Green Week+ continues through April 27 at Centre
April 18, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger
Green Week+ is in full swing at Centre College, and continues with a variety of events meant to educate and celebrate sustainability and environmental responsibility on campus.
Green Week+ started on Wednesday, April 17, and events will continue through Saturday, April 27, with a community celebration at Millennium Park. Events leading up to that range from theatrical interpretations to rounds of “green” trivia to lectures from leading “green” thinkers.
“Centre has been a leader of the campus sustainability movement in Kentucky for many years. We frequently have made decisions that promote leadership in building efficiency, campus landscape sustainability and responsible energy purchasing. The broader issue of teaching students and the Centre community what it means to be not only a global citizen but also a sustainability-minded citizen still remains,” says Nathan Shuler ’14, president of the Centre Environmental Association. “Green Week+ helps to address this issue. By channeling the efforts of the many passionate students, staff and faculty to organize and inspire during a week of environmental education and awareness, Green Week+ provides a unique capstone to the efforts of all the actors in promoting a more sustainable Centre. Green Week+ helps to channel the voices of the campus to loudly call for environmental consciousness.
“The large variety of events that Green Week+ offers this year helps to attract multiple sides of the environmental story,” Shuler continues. “Plus, it's always nice to have a little fun.”
The green fun continues on Friday, April 19, a “trash theatre” booth will be set up starting at 5:30 p.m. as part of Centre’s annual Carnival on the Festival Lawn. Students will perform short pieces using recycled materials.
On Saturday, April 20, members of the Centre community will come together in service at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge to clean up walking trails and clear away invasive species. Those who wish to attend can meet at 11:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Campus Center to carpool.
Throughout the day on April 20, students will lead “green” trivia rounds during lunch and dinner at Cowan Dining Commons. There will also be a sustainability slideshow shown at Cowan on Monday, April 22 during the lunch and dinner hours as well.
A nature hike will take place at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill on Sunday, April 21. Since transportation will be provided, those who would like to participate should meet at 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Campus Center.
Leading environmentalist thinker Mitchell Tomashaw will deliver a lecture on “Nine Elements of Sustainable Culture” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 in the Vahlkamp Theatre. Tomashaw, director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program, is a co-founder of “Whole Terrain: the Journal of Reflective Environmental Practice.” Tomashow’s lecture counts as a convocation credit for students, and is free and open to the public.
There will be a sustainability tour of the Norton Center at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, starting in the lobby of the Norton Center. The tour will give members of the community an inside look at how recent renovations of the Norton Center were made with environmental responsibility in mind.
“Greenspeak,” an environmental poetry reading, will take place at 7 p.m. on April 24 at the Community Arts Center in downtown Danville. For more about “Greenspeak,” read this recent article on the event.
Students will host a clothing drive on Thursday, April 25 in the Campus Center. The clothing drive will give members of the Centre community an opportunity to exchange items with each other as a way of recycling—or “up-cycling”—instead of discarding clothing.
A Sustainability Festival will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 on the Festival Lawn. All are welcome to come out and participate in fun activities, stop at booths and support sustainability at Centre.
The Community Earth Day celebration at Millennium Park will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. With food, booths, activities and fun available for all, the Earth Day celebration will bring community members together at one of the most naturally beautiful—and green—places in Danville. Also on April 27, everyone is invited to join in the fun at a “green” cardboard boat race from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Boles Natatorium.
For more about sustainability at Centre, click here.
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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.