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honey bee Bee Keeping Talk
November 2012

This month’s Sustainability Task Force meeting is again a collaboration with the Science Transfer Initiative. Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., of Best Bees, will give a presentation on honey bee research, urban beekeeping, and the importance of honeybees to our economy and ecosystem. Best Bees is an urban beekeeping company based in Boston’s South End, providing and managing honey bee hives for urban, rural, and suburban gardeners in the region.

"Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are of tremendous economic and ecological importance. As pollinators of over 130 crops, honey bees contribute an estimated $14.6 billion per year to the American economy. As a model system for research, their contributions to our understanding of the natural world are invaluable. Research using honey bees as an experimental study system has contributed to our understanding of an interdisciplinary range of subjects, including animal communication, genomics, evolution, immunology, agriculture, aging, economics, and even mathematical modeling."


Former Massasoit VP / CFO, Betty Ann Learned Honored with Leading by ExampleAward
October 2012

On Thursday, October 25th, Massasoit Community College’s former Vice President of Administration/CFO Betty Ann Learned was honored with the Leading by Example Award in a ceremony held at the State House for her leadership in guiding Massasoit’s energy efficiency and clean energy efforts. Under Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Leading by Example program, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Leading by Example Awards honor state agencies, public higher education institutions, municipalities, and individuals that demonstrate outstanding clean energy and environmental leadership. 


Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
October 2012

This month’s task force meeting will be a joint venture with the Science Transfer Initiative group, to host a speaker from the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Michael Thompson, a GIS Analyst with the organization, will be coming to Massasoit on October 19, 12-1:00 p.m., in Room S538 to speak about his work to help move shipping lanes away from whale migration routes to reduce the incidence of collisions and whale injuries in Boston Harbor. More details to come shortly. The presentation will be taped.

Don't Miss The Sustainability Showcase!
April 2012

In Celebration of Earth Day the One Book/One College Committee & the Sustainability Task Force present a Sustainability Showcase at the Brockton Campus on Wednesday, April 25th from
11:00 am – 1:00 pm featuring:

On the Quad Activities include: Sustainability Yard Sale, Give Your Old Bike A New Life Campaign, Old Colony Planning Council with Mass Bike Week Information, Veggie Bus Tour

Upper Student Lounge Activities include: Spotlight on Landscaping, Recycling and Dining Services, Solar Panel Display, Reusable Water Bottle Sale, Canton Campus HVAC Student Projects, Johnson Controls – Energy & Water Conservation Project, More Than Words – Book Recycling, Friends of East Bridgewater Trails Information

Louison Board Room:

Screening of the documentary film “Tapped"

Give Your Old Bike a New Life!
April 2012

Massasoit Community College and Old Colony Planning Council are collecting bicycle donations in celebration of Earth Day.

Bikes will be tuned up by Travis Cycle and donated to Stairway to Recovery and Boys & Girls Club of Brockton.

Schedule to drop off your gently used bike on or before April 25th by contacting John Caffelle at Massasoit Community College, 508-588-9100 x1502, or Kyle Mowatt, 508-583-1833 x214,

Also accepting donations of bike tools, repair kits and bike accessories in good condition. Older bikes may be donated to be recycled, with the proceeds going toward the purchase of helmets and locks to accompany the bikes. Financial donations will also be accepted for this purpose (checks can be made payable to Massasoit Community College Foundation, Inc., specify "bike").
All donations are tax deductible.

This initiative is sponsored by Massasoit Community College, Old Colony Planning Council,
Stairway to Recovery, Boys & Girls Club of Brockton, Travis Cycle, Brockton’s Promise, and MassDevelopment.

Zero Waste Day
Zero Waste Day
October 2011

This recycling event is intended to bring awareness about recycling and reducing waste, to encourage people to recycle more and waste less, and to educate them about what can and can’t be recycled. People can bring in any of the items listed below to recycle for free, and if they do they’ll receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize. There will be free Coke® give-aways, recycling and composting contests, a composting demonstration, information about our single-stream recycling program and sustainable landscaping, and a “dumpster dive” to see what’s in Massasoit’s trash (specifically, to show all the materials that could be recycled but are thrown in the trash instead).

If you have any questions, please contact Ann-Marie at x1619 or Frances at x1861
or email:

Download the flyer for more info.

Battery Recycling Program
July 2011

On Monday, July 25th the Facilities Department will be starting a Battery Recycling Program at the Brockton Campus, Canton Campus and Middleboro Center.  At the Brockton and Canton Campuses, please forward any dead AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries that you have collected to the maintainer assigned to your building.  At the Middleboro Center, please forward your dead batteries to John Morosco.

If you have any questions, please contact Frank Dominguez at ext. 1173.

Massasoit hosts 4th Annual Environmental Fair
April 2011

In celebration of Earth Day 2011, the Earth Day Committee will be hosted the 4th Annual Environmental Fair on Wednesday, April 27th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Upper Student Lounge of the Student Center at the Brockton Campus. This year’s fair focused on Sustainable Living and Green Practices and featured vendors from all over the New England area.

Radio station, WATD 95.9 FM broadcasted live from the fair!

Ann-Marie Burke Named Faculty Fellow in Sustainability
December 2010

Ann-Marie Burke, Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, has been awarded the Faculty Fellow in Sustainability with the southeastern Massachusetts CONNECT  organization. Ann-Marie is a member of the College’s Sustainability Committee and also chairs the Recycling Subcommittee. This is her fourth year as a full-time faculty member at Massasoit Community College. Prior to working at Massasoit, Ann-Marie worked in the environmental field for fourteen years. She has worked as an environmental toxicologist with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and in environmental consulting.

CONNECT is a consortium of the six public colleges in southeastern Massachusetts.  This consortium has several subgroups which collaborate in specific academic and policy areas. The goals of CONNECT are to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of higher education and also to advance economic, educational and cultural life in southeastern Massachusetts. The particular focus of the Sustainability Fellowship is to advance the commitment of the six CONNECT schools in the area of sustainability. Sustainability refers to the stewardship of our natural resources.  It has been defined as “the use of current resources in a way which does not compromise the ability of future generations to use those resources.” As such it encompasses a wide range of topics including water pollution, water conservation, economics, social justice, climate science, ecology, history and politics, to name a few. This fellowship will work to develop a network of academicians from many disciplines who are committed to teaching and learning in the area of sustainability. The long-term goal of the consortium is to build collaboration and eventually partnerships between the six CONNECT schools so as to develop southeastern Massachusetts into a leader in the area of sustainability education, job training, entrepreneurship and research. Please consider working with Ann-Marie on this very important effort.

New England Wild Flower Society
Sustainable Landscaping Efforts Featured
September 2010

Take a moment, and look at the link below from the New England Wild Flower Society spotlighting the landscaping efforts at Massasoit Community College. It’s a wonderful article!

Special thanks go out to Melanie Trecek-King, Chair, of the Landscaping Subcommittee and the Facilities Department for all of their hard work!

Read the article.

Sustainable Landscaping Updates
April 2010

Green Team
This year the Sustainable Landscaping Subcommittee is working on some exciting projects:
1.  Sustainable lawn:  As many people seem to love their lawns (even with our best efforts to convince them otherwise!), we have decided to install a sustainable lawn.  Keeping in mind that no lawn is completely sustainable, we can do our best!  We've decided to install Pearl's Premium Grass Seed in the areas adjacent to the Science and Technology Buildings facing the Quad.  The seed is a mix of slow-growing native fescues, that are tolerant of a wide range of environmental conditions, require no fertilizing or watering once established, stay green longer during the year, and only need mowed two to three times per year. Check out these sites for more information:,
2.  Planting trees/shrubs:  We are hoping to replace some of the trees that were cut down for the security cameras or because they were dying (as many of you know, most of the trees planted on campus were planted with the plastic bags around the roots, which is why many trees on campus are dying).  We will have applied for funding.

There's more..., To see what other projects Sustainable Landscaping is working on, visit
Green Team blog or find us on Facebook.

Earth Hour
February 2010

The next Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 pm, local time.  Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund held on the last Saturday of March, that asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.  Last year, 82 countries and more than 2100 cities took part in Earth Hour 2009.
Please visit the Earth Hour website at to learn more and to get inspired.

New Photovoltaic Arrays for Massasoit
January 2010

On January 15, 2010, the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the installation of 15 solar photovoltaic arrays at seven facilities in Massachusetts. Massasoit will be receiving 5 of the 15 arrays.

Those facilities receiving solar photovoltaic arrays are as follows:
UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, Massasoit C.C., North Shore C.C., Salem State, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Milton

Massasoit’s 5 arrays will be as follows:
• Student Center:  110-130 kW (roof array)
• Liberal Arts Building:  75-90 kW (roof array)
• Humanities Building: 67-82 kW (roof array)
• Technology Building: 45-55 kW (roof array)
• Science Building: 45-55 kW (roof array)

It was our hope that the Canton Campus would be included in the RFP, but due to the condition of the roofs at the Canton Campus it was excluded.  In the mean time, we are working on finding funding for a new roof at Canton with the hope that the Canton Campus will be part of the next RFP for photovoltaics.

The photovoltaics project is being funded through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs).  CREBs are interest free loans that will be paid for through energy savings.  
Upcoming dates of interest are as follows:
• Site Visit:  January 25 – February 5, 2010
• Proposal Deadline: February 18, 2010
• Target Selection: March 15, 2010

We hope that as Massasoit moves ahead with its sustainability efforts that this will be a learning/teaching experience for everyone.

It's "350 Day" at Massasoit
December 2009

Massasoit's Emerald Earth Club collected 350 empty cans and bottles in support of International 350 Day of Climate Action, a day to fight Climate Change and become aware of Global Warming.

What Does "350" Mean?
350 is about the concentration of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere. It means 350 parts per million, a concentration that is lower and safer than the CO2 level today. In September 2009, atmospheric CO2 moved deeper into the danger zone at 384.78 parts per million (ppm).

Despite the economic slowdowns of the early 70s, the early 80s, the early 90s and the early 2000s, atmospheric carbon dioxide has been accelerating upward from decade to decade. This unyielding trend is the main driver of global warming, climate change and ocean acidification. A reversal of this trend is key to solving these problems.

In 2008, a paper published by ten leading scientists made a game-changing finding that 350 ppm is the upper ceiling for safe levels of atmospheric CO2. Never before has there been a science-based target for atmospheric CO2 that can sustain a safe and stable environment.

Like no other number, 350 is already having an impact on the thinking of more and more people around the world. It is hailed as “the most important number on the planet” by and Bill McKibben, acclaimed author of The End of Nature. At the 2008 UN Climate Conference in Pozna?, Poland, the least developed countries advocated for a 350 target to fit their vision of a world that is dealing effectively with the global climate challenges. “350” is a target that can help us see what we can do to avoid the worst of what is now heading our way.

Massasoit Partners with Bristol and Cape Cod
to Win $200K Green Energy Grant


Massasoit Community College has successfully partnered with Bristol Community College and Cape Cod Community College in proposing the Green Energy Design and Building (GEDB) Project. The project is one of six in the state to be awarded a highly competitive Clean Energy Workforce Training Capacity Building grant from the Commonwealth Corporation, in collaboration with the state’s new Clean Energy Center. The $196,666 award will enable the three community colleges in southeastern MA – in partnership with industry, vocational technical high schools, and Workforce Investment Boards – to develop a Green Energy Design and Building course.

The course, aimed at building industry professionals and vocational school students, will survey technologies, materials, and techniques used in building and designing green, energy-efficient buildings. It will combine online instruction with hands-on workshops at the three community colleges, and it will be offered in modules, with both credit and non-credit options.

Course topics include:
· Planning, design and construction process
· Geothermal technology
· Selected changes in the Massachusetts State Building Code related to energy efficiency
· Lighting including day lighting, control systems, new luminaries, and other applications
· Wind turbines
· Greenhouses
· Siting and landscape design for energy savings
· Water, including supply sources, acquisition, and resource management
· Air conditioning and refrigerants
· Solar thermal for space and water heating
· Solar photovoltaic

The GEDB Project will also develop Sustainability and Green Energy (SAGE) career and educational pathways from secondary schools to a range of green post-secondary degree and certificate programs and careers in the region. Massasoit’s Emergent Technologies Division will be an important locus of activity in the development of this and similar projects.

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