Guest Speaker: Thomas Williams, Chief Sustainability Officer @ 11:30AM

Guest Speaker:  Thomas Williams, Chief Sustainability Officer, Maricopa County Community College District, SU-104ABC

This guy is great! Hopefully you have the time slot open to attend. Get ready to feel motivated and get ready to commit to a lifestyle change!


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garbagePhoto for ya! We sorted through garbage according to waste; metals, paper, plastic, and garbage (aka non recyclables). This is one day’s garbage from all over the GCC campus.




When Thursday, April 21, 2016, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where SU-104A,SU-104B,SU-104C
Event Title Dumpster Dive Results and Speaker
This event celebrates our ninth annual dumpster dive, with a presentation of this years dumpster dive results, followed by our guest speaker,  Thomas Williams, Chief Sustainability Officer, Maricopa County Community College District.


Sierra Nevada

When Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 12 – 1 p.m.
Where Performing Arts Center
Event Title Secrets of the Sierra Nevada: Exploration
Contact E-mail
Contact Name Robert Reavis
Dr. Gergus will describe his explorations in the Sierra Nevada range.

BIOLOGY TRANSFER FAIR @ Glendale Community College



When Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where LS-270 Commons
Contact E-mail
Contact Name Karen Conzelman
Contact Phone 5-3612
Confused about what comes after GCC?

Join us for the Biology Transfer Fair. We’ll have representatives from:

  • ASU West Campus
  • ASU Downtown Campus
  • ASU Tempe
  • NAU
  • U of AZ (including College of Medicine)
  • GCU

Find out about opportunities with these institutions!



When Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where SU-100B (by coffee bar)
Event Title Sustainability and Ecology Presentations, Student Posters
Students will set up posters in the SU lobby in two shifts, 8:30-11:00 and 11:30-2:30 on both Tuesday and Thursday, April 19 and 21.

Sneaky Octopus Makes Daring Escape Through Aquarium’s Drain Pipe Into Pacific Ocean

escapePhoto credit: Inky the octopus left without even saying goodbye. National Aquarium of New Zealand

Sneaky Octopus Makes Daring Escape Through Aquarium’s Drain Pipe Into Pacific Ocean

Everyone loves a good prison break story. “Escape from Alcatraz.” “The Shawshank Redemption.” “The Great Escape.” They imbue within us a sense of hope, daring, and adventure.

Now, a new tale of derring-do in New Zealand of a real-life prison escape may be added to this pantheon of greats: An octopus has outwitted its human captors and is now on the run in the Pacific Ocean. Considering the size of said ocean, it’s unlikely he’ll ever be recaptured.

As reported by BBC News, the National Aquarium in the coastal settlement of Napier was once home to Inky the octopus, but no more. This particularly crafty, aquatic fellow managed to squeeze through a small gap in his enclosure left behind after some routine maintenance work, before sliding across the floor looking for an escape route.

“He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean and off he went,” said aquarium manager Rob Yarrall, as reported by Radio New Zealand. “He didn’t even leave us a message.” Staff were shocked to arrive at the scene to find no Inky and a trail of octopus tracks left behind by the former captive.

The staff should have realized long ago not to underestimate the power of these highly intelligent cephalopods; after all, they can escape from anything – even the inside a locked jar.

Rather sadly, Inky left behind his tank-mate, another octopus, which the staff say they’ll be monitoring extremely closely from now on.

The whole article can be found here: Sneaky Octopus

Desert Landscaping: Going Native for Tucson’s Rivers

tucson_santacruz_flood_ca1903On Sustainable Living Tucson, an interesting article was brought to my attention and I ‘d like for those of you who are interested in desert landscape, groundwater, preserving nature, read this!

Here is a taste:

There are some things that just drive me crazy! Like…why are there still patches of lawn in the Tucson desert? And those little rocks that get caught in your sandals – gravel!  I understand why people put gravel in their yards.  I don’t want to spend all weekend weeding either. But if you look at the sun cracked, gravel covered plastic we use to tame it, there are signs of life (weeds) breaking through. When some people think of the desert, they think of dirt. But our dirt is brimming with untamed life.

When I first came to Tucson, I was amazed by all the green in our desert: our famous saguaros, prickly pears towering over roof tops, agaves with stalks resembling giant asparagus, and cholla cactuses lining the horizon like furry puppies glowing in the afternoon sun.  (Don’t try petting them though!) Twisted and gnarled Mesquite and Palo Verde trees grow amok. This time of year wild flowers speckle the ground. The desert hums with bees pollinating brilliant cactus blooms. Our tough desert plants are adept at storing water for the long dry spells.

There are seasons when our desert has an overabundance of water. In the spring, icy water bounds down the Catalina Mountains into rushing rivers and streams. During Monsoon season, our washes rage and overflow. Not enough of this water sinks into our aquifer, because the caliche ground has turned hard from inconsistent rain. Instead our precious rain water is collected in city streets to be polluted with automobile oil then left to evaporate on its way out of town. Lack of foresight and understanding have left us with no infrastructure to retain the water for our daily use. Miles and miles of cement aqueducts bring us water from the Colorado River. But we are beginning to see how vulnerable that supply is as poisonous tailings from long abandoned mines leak into Colorado’s rivers reaching as far as our own Lake Powell.

Finish Reading here.

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