“THE RECYCLED ORCHESTRA” EXHIBIT AT MIM

On exhibit now at the Musical Instrument Museum

Exhibit displays instruments from remarkable group

Amid a massive landfill in Cateura, Paraguay, children find hope by making music on instruments built from recycled trash. In a slum town where families survive by collecting and reselling garbage (and where a violin can cost more than a house), a visionary music teacher gathered a small team to plunder the landfill for materials and construct an ensemble of “recycled” instruments. In just a few years, their innovation has led to a thriving music school in Cateura and a youth orchestra that performs internationally. For members of the Recycled Orchestra, material poverty is not an obstacle to a life rich with music. They have each learned to value greatly how music impacts their lives, helping them express creativity, build self-confidence, and strengthen community.

The Musical Instrument Museum features the inspiring story and the innovative instruments of the Recycled Orchestra through a Latin America gallery exhibit and docent mini-tours. The Recycled Orchestra exhibit features eight recycled instruments from Paraguay as well as video and images of the youth orchestra and the environment of Cateura.

2016 RecycleMania Tournament – Final Results

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Thanks to Chaunda Fraulino and all of her hard work in making this happen every year. We have continually gotten better in this competition and I hope you all improve next year too.

Also thanks to all of you for doing your part and recycling, reducing, and reusing. This would not have been possible without an environmentally conscious student body and employees.

2016 RecycleMania Tournament
February 7 – April 2, 2016
 
Final Results
Glendale Community College (GCC) competed with 276 colleges and universities nationwide in the 2016 RecycleMania tournament from February 7 – April 2.  The four Arizona participants included Arizona State University, Glendale Community College, and the University of Arizona. GCC reduced the amount of waste per person from 8.63 lbs. in 2015 to 7.61 lbs. in 2016 earning a 3rd place finish in the 2016 Waste Minimization competition.
The goal of waste minimization is to reduce overall waste (trash plus recyclables) through waste reduction activities such as the Zero Waste Program.  As a direct result of our success in waste minimization, our placement in other categories is higher.  The final results in all categories are listed below.
2016 RecycleMania Final Results
Grand Champion
103 out of 207Per Capita Classic
249 out of 269Gorilla
222 out of 276

Waste Minimization
3 out of 114

Corrugated Cardboard
93 out of 97

Our cumulative GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Reductions during the competition are 58 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent, or 11 cars off the road, or the energy consumption of 5 households.
 

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About RecycleMania
This is GCC’s 6th year participating in the RecycleMania tournament.  The tournament ran from February 7 – April 2, 2016. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8-week period, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or has the highest recycling rate overall.

EARTH DAY DUMPSTER DIVE PRESENTATION

EARTH DAY DUMPSTER DIVE PRESENTATION in the STUDENT UNION!!

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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.

Good news! Supertrawlers banned from Australian waters!

Supertrawlers wreak havoc on marine life, coral reef habitats, and the sea bed. Banning them from Australian waters is a start, we need to continue the trend and ban them worldwide. Here is some more information provided by the Guardian,

 

Supertrawlers to be banned permanently from Australian waters

Move follows temporary bans on large freezer-factory vessels as well

 

superLabor banned supertrawlers after outcry from the public. The Stop the Supertrawler petition has nearly 63,000 signatures. Photograph: Pierre Gleizes/Greenpeace

 

How to Make a Table Out of Pallets

One of my favorite DIY guys on the web is Shane @ Beachbumlivin because he gives entertaining, yet clear instructions for simple and cool projects that I like.  See for yourself if you want to make a coffee table for little to no out of pocket $$.

San Francisco Bans Plastic Water Bottle Sales

San Francisco initiating a sales ban on plastic water bottles that hold 21 oz. or less. Personally, I know I need to stop buying water by the case.

Every time I buy a case of water, I have this guilty conscience looming over me for as long as I can remember.

I tried making the adjustment of refilling gallon water jugs at the water dispensary  for a quarter a gallon, it never seemed to stick because my family likes the individual portion and not having to wash dishes; it’s just more convenient.

Not exactly convenient for the environment.

I’m glad San Francisco initiated this ban. I can only hope other cities will follow the same trend.

Compare this to the replacement of plastic grocery bags to reusable grocery bags, that trend hasn’t completely swept the nation.

Still, a small majority of states continue the ban of plastic bags or charge a few cents for every plastic bag used.

All I can hope for, is we all make small changes daily, weekly, monthly, yearly.

Read more about the ban…San Francisco Becomes First City To Ban The Sale Of Plastic Bottles . Have a good day!

 

glassTea!!

 This is one of the few recent changes I made in my life, I started keeping glass jars and using them as cups and water bottles, great for holding soup to take to lunch or food storage containers, they are multipurpose.