Join in celebrating Earth Day this year around Maucker Union's northwest courtyard. Enjoy educational booths, activities, games, free bike tune ups and more. Look for other EarthWeek events planned for this week as well.
“So Right So Smart” profiles companies on the cutting edge of more sustainable business practices that are proving that being environmentally friendly is both good for the earth and good for business. The primary focus of the film is a behind-the-scenes look at the transformation of Interface Inc., a global carpet manufacturer led by Ray Anderson, one of the early pioneers of green business practices.
Winona LaDuke, American Indian activist, environmentalist, economist and writer will be the keynote speaker for the second day of the Sustainability Dialogue and Action conference. She ran for vice president in 1996 and 2000 as the nominee of the Green Party of the United States, on a ticket headed by Ralph Nader. She is currently the executive director of both Honor the Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project, which she founded at White Earth Reservation in 1989. There will be a panel discussion featuring the three keynote speakers, topical sharing sessions and a campus sustainability tour.
Majora Carter will be the keynote speaker for the Sustainability Dialogue and Action Conference. Carter is an urban revitalization strategist and public radio host from the South Bronx area of New York City. She founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx. Since 2008, her consulting company, MCG has exported climate adaptation, urban revitalization and leadership development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities and economically under-performing communities.
Join the dialogue and action to envision a sustainable world and the transformation needed to create it. Students, community, faculty and staff are invited to attend and contribute your voice to a shared vision of a sustainable future.
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the inaugural Earth Week Photo Contest reception. Ben Hoksch will present photos from his recent kayak travels on the Mississippi River. The top 20 finalists' photos will be displayed and the top three cash prize winners will be announced at the completion of the event. Appetizers will be served.
"Reinventing the World" is a series for all those who want to know the good news about how we can reinvent the world to make it work better for all of us. This three-part series of documentaries with host Des Kennedy looks at some of the biggest challenges facing us today - work and time, food, and urban sustainability - and how innovative thinkers and doers from the famous to the obscure, from Berkeley to Sao Paolo, Brazil, are coming up with some of the ways of getting there from here.
Michael A. Levi is the David M. Rubenstein senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations. The author of the book On Nuclear Terrorism, he has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, WIRED, Foreign Affairs, the New Republic, Slate and other publications. He is a frequent adviser to government and business and a regular guest on major television and radio. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this live discussion via conference call. Those attending will also be able to ask questions following the presentation.
"Build Green" shows how, by taking advantage of the sun, wind, rain, dirt, straw and waste, homeowners and developers can reduce their personal contribution to climate change by building structures that are healthier for the occupants, economical to run and even fun to live in.
The film "The Blue Nuns Go Green" is presented by the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center. Several years ago, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters' home earned a reputation as a national model of sustainable living. Since then the Sisters have developed an array of multimedia educational resources that include DVDs, books, a children's storybook, a quarterly bulletin and prayer cards on sustainability and the spirituality of sustainability. This film tells the story of the transformational spirituality that led the IHM Sisters to sustainably renovate their 376,000-square-foot Motherhouse.