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Color Me Green

Winter 2009 | Archive

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 and other.

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 annually.

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 marketing@mccneb.edu.

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  • 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 technicians.

  • 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 curriculum.

  • Work began with the Environmental Protection Agency for MCC to be a pilot site for developing EnergyStar courses.
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