Green Week+ is currently in full swing at Centre College, as evidenced by the website literally turning green for the occasion. Beginning on Tuesday, April 17, Green Week+ will run until Saturday, April 28. The events and activities that are part of Green Week+ promote environmental responsibility and sustainability at Centre.
On Saturday, April 21, all are invited to participate in a service project at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will clear invasive plant species and will help maintain walking trails at the Refuge.
To celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, there will be a nature walk at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge. Those interested in either the service project or the nature walk should email Preston Miles for details.
Amanda Hagood, professor of English at Hendrix College, will give a lecture entitled “Dead Meat: Margaret Atwood and the Language of Carnivory” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23 in the Ewan Reading Room of the Campus Center.
Students will give a reading of their work in a variety of genres, including poetry, fiction and essay, at “Eco Speak” at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24 in the Grissom Reading Room of the Grace Doherty Library.
On Wednesday, April 25, RecycleMania will host a dumpster dive and collection competition from noon to 12:30 p.m. and again from 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on the lawn in front of Old Center. Students will sort through trash collected from buildings around campus and attempt to find as many recyclables mistakenly thrown away as possible.
David Shi, president emeritus at Furman University, will deliver the President’s Sustainability Convocation on “Taking the Long View: Adapting to a More Sustainable Future” at 7:30 on Thursday, April 26 in Newlin Hall.
There will be a lecture slam about environmental issues at noon on Friday, April 27 on the lawn in front of the Campus Center. At 4 p.m. on the same day, students will present trash theater productions of familiar stories that have been slightly altered for Green Week+, including “The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs” and “Little Green Riding Hood.” The productions will use trash for costumes and props. Centre’s annual Carnival will also begin at 4 p.m. that day, with booths set up specifically to promote green initiatives on campus.
Rounding out Green Week+ will be a Mountain Witness Tour on Saturday, April 28. Those participating will meet at the Campus Center at 8 a.m. to travel to Eastern Kentucky, where they will tour areas that have been affected by mountain top removal and other environmentally-invasive processes. To participate in the Mountain Witness Tour, contact Cindy Isenhour at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 20.
Green Week+ is one of many Centre initiatives aimed toward promoting environmental responsibility. Earlier this year, Centre hosted the Energy and the Environment Film Festival, featuring a variety of documentaries that tackle sustainability head-on. Several campus organizations, including the Eco House and the Environmentally Conscious Centre Organization (ECCO), address environmental issues as part of their mission. Centre also continues to take steps toward being environmentally friendly in ways both big and small—from the LEED certification of Pearl Hall to installing water bottle filling stations in Sutcliffe and Young Hall earlier this year.