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Department of Sustainability



Earth Month 2014

April 1 Drumming Out the Fossil Fools - Drum Circle
Pedestrian Mall Lawn, 11:30 am - 2 pm

Join this drum circle to kick off Earth Month at ETSU! Students from the ETSU Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) will host the event to raise awareness about the harmful impacts of fossil fuel use and the growing need to switch to more sustainable sources of energy. BYOD (Bring your own drum)! Other acoustic instruments are also welcome.

April 1 Boone Watershed Partnership Photography Contest Opening Reception
ETSU and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center, 6-8 pm

Come and view the beautiful photos submitted to the Boone Watershed Partnership's photography contest! All photos depict Boone Lake or its tributaries. This opening reception will be held to display all submitted photos, including the winners of the contest. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

April 3 ETSU Farmers Market Reopening
Parking lot 35, 10 am - 2 pm

Spring is here, and so is the Farmers Market! If you have been craving fresh produce and homemade baked goods all winter, now is the time to indulge! The ETSU Farmers Market will operate on Thursdays beginning on April 3rd and will run until May 1st. The market will offer a wide selection of locally grown produce and locally prepared foods.

Don't forget to stop by the ETSU EcoNuts' Trading Post booth and the ETSU Environmental Conservation Organization's (ECO) booth at the Farmers Market! Bring any items in good condition and see if you want to make a trade for something else. ECO will also provide a variety of other fun activities at their booth!

April 3 Outdoor Adventures: Lone Oak Sunset Hike
4-7 pm, More info: Call Campus Recreation (439-7980)

Close to campus up and back hike. This is a great way to get some exercise, meet some new friends and enjoy the evening twilight from the mountainside. This event is FREE. Register before Thursday, April 3rd at 4 pm at the Basler Center Member Services Desk. http://tehcc.org/wiki/Lone_Oak_Trail

April 3,10,17, & 24 Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) Weekly Meeting
University Woods Pavilion (by the trailhead at parking lot 13), 5 pm Rain location: Burleson Hall - 3rd floor

The ETSU Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) is the university's student-led environmental group. Their weekly meetings take place on Thursdays at 5 pm. Come by the University Woods Pavilion, enjoy the outdoors and pleasant spring weather, and hear what ECO is doing to address environmental and sustainability issues on campus.

April 4 ECO Tie Dye Workshop
Pedestrian Mall Lawn, 2-4 pm

Get your tie dye on! Create your own unique ETSU Earth Month t-shirt. T-shirts with the Earth Month logo and tie dye materials will be provided for the workshop. Students from the ETSU Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) will demonstrate how to create good quality tie dye shirts. Bring some friends and have some fun at this special event!

April 4 TEHA Mobile Herb Garden Replanting
Area between Lamb Hall and Hutcheson Hall, 4 pm

Last year, the Tennessee Environmental Health Association (TEHA) student group on campus constructed a mobile herb garden outside Hutcheson Hall. They will replant the herb garden on April 6th and would like to invite any other interested students to participate.

April 5 Outdoor Adventures: Margarette Falls - Day Hike
10 am - 4 pm, More info: Call Campus Recreation at 439-7980

Margarette Falls with its picturesque fan-shaped, 60-foot drop is one of the most popular waterfall trails in the area. Reserve your spot on the trip with Campus Recreation's Outdoor Adventures program. There is a $10 fee for the hike. http://alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/margarette-falls-trail

April 5 360 for 350 - Hoopin' for Change at the Bucstock Music & Arts
Campus wide, 10 am - 10 pm

Come by the ETSU EcoNuts and ETSU Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) booths at the Bucstock Music & Arts Festival. These groups will host some fun activities while providing info on a variety of environmental/sustainability issues and actions.

The ETSU EcoNuts will be taking donations for their group and for 350.org, an organization that is working to build a global climate movement through online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions. 350 refers to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere - this is the amount that scientists have determined to be a safe level for the climate. We have surpassed 350 and are now around 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. 350.org encourages individuals and groups to take action to help reduce carbon emissions

Those that make donations will receive materials to construct a high-quality hula hoop, and the EcoNuts will instruct participants on how to make them. They will also provide materials to make recycled magazine paper beads and bracelets.

April 5, 12, 19, & 26 ETSU Community Garden Work Days
ETSU Community Garden (above parking lot 40 near Buc Ridge), 10 am - noon

Do you enjoy being outside...and do you love food? The ETSU Community Garden Work Days are open to all faculty, staff, and students who want to learn more about the gardening process (and also to expert gardeners who would like to share their skills with others!). Community Garden managers will be present to guide participants through various tasks that need to be completed at the garden.

April 6-12 University Woods Appreciation Week
Locations and times listed below

The Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) will hold University Woods Appreciation Week. Participate in a variety of University Woods activities to show your support for the preservation of this beautiful green space.

April 7th:

A student from the Biology Department will lead a nature walk through University Woods at noon. Meet at the outdoor pavilion (by the trailhead at parking lot 13).

April 8th:

ECO will provide information about University Woods and ways to get involved in the effort for preservation. Come by their table at the Pedestrian Mall between 11:30 am to 2 pm. In the event of rain, they will be located on the Cave Patio.

April 9th:

In conjunction with Campus Beautification Day, a service day will be held in the woods. Projects will include trail maintenance and litter pick-up. Email serve@etsu.edu to sign up for this event. Meet at the University Quad at 1:30 pm.

April 8 Giving Character to the Landscape: An Environmental History of the American Chestnut - A talk by environmental historian Don Davis
Ball Hall Auditorium, 7 pm

The American Chestnut, Castanea dentata, once dominated Southern Appalachian cove hardwood forests, comprising as much as one quarter of the trees in many mature stands. The species was prized as a food and timber source, and appreciated for its beauty and ecological role. Yet in the 20th century, a blight killed most of the mature trees. Now, after decades of crossbreeding efforts, a version of the species may be poised for a revival. Don Davis will present on the tree's history and cultural significance in the Southern Appalachians--past, present, and future.

Davis is author of Where There Are Mountains: An Environmental History of Southern Appalachia (U of Georgia Press, 2003), and of numerous other books and articles. Formerly of Dalton State University, in Georgia, he is now an independent scholar and author based in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Department of Appalachian Studies, the Environmental Studies minor, and ECO (Environmental Conservation Organization), ETSU's environmental student group. For information, contact Kevin O'Donnell, odonnell@etsu.edu.

April 9 Campus Beautification Day
1:30 - 3:30 pm, Email serve@etsu.edu for more info and to sign up

ETSU's annual beautification day will once again help to make our campus beautiful. Join in the effort to plant flowers and participate in litter pick-up. If you would like to be involved, email serve@etsu.edu to sign up. The event will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

April 9 Outdoor Adventures: Social Bike Ride
Meet at the Basler Center for Physical Activity equipment room, 4 pm

Biking for everyone! The purpose of this ride is to explore town by bike with others. Increase your network of friends and build confidence in bicycle commuting. We are not mountain bikers or road racers, just average people trying to get around on a bike! Free rental bikes are available for this event. Come early if your bike needs mechanical attention. This event is FREE and will take place from 4 to 6 pm. Call Campus Recreation at 439-7980 for more info.

April 10 Grow Appalachia: Food Security in Central Appalachia One Family at a Time - A talk by David Cooke
D.P. Culp Center, 3rd floor - Forum Room, 7 pm

Grow Appalachia assists families in counties within Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and Tennessee with growing as much of their own food as possible. This project aims to address food insecurity in our region and partners with communities to provide people with the skills and resources to access healthy, fresh, no- or low-cost food. To accomplish their goals, Grow Appalachia coordinators make gardening grants available to communities and provide educational opportunities in the areas of garden planning, planting and maintenance, heart-healthy cooking and up-to-date food processing and preservation techniques. They also donate a portion of the harvest at each partner site to a local food bank or others who cannot garden for themselves.

David Cooke, Director of the Grow Appalachia project, is a West Virginia native, a lifelong gardener, and formerly the program coordinator of the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good Program at Berea College. He will speak on the efforts of Grow Appalachia and provide insight into the success of the project.

April 11 TN Wild & TN Wilderness Act Lecture - A talk by Scotty Bowman
Lamb Hall Room 132, 3 pm

The Tennessee Environmental Health Association (TEHA) student group on campus will host this informative talk on TN Wild, a coalition of organizations seeking wilderness designation for parts of the Cherokee National Forest. Scotty Bowman will also discuss the Tennessee Wilderness Act.

April 12 Brush Creek Clean-Up
9 am - noon, Email serve@etsu.edu for more info and to sign up

Many organizations at ETSU and in the community are making great efforts to clean Brush Creek. The ETSU Sustainability Department, Volunteer ETSU, and the Boone Watershed Partnership are involved in this ongoing effort.

Join us for a Brush Creek Clean-Up from 9 am to noon on April 12! Email serve@etsu.edu to sign up for this event.

April 12 Outdoor Adventures: Traffic Skills 101
8:30 am - 5 pm, More info: Call Campus Recreation at 439-7980

Traffic Skills 101 (TS101) is a fast-paced class that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. It will be held at the Sherrill Center on the UNCA Campus in Asheville, NC. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, fix a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. There is a $20 registration fee for the course. Transportation and bicycle provided for free.

April 14 Outdoor Movie: Disney's Earth
ETSU Amphitheatre, 8 pm

This nature documentary takes viewers on a journey from the North Pole in January to the South in December and reveals how plants and animals respond to the power of the sun and the changing seasons. The film focuses on the movements of three particular species - the polar bear, the African bush elephant, and the humpback whale, and it highlights the threats to their survival in the face of rapid environmental change. Kids are welcome to attend! The film is free and open to the public.

April 16 Earth Month Block Party
Picnic area outside Carter Hall, 2:30-5 pm

Members of the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) will host this exciting block party filled with a variety of fun activities, food, and information about their group and their current initiatives on and off campus. If you want to find out how to become more involved in environmental efforts, or if you just want to chill out and celebrate Earth Month, you are welcome to hang out at the party!

April 17 Buctainment's Eco-Hunt
Campus wide, Begins at 10 am

Buctainment invites all campus explorers, treasure hunters, and riddle solvers on an eco-friendly adventure! Clues will be posted throughout the day on Buctainment's Facebook page leading eco-hunters to various campus locations--some you may have never known existed! Prizes will be awarded to the individuals who find each item.

April 17 Outdoor Adventures: Sill Branch Falls Hike
4-7 pm, More info: Call Campus Recreation (439-7980)

This short walk terminates at the base of a 20 foot waterfall. Best viewing times are spring and fall, as there is generally more water flowing over the falls. You must register before 4 pm on April 17 at the Basler Center Member Services Desk. http://alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/clark-creek-trail

April 17 Film: Water Blues: Green Solutions
D.P. Culp Center, 3rd floor - Forum Room, 7 pm

This documentary tells the stories of communities in Philadelphia, Portland, San Antonio, and Bronx New York and highlights what they are doing to solve water problems in their area. The film presents a wide variety of issues associated with the global water crisis - record-breaking droughts, devastating floods, and polluted water systems - and describes how these issues have moved ordinary citizens, governments, and communities at large to look into sustainable solutions. It is free and open to the public.

April 22 ETSU Earth Day Festival
Borchuck Plaza (Rain location: Cave Patio), 10 am - 2 pm

It's that time again! Environmental groups from the campus community will come together on Earth Day to share their knowledge and experiences regarding environmental/sustainability issues in our area. The Earth Day celebration will include a variety of fun activities and music!

Winners of several contests will be announced at the festival. The ETSU Sustainability Department will announce the residence hall winners and individual student winners of the Green Cup Competition. The Tennessee Environmental Health Association (TEHA) student group on campus will announce the winners of the TEHA reuse competition at 1:10 pm, and the ETSU Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) will conduct a prize drawing from the pool of students who have attended various Earth Month events (tickets for the drawing will be distributed at ECO and Sustainability Dept. events). Bring all tickets to the ECO booths throughout Earth Month or at the ETSU Earth Day festival!

April 22 Campus Blackout
Campus wide, ALL DAY

It's Earth Day, and the best way to celebrate is to lessen our impact on the old planet, even if it's just for a short while. Lighting is the largest energy user in buildings, often accounting for as much as 35% of energy use. Not only does the simple act of turning off the lights greatly reduce energy use and consumption costs, but it can also lead to a more healthy classroom and office environment as natural lighting has been linked to improved mood and overall health of occupants. Cutting off the lights is also an easy way to reduce fossil fuel use; coal and natural gas extraction and consumption are extremely detrimental to environmental and human health. Even hydroelectric power has major consequences as dams alter river ecosystems, displace people living near the site, and contribute to global warming as built-up plant matter decays and releases methane behind the dam.

Think twice before you flip on the lights today! Unless they are absolutely necessary for your task, keep them off and participate in the Campus Blackout!

April 22 TEHA Reuse Competition
Email zjls97@goldmail.etsu.edu for more info

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the Tennessee Environmental Health Association's (TEHA) Reuse Competition! Submitted projects should demonstrate the reuse of items in a fun and creative way. All projects must be completed by April 22nd and dropped off at the Earth Day Festival on Borchuck Plaza between 9:30-10 am. In the event of rain, please drop your project off at the Cave Patio, which will serve as the rain location for the festival. The projects will be displayed throughout the Earth Day Festival and will be judged by TEHA between 12:30 and 1 pm. Winners will be announced at 1:10 pm.

April 23 Regional Industries and Their Environmental Impact - A talk by activist Park Overall
D.P. Culp Center, 3rd floor - Forum Room, 6 pm

Park Overall is an American film and television actress and an environmental and women's rights activist. Overall has appeared in a number of feature films, including Biloxi Blues, Mississippi Burning, Beer for My Horses, and In the Family. Her best-known role was as nurse Laverne Higby Todd Kane in the long-running sitcom Empty Nest.

For many years, Overall has advocated for environmental and social justice in her native East Tennessee. She has been actively involved in requests for local industries to ensure that their practices maintain a minimal impact on human and environmental health. She will discuss her activism in this area in her talk on April 23rd.

This event is cosponsored by the ETSU Department of Sustainability and the ETSU Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO).

April 24 Outdoor Adventures: ETSU Bike Parade
Meet at the Basler Center for Physical Activity equipment room, 4 pm

Ride in the ETSU Bike Parade to show your support for alternative transportation! Grab some reused materials, decorate your bike to perfection, and make some catchy signage ("Hooray for bikes and feet! Keeping carbon off the streets!"). Free rental bikes are available for this event. Come early if your bike needs mechanical attention. This event is FREE and will take place from 4 to 6 pm. Call Campus Recreation at 439-7980 for more info.

April 25 Ecofeminism Panel Discussion
D.P. Culp Center - Meeting Room 6, 2 pm

Join us for this enlightening panel discussion on ecofeminism! Learn more about what ecofeminism is, what issues surround it, and how to get involved. Some of the panel members include Dr. Leroy-Frazier, Veronica Limeberry, Randi Owenby, and Chloe Conner, among others. This event is sponsored by the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) and ETSU Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO) student groups.

April 29 Brightening the 21st Century - A talk by "Solar Nun" Sister Paula Gonzalez
D.P. Culp Center - Meeting Room 6, 7 pm

Sister Paula Gonzalez, Ph.D., cofounded Ohio Interfaith Power and Light in 2007. Sister Paula earned her doctorate in biology at the Catholic University in Washington, DC, and was a biology professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 21 years. She entered the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1954.

Since 1972, Sister Paula has been freelancing as an environmentalist and futurist, working for more than three decades to promote sustainable living. She has given over 1800 presentations; developed audiotape courses in Earth-healing; and has written several articles and books chapters on eco-spirituality, conservation, and renewable energy.

Sister Paula founded EarthConnection, an environmental learning center where tours, internships, and environmental educational programs have been conducted. Located on the grounds of her congregation's motherhouse, the EarthConnection Center was completed in 1995 and continues to showcase various renewable-energy technologies including daylighting, passive and active solar thermal, grid-tied photovoltaic, and geo-exchange energy systems.

Sister Paula will speak on a variety of topics related to sustainable living.

This event is cosponsored by the ETSU Sustainability Department and the Green Interfaith Network Incorporated (GINI).