for a project that promotes wellness, recreation, and re-purposing of resources. The "ReTIREd" project will install a disk golf basket in tandem with a frisbee golf putting hole. A recycled tire will form the main portion of the basket. Marked distances will be featured around the basket. Players will start at the closest point and move further back on each succeeding turn. The goal is to move "around the basket" to complete a single game.