Archive for February, 2011

to learn what you need to do help get the planet back to 350 PPM.


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Green Sleeves, the environmental organization at Nashville State Community College, has a goal of administering a total of 900 Campus Sustainability surveys by the end of the semester. (10% of the student population.) We hope to see a “Green” fee implemented on campus to help with recycling programs, green energy switch, energy conservation ideas, and even the reinstatement of the Nashville State Environmental Scholarship, that has unfortunately lost its funding. We have had some success with tabling, clip boarding, and with class raps at the main campus. Currently we have administered about 200 survey. Well, to meet our goal we needed to get a little more creative. NSCC has the main campus as well as five other campuses. We needed to contact those students and get them involved with making NSCC sustainable. So, Green Sleeves drafted a letter to the other campuses, with Student Life’s support, asking their administrations to survey the students. The surveys were sent through the internal mail system and will be sent back to the main campus upon completion.

Survey letter to campuses

We will be checking back with the campuses to see how things are going. We are excited to see the support from the students and will continue to get the word out at all the campuses. We know of other success stories in Middle Tennessee and we want to be like those other schools. Green Sleeves would like to send a shout out to TASSC and thank all the students for their great advice, support, and hard work.

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Recycling at NSCC

On the NSCC campus we can recycle:

  • office paper, including cardboard (big green plastic containers)
  • aluminum cans (big blue plastic containers)
  • plastic bottles (white and red cardboard containers)

Where the containers are located:

  • S-building recycling containers are in the vending area and labeled.
  • In the other buildings, plastic recycling containers are in white and red boxes near break areas, and can recycling bins are 96 gallon blue plastic containers.
  • Paper recycling are in staff areas only in green 96 gallon containers.

 We need student volunteers to help maintain our plastic and can recycling on the main campus.

Ways to help:

  • Make sure you don’t throw trash into a recycling container.
  • EMPTY your aluminum can and plastic bottles before throwing it into a designated recycling bin. Otherwise it’s a sticky mess to empty the container!
  • Fill out an environmental survey in the library or at the Kilowatt Ours event on March 2 about your feelings about how important recycling is to you. Thank you.

 If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Elizabeth Stein (Environmental Concerns Committee Chair) or Clifton Ewing, Green Sleeves president at cewing7@mynscc.edu or Sally Robertson in the library (librarian and faculty advisor of Green Sleeves) sally.robertson@nscc.edu

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Come watch and discuss this locally made film. 

March 2, 10 am in Room S-118

Light refreshments will be served.

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Buy eco-friendly produts here and 25% of your purchases will go to the Tennessee Environmental Council.  All you need to do is select the TEC as the fundraiser organization when you submit your order.

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February 25, 2011 — CANCELLED

Will announce next week the new date. 

Rain gardens add beauty to the landscape, help reduce flooding by allowing storm water to be absorbed by the plants and infiltrated into the ground, and help clean our streams and watersheds.  This workshop offers the following

~ We will address problems associated with traditional storm water management practices and lack of maintenance of facilities and presenting ideas, information and practices designed to retrofit urban environments.   

~Learn basic ecological concepts and how to make practical and cost effective aesthetic and ecological improvements through hands-on training.

~ We will build an actual rain garden as a part of the workshop.

~ Several $250-$500 grants for riparian tree planting will be given to qualified participants on a first-come, first-served  basis. 

The workshop will be led by Tennessee Environmental Council Executive Director, John McFadden (PhD).  The workshop is ideal for city stormwater managers and coordinators, local park and greenway managers, greenway design consultants, watershed associations, landscapers and others interested in learning about rain gardens.   

Please wear field clothes, boots etc. and bring a water bottle, your own shovel and a brown bag lunch.  

CEUs available.  Please contact us for more details at tec(at symbol)tectn.org. 

LOCATION:   We will meet at the Peter Jenkins Trailhead (corner of Bern Road and Port Royal) in Wyngate Estates.  Please bring gloves, wear work boots and bring water to drink.  

Directions from Nashville

Take  I-65 South to Exit 53 Saturn Parkway

To the next off ramp Port Royal exit turn right and go past Kroger

Port Royal turns a hard left after about one mile, keep following it around about a mile when it takes a hard right.  Go across Duplex Road into Wyngate subdivision and follow down to bottom of hill.

Trailhead is on the right hand side of the road.  Follow the paved trail (approx. ¼ mile) to the storm water basin on the right.  



Registration is included with your $25 donation to the Council.  Click link below to register:


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