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Sustainability Newsletter

Fall 2019

New Sustainability Director Announced

Brandon Morton headshotBrandon Morton will assume duties as director of sustainability in September pending approval by the DCCCD Board at their next regular meeting.

Since 2014, Brandon has served as sustainability coordinator at North Lake College where he helped grow the Sustainability Awareness and Global Education (SAGE) student scholars program and assisted in shaping the college's sustainability vision for 2050. Additionally, he worked with the cities of Irving and Coppell to draft their sustainability plans and contributed to their smart cities initiatives. Brandon has earned numerous awards including the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Innovation Excellence Award, as well as recognition from RecycleMania and Tree Campus USA.

Prior to joining the DCCCD, Brandon worked at Reclaimed Textiles, University of North Texas and as a sustainability consultant. Brandon is pursuing a graduate degree from the college of forestry at Stephen F. Austin State University. 

Recycle Right with New Bin Stations

Recycle New Bin StationsAn improved recycle and waste receptacle system was installed in hallways and public areas in all campus buildings Aug. 5. The plastic three-bin stations feature different colored slotted lids with graphic labels and rear sign frames that alert people to their sorting options: paper, cans and bottles, or landfill waste. The new stations replace 46 waste/recycle twin bins purchased in 2011 and nearly 80 assorted stand-alone waste containers located throughout college buildings.

"The consistency across campus, the color coding and the signage ought to make recycling easier," said Garry Hodges, director of Facilities Services. "We've spent a lot of time on this project, reading about bin placement, consulting with our custodial crew and talking with students. I expect good results."

These new stations arrive just as recycling options are being reviewed in communities across the U.S.  Most experts agree that recycling #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum and tin cans, paper and cardboard is acceptable. Make sure all items are clean and that paper/cardboard is dry. To brush up on your recycling knowledge, click here.

Holistic Learning in the Windmill Garden

Windmill GardenOn July 16, Brookhaven's Windmill Garden for native plants and pollinators was filled with experiential learners, participants in a Montessori Institute of North Texas training session held July 10-19 in the Miles Building. The Montessori philosophy of child development embraces nature as key to discovery, curiosity and exploration.

Seventy teacher trainees and educational supporters gathered in silence among the plants and around the paths to practice observation skills and to journal about how the natural and human worlds intersect. After 20 minutes, the group silently returned to their classroom to share their reflections and learn about the Windmill Garden's origins and purpose from Amy Monroy, garden coordinator.

"I was so encouraged to see the understanding of how native plant gardening is crucial to sustainability and how concepts of sustainability were being embraced, not just as a one-off unit, but as a core value in the Montessori system," said Amy. "Having children understand all they're learning, as being linked to sustainability, will be the deciding factor in whether or not our world changes."

The Windmill Garden is a dynamic micro-ecosystem and interdisciplinary learning resource located on the west side of campus. To explore, reflect and develop your students' curiosity, contact and schedule a visit that supports your curriculum.

Open Book Project Examines Sustainability Topics

"Where Am I Eating?" Author Lectures Sept. 24

Where Am I Eating posterWas the cocoa in your chocolate bar harvested by slave labor in West Africa? Is your lobster dinner putting lives at risk?  Kelsey Timmerman, author of this year's Open Book Project selection "Where Am I Eating?" will address these questions when he guides us through the global food economy Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Performance Hall.

Timmerman travelled around the world to research and work alongside farmers and fishermen producing some of our most valued food imports. The histories uncovered and the practices revealed are not always as savory or sweet as the items we put in our grocery carts. Timmerman is an engaging storyteller who helps us understand how environmental, economic and social issues are wrapped up in our global food production system.

For additional resources on the topic, scroll down this page.

Sustainability Calendar of Events

In a 2017 employee sustainability survey, Brookhaven respondents indicated that social equity issues, over environmental or economic, most align with the DCCCD mission.  The 9th annual DCCCD Sustainability Summit Nov. 8 will focus on social justice. 

Voter Registration at Welcome Back Party
Sept. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Commons Courtyard

The Food Pantry
For hours of operation and food truck delivery dates, click here.

Global Climate Strike
Sept. 23, noon, Commons Courtyard

Guest speaker: Kelsey Timmerman, author "Where Am I Eating?"
Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m., Performance Hall

National Voter Registration Day – Voter Registration
Sept. 24, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Performance Hall Lobby

Monarch Butterfly Tagging
Oct. 17, 12:15 p.m., Windmill Garden

Arbor Day Celebration
Oct. 30, noon, Location TBA

DCCCD Sustainability Summit: Sustainability as a Social Justice Practice
Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Eastfield College
Free to students, employees and community. DCCCD professional development credit available
Keep up with registration and program information.