As spring returns to Chapel Hill, Earth Day becomes a month-long celebration at UNC!  The official Earth Week is April 13-20, but Carolina will be hosting a range of related events all month!  Whether you are a student or a member of the local community, we invite you to celebrate with us!  Download and post the flier now!

Planning a campus event to celebrate? Join the official event list by sending your confirmed event info to Brian.Cain@fac.unc.edu.

 
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Saturday, April 2
Greening Tomorrow: The Ethics of Local Consumption, Waste, and Design
The Parr Center for Ethics' annual symposium, capping off a year-long focus on ethical issues relating to the environment. The Parr Center for Ethics gathers local experts for a full-day symposium to address local environmental challenges and the steps being taken to foster greater environmental responsibility.
Sponsor/Host: Office of International Affairs
Times: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Hyde Hall
Fee: TBA
Event Contact and email: Adam Schaefer, adschaef@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://parrcenter.unc.edu/events/2010-2011-events/public-symposium-local-issues-in-the-environment
 
 

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Monday, April 4
"Creating a Business Plan for Sustainable Development, Community Development Organizations and Social Enterprise"
Part of the School of Social Work's Public Engagement Speaker Series on "Creating Sustainability Enterprises." This lecture will be presented by Carl Baumann Durham Technical Community College; Senior Counselor, SCORE.
Sponsor/Host: School of Social Work
Times: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Room 500 of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building (School of Social Work) at 325 Pittsboro Street
Fee: Free and open to the public
Event Contact and email: Gary Nelson, gmnelson@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://ssw.unc.edu/contact/4152
 
 

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Wednesday, April 6
Carbon Nation – Dinner and a Movie at UNC
This film is a solutions-oriented approach to climate change, highlighting success stories across the US – a compelling story about why being part of the new, low-carbon economy is simply good business. The film has been screened across the country and features commentary from leaders including Jim Rogers, the CEO of Duke Energy; Jim Woolsey, the former CIA Director; Tom Friedman, author and New York Times columnist; and Richard Branson, CEO of the Virgin Group. The film director, Peter Byck, will be present virtually to answer your questions and share his insights from making the film, after the screening.
Sponsor/Host: UNC Kenan-Flagler (including, the CSE, MBASA, and the Net Impact, Energy, and Entrepreneurship clubs)
Times: Reception and food starts at 6:00 PM, the Movie begins at 6:30 PM, and the director will be available through a videoconference immediately afterward (8:00 PM)
Location: Koury Auditorium
Fee: Free and Open to the public – Seats and parking on a first-come, first-serve basis
Event Contact and email: RSVP to cse@unc.edu
Event website: http://www.carbonnationmovie.com/
 
 

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Tuesday, April 12
A conversation with William McDonough, author of Cradle to Cradle
Sponsor/Host: The Center for Sustainable Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, Cherokee Gives Back, the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and the UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Koury Auditorium, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Fee: Free
Event Contact and email:Jessica Thomas, jessica_thomas@unc.edu
Event website: http://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/cse/events.cfm
 
 

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Wednesday, April 13
"Local Food: Talk & Taste" with alternative farmer and local food advocate Joel Salatin
Join the UNC Sustainability Office for the Earth Week celebration "Local Food: Talk & Taste." Well-known alternative farmer and local food advocate Joel Salatin will discuss how his methods heal the land, the community, and the eater, while treating farm animals humanely. In thought provoking and entertaining form, Salatin will highlight the differences between his approach and today’s typical, large-scale farm. The talk will be followed by a book signing and local food tastings provided by select local vendors.
Joel Salatin is a third generation farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. His family's farm, Polyface Inc., has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic, and Gourmet; in the films Food, Inc. and Fresh; and in the New York Times bestseller "Omnivore's Dilemma" by food writer Michael Pollan.
Sponsor/Host: UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Hanes Art Center Auditorium
Fee: Free and open to the public, but reservations requested. Please RSVP to sustainability@unc.edu or call 843-7284.
Event Contact and email:UNC Sustainability Office, sustainability@unc.edu
Event website: http://sustainability.unc.edu/
 
 

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Thursday, April 14
Carbon Heel Print Challenge: Kick-off and biodegradable garbage bag distribution
Participants in this challenge carry a bag with all of their non-recycled, non-composted garbage throughout their daily activities for one week. The event culminates with a "weigh-off" on the Wednesday before Earth Day to honor the individuals with the lightest "garbage footprints." The top three winners will receive gift certificates.
Sponsor/Host: Sustainable Triangle Field Site and the UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Holly Kuestner, kuestner@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://garbagefootprints.blogspot.com/

Farmers Market
Stop by the main quad in front of Wilson to buy delicious locally grown/raised/made food and chat with local farmers!
Sponsor/Host: FLO Foods and Carolina Dining Services
Times: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Polk Place
Fee: We'll be accepting cash, credit/debit, flex, and expense.
Event website: https://www.facebook.com/UNC.EAC?ref=ts#!/event.php?eid=138650036206100

Pi Kappa Phi Green Empathy Dinner
Sit-down three course empathy dinner where each guest will either be disabled, or taking care of guest who are disabled, and dinner will be followed by a discussion of disabilities facilitated by experienced PiKapps. Food for the event will be from sustainable local vendors (forthcoming), and will include salad/appetizer, main course, and dessert portions, but due to the formal nature of the event, the guest numbers will be capped at 200 guests.
Sponsor/Host: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Pi Kappa Phi House (216 E. Rosemary St.)
Fee: Guests will be able to buy tickets from PiKapps, and/or buy them in the pit April 13th & 14th.
Event Contact and email: Will Leimenstoll, wleimenstoll@gmail.com
Event website: Facebook Event page (forthcoming)
 
 

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Friday, April 15
Carbon Heel Print Challenge: Bag distribution and festivities continue
Participants in this challenge carry a bag with all of their non-recycled, non-composted garbage throughout their daily activities for one week. The event culminates with a "weigh-off" on the Wednesday before Earth Day to honor the individuals with the lightest "garbage footprints." The top three winners will receive gift certificates.
Sponsor/Host: Sustainable Triangle Field Site and the UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Holly Kuestner, kuestner@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://garbagefootprints.blogspot.com/

 

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Saturday, April 16
An Evening Out at Forest Theater
Come out and enjoy FREE locally sourced foods to celebrate spring, kick-off Earth week, and learn about sustainable eating sponsored by Epsilon Eta! We'll have plenty of food and live music free to all those who sign up ahead of time. We only ask that you RSVP via the following Google Form by Friday April 15TH @ 10 PM so we know how much food needs to be prepared. We'll have a checklist from the sign-up page at the event so be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time! 
Sponsor/Host: Epsilon Eta, UNC Sustainability Office, North Carolina Botanical Garden, and Fair, Local, Organic (FLO)
Times: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Forest Theater
Fee: Free, RSVP Required
Event Contact and email: Hannah Gavin, hgavin@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://tiny.cc/EveningAtForestTheater

 

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Sunday, April 17
Celebrate Spring! Wildflowers of Nature Trail Hill
Explore a Piedmont hardwood forest and find our earliest spring wildflowers including spring beauties, wild ginger, and star chickweed. We will also see if we can spot lesser-known native plants such as pennywort and dwarf paw paw.
Sponsor/Host: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Fee: $5/individual, $10/family (free for NCBG members)
Event Contact and email: Lauren Davis, laurende@unc.edu
Event website: http://ncbg.unc.edu
 

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Monday, April 18
Carbon Heel Print Challenge: Bag distribution and festivities continue
Participants in this challenge carry a bag with all of their non-recycled, non-composted garbage throughout their daily activities for one week. The event culminates with a "weigh-off" on the Wednesday before Earth Day to honor the individuals with the lightest "garbage footprints." The top three winners will receive gift certificates.
Sponsor/Host: Sustainable Triangle Field Site and the UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Holly Kuestner, kuestner@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://garbagefootprints.blogspot.com/

ABAN Earth Week Pit Presentations
A week-long celebration of the ways ABAN is impacting our world. Each day is represented by a different step in the process of our program coinciding with fun events and games. Come out to the pit this week to have some fun, learn more about ABAN, and check out our unique and environmentally conscious products.
Sponsor/Host: A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN)
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Diana Lee, diana@aban.org, and Jenny Demarest, jenny@aban.org
Event website: http://www.aban.org/

"The Leadership Dimension of Sustainable Development"
Part of the School of Social Work's Public Engagement Speaker Series on "Creating Sustainability Enterprises." This lecture will be presented by Gary Nelson and Aaron Nelson.
Sponsor/Host: School of Social Work
Times: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Room 500 of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building (School of Social Work) at 325 Pittsboro Street
Fee: Free and open to the public
Event Contact and email: Gary Nelson, gmnelson@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://ssw.unc.edu/contact/4152
 
 

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Tuesday, April 19
Plant a Rain Garden
Come learn about rain gardens, improve campus water quality and plant some native plants. The rain garden at Kenan Stadium will provide native habitat to support biodiversity and will help remove nutrients that lead to oxygen depleting algae blooms in Jordan Lake. Volunteers who help plant the rain garden will learn about actions that they can personally undertake to reduce water pollution.
Sponsor/Host: Environment, Health and Safety, UNC Sustainability Office, Energy Services, and Grounds Services
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Next to the Kenan Stadium Football Center (north side)
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Sharon Myers, samyers@ehs.unc.edu
Event website: http://ehs.unc.edu/ehs/docs/rain_garden11.pdf

Carbon Heel Print Challenge: Bag distribution and festivities continue
Participants in this challenge carry a bag with all of their non-recycled, non-composted garbage throughout their daily activities for one week. The event culminates with a "weigh-off" on the Wednesday before Earth Day to honor the individuals with the lightest "garbage footprints." The top three winners will receive gift certificates.
Sponsor/Host: Sustainable Triangle Field Site and the UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Holly Kuestner, kuestner@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://garbagefootprints.blogspot.com/

ABAN Earth Week Pit Presentations
A week-long celebration of the ways ABAN is impacting our world. Each day is represented by a different step in the process of our program coinciding with fun events and games. Come out to the pit this week to have some fun, learn more about ABAN, and check out our unique and environmentally conscious products.
Sponsor/Host: A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN)
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Diana Lee, diana@aban.org, and Jenny Demarest, jenny@aban.org
Event website: http://www.aban.org/

"Defending Our Environment" Panel + Q&A
Join the Sierra Student Coalition, UNC Young Democrats, and the Roosevelt Institute this Earth Week to learn more about the history of the EPA, how current events will impact our progress on environmental issues, and what's going on now in Washington and in Raleigh as lawmakers take apart decades of bipartisan legislation defending our environment. Plus, delicious/sustainable FREE FOOD catered by Med Deli.
Sponsor/Host: Sierra Student Coalition, UNC Young Democrats, and the Roosevelt Institute
Times: 7:00 PM - 8:3 0PM
Location: Union 3205
Fee: Free, no ticket, no RSVP necessary
Event Contact and email: Evan Baker, ebbaker@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=114539651959802

 

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Wednesday, April 20
Campus Earth Day
Join us as UNC partakes in its annual campus Earth Day celebration. Tables from all sustainability-related student groups, departments, and community organizations will be exhibited. UNC students and community members will answer trivia questions about sustainability in order to enter their names in a raffle for the chance to win gift cards to local and sustainable business including Weaver Street Market, Maple View ice cream, and Twig.
Sponsor/Host: Environmental Affairs Committee and the UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Polk Place (Main Quad)
Fee: Free!
Event Contact and email: Emily Chapin, e.chapin@unc.edu
Event website: TBA

ABAN Earth Week Pit Presentations
A week-long celebration of the ways ABAN is impacting our world. Each day is represented by a different step in the process of our program coinciding with fun events and games. Come out to the pit this week to have some fun, learn more about ABAN, and check out our unique and environmentally conscious products.
Sponsor/Host: A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN)
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Diana Lee, diana@aban.org, and Jenny Demarest, jenny@aban.org
Event website: http://www.aban.org/

Carbon Heel Print Challenge: Weigh-off to award prizes and celebrate completion
Participants in this challenge carry a bag with all of their non-recycled, non-composted garbage throughout their daily activities for one week. The event culminates with a "weigh-off" on the Wednesday before Earth Day to honor the individuals with the lightest "garbage footprints." The top three winners will receive gift certificates. Light snacks provided.
Sponsor/Host: Sustainable Triangle Field Site and the UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Holly Kuestner, kuestner@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://garbagefootprints.blogspot.com/

"The Big Thirst: The Business of Water"
The golden age of water - where water is unlimited, safe, and free - is over. Award-winning investigative journalist Charles Fishman reports on his three-year odyssey to uncover how the world of water is changing and the enormous implications for each of us, no matter where we live.
Sponsor/Host: Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Center for International Business Education and Research, Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Global Research Institute, UNC Global, and Center for Global Initiatives
Times: 5:30 PM with reception to follow
Location: Kenan Center Dining Room
Fee: RSVP to rsvpkenan@unc.edu
Event Contact and email: rsvpkenan@unc.edu
Event website: http://www.kenaninstitute.unc.edu/bigthirst/

 

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Thursday, April 21
ABAN Earth Week Pit Presentations
A week-long celebration of the ways ABAN is impacting our world. Each day is represented by a different step in the process of our program coinciding with fun events and games. Come out to the pit this week to have some fun, learn more about ABAN, and check out our unique and environmentally conscious products.
Sponsor/Host: A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN)
Times: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Pit
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Diana Lee, diana@aban.org, and Jenny Demarest, jenny@aban.org
Event website: http://www.aban.org/

Libba Cotten Bikeway Litter Clean-up
This service activity is part of the Town of Carrboro "Adopt a Trail" program.
Sponsor/Host: NC Institute for Public Health
Times: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Carrboro (starting at 400 Roberson St.)
Fee: N/A
Event Contact and email: Bev Holt, bev_holt@unc.edu
Event website: N/A

SOGreen Sustainable Art Exhibit and Awareness Event
The event is a reception at which SOGreen will unveil a sustainable art exhibit. The exhibit will feature local artists (including a UNC MPA Alum) who utilizes sustainable and/or recycled products to create their pieces. Artists will be on hand to speak to the guests about their work. The reception will be catered (free to guests) by a local, sustainable caterer, and will be a Carolina Certified "Green" Event. The event will be held at the Knapp-Sanders Building.
Sponsor/Host: SOGreen and the UNC Sustainability Office
Times: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Knapp-Sanders Building (School of Government)
Fee: Free of charge. No need to RSVP. Sustainable art will be on display and for sale.
Event Contact and email: Kevin McLaughlin, mclaugkw@email.unc.edu
Event website: http://www.sog.unc.edu/sogreen

 

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Friday, April 22 - EARTH DAY!
HAPPY EARTH DAY!
This year, Earth Day (Friday, April 22) is an official University holiday for students, faculty, and staff. How will you be spending Earth Day 2011? Community service projects? Nature walks? The possibilities are endless!
 

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Saturday, April 30
Discovering Magic in the Garden
Calling all families! This family-friendly event has become a spring tradition. Join us for an afternoon of magical, hands-on nature fun. Create a wizard hat, make a mud pie, discover life in the ponds, meet plants that "eat" insects, enjoy magical stories, and more. Come dressed in your most magical costume!
Sponsor/Host: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Times: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Fee: $10/family
Event Contact and email: Lauren Davis, laurende@unc.edu
Event website: http://ncbg.unc.edu

 

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