Green+ in Focus

Silas House Visited Big Sandy CTC

Author Silas House spoke at Big Sandy Community and Technical College on March 21, 2011.  House is the author of four novels: Clay’s Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2003), The Coal Tattoo (2004), Eli the Good (2009); two plays, The Hurting Part (2005) and Long Time Travelling (2009); and Something’s Rising (2009), a creative nonfiction book about social protest co-authored with Jason Howard. House was selected to edit the posthumous manuscript of acclaimed writer James Still, Chinaberry, which will be published in Spring 2011. House’s young adult novel, Same Sun Here, co-written with Neela Vaswani, will be published by Candlewick Books in early 2012.

Green tips

Did you know?

Your dog or cat can get on board the green bandwagon, too. Following are five eco picks for your furry friend:

  1. Eco Nap by West Paw Design 
  2. Silk Necktie Dog Leash by Anniessweatshop 
  3. Zogoflex Hurley Dog Toy by West Paw Design 
  4. Eco Easy Walk No-Pull Dog Harness and Leash by Premier Pet 
  5. The Great Green Cat Toy by Brooke & Tim

The KCTCS Green+ Sustainability Initiative

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+”.