Centre College will celebrate Green Week April 16-23, with daily events designed for fun and education both on and off campus. Hiking, biking and recycling are just a few of the ways Centre clubs and organizations are drawing attention to the efforts already being made toward making campus and the surrounding community a more environmentally friendly place to live and learn as well as gain support for future initiatives.
Following is a list of the many ways throughout the week that members of the campus community can learn more about Centre’s commitment to sustainability, environmentally friendly practices and energy conservation.
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m.—3 p.m.
Stand & CARE Trail Clean-up, Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge
Get outside and do some good while you’re at it! Stand, the student service initiative, and Centre Action Reaches Everyone (CARE) will be working with biologist Rose-Marie Roessler to collect garbage, remove invasive species and clean the entrance of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge to ensure a healthy environment for the species that call it home. Contact Hannah Gibbs for more details.
Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m.
Nature Photography Hike, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
An outdoor excursion with a philosophical, artistic twist. Dan Kirchner, assistant professor of philosophy, will be leading a contemplative photography hike to help deepen the way in which we view, think about and interact with the natural world. No camera necessary—a phone or sketch pad (or any means you have to capture an image) will suffice.
Monday, April 18 through Thursday, April 21, 11 a.m—2 p.m.
“Why so Green?” photo petition & plant give-away, Cowan table
If you can’t make it to any other Green Week events, at least stop by the Centre Environmental Association’s (CEA) table during lunch to show campus why being “green” is important to you! In exchange for participation in the photo petition (to be displayed on CEA/Centre social media), potted plants will be given away.
Monday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.
Green Careers Information Session, Grissom Reading Room
Come network with panelists experienced in diverse careers in sustainability, including energy, conservation, scientific research, community organizing and more. Come and go as your schedule allows, and feel free to bring your lunch. Refreshments and sweets will be provided.
Tuesday, April 19, 4—4:30 p.m.
Arbor Day Foundation Tree Planting Ceremony, Festival Lawn
In honor of Centre’s ongoing commitment to a greener campus, join the After School Program and the Centre Environmental Association for a tree planting on the front lawn.
Wednesday, April 20, 6—7:30 p.m.
Farm to Cafeteria Banquet, Campus Center patio (Ewen Room in case of rain)
Food is the most direct and intimate way in which each of us interacts with the natural world on a daily basis. Get acquainted with the farmers and food systems responsible for the food on your plate. This will be a meal catered by local providers and will include speakers on issues of food justice and sustainability. Spots are limited, so make sure to RSVP via the link provided in the campus-wide invitation. Contact Jillian Riseman for more information.
Thursday, April 21, 10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. and Friday, April 22, 10 a.m.—12 p.m.
E-Waste Recycling, behind Bingham Hall
Help keep toxic e-waste out of landfills and give your electronics a second life! Bring your old electronics to the parking lot behind Bingham Hall for safe and sustainable recycling. Contact Russ Strunk for additional details.
Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
President’s Sustainability CONVO: “Margaret Mead was Right,” Newlin Hall
Founder and director of the Kentucky Resources Council, Thomas J. Fitzgerald has been hailed as the “watchdog of the environment” in the Bluegrass state. Over the past 30 years, he has been a thoughtful and courageous advocate on behalf of those whose environmental health is most at risk, providing an influential voice in improving the environmental landscape within his home state and across the nation. Fitzgerald was the recipient of the Heinz Family Foundation Award in the Environment in 2008 in recognition of his strong, clear advocacy on behalf of Kentucky’s environment. He also provided key legal support to citizen actions in Central Kentucky in opposition to repurposing a natural gas pipeline for transport of hazardous natural gas liquids.
Friday, April 22, 5—6 p.m.
“Pipe Up” Against Environmental Injustice, downtown Danville
Take a guided walk to a nearby access point for the pipeline, and engage in an interactive lesson on the environmental and health risks associated with NGLs (natural gas liquids). The walk will be led by Professor of Chemistry Preston Miles, with special guests from the community involved in environmental justice and anti-pipeline dialogue. Meet in front of the Campus Center flags.
Friday, April 22, begins at 8 p.m.
“Speak-up and Camp-Out” for Environmental Justice, Campus Lawn (in front of Crounse)
While most of us have had the experience of “camping out” in the library with homework and papers, when have we ever had the chance to actually camp out outside of the library? Join the CEA for a relaxed evening of camping, games and thought-provoking discussion. Topics focused on environmental injustice and sustainability will be led by scheduled Centre professors and local activists. Snacks and tents will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Come and go as you please; bring your own sleeping bag and pillow.
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.—3 p.m.
Danville Community Earth Day Festival & Bike Ride, BCTC Danville Campus
The Earth Day Celebration is free to the public and features dozens of exhibits, vendors, children’s activities, live music, food and more. Come celebrate with friends, family and the Danville community. The bike ride starts at 10 a.m., and vendors open at 11 a.m.
The registration fee for the 16-mile bike ride is $10, and the first 50 to register for the event will also receive a free t-shirt.
Register online or at the event, or contact Marie Poirier for more information.
For details on loaning a bike (at no cost), contact Rick Serres no later than Wednesday, April 20. Bikes available for loan are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
by Cindy Long
April 15, 2016