Centre College’s annual Sustainability Month arrives again Oct. 16 through Nov. 13 with exciting events across campus designed to bring awareness to the College’s sustainability efforts and the work being done by clubs and organizations that are making a difference. The month highlights ways the entire community can reduce their impact on the environment.
New this year will be a two-week-long Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and a ribbon-cutting for Chowan’s photovoltaic array. Annual favorites also return, including the popular Farm-to-Table Banquet and Hella-Green Halloween. The energies of a number of groups on campus have gone into putting together a month-long calendar of events to entertain, excite and educate.
Oct. 16 – Nov. 13
Sustainability Basket Raffle: Centre’s Admission team donated $100 worth of environmentally friendly goodies for the Sustainability Basket Raffle. Tickets are $1, and proceeds will be donated to the Revolving Green Fund.
Sat., Oct. 21
Red Cup Roundup: At the Homecoming football game, a giant red cup container will be available at the gate to collect fans’ plastic drink cups for recycling.
Mon., Oct. 23 – Mon., Nov. 6
Sustainability Scavenger Hunt: A Sustainability Scavenger Hunt will be held Oct. 23 through Nov. 6. The event will highlight places on Centre’s campus where sustainability is underway. Students can download a free app to their phones, find clues to the places to be found, upload selfies to the site to gain points, and watch who is in the lead. The winner will receive a gift certificate to Grace Café. For more information, watch CEA’s social media announcements.
Wed., Oct. 25, 4:30 p.m.
Chowan Solar Panel Ribbon Cutting: Centre’s first photovoltaic array was installed on the roof of Chowan this past summer, thanks to the fundraising efforts of many students, faculty, staff and alumni. Join Matt Partymiller, general manager of Solar Energy Solutions, for a ribbon-cutting and recognition of the principal players who made this project a reality.
Wed., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Vahlkamp Theatre
President’s Sustainability Convo, Renewable Energy in Kentucky and Beyond: Matthew Partymiller is the general manager of Solar Energy Solutions (SES), the company that installed solar panels on the roof of Chowan this past summer. Partymiller has led the company in the design and installation of more than 300 projects, including installations of photovoltaic, solar-thermal, and wind-renewable energy. In this talk, Partymiller will discuss some of the challenges of renewable energy, from the technological to the political, and how Centre’s solar response to carbon emissions is part of a larger pattern here in Kentucky and around the world.
Thurs., Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center Patio
Farm-to-Table Banquet: The Farm-to-Table Banquet debuted at the College in spring 2015, and has since become a well-loved campus tradition. Fifty students will be able to enjoy a sustainably sourced dinner on the patio of the campus center thanks to Centre Environmental Association (CEA) and Sodexo. CEA will send a sign-up email to students, and this event fills up fast.
Fri., Oct. 27, 9 p.m.-midnight
Hella-Green Halloween: CEA partners with CC After Dark for this “green” event. There will be a raffle, where attendees can bring in a canned food item for a ticket, crafts made from recycled goods, games, and plants to adopt. In addition, Sodexo will supply free local sustainable food.
Sat., Oct. 28, 10 a.m., Young Hall
Birding Walk: Join Centre’s new Birding Club, along with Dr. Lubbers, Dr. Galatowitsch and Dr. Godlaski, for a birding walk at Tom Dorman State Nature Preserve. Transportation will be provided. Interested hikers should meet behind Young Hall at 10 a.m., returning between noon and 1 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Convo: Healing the Planet One Plate at a Time: Joel Salatin, author, farmer, environmentalist, and author of nine books, will address the link between what we eat and the landscape legacy we bequeath to our children.
Fri., Nov. 10, 6:30
ARTivism and Green Theater: Environmental studies senior seminar students and the Drama Club pair up to present ARTivism and Green Theater. ARTivism features students showcasing artwork, poetry, dance and dramatic pieces created in the name of environmentalism and civil rights. For Green Theater, Drama Club students will present productions of familiar stories that have been slightly altered, including “The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs” and “Little Green Riding Hood,” using trash for costumes and props.
Sat., Nov. 11, Noon – 2 p.m.
STAND Service Event: STAND: The Student Service Initiative hosts a service event at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge. Participants will help with invasive species removal and restoration work. Transportation will be provided leaving from the JVAC at 11:40 a.m.
by Cindy Long
October 13, 2017