April 23 – 27 marked the fourth annual Sustainability Week at Kankakee Community College. The high point of the week was the Sustainability EXPO on Wednesday, April 25, but there were other events scheduled during the week, all with a focus on sustainability issues.
Events held throughout the week
A shoe collection drive sponsored by the Student Activities Board was new this year and was quite successful as it collected about 250 pairs of shoes for donation to Share Our Soles, a non-profit organization which provides shoes to people in developing countries of the world.
The second office materials exchange recycled unused and unwanted office materials for others to look through and take for their use, which reduces the amount of materials ordered from vendors. This year saw much less material being brought to the central site, an indication that last year’s event reduced the backlog of material. The small amount of material left at the end of the week was recycled or otherwise properly disposed of.
The film Green Fire was shown on Tuesday and all three showings were well received by those who attended.
On Thursday evening, the HVAC course students received a special demonstration of the Energy Wall exhibit and learned about the best ways to reduce energy consumption by proper insulation installation and construction design.
There was also a presentation about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) by the owners of Peasant’s Plot, a local CSA organic farm.
The Sustainability EXPO
The EXPO ran from noon – 6:00 p.m. and featured 37 exhibitors.
Calypsol, a 22-foot solar-powered trimaran, was a featured attraction, with solar collectors that store power in batteries to run an electric motor. The inventor/designer and an associate will spend June and July making their way from Chicago to New Orleans on the vessel.
This year’s recycled art exhibit by local grade school students was expanded dramatically to include about 80 art works from second - seventh graders at four area schools.
The attendance during the EXPO is estimated at about 250 – 300 faculty, staff, students, and area residents, with 55 Science Magnet sixth graders visiting the EXPO this year on a field trip..