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Centre celebrates sustainability during Green Week+


April 11, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger       
Green Week+

As Earth Day approaches on Monday, April 22, Centre College prepares to celebrate it with a bevy of events as part of Green Week+ 2013.

This year’s Green Week+ will allow students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss and learn about sustainable efforts both on campus and on a larger scale.

“We’ve had spring events for several years, but the last three years things have grown to a full green ‘week,’” says Preston Miles, John C. Walkup Professor of Chemistry. “This year we have 13 events over ten days. To my mind, this indicates an increase in the number of people on campus with interests in environmental concerns and an increased focus by the College on sustainability issues. There’s a convocation by a national leader in sustainability at colleges and universities, a service event, several educational opportunities, GreenSpeak—the poetry reading—and some fun activities. I’m sure everyone can find a time and topic of interest.”

Among scheduled events is a screening of “The Island President” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in the Ewen Room of the Campus Center. The 2011 documentary chronicles the efforts of Mohamed Nasheed, then the president of the Maldives, to confront climate change. At the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, the documentary won the Cadillac People’s Choice Documentary Award.

During Centre’s annual Carnival on Friday, April 19, a “trash theatre” booth will be featured starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Festival Lawn. Students will use recycled materials to perform short works of theatre.

A contingency of members of the Centre community will also lead a service activity at the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, April 20. At the refuge, participants will work to clean up walking trails as well as clear away invasive species and trash. Those who wish to attend should meet at 11:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Campus Center to carpool to the wildlife refuge.

Also on April 20, students will lead “green” trivia games during the lunch and dinner hours at Cowan Dining Commons.

All are welcome to participate in a nature hike at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill on Sunday, April 21. Transportation will be provided. Those who would like to attend should meet at 2 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Campus Center.

On Monday, April 22, the Centre community can learn about sustainability efforts through educational slideshows to be shown during the lunch and dinner hours at Cowan.

Mitchell Thomashow, director of the Second Nature Presidential Fellows Program, will give a lecture on “Nine Elements of a Sustainable Culture” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 in the Vahlkamp Theatre. Second Nature is the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), of which Centre is a signatory.

Thomashow, a leading environmentalist thinker, is the former president of Unity College, and has previously been chair of the doctoral environmental studies program at Antioch University. He is a co-founder of “Whole Terrain: the Journal of Reflective Environmental Practice.”

Check back next week for more Green Week+ events. Also, keep an eye on the Centre website in the weeks to come for a nod to all things green.

For a full list of Green Week+ events, click here.



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