Over a hundred paper cranes folded by Somerset Community College students and local Somerset children were recently packaged and mailed to Princeton University’s Asian Studies Department, two months after a 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Northeastern Japan.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the size of Texas in the North Pacific between California and Japan. Completely covered with trash, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 90 feet deep in some placesand 80 percent plastic. Watch the Nightline and other YouTube videos on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and learn why NOT recycling impacts all of us.
Consistent with the KCTCS Vision to be the nation’s premier community and technical college system, KCTCS is becoming a leader in practices, educational and workforce training opportunities, and community leadership related to sustainable development or sustainability. The most commonly accepted definition of sustainable development is found in the 1987 United Nations’ Our Common Future: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (also known as the "Brundtland Report"): "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Sustainability is more than “being green.” Multifaceted, sustainability touches every area of a college. Facilitating cultural change to enhance the well-being of people, sustainability includes improving efficiencies and effectiveness in a socially equitable manner. Implementing sustainable practices demonstrates responsible stewardship of social, economic, and environmental resources. KCTCS sustainability focus is on being “Green+”.