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Green Efforts

Past Events

Earth Day Events: April 22, 2014

  • 6:45 a.m. Dumpster Dive: Sign-in begins at 6:45 a.m. and the Dumpster Dive begins at 7:00 a.m. just west of the LMC on the Central Mall lawn. Volunteers will sort through an entire day of waste to see how many recyclables are in the waste stream. Gloves and masks will be supplied. The dive should last about 45 to 50 minutes. Faculty should consider offering extra credit for dumpster diving. We will have sign-in sheets at the event for extra credit.
  • 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: The Environmental Club will be in front of the Student Union with alternate transportation petitions, club information and sign-up sheet, and sample pallet gardens.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Dumpster Dive Results in SU-104D & E.
  • 11:30 a.m. Guest Speaker: Jeff Stein, the president of the Cosanti Foundation, and an award-winning architect, writer and educator, will present "Beyond Sustainability: Arcosanti, Transforming How We Live on Eaarth" (aa not a type-0, based on a book by Bil McKibben), at 11:30 a.m., April 22nd, in the Student Union, Room 104D & E.

Earth Day Events: April 18, 2014

  • GCC hosted the Sustainability Dialogue Day event "It Takes a Village" on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Faculty, staff, and administrators were given concrete examples of how sustainability can be integrated into classroom, curriculum, and college. Experts across Maricopa shared best practices and how they have integrated sustainability into their classrooms and across their colleges and how this has contributed to student success.
  • Keynote Speaker: Courtney Klein Johnson - Courtney currently serves as the Co-Founder of SEED SPOT, a nonprofit incubator supporting Arizona's most innovative social entrepreneurs. Previously, Courtney served as the Co-Founder & CEO of New Global Citizens; a nonprofit working to empower young people to create social change that has a presence in 14 states, 30 countries, and holds a $1M endowment at the Arizona Community Foundation. In 2013, the Phoenix Business Journal named Courtney as one of the "25 Most Dynamic Women in Business". In 2011, Courtney was recognized by Splashlife Magazine as one of the nation's top 30 Civic Leaders under the age of 30. Previously she was recognized by various media outlets as one of Arizona's "35 Entrepreneurs under 35", one of "20 Woman to Change Arizona by 2020" and was profiled as one of Arizona's most intriguing Chief Executives. Courtney serves as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Arizona State University, is an Ironman in Training, and is publishing a book this year titled, In Pursuit of a Dream.
  • Vendor Booths - Green vendors were in the Central Mall from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The following list of vendors participated in this year's event:

    • Arcosanti
    • AZ Nature Conservancy
    • AZ Recycling Coalition
    • AZ School of Sustainability
    • City of Glendale Conservation & Sustainable Living Office
    • City of Glendale Recycling
    • City of Phoenix Recycling
    • Environmental Fund of AZ
    • GCC Environmental Club
    • GCC Trip Reduction
    • Humane Society of the US
    • Larry Miller Toyota
    • League of Women Voters
    • Local First AZ
    • Nature Awakenings Magazine
    • Net Impact Phoenix
    • OfficeMax
    • Population Media Center
    • Recycled City Compost
    • Salt River Project (SRP)
    • Sierra Club
    • Stardust Building Supplies
    • Sun Valley Solar
    • Valley Metro
    • Valley Permaculture Alliance
    • Watershed Management Group

Spring Movie: April 3 & 4, 2014

  • Green Efforts showed "Chasing Ice" on Thursday, April 3rd (1:00 - 2:30) and Friday, April 4th (1:00-2:30) in MA-142.
  • Photographer James Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers, documenting the effects of climate change. If you or your students are interested in sustainability, sociology, or philosophy, this film should capture your interest. A sign-in sheet will be available for those seeking extra credit.

Spring Movie: March 6 & 7, 2014

  • Green Efforts showed "Surviving Progress" on Thursday, March 6th (1:30 -3:00) and Friday, March 7th (1:00-2:30) in MA-142.
  • This documentary explores the roles of "progress traps" in the collapse of previous civilizations (and potentially our own) as cultures succumb to the pitfalls of technology and short-term gain, especially in the face of natural resource depletion. If you or your students are interested in sustainability, sociology, or philosophy, this film should capture your interest. A sign-in sheet will be available for those seeking extra credit.

Fall Movie: December 5, 2013

  • Green Efforts showed "The Story of Stuff" on Thursday, December 5th (1:30 -2:30) and Friday, December 6th (12:00-1:00) in MA-142.
  • The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, 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.

    The Story of Stuff was written by Annie Leonard and Jonah Sachs, directed by Louis Fox and produced by Free Range Studios. Executive Producers included Tides Foundation and the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption.

2013 America Recycles Day: November 14 & 15

  • One day to educate. One day to motivate. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year!
  • 7:00 - 8:00 - November 14 - 2nd Annual Recycle Dive - Green Efforts members and student volunteers will sort through a day's worth of recycling to see how contaminated our recycling is.
  • 11:30 - 12:30 - SU-104C - November 14 - Guest Speaker from the City of Glendale will be speaking about recycling and the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). This is a great opportunity to learn how recycling is processed in the City of Glendale.

2013 Recycle Dive Results

  • Green Efforts held its 2nd Annual Recycle Dive on November 14th to sort through a day of recycling to see how much of our recycling is contaminated with waste. Results show that 67.5% is clean recyclables while the remaining 32.5% is waste. We can reduce the contamination by almost 10% just by removing caps from bottles before recycling. Spread the word... caps off before recycling!
  • Click here to view event photos.

Doodle Responsibly Art Competition: October 21-November 15

  • Green Efforts is partnered with Pilot Pen to host a Doodle Responsibly Art Competition. Students got creative about recycling at GCC by submitting a "Recycling Awareness" themed doodle. Contest submissions were posted to @GCCaz on Facebook for online voting. Pilot Pen donated some great prize packages to the Top 3 doodles with the most online votes. Artwork was on display in the Student Union for America Recycles Week.

Fall Movie: November 7 & 8

  • Green Efforts showed "End of the Line" on Thursday, November 7th (2:30 - 3:30) and Friday, November 8th (12:00 - 1:00 pm) in MA-142.
  • Filmmaker Rupert Murray offers an in-depth look at the crisis in the world's oceans in the documentary End of the Line, in which experts discuss some of the key factors behind the looming shortage increased demand for endangered species, irresponsible methods employed by major fishing lines, lax enforcement of current regulations and what can be done to head off the famine before it's too late.

Energy Efficiency Recommendations: October 16 & 17, 2013

  • What's the next step in GCC's plan to achieve carbon neutrality? Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow Sudatta Ray presented recommendations resulting from a 10-week study. Join us at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 16th in SU-104C, or at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, October 17th in SU-104C.
  • Sudatta Ray is currently a second-year graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College School of Public Policy and Management. On a Fulbright scholarship, Ray is pursuing her Masters in Public Policy with a special focus on environmental policy analysis at Carnegie Mellon. A native of India, she has undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Chemistry from Delhi University, India, and has worked in the field of climate policy. Ray previously worked with the Ministry of Environment & Forests and a large non-profit, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in India. As a negotiator for her country, she participated in five COP meetings of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Fall Movie: October 3 & 4, 2013

  • Green Efforts showed a PBS 'Journey to Planet Earth' episode titled "Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization" on Thursday, October 3rd (2:30 - 3:30) and Friday, October 4th (12:00 - 1:00 pm) in MA-142.
  • Part of the Journey to Planet Earth series, "Plan B" is hosted by Matt Damon, and features Lester Brown, environmental visionary and author of "Plan B". This documentary delivers a clear and unflinching message either confront the realities of climate change or suffer the consequences of lost civilizations and failed political states. Brown, together with other notable scholars and scientists, including Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former Governor and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, provides a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable resources as well as strategies to avoid the growing threat of global warming.

Earth Month: April 2013

  • April 15-19: Bicycle to School - If you roll in with your bike, send an e-mail to nanette.espinocilla@gccaz.edu once your'e on campus. Send a photo of yourself on your bike, if you can. You will receive a free Commuter Club Card that you can use to get free food, drinks, and other discounts. A great way to cut down on auto emissions, which is GCC's biggest source of pollution.
  • April 16 & 18: Sustainability Poster Display - Sustainability Posters will be on display from 11:30 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. in SU-100B (by Grounds for Thought) Stop by to view the student posters. We will have sign-in sheets at the display. Faculty can send students to view the posters as extra credit!
  • April 18th: Dumpster Dive! - Volunteers will sort through an entire day of waste to see how many recyclables are in the waste stream. Sign-in begins at 6:45 a.m. and the Dumpster Dive begins at 7:00 a.m. just west of the LMC on the Central Mall lawn. Gloves and masks will be supplied. The dive should last about 45 to 50 minutes. Faculty should consider offering extra credit for dumpster diving. We will have sign-in sheets at the event for extra credit. Results of the dive will be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd.
  • April 22nd: Earth Day! - All the events below will have sign-in sheets for extra credit. Faculty should encourage their students to attend with extra-credit incentives. If you are able to take your class to one of the events, we can have a special sign-in sheet for your students, if you let us know in advance. All events will take place in SU-104.

  • April 22nd: Earth Day Vendor Booths - Green vendors will be in the Central Mall (southeast of the SU) or inside the Student Union from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

2013 RecycleMania: February 3 - March 31, 2013

  • The RecycleMania tournament ran from February 3 - March 31, 2013.
  • Over a 10-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.
  • Click here for final results.

Spring Movie: March 21, 2013

  • Green Efforts showed Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization on Thursday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. in MA-142.
  • Part of the Journey to Planet Earth series, "Plan B" is hosted by Matt Damon, and features Lester Brown, environmental visionary and author of "Plan B". This documentary delivers a clear and unflinching message either confront the realities of climate change or suffer the consequences of lost civilizations and failed political states. Brown, together with other notable scholars and scientists, including Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former Governor and Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, provides a glimpse into a new and emerging economy based upon renewable resources as well as strategies to avoid the growing threat of global warming.

Spring Movie: February 21, 2013

  • Green Efforts showed the seventh part to the BBC series Frozen Planet on Thursday, February 21st at 1:00 p.m. in MA-142.
  • Sir David Attenborough authors "On Thin Ice", which explores the effects of climate change on the polar regions and the lengths that scientists are going to, to understand it. Some regions, like the Antarctic Peninsula have warmed significantly in the years since Sir David first visited them. He explores what this means, not just for the animals and people of the polar regions, but for the whole planet.

Fall Movie: December 5, 2012

  • Green Efforts showed the documentary "On Thin Ice" from the "Frozen Planet" series on Wednesday, December 5th at 1:00 p.m. in C-130 at GCC North.
  • David Attenborough journeys to both polar regions to investigate what rising temperatures will mean for the people and wildlife that live there and for the rest of the planet.

2012 America Recycles Day: November 15

  • One day to educate. One day to motivate. One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year!
  • Green Efforts members collected items for recycling and celebrated one of the ways we can all make a difference in our community. The following items were collected: Batteries, Books, Cell Phones, CDs / DVDs / Jewel Cases, Electronics, Inkjet Cartridges, Plastic Bags, Rubber Flip-Flops (Any Brand), & Writing Instruments.
  • Students participated in a Sustainability Sidewalk Chalk Art competition to raise awareness for recycling and sustainability issues.

Fall Movie: November 13, 2012

  • Green Efforts showed the documentary "On Thin Ice" from the "Frozen Planet" series on Tuesday, November 13th at 1:00 p.m. in NU-104.
  • David Attenborough journeys to both polar regions to investigate what rising temperatures will mean for the people and wildlife that live there and for the rest of the planet.

Maricopa Paper Reduction Campaign: October 25, 2012

  • The Maricopa Community Colleges launched a one-year paper reduction campaign from October 26, 2011 - October 25, 2012. The campaign began on Campus Sustainability Day and is just one of many the District and its 10 colleges are conducting to support sustainability. The last update was in April 2012 and GCC was leading the colleges with the number of Paper Reduction Pledges.


Campus Sustainability Day: October 24

  • Live Keynote Broadcast - 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center - "Educating Students for a Changing Climate" - How is higher education preparing students for a changing climate, economy, and society? Join thought-leaders in campus sustainability in a live, interactive panel as they discuss best practices and challenges for preparing students for a changing climate, with an emphasis on curriculum, research, and experiential learning.
  • Video & Slide Show - 12:40 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. - Green Efforts celebrates its 5th anniversary with a video and slide show of the first five years.
  • GCC's Greenhouse Gas Inventory - 12:50 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - A presentation with the inventory results as well as future projections.
  • Panel Discussion: GCC's Climate Action Plan - 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Participate in a live panel discussion about what GCC needs to do to reduce our Greenhouse Gas emissions and reach carbon neutral.
  • President Irene Kovala - 1:30 p.m. - President Irene Kovala will be re-signing the ACUPCC (American college and University Presidential Climate Commitment).
  • Sustainability Panel Discussion - Video Link

Fall Movie: October 16, 2012

  • Green Efforts showed the documentary "Journey to Planet Earth Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization" on Tuesday, October 16th, at 1:00 p.m. in NU-104 with an encore showing at the North campus on Tuesday, October 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in C130.

    Based on Lester Brown's Plan B book series, this 90-minute film, follows Lester as he speaks in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, New Delhi, Rome, Istanbul, Ankara, and Washington, DC, and visits with world leaders to discuss Plan Ba roadmap that will help eradicate poverty, stabilize population, and protect and restore our planet's fisheries, forests, aquifers, soils, grasslands, and biological diversity.

Fall Movie: September 11, 2012

  • Green Efforts showed the HBO documentary "Too Hot Not to Handle" on Tuesday, September 11th, 1:00 - 2:14 p.m. in NU-104. This HBO special discusses heat waves, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, storms, migrating viruses and melting snow pack. How are humans involved? What can do we do to reverse the trends?

Shred-A-Thon: April 23, 2012

  • GCC's Alumni Association hosted a Shred-A-Thon on Monday, April 23rd, at 3:00 p.m. in the North Parking Lot. The event was open to the public to bring in old bank statements, tax returns, etc. for shredding. A minimum donation of $5 per box went to the GCC Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Green Jobs Fair: April 20, 2012

  • GCC sponsored our first annual Energy, Environmental and Green Jobs seminar. The event ran from 1:00-4:00 PM in SU-104.
  • Please encourage any/all students to attend. Faculty should consider offering extra credit for attending this event. Faculty offering extra credit will need to provide a sign-in sheet for the extra credit attendance. There will be a table inside for sign-in sheets.

Sustainability Dialog Day: February 10, 2012

  • Sustainability Dialog Day was hosted by Scottsdale Community College on February 10, 2012 from 9:00AM - 2:00PM.

Dr. Kovala Signs the ACUPCC: September 20, 2011

  • President Kovola - 9:30AM SU-104DE - President Kovala will be addressing the students and signing the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
    Watch Video
  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Ryne Raffaelle - 10:00AM SU-104DE - Speaking on sustainability, energy storage, and the latest on solar energy research.
    Watch Video
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Focus the Nation on Energy Literacy: Feb. 23, 2011

Hosted by GCC students, 9AM-1PM in SU104.

  • 9AM Keynote Speaker: Kristin Mayes Arizona Corporation Commission and New Director of the Program for Law and Sustainability
  • 10AM Student and Faculty Speakers
  • 11AM Guest Speaker: Rob Smith, Sierra Club

  • Noon: Panel Discussion Erik Huntsinger, EMCC Faculty; Rob Smith, Sierra Club; Bianca Pina, President, GCC Environmental Club; Jeanne Saint-Amour, GCC Faculty; William Lamkin, GCC Faculty

Environmental Fund for Arizona: 2010 Results

GCC wins two scholarships with the highest number of contributors and the highest value of donations given to this umbrella group. Details

E-Cycle Results: Nov 13, 2010

Green Efforts, the City of Glendale, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) co-sponsored a community Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, November 13th at Glendale Community College. This event was open to all community members to drop off a variety of electronic equipment for recycling. The results are in...

762 cars
8 full 24-foot box trucks
28,762 pounds of electronics
31,427 pounds of televisions and monitors
60,189 pounds total

90 Minutes on 350: October 22, 2009

Join Faculty, Staff and Students to call for action. Climate scientists hope to limit atmospheric CO2 to 350ppm and avoid catastrophic climate change.

  • Organizational Site National Climate Seminar Teach In
  • Introduction
  • Johnnie Clemens May 'Environmental Poetry Reading'
  • Robert Reavis 'Experimental Recycling'
  • Mary Harris 'Basics of Climate Change'
  • Erik Gergus 'Climate Change & Extinction: Catastrophe on the Horizon'
  • John Thrasher 'The Political Climate of Climate Change'
  • Mark Floor 'Hot Titles in Climate Change'
  • Beverly Lucchi 'Students Demanding Action - Clean Up Our Climate'
  • Guests: AZ Recycling Coalition, The Environmental Fund of Arizona, and Wild at Heart - with rescued animals. Our Guests will also be available at tables outside the Student Union from 9:00AM - 1:30 PM.

Green Efforts hosts Earth Day, April 22, 2009

  • 7-9AM Dumpster Dive II: The Sequel. Last year we analyzed our 'garbage' and started a new recycling effort. How much have we improved over last year? Join in! We will have masks and gloves. On the central mall - west of the Library.

  • 9AM-2PM Sustainable Vendors South end of the Central mall.
  • 10-11:45 AM Cream Your Prof Throw a plate of whip cream at your prof! $2 per plate or 3 plates for $5. Fundraiser for the Environmental Club. Drs. Reavis, Reed and Saint-Amour have volunteered so far.
  • Noon Results of Dumpster Dive II. Mary Harris. SU104
  • 12:10PM Guest Speaker: Sandy Bahr, Sierra Club: 'Earth Day - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' SU104
  • 1-2PM Student Sustainability Project Presentations SU104
  • 2:30-3:30PM Film: A 60 Minutes Special on Global Warming with James Hansen, NASA Scientist MA142

    Green Events on Campus: 2008-2009

  • Green Efforts recommends a sustainable book for Spring 2009 PLAN B 3.0: MOBILIZING TO SAVE CIVILIZATION by Lester R. Brown Free in pdf format.

  • National Teach-in on Global Warming Solutions, February 4 & 5, 2009 Hundreds participated! Details below.
  • Movie Wednesdays in April. All films start at 2:30 PM in MA 142

    April 8: Planet in Peril Part I - See how poaching is endangering our environment, and moving several species close to extinction (with Jeff Corwin.) How will species extinction affect our tomorrow?

    April 15: Too Hot Not to Handle - HBO takes a closer look at climate change.

    April 22: A 60 Minutes exclusive look at Global Warming Politics, and the future of our planet.

    April 29: Extreme Ice Breath-taking views and amazing discoveries abound as photographers and scientists trek across dangerous glaciers.

  • Earth Day, April 22, 2009: Dumpster Dive II & Sustainability Day (details above)

National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions - Feb. 4 & 5, 2009

Hundreds of GCC Students, Faculty and Staff came together to present and discuss their possible solutions to our changing climate. Students created a list of suggestions and presented them to President Green during the Panel Discussion.

Wednesday, February 4

  • 8AM-2PM on the Mall: Student Displays and Green Vendors
  • 11AM and 1PM: Guided Tours of our New Green Life Science Building - Meet in the Green Bean Cafe
  • 6PM-7PM Percussion Ensemble & Sustainable Snacks
  • 7PM-8PM Webcast: The First 100 Days, SU 104

Thursday, February 5: All Events in SU 104

  • 8:30-9:45AM Webcast: The First 100 Days and Faculty Presentations
  • 10-11:15AM Faculty and Student Presentations and the World Premiere of 'Hear This Call' (green anthem)
  • 11:30AM-12:15PM Keynote Speaker: AZ State Climatologist Nancy Selover
  • 12:30-1:30PM Student-led Roundtable Discussion
  • 1:30PM Guided Tour of our New Green Life Science Building - Meet in the Green Bean Cafe
  • 5:00-6:00PM Jazz Combo and Sustainable Snacks
  • 6:00-7:00PM Panel Discussion: Student, Faculty, Administration and Community Leaders

Spring 2008 Focus the Nation on Climate Change

We had an awesome week Jan 28 - Feb 1 with a full schedule of events and hundreds of participants. Visit our wiki page to see: Ideas generated at the Roundtable

Earth Day 2008 Dumpster Dive and Video

Over 100 students, faculty & staff sorted a full day of GCC's garbage: 40% was recyclable. We kicked off our recycling program with 100 new recycling bins. Video thanks to Joe Ranus WindowsMedia format or Real Audio File for Macs


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