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Wishing Bags: A Temporary Art Project on ARC Campus

ARC Sustainability, ArtNewMedia 331 class and ArtNewMedia 410 class have collaboratively created a temporary public art project to promote the concept of “sustainability” on American River College campus.  American River College faculty member, Jiayi Young’s Artnm 410 class, has been working with Don Reid of ARC Sustainability to redesign web site and downloadable posters to promote more green efforts to take place on campus. With this public art project, we are hoping to:

  • Announce the new web site
  • Get more faculty and staff to participate in the ARC Acorn Games for greener offices
  • Increase awareness of green practice in our daily lives

Artwork Design & Installation Process
The artwork will utilize thousands of used white grocery bags. The bags will be strung together in rows between the trees like lanterns. Since the bags are very light, they will naturally take in wind/breeze, quietly swing in the air. The overall installation will resemble “Wish Flags” which embodies rich tradition cross-culturally. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate by bringing and hanging their own bags on the day of installation.

The design and installation of the artwork will be managed and guided by Don Reid, Jiayi Young and Dolores White (Art Dept IA), and created by a group of Jiayi Young’s students on Friday December 14, 2012.

Site Description
The artwork will be installed in the large lawn area between the Fine & Applied Arts Theatre and the Administration buildings.

Experiment and photos by Stacy Bernstein, student from artnm410

The Story of Stuff visits ARC

In the second part of the 3 part series on sustainability, Professor Rick Topinka & the Center for Teaching & Learning presented Allison Cook from the Story of Stuff Project to discuss what goes into the making of one of the most watched environmental-themed online movies of all time.

Raef Hall was packed as she shared her story of realization that talking about environmental sustainability was not a political discussion, but one of a responsible citizen. One cartoon in her program for instance showed a person in a strong man pose that asked the question “which muscle are you flexing, your citizen muscle or your consumer muscle?”

From their latest short film, The Story of Change

I’ve come to see that we have

two parts to ourselves; it’s almost like two muscles – a consumer muscle and a citizen muscle. Our consumer muscle, which is fed and exercised constantly, has grown strong. So strong that “consumer” has become our primary identity, our reason for being. We’re told so often that we’re a nation of consumers that we don’t blink when the media use “consumer” and “person” interchangeably.

Meanwhile, our citizen muscle has gotten flabby. There’s no marketing campaign reminding us to engage as citizens. On the contrary, we’re bombarded with lists of simple things we can buy or do to save the planet, without going out of our way or breaking a sweat.


My favorite question asked on this day, What kind of changemaker are you? So, really–what kind of changemaker are you?

Some of the other videos on their site you can check out:

  • The Story of Broke
  • The Story of Change
  • The Story of Citizens United v. FEC
  • The Story of Electronics
  • The Story of Cosmetics
  • The Story of Bottled Water
  • The Story of Cap & Trade

Annie Leonard founded the non-profit Story of Stuff Project in 2008 to respond to tens of thousands of viewer requests for more information and ways to get involved. Be sure to click the big Facebook LIKE button, follow them on Twitter and share their YouTube vids!

Case study for Social Networking: Amending CA Ed Code

Quierra Robey, President of the ARC Student Senate is currently working on an amendment to California Ed Code. If successful, students enrolling in CA Community Colleges will for the first time be able to donate to a Green Fund—much like they have in place at many of the UC & CSU institutions. If you have any experience in these matters, she would appreciate some sage advice.

Ms. Robey’s efforts here are inspiring to say the least, and so I’d like to talk a little bit about how this came to be. Over the summer, I attended the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference at UC Davis. This conference had us attending several days of back to back classes and field trips to see projects & practices from other campuses across our state. The last day was the student convergence where we got to hear about many of the student run projects. One that stood out for me was the UCSB Student Compost Pilot Program—click that hyperlink to read more about that amazing project. Continue reading Case study for Social Networking: Amending CA Ed Code

Recycle – Do you know what can go into the bin?

recycle poster half sheet

Did you know that Sacramento has a single-stream recycling system in place which means everything can go into one can without sorting. This approach allows us to recover up to three times as many recyclable materials as in the past! Please remember to empty & rinse food containers before placing them into recycling bins and be sure that paper is clean and dry.


  • Newspaper
  • Mixed color paper
  • White paper
  • Cardboard
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines
  • Telephone books
  • Paper bags
  • Cereal & food boxes
  • Egg cartons
  • Shoe boxes


  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Tin cans
  • Food cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Pie tins


Ca Higher Ed Sustainability Conference at UC Davis

Last week, a few of us were fortunate enough to be able to attend the Ca Higher Ed Sustainability Conference at UC Davis. Even though it was aimed at bringing California schools together, it had attendees from colleges & universities from as far away as Denmark and Sweden. Mitchell Thomashow was the keynote speaker and he brought insight from his experiences as the former president of Unity College in Maine.

I was able to take a number of photographs, so take a look at our Facebook page to see the gallery of images from his speech as well as all the other things that caught my eye as the week went on. Be sure to check out the biodigester that was up and running near Northgate & Interstate 80. For more information on this, check out the Sacramento Bee article that was written after our tour. The reporter asked great questions! You’ll find more photos of it here.

One of the things I took away from this conference was the fact that there are so many support services Continue reading Ca Higher Ed Sustainability Conference at UC Davis