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Environment / Sustainability

Earth Week 2012

April 16, 2012

Each spring, Colorado State hosts a series of events during Earth Week to help promote sustainability. This year's events include an Earth Day Celebration and Student Sustainability Fair, a green TEDXCSU, an arbor day celebration, a green tour, and a bike parade.

Wednesday, April 18
Earth Day
Cenergy Expo 2012

Time: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Main Ballroom

Cenergy Expo is an annual university event that attracts more than 300 professionals. The expo promotes connections between CSU faculty/student research and clean energy industry, government, investors, start-ups, non-profits, and the media. It includes two keynote addresses, faculty talks, a poster session, exhibitors, and education-related activities.

Sponsored by Clean Energy Supercluster and Cenergy

Recycled fashion
Earth Day Celebration and Student Sustainability Fair on the Plaza

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lory Student Center Plaza

The fair will feature booths from vendors and organizations from CSU and Fort Collins, including a green career section, student organizations, local non-profit organizations, businesses, and more. Attendance is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Live Green Team

Give a Watt: Pedal it Forward

Time: noon – 1 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Senate Chambers

Join us for the Pedal it Forward – Alternative Transportation Panel Discussion. We'll have energy harvesting bikes and will kick off a "Transportation Challenge." Discussion topics will include bike safety, transportation and sustainability, Green Ride and the Bike Ambassador Program. A second seminar will take place on April 25.

Sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and the City of Fort Collins

Biofuels: Facts, Fictions and Forecasts

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason Street

April's "Managing the Planet Panel Series" will focus on biofuels and their role in our energy future. A CSU Panel of Experts will include Ken Reardon, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering; Graham Peers, Department of Biology; Courtney Jahn, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management; and Robert Duffy, Department of Political Science.

Sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Bike Parade and Bike-in Movie at the Student Recreation Center

Time: 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Northwest side of the Oval

Ride your bike in a parade through campus with other alternative transportation enthusiasts! Join us at the Oval and wind through campus to the Rec Center for the bike-in movie, Dumb and Dumber. Parade prizes and free giveaways will be awarded including pizza, ice cream, bike lights, helmets and bike mechanic offering free repairs.

Sponsored by the Campus Bicycle Advisory Committee

Spring Film Festival - Growth Busters

Time: 7 - 10 p.m.
Behavioral Sciences, Room 131

David Gardner, the filmmaker, will join us as our very special guest. "GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth," explores the most critical question of our time: How do we become a sustainable civilization? The documentary examines cultural barriers that prevent us from reacting to the current levels of population and consumption that are unsustainable.

Sponsored by the Student Sustainability Center

solar panels
Thursday, April 19
Green CSU Tour

Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Lory Student Center Transit Center

Join us to tour a 5.3-megawatt, 30-acre solar plant; the Earth Bin composter; and the biomass boiler on CSU's Foothills Campus. A bus will transport 45 tourgoers to this campus. Reservations are required. Contact Stacy Grant to reserve your tour spot and/or if you have questions.

Sponsored by RamTracks, Facilities Management and the Live Green Team

Friday, April 20
Arbor Day Campus Tree USA tree planting event on the Oval

Time: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
CSU Oval

Come and celebrate CSU's recognition as a Tree Campus USA and Colorado's Arbor Day! Student volunteers will plant 27 American elms in an effort to preserve the Oval. This is only the second supplemental planting in the Oval’s history — the last mass planting on the Oval took place in the 1920s. CSU Facilities and the Colorado State Forest Service will help with planting instructions. Oval Drive will be closed from approximately 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, April 20 for this event.

Sponsored by the Campus Tree Advisory Committee

One Geographer's Journey
One Geographer's Journey, Hurricane Katrina recovery work

Time: 3:30-5 p.m.
Clark Building, Room A-203

Chris Emrich, from the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute (HVRI), University of South Carolina, will present "One Geographer's Journey along the Road of Recovery from Disaster." Dr. Emrich will take us through a visual tour of the Hurricane Katrina recovery work that HVRI researchers have been involved in along the coast of Mississippi.

Sponsored by the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, Geospatial Centroid, Department of Sociology, and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Annual apparel design show features recycled military parachutes

Time: 7:30 p.m.
University Center for the Arts, Griffin Concert Hall

One of the highlights of this year’s fashion show, "Beyond the Surface," will include a collection of draped garments made from parachutes used by U.S. military troops. The parachutes cannot be reused by the military; students are repurposing the parachute fabric by using them in original apparel designs. Garments will include wedding dresses, gowns, cocktail dresses, jackets and casual clothing. The students are partnering with AspenPointe of Colorado Springs, a non-profit organization for veteran rehabilitation creating change through social innovation and joint business venture opportunities.

Sponsored by the Department of Design & Merchandising

Saturday, April 21-23
National Sustainable Design Expo

Time: noon – 5 p.m.
National Mall, Washington, DC

A student team from CSU will compete in the U.S. EPA's People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) student design competition, featured at the Eighth Annual National Sustainable Design Expo. The Colorado State team, led by faculty advisor Eulanda Sanders, is working on a project titled, "A Sustainable Design Paradigm for Smart Performance Textiles and Apparel."

The goal of the CSU project is to develop sustainable "solar powered-natural fiber" smart outdoor technical apparel prototypes that utilize and harvest solar energy to power electric devices. The innovative aspect of the project is that the combination of UV-resistant natural textiles with flexible solar panels in functional outdoor clothing is non-existent in the marketplace. The team is competing for a P3 Award and additional funding to take their idea to market, pilot scale testing or implementation in the field.

Sponsored by the Department of Design & Merchandising

Sunday, April 22
Earth Day 2012City Earth Day Celebrations

Time: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
CSU's Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 131

Join us for Earth Day 2012 festivities including a film fest, nibble garden, and bike tour!

  • Sustainability Film Fest on Earth Day: "Mindful Movies" including Carbon Nation, Food Fight, I AM, Dirt!, and No Impact Man, among others, will be featured. It's free, and the festival runs from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Nibble Garden: Help us dig a "Nibble Garden" along the bike trail, adjacent to Shire CSA. Raspberry, snap pea, and other hardly perennial donations are needed to plant the nibbling garden along the trail. Planting will take place from 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Sustainability Green Brick Road Bike Tour: Join community members for a bike tour of some of the innovative sustainability projects throughout Fort Collins. Stops include LEED buildings, experimental gardens, notable trees and more! Bike tour times are noon and 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the City of Fort Collins and CSU's Student Sustainability Center

Monday, April 23
TedxCSU: Growing Greener Generations

Time: 2 – 8 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Fort Collins

Growing Greener Generations is the inaugural TEDxCSU conference, a symposium featuring more than 10 educational speakers presenting on various topics related to sustainability, including former governor Bill Ritter, author Hunter Lovins, and Fossil Ridge High School student Sanjukta Santra.

Sponsored by the TedxCSU student organization, Campus Activities, External Relations, KUNC, SLiCE, and SoGES

Thinking like a Mountain: Leopold, Land Health, & Resilience

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Natural Resource Building, Room 108

'Resilience' has become the buzz-word du jour but what does it mean for human society and the environments within which people live? What does resilience mean for sustainable lifestyles and how might the concepts of resilience science be applied to the real world? One set of answers to these questions can be found in the stories and philosophies of Aldo Leopold. Mike Jones of the Stockholm Resilience Centre will present the seminar.

Sponsored by the Center for Collaborative Conservation; Environmental Governance Working Group; Institute for Society, Landscape, and Ecosystem Change; and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability

Thursday, April 26
Sixth Mass Extinction
Three Ways to Think about the Sixth Mass Extinction

Time: 4 – 5 p.m.

Earth has been shaken by five mass extinctions over the past half billion years; the last, 65 million years ago, killed off the dinosaurs. Now a majority of biologists believe that a sixth mass extinction, caused by humanity, is underway. How should we think about the sixth mass extinction and what, if anything, should we do about it? The seminar will be presented by Dr. Philip Cafaro, Department of Philosophy (and Resident Fellow of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability), with interdisciplinary commentary by Dr. Cameron Ghalambor, Department of Biology and Dr. Boris Kondratieff, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management.

Sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability and the Department of Philosophy

Friday, April 27
Climate Change and the Built Environment

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 230

Join us as we welcome a distinguished group of keynote speakers — Ed Mazria, Scott Denning, and Victor Olgyay — practitioners, researcher, and other stakeholders to explore new models of collaboration between scientists and the design/construction community.

Sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability