If you are interested in working on any of the projects listed below, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll put you in touch with the program leader.
On July 13, 2012, hard-working volunteers from across the campus, along with our fabulous Grounds crew, planted our native plant garden. Landscape designer and artist Kari Brittain was on hand to teach, direct, haul plants, and realize her planting scheme. Many thanks go out to both the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society and the Last Chance Audubon Society for their generous support of this project.
The native plant garden is located in front of the Corette Library on Carroll's campus. Click on the Gardens link in the navigation list to the left for more details.
Members of the Green Team's Green Plan Group have gathered facts and developed proposals that will guide the college to a bright, greener future. Click here to view the Carroll College campus environmental sustainability plan.
Please share your comments on the Green Plan by sending an email to us at email@example.com.
Currently in the pilot phase, the Trash Your Can project was created to increase recycling on campus by reducing opportunities to throw recyclables in trash cans. At this stage, volunteers are giving up their personal office garbage cans.
Carroll College is now an official Tree Campus USA.
Graduating students who exemplify environmental awareness, knowledge, and concern are honored at their commencement. Students earn green points from a variety of categories ranging from personal habits to volunteer hours to coursework.
During the spring 2010 semester, the Green Team co-sponsored a three-part lecture series focused on food. Lectures were held on the Carroll campus and were free and open to the public. Montanans for Corporate Accountability and the Alternative Energy Resources Organization also co-sponsored the talks.
Taking on Big Seed
Two Montana experts, Kristina Hubbard and Dave Christensen, spoke on concentration in the seed industry and how it affects both farmers and those of us who eat.
Hubbard is a consultant for the Farmer to Farmer Campaign on Genetic Engineering and for the Center for Rural Affairs. She recently authored a report, "Out of Hand: Farmers Face the Consequences of a Consolidated Seed Industry," examining antitrust enforcement issues in the seed industry. Christensen is a corn breeder from Big Timber who has spent more than 30 years collecting heirloom varieties grown by Indians and homesteaders in Montana and improving their cold and drought tolerance and their protein and antioxidant content. But his conventional stocks are now threatened with contamination by patented genetically modified varieties controlled by several multinational corporations and planted on 80 percent of U.S. corn acreage.
Good Food for Everyone: A Look at Food Security Issues in Montana
Featured Helena Food Share Executive Director Ann Waickman, Growing Community Project co-chair Janet Hess-Herbert and Montana State University extension agent Toby Day. Topics included world hunger, the U.S. obesity epidemic, food safety, genetically engineered plants and seeds, industrialized food production, and more. Helena Food Share, which has been providing emergency food assistance for Helena-area families for over 20 years, has a new goal of wiping out hunger completely in our community and is expanding its operations. The Growing Community Project is a partnership of local non-profits that aims to build community gardens as a way to address food security issues and also build community. In his job as an MSU extension agent, Day also heads the state's Master Gardner program.
Growing Our Own: Food Production in the Greater Helena area
Speakers Nancy Matheson, Margaret Corcoran and Steve Elliot discussed how Helena residents can eat tasty local food that is both healthy and supports the local economy. Matheson has worked for many years for both non-profits and now the state of Montana in support of developing sustainable food systems and farming. Corcoran, the owner of Benny's Bistro in Helena, purchases fresh local meats, poultry and produce for her restaurant. The president of the Western Montana Growers Co-op, Elliot has farmed organically in the Bitterroot Valley for 30 years.