2014 Sustainability Week

Organic gardening. Bike commuting. Renewable energy. GMOs. 

Do these topics interest you? Join like-minded people at KCC's 7th annual Sustainability Week, April 21-25, 2014.

Participate in the Student Green IQ Survey, which will help us measure the sustainability literacy of our alumni and students. It's confidential and anonymous...and you could win a $25 gift certificate.

Sustainability week is April 21-25

These free events are open to the community and are provided by KCC's Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee and Council for Community Sustainability.

All events are held on KCC's Riverfront campus, except for the SMHEC Student Sustainability Summit, which is at Moraine Valley Community College. 

Monday, April 21

Organic Gardening
10 a.m., Iroquois Room

KCC Professor Kristen Larson will share how starting an organic garden is easier than you think.    

The Water Straw Project
Noon, Iroquois Room

What is a ‘water straw’ and how is it helping people get clean drinking water in third world countries? Presenters will be Phi Theta Kappa members Keirston Creek, Jenna Capriotti and Chloe Bilderback.  

Genetically Modified Foods: The Pros and Cons
2:45 p.m., Iroquois Room.

Learn about genetic modifications which have been made to much of the food we eat today. Presented by Students for Eco-Quality, Library Director Karen Becker and Professor Kristen Larson.    

Movie: When Heaven Meets Earth:  A Faithful Few Changed Everything   
7 p.m., Iroquois Room

This film explores faith-sensitive participatory action research approaches to conflict management and sustainable community development. Presenter will be Dr. Susan Emmerich, an environmental consultant and director of the Creation Care Program and the Center for Law and Culture Olivet Nazarene University.

Tuesday, April 22

The Psychology of Sustainability
11 a.m., Iroquois Room

This informational session will focus on the psychological mechanisms driving behavior change. Presented by KCC Professor Debbie Podwika.  

Energy Auditing & Passive Solar Design
7 p.m., WDC Conference Hall

Learn about home energy audits, how the energy efficiency of a house is evaluated, the professional equipment which is used (such as blower doors and infrared cameras), and the best ways to improve energy efficiency in heating and cooling a home. Presenter is Bob Henning, instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, Indiana. He also works for Habitat for Humanity and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Wednesday, April 23

Movie: The Story of Stuff/The Story of Water
10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Iroquois Room

The Story of Stuff  is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Bottled Water employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows virtually free from the tap.

Reusable Cup Sale
11 a.m., College Center

Students for Eco-Quality is selling reusable cups and donating the funds to the Phi Theta Kappa Water Straw Project.  

Movie: The Everglades of the North 
Noon, Iroquois Room.

This documentary reveals the diverse ecology, illustrates the astonishing history, and explores the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh by examining how people have used and perceived this wetland for more than 10,000 years.  

Bike Commuting 
7 p.m., WDC Conference Hall

Learn the the logistics of commuting by bicycle and progress on the bike infrastructure project in Kankakee, of which the bike path along the Kankakee River by KCC is a part. Presented by KCC Professor Deborah Renville and Steve Linneman, owner of Tern of the Wheel Bike Shop and Kankakee City alderman.

Thursday, April 24

Movie: The Last Mountain
9:30 a.m., Iroquois Room

The Last Mountain tells the story of the fight for Coal River Mountain in West Virginia, where community members and environmental activists are pitted against a coal company in the struggle to save one of the last large mountain ranges in the area from mountaintop removal.

Sustainability, Survival, and Primitive Skills Workshop 
11:30 a.m., Iroquois Room

Learn about how indigenous cultures have survived for thousands of years by living sustainably and practicing “primitive skills” that are useful to this day. Presented by KCC Professor Tim Wilhelm.

Solar Power Hour
7 p.m., WDC Conference Hall

This free consumer education session focuses on the benefits of solar energy, a streamlined process to acquire solar photovoltaic systems for homes or businesses, and why solar power has never been more affordable or easier to install than now. Presented by KCC Professor Tim Wilhelm and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association.

Friday, April 25

3rd Annual SMHEC Student Sustainability Summit
Moraine Valley Community College
Building M, Moraine room 2

A student conference with a focus on food through the lens of equity, economy, and the environment. KCC students can attend FREE. Visit the Sustainability Summit web page for more information and to register. 

Movie: Gasland Part II 
7 p.m., WDC Conference Hall

This film shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today.