Since the first Earth Day in 1970, Centre College has actively supported sustainable practices, both on campus and in the community. From student organizations to the President’s Climate Commitment Advisory Committee (PCCAC), members of the Centre community are united in their desire to reduce the College’s environmental footprint. Participation in Earth Day events is an important component of the Centre’s year-round efforts.
This year, the community Earth Week Festival is April 14-21, culminating with the Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bluegrass Community Technical College (BCTC). Dozens of local organizations will be on-hand to educate, share tips on adopting environmentally friendly practices and give away items to help create a more sustainable lifestyle.
The Centre Environmental Association (CEA) will have a booth at the celebration with a children’s craft activity made only from recycled materials. They will also be handing out used coffee grounds as repurposed garden nutrients.
“We hope to better educate people about creative ideas on how to be environmentally friendly and to inform the community of what CEA does both at Centre and in the community,” says CEA President Beka Bruner ’18 of Cottonwood, Idaho.
Leading up to Earth Day, sustainability intern Jeanette Burke ’18 of Temecula, California, has been conducting anEnergy Competition, which reviews energy use in certain campus buildings in an effort to educate occupants on more efficient daily practices. Generally, the residents in the 16 buildings involved in the competition have significantly reduced their historical averages.
One of the most anticipated events every year is the Farm-to-Table Banquet coming up on Thursday, April 26. One hundred and fifty students will be able to enjoy a sustainably sourced dinner prepared by Chef Miguel on the patio of the Campus Center, thanks to CEA and Sodexo. Some of CEA’s other efforts throughout the year include Green Week+, events surrounding days like Campus Sustainability Day and the annual environmental film festival.
The PCCAC is an ad hoc committee appointed each year by Centre’s President John A. Roush to advance the College’s pursuit of climate neutrality, coordinate Centre’s participation in the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and advise President John A. Roush on matters relating to sustainability and environmental concerns.
by Cindy Long
April 19, 2018