Take the Green Office Challenge!

Attention, faculty and staff: Make our world at work a better place by taking part in the Green Office Challenge!

In just a few minutes, you can download and check off the Green Office Challenge Checklist from www.pstcc.edu/sustainability/greenoffice. Score yourself in the different categories—Recycling, Energy, and Transportation, for example—and earn points that apply to four levels of eco-friendly accomplishment: Green Leaf, Copper Leaf, Bronze Leaf, and Gold Leaf.

By accruing points for achieving goals like recycling more paper or using task lamps rather than ceiling fluorescents, you can earn badges to display on your office door and in your email signature.

“The Green Office Challenge is intended to improve greenness on campus and increase awareness among employees and students about the importance of being eco-friendly and how easy it is to take simple steps,” said Susan McMahon, a member of the College’s Sustainability Campus Committee.

“Small steps—as small as turning off lights and computers at the end of the day or unplugging items that aren’t in use—can make a big difference,” said Larry Vincent, also a committee member. “The Green Office Challenge is quick and simple.”

So what are you waiting for? Take five minutes to fill out the Green Office Challenge Checklist at www.pstcc.edu/sustainability/greenoffice now!

Sen. Alexander on campus Oct. 21 to discuss financial aid bill

Sen. Lamar Alexander will be on the Hardin Valley Campus Tuesday, Oct. 21, for a presentation about the Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency Act. The bill for the FAST Act was introduced by Alexander and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado.

Alexander’s visit is part of a round-table discussion that includes Anthony Wise, Pellissippi State president, and other area college presidents, as well as student, parent, and high school representatives. The free event, which begins at 1 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium, is open to the public.

The bill proposes to eliminate the current iteration of the Free Application for Financial Student Aid, or FAFSA, by reducing the form to two questions: what is your family size, and what was your household income two years ago? The bill also streamlines federal grant and loan programs, simplifies repayment options, and limits the amount a student is eligible to borrow based on enrollment status.

For more information about the FAST Act, visit www.lamaralexander.com.

‘40 for 40’ videos celebrate anniversary

As we continue celebrating our 40th anniversary, we invite you to keep up with what’s happening—and learn more about Pellissippi State’s history—by watching our “40 for 40” video series.

The series is available on our website, www.pstcc.edu/anniversary, and on our YouTube page. Over the course of this academic year, we will post 40 videos featuring interviews with students and employees as well as spotlights on programs, all five campuses, and historical facts.

Keep up to date with all the anniversary happenings at www.pstcc.edu/anniversary, and don’t forget to share your stories and fond memories of Pellissippi State there, or on social media, using #PSCC40.