03.23.2012 PCC Master Plan Recap

The master plan meeting focused on sustainability and the methods that we can use to improve the PCC campus. We had two great study sessions, where students, faculty, and staff members provided in depth and well thought out input on the ways that we can go green.

The main topics covered were:

  • improved bike storage
  • increased accessibility
  • encouraging other modes of transportation
  • traffic reduction
  • waste reduction
  • composting
  • power generation
  • water conservation
  • smarter/efficient buildings
  • natural light/sky lights
  • building design
  • food services
  • rain gardens
  • grey water systems
  • rain captured devices
  • reduction of turf, drought resistant species
  • California native plants
  • public transportation
  • rooftop gardening
  • and of course expanded campus edible gardens with academic components.

Everyone was terrific and the input was well received by the facilities administration. Follow up sessions will be announced.

Introductory to Sustainability at PCC

PCC Sustainability Projects

PCC Students Input

In Depth Student Involvement

Input on Sustainability
Courtesy Jason Carman

03.22.2012 Garden Fridays Meeting 3/23/2012

This week’s seeds meeting, we will be talking about the Hahamongna Walkabout and the Rain Garden Workshop. Also, we have a few tasks:

  1. harvest the finished compost
  2. move the worm compost bin
  3. move the wood away from the bldg.
  4. clean up the trash
  5. cutting back the tomato plant
  6. remove the weeds
  7. and the best for last, harvest some food!

Please join us and bring a friend!

When: March 23, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: PCC Organic Garden (outside the L Bldg.)

Map of PCC

PCC GardenCourtesy Jason Carman

03.18.2012 Garden Fridays 03/16/2012 Recap

This week, we talked about the current projects in the organic vegetable garden and the ways sustainability fits into Pasadena City College. We walked over to the cactus garden and removed a significant amount of weeds, that plagued the garden. Thank you to all the seeds members that helped out.

PCC Organic Garden

Geology Cactus Garden
Courtesy Jason Carman

03.14.2012 Seeds Meeting and Rain Garden Workshop

This Friday, we will be helping the Dana Club with the cactus garden. We will meeting in the organic garden, then we will head over to the cactus garden (behind the forum, near the U Bldg.).

When: March 16, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: PCC Organic Garden (outside the L Bldg.)

Also, City of Pasadena is inviting our club to a Rain Garden Workshop. They need our help to create a city garden across from PCC. Free food and parking.

When: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Union & Catalina in Pasadena

Please RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/events/202472139859191/ or send an email to ucc_macaf90@yahoo.com

03.12.2012 Pasadena General Plan

The city of Pasadena had a great turn out at PCC. They were actually overwhelmed by the interest in sustainability issues and improvements. One of the main themes was the need for more bike lanes and better flow for alternative transportation.

Several individuals wanted more green space and expressed desire for community gardens.Unfortunately, the city suggested temporary green space that would be later developed into condos/stores.

Also, there was a suggestion to create electric street cars/buses for better public transportation. The other problem expressed was that there traffic study showed that the average resident made 10 trips per day. There was a suggestion to decrease the amount of free parking spaces to encourage residents to walk or bike.

Another issue was the changes in sustainability policy would only apply to new growth and the city of Pasadena is not interested in redevelopment.

Introduction to Pasadena Master Plan


Urban Design

Mobility Plan


Sustainability Ideas and Improvements Courtesy Jason Carman

03.11.2012 2012 Hahamongna Walkabout

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Hahamongna Walkabout. This year will be featuring the geology, wildlife and an update on the County’s sediment removal program in Hahamongna. Please come and learn more about this great asset in the City of Pasadena.

If you missed lasted year’s Walkabout, check out these great videos and pictures. Please RSVP at http://www.savehahamongna.org/walkaboutrsvp.htm

Please contact Jonathan for information at (323) 405-7326 or jonathan@arroyoseco.org

When: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Where: Hahamongna Watershed Park near JPL
Foothill Blvd. and Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA (Map)
Time: 9:00 am to Noon