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Sustainability Week

Gardening, biking, skin care, animals, plants and more ...

Do these topics interest you? Join like-minded people at KCC's eighth annual Sustainability Week, April 20-24, 2015.

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

Sustainability week is April 20-24

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

All events are held on KCC's Riverfront campus.

Monday, April 20

Organic Gardening
10 a.m., WDC Conference Hall, Room D140

Starting your own organic garden is easier than you think. KCC Professor Larson will show you what you need to know and answer any questions you have.    

Reusable Cup Sale
Noon, College Center

Students for Eco-Quality are selling reusable cups as a way for us to pay less for fountain drinks in the cafeteria and to help us reduce the amount of Styrofoam cups used. Come and buy a cup for $3. 

Biking for Beginners
2:00 p.m., WDC Conference Hall, Room D140

Professor Renville, who also is a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor, will discuss everything a beginner biker (and those who drive where there are bikers present) needs to know about biking--including the rules of the road, the best places to bike and how to be comfortable and well-equipped. .     

Tuesday, April 21

Movies: The Story of Stuff/The Story of Bottled Water
Noon, Iroquois Room. Room D152

(From the movie's website) The Story of Stuff" is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the "stuff" in your life forever.”

From the Animals' Point of View
2 p.m., Iroquois Room, Room D152 

Did you ever think about sustainability from the viewpoint of the animals? The presenter, Dawn Wrobel, is a KCC adjunct geography professor who also works as an animal communicator or interspecies interpreter. In addition to working with companion animals, she has served as a consultant for two zoos. Over the last 10 years she has asked the animals about what they want humans to know about sharing the planet and their ideas for human behavior change. Join Wrobel for a look at sustainability from the animals’ point of view. We’ll also talk about the differences in how cultures view animals, including those that now accord animals the same rights as humans, and talk about some common animal behavior issues. Included will be an exercise to help you see humans and the world from an animal’s point of view and time for questions and answers.

Greening Your Skin Care and The Story of Cosmetics
4 p.m., Iroquois Room, Room D152

According to the medical press, our skin comes in contact with as many as 515 toxic compounds every day. Where you live determines some of those toxins, but most are things we use voluntarily. In this program, presented by KCC Adjunct Professor Dawn Wrobel, we’ll view another of the “The Story of” programs and follow it up with recipes for creating safe skin care and household cleaning products using things already in your kitchen or bathroom. Did you know:

•You can recycle your coffee grounds to make a safe skin scrub.
•You can use vanilla extract to make an insect repellant.
•A grape can help you achieve soft, glowing skin.
Learn how to start detoxing your skin care routine!

Wednesday, April 22 Earth Day

Movie: What Plants Talk About
Noon, Iroquois Room, Room D152

(From the IMDB website summary) Hard core science is effortlessly integrated with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are ... It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate, and, sometimes, wage all-out war. Come along ... and discover that plants are a lot less passive and a lot more intelligent than you think!

The Psychology of Sustainability
1 p.m., Iroquois Room, Room D152

This informational session, presented by KCC Professor Debbie Podwika, will focus on the psychological mechanisms driving behavior change. How can we become more sustainable as individuals and as a society?

Aquaponics and a Greenhouse Tour 
2 p.m., West Campus Room VA03

Aquaponics is a food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (in KCC’s case, raising tilapia in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrification bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system. Come hear Linda Nitz-Mercaeant and Professor Katelynn Ohrt describe our aquaponic system and tour the greenhouse where the system is working.

Bike 101: Basic Bicycle Maintenance 
7 p.m., Iroquois Room, Room D152

Everything you need to know about keeping your bike safe and operational, as well as how to handle maintenance problems while on the road.. Presented by KCC Professor Deborah Renville and Terry McGuire from Tern of the Wheel bike shop.

Thursday, April 23

Genetically Modified Foods: Pros and Cons 
1 p.m., Iroquois Room, Room D152

Much of the food we eat today has been genetically modified or altered in some way. This will be a one-hour discussion sponsored by the Miner Memorial Library and facilitated by Karen Becker. Although no advance preparation is required, students are strongly encouraged to read a couple of articles on the topic, or watch some video clips, as this will make everyone better prepared for a discussion. The following link has a resource guide with suggested articles, websites and video clips:
Facilitated by Karen Becker, director of the Miner Memorial Library

Students for Eco-Quality Meeting 
2 p.m., Iroquois Room, Room D152

Learn about KCC's student Green Club, no strings attached. Presented by Karen Becker, faculty advisor, along with current club members.

Movie: Everglades of the North
7 p.m., WDC Conference Hall, Room D140

(from the IMDB website plot summary) "Less than a century ago, there was an area in the Midwest that resembled the swamplands of Florida's Everglades. Sometimes called the "Everglades of the North," The Grand Kankakee Marsh once saturated nearly a million acres in Northern Indiana and a portion of Illinois. Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh reveals the diverse ecology, illustrates the astonishing history, and explores the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh in how people have used and perceived this wetland for more than 10,000 years."

Friday, April 24

How to Make a Rain Barrel
11:30 a.m. Room VA05, West Campus

Come and learn how to make your own rain barrel with step-by-step instructions! Rain barrels will be provided for free, but there will be a charge of $10 for supplies (faucet, screen, screws, etc.). Registration is required by emailing Bert Jacobson at The session is limited to 20 participants.
Presented by Jennifer Martin, electrical technology project coordinator.