Earth Week 2013 Schedule
We will continue to add events, so please check back next week!
Saturday, April 13th
- Penn State Shenango's 2013 Earth Fest
Adults and children of all ages are invited to join the fun as Penn State Shenango holds Earth Fest 2013 from noon until 5 p.m.in downtown Sharon, Pennsylvania. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include live music and entertainment, children's acitivities, the Farm Bureau Mobile Agricultural Science Lab, an artists' market, Penn State Berkey Ice Cream, green informaiton from local organizations and businesses, a recycling event, eco-friendly cars from montrose Auto Group and Mel Grata Scion, and more. Food will be available to purchase. For more information, vist http://www.shenango.psu.edu/33711.htm
Monday, April 15th
- Treasure that Dirt!
A Composting Conference, sponsored by the Sustainability Institute, in conjunction with the Penn State New Kensington Green Team, is scheduled for Monday, April 15. Presenters Ann Quinn from Penn State Erie, Kim Berry from Penn State Berks, and Jeremy Bean from the Sustainability Institute will be at the event to share best practices and detail their experiences in getting started with and maintaining composting at their campuses. Penn State New Kensington undergraduate biology students will also be there to share the results of their research project on small-scale composting. Green Teams consist of campus faculty, staff and students volunteering to take specific actions to help their organization operate in a more efficient, innovative and healthy way. These teams are committed to reducing waste and exploring ways to uses resources responsibly. The conference, in the Penn State New Kensington Art Gallery, starts at 9:30 am and runs until 3:00 pm. Lunch and an open discussion session are also on the schedule. The conference is free and open to the public but does require registration. Go to http://tinyurl.com/psnkcompost by April 10. For more information, contact Ruth Herstek at firstname.lastname@example.org, Amy Rustic at email@example.com or visit www.nk.psu.edu/sustainability online.
Thursday, April 18th
- Six Sigma for Sustainability Showcase
Noon - 4:30 p.m.; Leonhard Building Lobby
Consumers, shareholders, and regulators are all increasingly aware of sustainability and corporate responsibility in establishing a sustainable enterprise. This showcase will feature students’ posters that explore how Green Lean Six Sigma (GLSS) – which combines the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) methodology with “green business” principles.
- Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle, Eco-Entrepreneur, upcycler and author
Thursday, April 18th, the Smeal College of Business and the Penn State's Sustainability Institute are sponsoring a talk by Tom Szaky, author of Revolution in a Bottle: How TerraCycle is Redefining Green Business at 105 Forum building at 6:00 pm. Szaky was a freshman at Princeton when he first got the idea of a “worm gin” and started packing and selling the fertilizer to local gardening centers. Now, his company TerraCycle, is creating recycling systems for previously non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle items such candy wrappers and drink pouches that would otherwise end up in a landfill. These items are now used in making messenger bags and packaging available at major retailers such as Target and Whole Foods. TerraCycle offers a national program, Brigades that collects the items from offices and workplaces. At Penn State, eight Green Teams have Brigades varying from personal care products, to yogurt cups and candy wrappers and are turning waste into charitable donations.
Friday April 19th
(Penn State university park's Earth Day celebration!)
- An Earth Day Expowill be held at Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center on Friday, April 19th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Student organizations and university offices will exhibit their sustainability efforts. Outside the HUB, games using recycled materials will be open to the public. “Penn State's Earth Week celebrations highlight how our students, faculty and staff are working together to make our community a better place to work and live. The energy and passion is infectious and I always come away from the Friday Expo with new ideas for improving how I can use resources more wisely and improve my quality of life. I hope we can share this energy with others,” said Lydia Vandenbergh of Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, who has been helping students organize the event.
- At 2:15pm, the Student Sustainability Advisory Council will hold their Sustainability Leadership Tree Award to recognize leaders in sustainability (as defined by the Penn State Sustainability Strategic Plan) in the Penn State and State College Community. The award occurs annually and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. This year, the ceremony will be held at the Morning Star home on the grounds of the Sustainability Experience Center located on Porter Road south of Medlar Field. Please come and join us.
Saturday April 20th
- Spring Watershed Cleanup
Help eliminate illegal waste plaguing Centre County's watershed.
Visit the Clear Water Conservancy website for more info, or contact Nick Schipanski at (814) 237-0400 to volunteer.
- Shaver's Creek's Earth Day Clean-Up
11:00am- 4:00pm Bring your skills and talents to Shaver’s Creek! Celebrate Earth Day this year at your local nature center. We need your help to upgrade the trails, paint the buildings, and tackle invasive species. You can volunteer for a full day or a half day of stewardship projects. Bring closed-toed shoes, work clothes, and bring a friend. We have projects for all ability levels and the work party will be on, rain or shine. We’ll provide pizza and a special bird of prey show, brought to you by the generous support of our members. If you have a special skill in carpentry or painting, let us know, and we will put your talents to use. Email Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Monday April 22nd (National Earth Day)
- The SSAC Sustainability Leadership Tree Award Ceremony will take place at 2:15 p.m. at the Sustainability Experience Center off of Porter Road on Penn State's University Park Campus. The Award is to recognize leaders in sustainability (as defined by the Penn State Sustainability Strategic Plan) in the Penn State/State College Community. The award occurs annually and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
- Christopher Joyce, science-writer from National Public Radio will present his talk "Scientists and Journalists: Codependents in the Age of Disappearing Media" at 4pm at the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
- Majora Carter: "Home(town) Security"
The 9th Annual Colloquium on the Environment Speaker Series will feature the presenatation “Home(town) Security” by Majora Carter, an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategist. Carter is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training systems. Her talk will focus on new challenges and opportunities for wilderness conservation, traditional markets, and public health evolving every day. Her theory starts by looking inward at how we strengthen the fabric of all our communities, and where we can grow from there. The lecture will be held on April 22, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building. A reception will be held immediately following her lecture on the Willaman Gateway, the bridge spanning the pedestrian mall section of Shortlidge Road on campus. Event is free and open to the public. The Colloquium is sponsored by the University’s Finance and Business Stewardship and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment.
- Tapped (free film screening)
HealthWorks will present Tapped (free film screening) at 7:00 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium. Film addresses questions such as: How did the water in your bottled water get there? Could bottled water actually be unsafe to drink? Get these questions and more answered by joining us for Tapped, a behind-the-scenes look at the bottled water industry and how it affects health, the environment, and communities. View the trailer.