Friday, March 29, 2013

Sustainability Week features film, discussion and student projects

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is committed to responsible stewardship and strives to integrate environmental awareness and sustainability into college operations as well as the educational experience of all students.

As part of this effort, the Pecos campus celebrates Sustainability Week each spring to foster awareness of sustainability; encourage student action in their local and global communities; and inspire students and community members to make choices to live more sustainably.

The week’s events feature guest speakers, student-sponsored awareness events, and student-related projects and are the result of the efforts of the Center for Civic and Global Engagement, Humanitarian and Environmental Action Team (HEAT), and devoted faculty. The following week, HEAT will sponsor the spring Harvest Festival to celebrate the culmination of a successful school year.

Read the event descriptions below for more information. All events are open to the public.

Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home
Tuesday, April 16
3 p.m., IRN 120
Garbage: The Revolution Starts at Home is a feature documentary about how the family household has become one of the most ferocious environmental predators of our time. By the end of this trashy odyssey, you are truly inspired to revolutionize your lifestyle for the sake of future generations.

Dumpster Dive
Wednesday, April 17
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., PAC lawn
This event raises awareness about campus waste and educates students on what constitutes recyclable waste vs. landfill waste.

Showcase at the Pavilion
Wednesday, April 17
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pavilion
The event will showcase student projects including posters on the triple bottom line of sustainability and a speakers corner where student present on their topics.

Thoughts on sustainability and where we go from here
Thursday, April 18
12:40 p.m., CHO 308
Join us for an engaging discussion on the local standard of sustainability and its future. Special guests include Sandy Bahr, director of the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, and Traci Conway, recycle specialist for the City of Chandler.

Earth Day Symposium
Friday, April 19
11:30 a.m. CHO Lecture Hall
Students engaged in experiential learning projects at CGCC’s Environmental Technology Center will present their projects to the general public and faculty, demonstrating and recording the learning that is occurring at the Environmental Technology Center.

The Harvest Festival
Wednesday, April 24
11 a.m., Environmental Technology Center
In addition to exhibiting the food grown in the Environmental Technology Center, the festival will include a presentation on food preservation, vendors from Chandler and Gilbert farmers markets, and a showcase of student artwork in various mediums: ceramics, paint, drawing, photography, spoken word, dance and music. Guests to the festival will have an opportunity to purchase student work, fresh produce and win door prizes as well as experience the breadth of experiential learning taking place on campus.

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