Hello Earth Week 2017!

This year Earth day falls on April 22, which means that Earth Week will be the 16th to the 23rd! Every day the campus will be hosting some kind of new event relating the campus to broader community, state, and national environmental issues and policies. We have an exciting array of lectures, movie screenings, DCS initiatives, concerts, forums, and tours planned for you this year, all meant to help you relate more to how our campus interacts with the natural world. We hope that you will be able to find something that draws your mind, your heart, or both, to the ways our campus is trying to become more sustainable. An endeavor that will always need to be addressed!

There are going to be events happening all throughout the week, and we've made sure to include enough so that everyone can find one they hopefully can relate to. This page will continue to be updated throughout the coming weeks, so make sure to keep checking in to see what new events will be popping up!

Here's what you can look out for:

Sunday, April 16

No Power Acoustic Concert

Rotunda: 5-7 p.m.

To kick off Earth Week, come check out some of your favorite a cappella groups and acoustic acts perform on April 16 at 5 p.m.in the Rotunda.  Used as a means to help raise awareness for the use of electricity on campus, the No Power Concert has become a repeating celebration for the beginning of Earth Week.  We will not be using any power throughout the performances, so make sure to stick around for when things begin to get a little spooky as the sun goes down.  Please come at least 10 minutes prior to 5 o' clock so that we can start promptly since, you know, we can't keep playing after it gets dark out.

Monday, April 17

Screening of Racing Extinction

Rausch: 7 p.m.

Brought to you by Meaningful Movies Tacoma, Racing Extinction is a renowned documentary that addresses the ways in which humans impact species extinction rates.  Combining art with science, Racing Extinction provides insight into the various ways that species are led to the brink of extinction and how this is accelerated by various black markets, illegal wildlife trade, and the fossil fuel industry.  To discover a world that you at one time might not known existed, come check out this moving picture.

Tuesday, April 18

DCS Food Waste and Sustainability Lecture

Rotunda: 1 p.m.

Come join Julia Lin and chef Brian Sullivan to learn a little bit, or a lot, about what DCS services is doing to conserve food waste and decrease its environmental footprint.  Chef Brian will be covering a new food waste calculator called Leanpath360, sustainability practices and waste reduction in the sub, buying local (particularly our contract with local eggs and salmon partners) and partnerships with the campus garden and our usage of TAGRO.  Julia Lin, our student food justice coordinator on campus, will also be tag-teaming this lecture with Chef Brian to talk about some of our school's food salvaging efforts and the organizations that we donate to.  This is a unique experience to interact with two amazing people who help coordinate our campus' food waste, purchasing, and justice policies and practices, so come ready with questions!

Potluck in the Garden

University Garden: 6 p.m.

This will be a great event for anyone who is looking to share some delicious food in a relaxed, welcoming environment.  Hosted between Live Well and Garden Club, this joint potluck is open to anyone and everyone in our community! It will be held in the garden and will be a great way to celebrate this season's bounty! Please bring your own bowl and utensils, and if you can bring a dish to share!

Wednesday, April 19

VOX- Raising Awareness About Eco-Friendly Menstrual Products

Wheelock Student Center: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Make sure to look out for the VOX Voices for Planned Parenthood table on Wednesday and Thursday!  VOX will be hosting an informational booth to raise awareness about eco-friendly menstrual products, such as reusable pads, organic/biodegradable tampons, and diva cups.  They also hope to be able to provide some demonstrations so that students and community members can become even more comfortable with discussing these important everyday health care products.

Thursday, April 20

Box Castle

Wheelock Student Center: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Box Castle is an annual event that Sustainability Services hosts to bring attention, through cardboard, to the amount of recycling waste diverted through our campus. This visual representation of waste that's been in the works for two months manifests in the form of a Box Castle which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come help build. In addition to the building of Box Castle, multiple clubs supporting sustainable events will be tabling in front so come on down enjoy free ice cream, talk to like minded people, and help build your castle!

Tours of The Diner Kitchen

Meeting Next to the Grill: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ever wondered what happens behind all of the meal stations in The Diner or how the kitchen that feeds the entire campus operates?  Well here's your chance!  DCS Services will be providing tours of the kitchen from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to help raise awareness about the varying sustainable initiatives and food waste prevention strategies that they have instituted over the past few years.  Chef Brian Sullivan, one of the conspirators behind The Diner's recent shift to providing many locally sourced, humanely raised products will personally be leading the tours.  As of right now they will be 10 minutes long and will allow students to increase their knowledge about how its university is trying to decrease its environmental footprint through the food choices it provides to its students.  To sign up, stop by the Loggers Live Green table in Wheelock Student Center the week before!

Valve Turners

Tahoma Room: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The Valve Turners are a panel of activists who performed solidarity action with Standing Rock in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, shutting down 5 pipelines bringing crude oil from Canada to the U.S.  During this unique event, listen to their experiences as they talk about what it means to have privilege in the environmental movement. 

Friday, April 21

Make Your Own Grocery Bag

Wheelock Student Center: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stop by the tables in the sub to learn how to turn your old t-shirts into reusable grocery bags!  Fun, interactive, and you get to recycle old clothes??  What more could you want from a Friday?  These will also come in handy at the next event on our list :)

Ice Cream Social Bike Ride With PSO

Outside the Expeditionary: 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 22

Walk to the Market

Outside Diversions: 11 a.m.

In an effort to help boost awareness about sustainably grown, local foods, join us outside of Diversions Cafe on Saturday, April 22 to walk to the Proctor Farmer's Market!  If you are one of the many students who do not know where the market is, but have always wanted to go, this is a great opportunity to find out and to have an amazing morning alongside individuals whom you may never have met before.

Metro Parks Cleanup Day

Join Metro Parks on Saturday at one of the many parks throughout Tacoma as people all over the city come together to help maintain the many trails, fields, rivers, and creeks that dot our Tacoma landscape.  Stop by the Earth Week table sometime over the next few weeks for more information on how to get involved!

Happening Throughout the Week

There will be multiple tables in the Wheelock Student Center all throughout Earth Week advertising the varying events happening throughout the day.  Make sure to stop by to learn more about the DCS tour, the potluck, No Power Hour, the DCS Lecture, a call your reps table hosted by ECO Club, and so much more!   

Campus Store

The campus store will be having a 20% off sale on mugs and thermos' in support of cup karma and mug usage awareness in Diversions and Oppenheimer.  They will also be giving away reusable bags to all campus store customers on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22.

Loggers Live Green and Farm-to-Table Options in The Diner

The Diner will be offering varying locally sourced, organic, or otherwise environmentally aware meal options throughout the week.  First, on Monday the diner will be offering dragon fruit bowls, a spin on acai bowls, at the hot cart table during lunch.  

More updates about options for the rest of the week will be coming soon!

Diversions Cafe and Oppenheimer

Both Diversions Cafe and Oppenheimer will be handing out new Cup Karma stickers to those who bring their own mug instead of using their disposable in house cups!  Make sure you also look out for their signs promoting Cup Karma and explaining which of their products you can and can't recycle.

The Cellar

Look out for The Cellar's Farm-to-Table kale pizza during the week!  The kale will be sourced directly from the university garden and is just one effort out of many to increase the school's efforts to find locally produced goods for their food services.  The Cellar will also be trying out a new dish program that will offer metal utensils and reusable cups from the sub for students to use instead of only plastic utensils and disposable cups!