Recycle your old cell phone, ink jet & laser cartridges, and old cameras at the preschool office located in Trailer 19 behind the Everett Building. This is also a fundraising function for the preschool department - just put them in the designated box under the table by the door.
Pitt Community College's Sustainability Committee is committed to campus wide, continuous improvement of resource efficiency through our Recycling Awareness and Education Campaign. Beginning steps towards this campaign were led by instructor David Cerino and his BIO 111 students in the Spring of 2012. Cerino and the students assessed the campus' current recycling initiative and the location of current recycling receptacles. Their findings show that due to the presence of recycling containers inside PCC buildings, student and faculty aided in producing a Recycling Rate of 67%. This means that of the findings in regular canisters, approximately a third of it could have been recycled had it made it into the recycling containers. With an absence of recycling containers outside on PCC grounds, the Recycling Rate was 0% and thus lowered the campus wide Recycling Rate to 25%.
With the knowledge of these Recycling Rates, the next step in the campaign begins with the visibility and accessibility of recycling stations. Currently, many larger classrooms and labs have been provided with recycling containers and usage can be seen. Many students and instructors take the extra step of delivering their recyclables to these marked containers.
With our current plan making an imprint on indoor recycling, the Sustainability Committee would like to see recycling initiatives move outdoors on Pitt Community College's campus. Due to the lack of recycling bins, the Sustainability Committee is constructing a grant proposal to aid in development and implementation for a greater recycling infrastructure for promoting, maintaining, educating, collecting, and removing recyclable products.
Earth Day Fair
PCC Earth Day Fair & Farmer's Market
April 17, 2013
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Everyone can aid in being sustainable immediately by purchasing produce locally. When you purchase produce from local growers in your geographical region, you are being Earth-friendly by helping to reduce transportation costs, packaging expenses, and supporting your local economy! Most of the produce in grocery stores have traveled approximately 1500 miles! Sustainability involves doing what is good for the environment, your health, your wallet and the economy! Take a step towards sustainability and plan now to join us for the PCC Earth Day Fair and Farmer's Market on April 17, 2013!
This year's PCC Earth Day Fair and Farmer's Market will feature activities related to energy saving technologies, games, sustainable activities, interaction with honey bees and locally grown chickens, along with an Earth-friendly dinner. Enjoy live music while gaining and education on sustainability and you might even win a FREE giveaway!
Earth Day Fair 2012 was a Huge Success!
BIO 140 Student Debrah Haddock comments on Earth Day Fair 2012:
It was a really nice day at the Pitt Community College. Someone was popping the most delicious smelling kettle corn which made you hungry just smelling it and hearing the "pop...pop...pop". I just had to try some and it was sweet and fresh unlike the over-salted stuff you get at the movie theater and fresher than the microwave stuff you make at home. The was a vendor selling honey and a lady showing cleaning products she made with green materials (she was not selling products, only giving away great information) such as "baby wipes" using vinegar and water with paper towels inside a reusable plastic tub. I met a farmer who had some rather nice looking vegetables, some hot pepper vinegar in small jars, pecans, some honey, and a big jar of some rather interesting looking candy made from honey. He told me that he tends a garden and sells his produce at the Farmers Market on County Home Road in Greenville.
Inside there were some vendors selling mainly hand made items such as pottery and jewelry items. There were some delicious looking baked items as well. There was also a very interesting display of belts and watch bands made from old (bicycle?) tires. Overall quite ingenious and I certainly would have purchased one had I any need of such a wonderful item.
I would hope that this wonderful event would continue to grow every year. Now that I know that this nice farmer is at the Farmer's Market I will look for him the next time I go. Maybe I'll see some of the other vendors at the Umbrella Market as well.
BIO 140 Student Zachary Nunn comments:
Instead of going to a farmers market I went to the Earth Day Fair at Pitt. Before going i had an idea of what it would be like but it turned out to be a lot more interesting than i thought. There was plenty of stands set up selling all sorts of items that have been made using recycled objects as well as food that was sold by local farmers. I bought some salsa dip that a man from Sun Set Farm was selling that was very good and fairly cheap. I do not think that the people that i met could sustain all the people in Greenville for a month just because they were both small local farms, but i do believe that if i went to an actual farmers market that there would be some larger farms that could support our whole city. I believe that in places where there is plenty of land to grow crops that people could get away with going to farmer markets to buy almost all of their groceries instead of having to depend on grocery stores that require food from all over the country.
Chemsitry Instructor, Dr. Velislava Karaivanova comments:
Earth Day celebration was wonderful. There was a lot to see, especially live mini petting zoo: two little goats, six chicks and some chicken-teenagers.
One of the goats was very silent. The silent goat understood English. As Alexi was holding it, I said to the goat "you are so silent, say something". The goat looked me straight in the eyes and said: "Beee....". I built a relationship with this goat.
We are all trying to reach out to other people. But how often one gets a chance to reach out to a goat, with success? It was a magic day. Thanks to all involved!
Pam Strickland, Eastern NC Stop Human Trafficking Now comments:
I thought the Earth Day Celebration was great!! It was very well-planned!!
I have a suggestion: Perhaps you could invite a vendor(s) to have earth-friendly lunch and dinner plates for sale? As an example: you had a bakery that makes wonderful bread, Spring Run has a vendor that sells sandwich meat made from locally grown cows and pigs, and a vendor that sells organic lettuce and other veggies. Sounds like a great sandwich and salad to me! The meat vendor also sells hot dogs made from those local animals, so we could have a hot dog stand. (Ask the bakery to make some hot dog buns.)
I thought it was beneficial for our organization to be there, and we would like to come again next year!
Paul, MoonDance Soaps comments:
Thank you for having us as part of your celebration.
We're grateful to have been invited, and appreciate the hard work that you, Tina and the rest of your team put into making the Earth Day event happen.
Hope to see you next year!