Winter 2009 |
MCC is taking the lead in working to improve the environment, better serve
the community and reduce operating costs. This year, MCC hired Daniel Lawse
as Coordinator of Sustainable Practices. Lawse´s main objective in this
new position is to lead a Sustainability Committee overseeing six areas of
sustainability at the College—food, energy, water, transportation, curriculum
The sustainability efforts that have already been implemented are helping
save a great deal. At the renovated South Omaha Campus, one ton of materials
is recycled each month, and a simple solution of changing the fixtures on the
bathroom faucets at all locations will save more than 400,000 gallons of water
Another part of the Sustainability Committee´s charge is educating
students and staff about helping in big and little ways to improve the
environment. Each week a green tip is sent out to MCC employees via the
internal staff e-newsletter. Students are learning green initiatives in
classes such as Automotive Technology where the class observed the hands-on
conversion of a Prius to a plug-in hybrid and through service-learning
projects like weatherizing a home for a local family.
Newsletters and other mailed pieces will soon look different too. To reduce
the number of printed pieces from the College, some newsletters will change to
an entirely online format, and MCC encourages recipients of other
newsletters to opt in to an online edition. Help do your part by subscribing
to an e-version of The Community Connection by emailing
- The Construction and Industrial and Commercial Trades Programs
are integrating green building best practices into the curriculum to
enhance the already strong programs.
- The Automotive Technology Program hosted a demonstration of a
conversion of a Prius to a plug-in hybrid and is working on a similar
opportunity to learn about compressed natural gas vehicle conversions.
- The Architectural Drafting and Design Program is learning to digitally
model green building energy use with state-of-the-art 3-D software.
- The Auto Collision Technology Program employs a new method of auto body
paint that is safer for the environment and the technicians themselves.
- The Electrical Program began an Introduction to Solar Energy course
during Fall quarter and is continuing to develop new courses in solar
energy. The Program is also looking at opportunities for wind energy
- Through work with industry partners, MCC created a new Process
Operations Technology Program to prepare students to work in bio-fuel and
ethanol facilities as well as power management.
- A green Data Center Management Program started with Winter quarter and
is the first of its kind with remote access capabilities and
- Work began with the Environmental Protection Agency for MCC to be a
pilot site for developing EnergyStar courses.