National Campus Sustainability Day 2010

What’s Your Carbon Footprint?

CampaignOn October 21, 2010, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) participated in the national initiative along with dozens of schools across the country to focus attention on the environment.

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2011 State Leadership and Skills Conference

BHCC at Malborough MA

State Leadership & Skills Conference ImageOn April 29, 2011 Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) students Brian Alves ('11) and Indira Rakhimzyanova were guest judges for the Sustainable Solutions Contest at the 2011 State Leadership and Skills Conference. During this annual event, more than 1,500 students compete in 71 occupational and leadership skill areas. Gold medalists from these contests proceed to join more than 4,000 students to compete in the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships conducted annually.

BHCC student Brian Alves is also co-founder and president of the BHCC Sustainability Club. He added, "This was an amazing experience. I feel fortunate to be part of such a large and important sustainability event that includes participation from dozens of schools located across the state. It is important that the outreach of the BHCC sustainability club extend beyond the boundaries of our school and into the surrounding communities." The winning team for the Sustainability Solutions contest was from the Minuteman Career and Technical High School. Their sustainability project explored the ways in which methane gas can be created with bacteria and then used to generate electricity. The project also explored how by-products of the process such as carbon dioxide (CO2) may can be captured and pumped back to the bacterial bioreactor to create more methane.

BHCC student Indira Rakhimzyanova, vice president of the BHCC sustainability club explained, "It is really important for BHCC students to share what we are learning about sustainability and climate reduction with other schools because if we work together, we can further reduce our climate impact on the entire planet."

The Sustainable Solutions contest is designed to recognize outstanding green technology innovation projects developed at participating technical high schools and colleges located throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is the first time that community college students were invited to participate as guest judges in this event. SkillsUSA Director Karen Ward explains, "We think it is vitally important to engage the secondary education sector within the SkillsUSA network. We are currently collaborating with Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray on this effort and he is also a big supporter of technical education.

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving more than 300,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. BHCC's Director of Sustainability, Paul J. Wolff III has been an Executive Board Member for SkillsUSA for several years. He has worked extensively with regional and national experts to develop the new Sustainable Solutions demonstration contest concept that debuted in 2009.

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