Earth Week 2011

Earth Week is just around the corner, kicking off next Monday with a whole week of environmentally-minded celebration. Take a look at the calendar of events:

Monday, April 18

Sustainability Art Exhibit. Newcomb Student Activities Center, 4:30 - 6:30pm. Come to the newly renovated SAC to view what happens when sustainability and creativity mix -- there will be art with a sustainability theme, art made out of discarded materials (see: a Van Gogh Starry Nights replica made out of bottle caps!), and art on virtual media (see: UVa's award-winning RecycleMania video). Refreshments will be served, and attendees will also have the opportunity to enter into the UVa Dining Farm to Fork Luncheon raffle (see below for more details). Winners will be notified on Tuesday, April 19.

Tuesday, April 19

Student Sustainability Project Competition. Rotunda Dome Room, 1:30 - 3:30pm. The President's Committee on Sustainability is sponsoring the third annual U.Va. Student Sustainability Project Competition, an event designed to showcase student-proposed and student-led efforts to achieve a sustainable future. Posters have been selected for the 2011 Project Competition. All may view this year's entries and students may vote for the Student's Choice Award recipient. Three award categories are available: Best Overall Project, Best New Idea, and the Students' Choice Award. The Students' Choice Award, sponsored by the Student Council Environmental Sustainability Committee, will be awarded to the project that receives the most student votes through the online poll.

Global Sustainability Minor Information Session. Rotunda Dome Room, 3:30 - 4pm. Stick around after the poster session to have all your burning questions about the new Sustainability Minor answered.

Wednesday, April 20

Green Career Fair. Clark Hall Mural Room, 11am - 2pm. This fair, sponsored by the Green Grounds Group, offers students an opportunity to learn about sustainable internship, volunteer and career opportunities.

StudCo Environmental Sustainability Committee Green Reception. Garden V, 4 - 6pm. Get the chance to mingle with students, staff and faculty and chat about sustainability at UVa and beyond, while enjoying local refreshments from Hamdingers and UVa Dining.

Thursday, April 21

UVa Eco-Fair. UVa Amphitheater, 11am - 2pm. Approximately 45 vendors will share information on sustainable projects, groups, products, and more from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You don't want to miss out on the organic chocolate and granola samples at the UVa Dining booth, the chance to check out sustainable print operation A Mystery in Common, or the opportunity to create your very own bike blender smoothie at the Community Bikes Station!

UVa Community Garden Potluck. UVa Community Garden, 5 - 6pm. Bring a dish to share and enjoy springtime in the garden with fellow volunteers and garden lovers.

Friday, April 22

Farm to Fork Luncheon. Garden V, 12:30 - 2pm. Join U.Va. Dining in celebrating Earth Week at the second annual Farm to Fork Luncheon. The meal will feature locally grown food and the chance to mingle with some of the area farmers that produced it. To attend, you must enter your name in the free raffle during Monday's Sustainability Exhibit. Rain site is the Runk Green Room.

No Impact Concert. UVa Amphitheater, 6:30 - 8pm. Come out to the amphitheater to enjoy the sounds of No BS Brass in their unplugged glory. This concert will not use any energy or have an environmental footprint, hence the name no impact.

I may have missed a few events, and the source for the most up to date list of all student-organized Earth Week activities is the SustainaUnity Earth Week page. Check it out!

Finally, don't forget that the UVa Sustainability Pledge, launched on Campus Sustainability Day last October, is near completion of its goal to have 1,000 signatories by Earth Day. We're one week and 200 signatures away from meeting that goal and if you'd like to add your name to the list in the next few days, you can do so on your own personal computer or on an available laptop at each of the main Earth Week events taking place throughout next week. You can even demonstrate your commitment by having your photo taken with the pledge board:

See you next week!

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