News Archive : sustainability

March 30, 2016 - 1:16pm
The Mount Mercy University campus will soon experience a new addition -- a community garden organized by the campus Wellness Committee. The project, led by Mr.Tom Doermann (Director of Human Resources), Ms.Carol Melsha (Space Project Coordinator and Campus Mail Manager), and Ms.Brenda Steinke (Director of Engagement and Recreation), is a partnership with the Sisters of Mercy. The future garden will be located near the Villa and will feature a variety of produce options. The team, with the assistance of Ms.
March 4, 2016 - 12:16pm
Dr. Jen Lee, Assistant Professor of Psychology, along with Mount Mercy students Kayley Keller and Emily Mitchell, have received mini-grant funding for a project that seeks to investigate radon levels found in the homes of campus community members. The trio plans to distribute two hundred testing kits to university faculty, staff, and students, followed by test readings and data collection for all participants. Households that receive concerning results will be be given information for public health resources, as well as mitigation services.
February 17, 2016 - 12:16pm
As the Mount Mercy Bike Club continues to experience growth and high demand for its current bicycle fleet, "Ideas into Action" is proud to announce additional funding for this new campus organization. Mark Mettler, the club's founder, was recently awarded a second mini-grant to offset the costs for purchasing six more bicycles, for additional safety equipment, and for costs associated with the bicycles' maintenance. The bike club also has plans for a spring bike rodeo, an event co-sponsored by the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Northtowne Cycling and Fitness.
February 10, 2016 - 12:16pm
One of Mount Mercy's newest minors, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), is led by Tracy Tunwall, Assistant Professor of Business. This spring marks the program's first course, offering students an extensive unit on the nature of the food industry -- its history, the dynamics of major food corporations, as well as the increasing interest in the production of food -- the farm to table process, ingredients, packaging, and marketing.
December 4, 2015 - 12:16pm
"Ideas into Action" is proud to announce its first award of the 2015-2016 academic year, given in tandem with the upcoming campus appearance of the nationally known artist, Robert Shetterly. Known for his series, "Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT)," Shetterly will visit classes and offer a keynote address on the vital importance of being engaged citizens. His art, reflected in portraits of notable figures, seeks to open dialogue about living purposefully. Shetterly notes that his work "...highlights citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness.
October 5, 2015 - 1:16pm
Mount Mercy University celebrates the start of its fourth year supporting sustainability projects on campus. "Ideas into Action," the mini-grant program, funds activities or events that encourage and promote thoughtful use of community and natural resources. Grant awards range from under $100 to a maximum of $1000. Proposals are accepted throughout the academic year; select "mini-grants" from this site's main menu for further details.
April 22, 2015 - 1:16pm
Mount Mercy marks Earth Day 2015 with the guest appearance of David Thoreson, professional photographer, world explorer, and advocate for protecting the planet's oceans and polar regions.  Thoreson resides in Iowa and has been published in the Iowan Magazine and has been featured on Iowa Public Television (IPTV).  His book, One Island, One Ocean: Ocean Watch and the Epic Journey Around the Americas, was co-authored with Herb McCormick (2011). 
March 17, 2015 - 1:16pm
Mount Mercy's sustainability efforts proudly celebrate our newest student organization, the MMU Bike Club. Founded by Mark Mettler, a recent mini-grant recipient, the bike club seeks to make cycling a viable and enjoyable option for the campus community. Mettler and the club's members will promote biking opportunities in the Cedar Rapids area, offer instruction on selecting and servicing bicycles, and will organize local bike rides for fun, fitness, and the promotion of sustainable, alternative transportation.
March 17, 2015 - 1:16pm
The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has designated Mount Mercy University as an Honorable Mention recipient in its 2014 Bicycle Friendly University Awards (BFU). The League notes that the program "recognizes institutions of higher education for promoting and providing a more bikeable campus for students, staff and visitors." Full details on the League's 2014 award recipients may be found by visiting its website.
March 3, 2015 - 12:16pm
"Ideas into Action" is proud to announce continued funding for the Mustang Rides service. Following an extensive ridership survey by the service's leadership, weeknight rides will be mostly offered. The research poll indicated that 97% of Mount Mercy residential students are aware of the service; 9% of students had used the service during the 2014 fall semester. Evenings were generally acknowledged as the best time to participate, and Mustang Rides will continue to offer opportunities for cultural and shopping outings in Cedar Rapids.
January 28, 2015 - 12:16pm
Do you ever wonder about the impact of using a personal water bottle? Do you ever notice the statistics shown on a Mount Mercy refilling station? As of late January 2015, Mount Mercy can proudly note that 201,163 water bottles have been saved by using the campus' refilling stations. The weight of those saved bottles equals 5,632 pounds of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Lids, for the bottles, add another 1,109 pounds of PET. The total weight of the saved water bottles is 6,741 pounds or just short of 7.25 tons.
December 8, 2014 - 1:23pm
"Ideas into Action," Mount Mercy's sustainability mini-grant program will assist garbage collection efforts for McAuley dormitory residents.  The project, led by MMU student Yinka Ajibola, will place a fireproof, covered trash bin in the dorm's laundry room.   To assist students in disposing of trash properly, the bin is easily accessible and will be emptied daily during normal collection rounds.   Ajibola will also lead an awareness campaign, encouraging students to properly sort garbage from recyclable items. 
December 8, 2014 - 1:23pm
The Students in Human Resource Management Club (SHRM), led by Haley Sprague, have received a sustainability, mini-grant award to assist their efforts in providing Christmas gifts to a Tanager Place-sponsored family. The program, designed to support clients who experience significant financial need during the holidays, matches community volunteers to families with the express intent of purchasing items on the household's wish list.
December 8, 2014 - 1:23pm
Mount Mercy student Mark Mettler is the newest recipient of an "Ideas into Action" sustainability, mini-grant. While Mettler currently organizes an MMU biking club, under the auspices of student organizations, his grant award will help to offset costs associated with purchasing well-maintained, used bikes, bike equipment (helmets and locks), and providing classes and workshops in basic bicycle maintenance. Ultimately, Mettler will be sharing the health and sustainability benefits of biking in the Cedar Rapids community.
October 14, 2014 - 2:23pm
Mount Mercy's commitment to sustainability finds much of its inspiration in a critical concern of the Sisters of Mercy -- the earth. The Sisters "...believe in the need for sustainability of life, supporting both a lifestyle and legislation that acknowledge everyone's right to water and the need to address climate change."
October 5, 2014 - 2:23pm
"Ideas into Action," Mount Mercy's sustainability, mini-grant program celebrates the launch of its third year in October. Funded by a generous grant from the Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community, the program supports projects that promote sustainability within the campus community. All projects should have an educational component; grant applications are accepted from individuals, groups, classes, offices, and clubs affiliated with Mount Mercy University.
October 5, 2014 - 2:23pm
"Ideas into Action," Mount Mercy's sustainability, mini-grant program is proud to announce a grant award to support Mustang Rides, an alternative to car transportation. The shuttle service offers Mount Mercy students opportunities for shopping, errands, and entertainment in the Cedar Rapids area. In conjunction with Coe College and the Neighborhood Transportation Service (NTS), the program picks up students on Thursday evenings for shopping needs. Weekend shuttle service offers access to movies, shopping, and the New Bo market district.
October 5, 2014 - 2:23pm
"Ideas into Action," Mount Mercy's sustainability, mini-grant program, was proud to provide funds towards the on-campus appearance of artist and photographer, Dana Fritz. "Terraria Gigantica: The World Under Glass," Fritz's examination of the world's largest enclosed landscapes, was recently featured at the Janalyn Hanson White Gallery. Explorations of sustainability and environmental issues, through the humanities, is a vital way of conveying the immediacy of our world's challenges.
April 14, 2014 - 2:23pm
The 50 Shades of Green Living Learning Community (LCC) and department of Residence Life celebrate MMU GreenWeek from April 14-18.   The week's events include: (Monday) Wear green and show your support of sustainability on campus; (Tuesday) Learn about water conservation and use refillable bottles; (Wednesday) Sustainable eating -- eat local and know your food sources; (Thursday) Test your knowledge about sustainability and your own lifestyle; and (Friday) Reuse and share through a residence life clothing swap.
April 11, 2014 - 2:23pm
This spring, Mount Mercy University will offer complimentary water bottles to new transfer students as part of their registration process. Each bottle features the Mount Mercy sustainability logo and a small brochure about the campus' efforts towards reducing plastic bottle use and promoting the presence of bottle refilling stations on campus. New Master's degree students will also receive a free bottle during program orientation events and other occasions at the CRST Graduate Center.

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