Earth Week 2010

As spring returns to Chapel Hill, Earth Day becomes a week-long celebration at UNC!  This year's Earth Week events include local food tastings, a clean energy conference, garden workshops, and much much more.  Whether you are a student or a member of the local community, we invite you to celebrate with us!

Click here to download and print the UNC Earth Week 2010 flier!

 

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All Week

Exhibit - Ice Counterpoint: Encounters in Antarctica and the Arctic
A multimedia artistic collaboration, Ice Counterpoint views the Earth’s Polar Regions through the artistic collaboration of music, art, environmental soundscapes, and photography. The photography, recordings, and video of Antarctica and the High Arctic, taken in 2006 and 2009 by Brooks de Wetter-Smith, are presented along with the polar art of Nerys Levy. Ice Counterpoint is inspired by the extreme conditions, flora and fauna of both regions. Central to this exhibit is intergenerational attention on the importance of preserving the natural environment of those regions, as a part of our struggle to mitigate some of the causes and consequences of world-wide climate change.
Sponsor/Host: Office of International Affairs
Times: 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM 
Location: FedEx Global Education Center Galleries
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Laura Griest, lauragriest@unc.edu
Event website: http://www.global.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1171&Itemid=94
 

Exhibit - Noble Trees, Traveled Paths: The Carolina Landscape Since 1793
UNC’s trees are the subject of a new exhibit in Wilson Library that guides visitors across campus and back through time. The exhibit presents photographs, drawings, and publications that document campus trees and landscapes from the University’s earliest days through the present. Historic drawings and photographs document the development of campus during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, along with the sometimes contentious efforts to preserve trees during campus expansions of the last fifty years. The exhibit notes the work of the 2005 Task Force on Landscape Heritage and Plant Diversity and the ongoing efforts of UNC’s Grounds Services Department.
Sponsor/Host: University Libraries
Times: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays
Location: North Carolina Collection Gallery, Wilson Library
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Linda Jacobson, ljacobso@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/news/index.php/2010/03/trees/

 

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Saturday, April 17

Language of the Birds:  A Celebration of Bird Behaviors & Songs
Help celebrate Earth Week and National Wildlife Week. Bring your friends and come join us at Mason Farm Biological Preserve for a celebration of springtime bird behaviors and songs.   Listen for the territorial drumming calls of the woodpeckers, the sweet songs of the cardinals, and the companion calls of the towhees.  Learn the five voices of the birds and what they can tell you about what is happening in the landscape at large. You may be surprised to learn about how much the songbirds have to say! We will explore some of the most common birdsongs and calls so that you can go birding by ear in your own backyard and we will interpret the calls that we hear. Come join us for an adventure in sound. This program is co-sponsored by the Piedmont Wildlife Center.  In case of rain, class will be held at the NCBG Education Center, Growing Classroom.
Sponsor/Host: NC Botanical Garden
Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: NC Botanical Garden
Fee:  Register by the Wednesday prior to the weekend. Call (919) 489-0900. Members of Piedmont Wildlife Center/NC Botanical Garden: $10 for first family member, $5 for each additional.  Non- Members: $15 for first family member, $10 for each additional.
Event Contact and email: Nancy Easterling, easterli@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org/

 

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Monday, April 19

Bike to Kenan-Flagler, a featured event of inaugural GreenWeek
Bike to Kenan-Flagler Day is the kick-off event for our inaugural GreenWeek. This is a chance for Kenan-Flagler faculty, staff and students to contribute to the sustainability initiatives of our larger community. Designed as a fun, inspirational and participatory event, the goal is to drive higher rates of bike commuters.
Sponsor/Host: The Clean Machine and Kenan-Flagler Business School
Times: Free tune-ups in Latane Plaza, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Location: Latane Plaza, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Fee: None
Event Contact and email: Sheila Dawes, Sheila_dawes@unc.edu
Event website: N/A

Survey: What’s Important To Me?
Vote for your favorite sustainable practice in Rams Head and Lenoir Mainstreet.
Sponsor/Host: Carolina Dining Services
Times: All day
Location: Rams Head Dining Hall and Lenoir Mainstreet
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: RJ LaPorte, RFLAPORTE@aux-services.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.dining.unc.edu/

“Farm to Fork” – Local Food Celebration with Speakers and Tastings!
The UNC Sustainability Office invites you to join us for celebration of the local food movement on Monday, April 19.  The “Farm to Fork” event will begin at 5:30 PM in Gerrard Hall on the UNC campus, and feature guest speakers Alice Ammerman (Director of UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention), John O’Sullivan (Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems), Noah Ranells (Agricultural Economic Development Coordinator for Orange County), and Scott Myers (Director of Carolina Dining Services).  Local food tastings will be provided by the Lantern Restaurant, Green Planet Catering, Carolina Crossroads Restaurant, Vimala's Curry Blossom Café, Carolina Dining Services, Neal’s Deli, and others.  “Food to Fork” is free and open to the public.  To learn more, visit us online at sustainability.unc.edu.
Sponsor/Host: UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Gerrard Hall
Fee: Free to the public
Event Contact and email: Brian Cain, brian.cain@fac.unc.edu
Event website: http://sustainability.unc.edu/

 

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Tuesday, April 20

UNC Kenan-Flagler Global Innovations in Energy Conference
UNC Kenan-Flagler is hosting Global Innovations in Energy: How Business Is Addressing Climate Change, April 20-21, 2010, in Chapel Hill, N.C. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise, the two-day invitation-only conference will bring together 100 business and thought leaders from around the world to share innovations in energy and to stimulate opportunities for collaboration. The conference also will be webcast to a global audience and provide an online forum for dialogue.
Sponsor/Host: Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), OneMBA®, Net Impact Club and Energy Club
Times: April 20, 8am-9pm & April 21, 8am - 9pm
Location: UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Fee: In person attendance - $375, Webcast - FREE
Event Contact and email: Jessica Thomas, jessica_thomas@unc.edu
Event website: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/cse/global-innovations-in-energy.cfm

Used Items Swap
Join Epsilon Eta, UNC's environmental honors fraternity, in celebrating Earth Week with a Used Items Swap Fair!  How it works: bring in items you no longer want or use (clothes, household goods, books, etc.) and in exchange shop among the items others have brought in.  Everyone leaves with something for free!  Additionally, the exchange of goods promotes reuse and recycling of items, thereby reducing consumer waste. Items can be dropped off ahead of time in the pit on Thursday (15th), Friday (16th) or Monday (19th) from 10am to 2pm.  You will receive a ticket that will enable you to shop at the fair on the 20th.
Sponsor/Host: Epsilon Eta
Times: 10am-2pm
Location: Polk Place
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Amanda Saunders  kamandasaunders@gmail.com
Event website: N/A

FLO Farmers Market
Local sustainable food is coming to campus! Farmers from the Carrboro farmer's market and the surrounding area will set up shop in the quad with their fresh spring produce and baked goods. This will be a great chance to get to know local farmers and to learn about our food systems. Just be sure to bring cash or a one card with expense on it!
Sponsor/Host: Fair Local Organic
Times: 11am-1:30pm
Location: Polk Place
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Nina Bryce (nbryce@email.unc.edu)
Event website: N/A

Dim The Lights in Rams Head
Rams Head Dining Hall will dim its lights for lunch to save energy. Stop by to get a free glow stick while you eat.
Sponsor/Host: Carolina Dining Services
Times: Lunch
Location: Rams Head Dining Hall
Fee: $9.35 without dining plan, Free with dining plan
Event Contact and email: RJ LaPorte, RFLAPORTE@aux-services.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.dining.unc.edu/

Dean's Speaker Series - Jim Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Energy 
Dean Jim Dean welcomes Jim Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Duke Energy
Sponsor/Host: Dean's Speaker Series & Center for Sustainable Enterprise
Times: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Koury Auditorium
Fee: None
Event Contact and email: Please RSVP to kfbsrsvp@unc.edu
Event website: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/news/events/index.cfm

Transform the Triangle: Getting on Board with Light Rail
Have you ever wondered what the Triangle could look like in 30 years? Join the Student Environmental Action Committee on Tuesday, April 20th as we explore why Light Rail, the low impact public transit system sweeping the globe, could be the Triangle's best option for a sustainable, connected, and efficient future. Following a short SEAC-produced documentary, panelists--including a representative from TTA--will discuss the feasibility bringing Light Rail to the heart of North Carolina.
Sponsor/Host: Student Environmental Action Committee
Times: 7pm-9pm
Location: Manning 209
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Morgan Edwards (mredw@email.unc.edu)
Event website: N/A

 

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Wednesday, April 21

UNC Kenan-Flagler Global Innovations in Energy Conference
UNC Kenan-Flagler is hosting Global Innovations in Energy: How Business Is Addressing Climate Change, April 20-21, 2010, in Chapel Hill, N.C. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the School’s Center for Sustainable Enterprise, the two-day invitation-only conference will bring together 100 business and thought leaders from around the world to share innovations in energy and to stimulate opportunities for collaboration. The conference also will be webcast to a global audience and provide an online forum for dialogue.
Sponsor/Host: Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), OneMBA®, Net Impact Club and Energy Club
Times: April 20, 8am-9pm & April 21, 8am - 9pm
Location: UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Fee: In person attendance - $375, Webcast - FREE
Event Contact and email: Jessica Thomas, jessica_thomas@unc.edu
Event website: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/cse/global-innovations-in-energy.cfm

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Library Open House
The open house, which is located in the Research Triangle Park (RTP), will feature library demonstrations, a book swap and refreshments. The event will also focus on the latest in information resources, services and their delivery to researchers. The open house and Earth Day Celebration have been held for several years as an opportunity to promote library services and upcoming events to patrons.
Sponsor/Host: EPA Library
Times:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Environmental Protection Agency Research Triangle Park
Fee: None, but an RSVP is required. Contact Tamika Barnes at: barnes.tamika@epa.gov
Event Contact and e-mail: Tamika Barnes, barnes.tamika@epa.gov
Event Web site: http://sils.unc.edu/news/releases/2010/03_EPA.htm

Author Book Talk on How to Make Your Home Green
Deborah Christie will talk about her new book Green House: The Story of a Healthy, Energy-Efficient Home along with a slideshow presentation. Part memoir, part reference work, Green House is the story of a Modernist home designed and constructed to be healthy, energy efficient, barrier free, low maintenance and above all, as functional as it is visually pleasing.
Sponsor/Host: Bull's Head Bookshop
Times:  3:30 PM
Location: Bull’s Head Bookshop in UNC Student Stores
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and e-mail: Kyle McKay, fiveiron@email.unc.edu
Event Web site: http://store107.collegestoreonline.com/ePOS?this_category=310&store=107&listtype=begin&form=shared3%2fgm%2fmain%2ehtml&design=107

Polar Exploration: Captivating Tales of Polar Explorers
Be captivated by the thrilling tales of the first Polar explorers and hear from modern day Polar explorers in this family-friendly event! Also enjoy a live solo flute performance by Brooks de Wetter-Smith with awe-inspiring photography, videography and nature sounds of Antarctica! Reception following.
In conjunction with the exhibit Ice Counterpoint: Encounters in Antarctica and the Arctic.
Sponsor/Host:  Office of International Affairs
Times: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM 
Location: FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium
Fee: Free to the public
Event Contact and email: Laura Griest, lauragriest@unc.edu
Event website: http://www.global.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1393&Itemid=118

Fast Food Nation
Inspired by the best-selling book of the same name, Fast Food Nation examines the social consequences and health costs of our love affair with fast food. Comments before the film from Scott Marlow, Director of the Farm Sustainability Program for RAFI-USA, on "Following the money: How we subsidize the exploitation of our people and our planet, and what to do about it."
Sponsor/Host: The UNC Food Justice Forum
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Wilson Hall Auditorium (Not Wilson Library)
Fee: None
Event Contact and email: Loren Hart, lorenhart25@gmail.com
Event website: www.uncFoodJusticeForum.weebly.com

American Clean Energy Revolution: The effects pending climate and energy legislation will have on our economy, national security, and environment
From 7-7:30, we will hold a brief reception with free food and conversation with policy advocates. We will have some quick action items available that you can do right then and there to have your voice heard regarding on climate and energy issues...as well as some good looking tshirts and other giveaways.
Join us then at 7:30 for an interactive panel to discuss the effects pending climate and energy legislation will have on our economy, national security, and environment.

  • Drew Ball, Director of Government Relations, NC Sierra Club
  • Margaret Hartzell, Global Warming Advocate, Environment NC
  • Andrew Holton, Assistant Counsel, NC Department of State Treasurer, Division of State and Local Government Finance

Sponsor/Host: Institute for the Environment, Environmental Affairs Committee of Student Government
Times: 7-8:30. (Food and action items available from 7-7:30, speaker panel from 7:30-8:30)
Location: Bingham 103
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: sara.rafalson@gmail.com
Event website: https://sites.google.com/site/eac0809/

Weigh the Waste
Carolina Dining Services will be measuring the waste generated during lunch at Rams Head and dinner at Top of Lenoir.
Sponsor/Host: Carolina Dining Services
Times: All day
Location: Rams Head Dining Hall and Top of Lenoir
Fee: Breakfast $7.25, Lunch $9.35, Dinner $9.65, Free with dining plan
Event Contact and email: RJ LaPorte, RFLAPORTE@aux-services.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.dining.unc.edu/

 

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Thursday, April 22 (EARTH DAY!)

Happy bEARTHday Earth Day
Celebrate 40 years of Earth-loving with a special sustainable menu at Rams Head and Top of Lenoir.
Sponsor/Host: Carolina Dining Services
Times: All day
Location: Rams Head Dining Hall and Top of Lenoir
Fee: Breakfast $7.25, Lunch $9.35, Dinner $9.65, Free with dining plan
Event Contact and email: RJ LaPorte, RFLAPORTE@aux-services.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.dining.unc.edu/

Earth Day Fair
Enjoy a day in the quad with environmental groups and departments from all around campus to celebrate Earth Day.
Sponsor/Host: Environmental Affairs Committee
Times: 10am-2pm
Location: Polk Place
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Matt Givens, mbgivens@email.unc.edu
Event website: N/A

Adopt a Bikeway
The NC Institute for Public Health has “adopted” the Libba Cotton Bikeway in Carrboro, beside its main office.  On Earth Day, Institute volunteers will use their lunch hour to pick-up litter.
Sponsor/Host: NC Institute for Public Health, part of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, in  cooperation with the Town of Carrboro
Times: 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: Carrboro near the train tracks (400 Roberson St.)
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Bev Holt, bev_holt@unc.edu
Event website: N/A

"Chinese Brush Painting Workshop: More to Spring - Dogwoods and Daffodils" with Jinxiu (Alice) Zhao, Artist
In this workshop we’ll continue to celebrate spring by using Chinese Brush techniques to paint the dogwood tree in blossom.  We’ll also learn the strokes to make daffodil flowers and their graceful leaves. Materials list will be sent.  No previous experience is required.
Sponsor/Host: NC Botanical Garden
Times: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: NC Botanical Garden
Fee: $35 Public, $30 Members
Event Contact and email: Nancy Easterling, easterli@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.ncbg.unc.edu/

Carolina Trees Lecture, Walking Tour with Michael Dirr
Dr. Michael Dirr, author of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Noble Grove: A Walking Tour of Campus Trees and professor emeritus of horticulture at the University of Georgia, will deliver the 2010 Gladys Hall Coates University History Lecture for the North Carolina Collection.
Sponsor/Host: University Libraries
Times: 3:30 PM, Walking tour (leave from steps of Wilson Library), 5 PM Reception and exhibit viewing, 5:45 PM Program
Location: Wilson Library
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Linda Jacobson, ljacobso@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.lib.unc.edu/blogs/news/index.php/2010/03/trees/

Food Fight Panel
Chris Taylor, the Director of Food Fight, will screen his movie and hold a panel discussion afterwards. Food Fight is a documentary focused on the rise of industrial agriculture in the United States and the beginnings of the sustainable food movement. He will be accompanied on the panel by two to three others including Rob Jones of the Crop Mob.
Sponsor/Host: FLO
Times:  7-9pm
Location: Murphy 116
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Melissa Tinling (mtinling@email.unc.edu)
Event website: N/A

 

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Friday, April 23

I Pledge...
Keep the earth beautiful for the next 40 years by signing the Carolina Dining Services Earth Day pledge in the Pit.
Sponsor/Host: Carolina Dining Services
Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: RJ LaPorte, RFLAPORTE@aux-services.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.dining.unc.edu/

"Rare Plants of North Carolina" with Mike Kunz, NCBG  Conservation Ecologist, and Andy Walker, NCBG Millenium Seed Bank Coordinator
Class meets April 23, 30, May 7, 14. An extensive body of research supports our current understanding of rarity in plants and other organisms. Through discussions, presentations, and readings, we will explore what determines which species are rare. We will also examine some of the theories and methods applied to rare plant conservation. Examples will come mainly from the flora of the southeastern United States.  One class session will be a field trip. No pre-requisites.  Open to anyone.
Sponsor/Host: NC Botanical Garden
Times: 1:00-4:00 PM
Location: Education Center, NC Botanical Garden
Fee: $125 ($110 for members) for 4-week  class
Event Contact and email: Nancy Easterling, easterli@email.unc.edu, 962-0522 to register
Event website: http://www.ncbg.unc.edu/

 

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Saturday, April 24

Free Tours, North Carolina Botanical Garden
Trained tour guides offer tours every Saturday through the spring.
Sponsor/Host:   North Carolina Botanical Garden
Times:   10:00 AM (tour of gardens)  &  1:30 PM  (tour of sustainably designed/built Education Center). 
Location:   North Carolina Botanical Garden
Fee:  None
Event Contact and email:   962-0522 to register;  ncbg@unc.edu
Event website:   http://ncbg.unc.edu/pages/69/ 

Ribbon Cutting for HOPE Gardens
HOPE Gardens, a joint project of the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department and the Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication committee, is a community garden and education center that also serves as a transitional employment program for homeless participants. The garden aims to empower all participants by bringing people together, training adults, and inspiring youth in a safe environment. The Saturday event will introduce the innovative HOPE Gardens model for urban farming and community gardening. The event features workshops from 11 a.m. to noon (sustainable agriculture, food forests, and garden art), speakers (Town of Chapel Hill Council Member Sally Greene and Alice Ammerman of the UNC School of Public Health), fresh food and tours.
Sponsor/Host:   Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department and the Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication committee
Times:   11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location:   2200 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill
Fee:  Free, family friendly, and open to the public
Event Contact and email:   unchope.garden@gmail.com
Event website:   http://www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/index.aspx?page=22&recordid=1703&returnURL=%2findex.aspx%3fpage%3d74 

Worm Worlds: Intro to Vermicomposting (ages 5-10 with parent)
Long thin slimy ones, short fat juicy ones!  In honor of Earth Day, explore the wonderful world of worms and learn how these amazing creatures can recycle your food scraps into garden treasure.  Make your own worm bin to take home.  All supplies included, even the worms!
Sponsor/Host: NC Botanical Garden
Times: 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Location: Education Center, NC Botanical Garden
Fee: $25  per adult+child pair ($20 for members)
Event Contact and email: Nancy Easterling, easterli@email.unc.edu, 962-0522 to register
Event website: http://ncbg.unc.edu/pages/24/#worm_worlds

 

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Sunday, April 25

10th Annual Evelyn  McNeill Sims Lecture - "Forgotten Grasslands:  Envisioning the Presettlement Piedmont"
What were the open, old-growth grassy woodlands of the southeastern Piedmont like when European explorers first arrived?  Through study of historical accounts and travel to natural remnants of those savannas, Philip Juras, artist and landscape architect, gives us a vision.  This lecture opens Juras's exhibit, A Vision of Grasslands in the Southeast-- landscapes in oil.  Reception follows lecture. 
Sponsor/Host: NC Botanical Garden
Times: 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: Reeves Auditorium, NC Botanical Garden
Fee: Free to the Public, Preregistration required, Reception to Follow in the Pegg Exhibit Hall
Event Contact and email: Nancy Easterling, easterli@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.ncbg.unc.edu/

Exhibit - Forgotten Grasslands:  Envisioning the Presettlement Piedmont
The uplands of the southeastern Piedmont have been thoroughly transformed since the arrival of European settlers. Centuries of agriculture, settlement, fire suppression, and reforestation have produced the landscape we know today. Long gone and forgotten is the widespread scene of open, old growth grassy woodlands that early
explorers and settlers encountered centuries ago. Inspired by how different that forgotten landscape was from today’s Piedmont, and by the rich visual and natural environment it offered, Philip examines the ecology and history of these “Piedmont savannas” to create a vision of them in oil on canvas.
Sponsor/Host: NC Botanical Garden
Times: April 25 – June 25
Location: Pegg Exhibit Hall, NC Botanical Garden
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Nancy Easterling, easterli@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.philipjuras.com/2009/200903oaksavanna.htm

 

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