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Earth Month

Earth Month 2013

Earth Month 2013

Grab your friends and participate in Earth Month 2013.

An Active Pursuit of Sustainability

Earth Month 2013| April 1 - 30

Earth Month 2013 is the continuation of a tradition that brings the AU community together with a full schedule of events to celebrate our commitment to the principles of Earth Day. This year's events have been given the overarching theme "An Active Pursuit of Sustainability"- a testament to the hard work undertaken by AU students, faculty, staff, and alumni to make our campus and our communities better places every month of the year.

Please join us in our celebration. Below is a full schedule of events, and on the right sidebar are links to more Earth Month resources and a list of participating AU groups. On the right is a live feed of twitter activity using our #AUEarthMonth hashtag - join in the festivities on facebook and twitter and help bring our Active Pursuit of Sustainability to Eagles around the globe.

Schedule of Events

Check back often as the online schedule is updated daily.

Keynote Lecture: William McDonough

Ongoing April Events

April 1 - 7 | April 8 - 14 | April 15 - 21 | April 22 - 28


Recognizing the groups and individuals who make Earth Month possible.

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Tweet throughout the month with #AUEarthMonth to be part of the conversation.


Earth Day Keynote: William McDonough

William McDonough

Image from Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Monday, April 22 - Earth Day | 11 am - noon 

SIS Founders' Room

RSVP: http://billmcdonough.eventbrite.com/

Earth Month 2013 will be highlighted by a visit from renowned sustainability visionary William McDonough. He will speak about his expansive vision for a future of abundance, and share a special message with the American University community on how they can approach their studies and careers with such goals in mind.
Author of the consequential ecological manifesto Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, McDonough’s principles of sustainable design were formulated during his long career as a notable architect and designer. His architectural legacy exists on campus in the form of the School of International Service Building. McDonough’s latest book, The Upcycle, releasing April 16th, imagines a scenario in which humans transcend their role as stewards of the planet to become co-creators of the simplest invention ever: adundance. Everything from doorknobs to the Hoover Dam is reimagined in this vision.

Immediately following his talk, McDonough will host a book signing in the SIS atrium. Copies of Cradle to Cradle and The Upcycle will be available for sale.

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Ongoing April Events

Tap A Palooza


Take the pledge to drink delicious, clean tap water and help AU compete in this national competition. Click here to take the pledge with your american.edu e-mail address online, or download the "Tap Buddy" app on your smartphone to take the pledge and track AU's progress through the competition's end on Monday, April 22. Tap-A-Palooza is sponsored by the Take Back the Tap Initiative, a project of Food and Water Watch.

For more information, please contact Meagan Lyle.

Farmers Market

Every Wednesday, April 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10 am - 4 pm | Quad between MGC and Bender Library

Find fresh produce and baked goods on the Quad every Wednesday this semester 11 am to 4 pm. Don't miss out on the tasty fruits, vegetables, Amish cheese, and yogurt from Agora Farms as well as delicious hearth-baked breads, pastries, and cookies from Upper Crust Bakery.

For more information contact Matthew Baressi.


Community Garden Workdays

Every Saturday, April 6, 13, 20, 27 | Noon - 1 pm | Community Garden (between Leonard Hall and Tennis Courts) 

Join the AU community gardeners every Saturday from noon to 2 pm at the garden to get your hands dirty with plenty of planting, weeding, and composting fun. Learn what is in season, gardening techniques, tips, and tricks, and return to reap the benefits of your harvest.

For more information contact Claire Williamson.


Personal E-Waste Drive

Tuesday, April 16 | 8 am - noon

Wednesday, April 17 & Monday, April 22 | 9 am - 3 pm

Quad outside MGC

Do you have a pile of electronics at home you’re not using? Outdated laptops, cell phones, cameras, cords, floppy disks, used ink cartridges, and more? We have an answer! Bring your personal electronics cluttering your space to AU's personal e-waste drive. All electronics will be recycled or reused and diverted from landfill. To see a complete list of items you can bring, please check out our website: http://bit.ly/AcceptedElectronics.

If you have AU-owned electronics you no longer need that are ready for pick up, you must send a request to AUSurplus@american.edu.

For more information contact Helen Lee.


Pod on the Quad Collection for Project Move-Out

Tuesday, April 16 | 8 am - noon 

Wednesday, April 17 | 9 am - 3 pm

Thursday, May 2 & Friday, May 3 | 10 am - 4 pm

Quad outside MGC


April 27 - May 8 

Letts Formal Lounge, Congressional Lobby, Leonard Classroom #121

Bring items to donate to AU's annual Project Move Out Community Sale. All items collected will be sold for less than $10 on Saturday, May 4th. All proceeds will benefit local charities and any unsold items will also be donated.

For more information contact Helen Lee.


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April 1 - 7

AU's Switch to Biodiesel: A Transportation Celebration

Tuesday, April 2 | 11:00 am - 1:30 pm | MGC 203/205 & Quad

See AU’s biodiesel shuttle on the quad, meet professionals from the alternative fuel industry, and find out how to get involved! Enjoy food and prizes while learning about this incredible alternative fuel. 

Click here for a full event agenda.

For more information contact Mark Feist.


TOUR: Campus Sustainability Tour

Wednesday, April 3 | Noon - 1 pm | Tour Begins Outside the SIS Building

Accompany Office of Sustainability staff on a guided campus sustainability tour of our green buildings, green roofs, and green energy systems.

For more information please contact Joshua Kaplan.

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April 8 - 14

PANEL: Sustainable Food and Agriculture: Advocacy in Action

Monday, April 8 | 10:20 am - 11:35 pm | SIS 233

For more information contact Garrett Graddy


Green Knitting with the AU Knitting Club

Tuesday, April 9 | 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Quad (rainsite: Davenport Coffee Lounge)

The AU Knitting Club will be teaching participants how to knit coffee cozies and craft with recycled materials such as newspaper, trash bags, VHS/cassette tapes, old T-shirts, and sheets. Knitting patterns and lessons on how to make an array of reusable items from recycled materials will be provided, including napkins, place mats, and grocery bags. Information about sustainable textile practices and how to lessen environmental impact through using/buying locally and organically sourced fibers and clothing will be shared.

For more information contact Alexis Madden


PANEL: Climate Activism

Wednesday, April 10 | 10:15 am - 11:35 am | Ward 304

Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Join veteran activists/organizers for a wide-ranging discussion about the why and how of tackling climate change. Panelist include:

  • Lacy MacAuley - media activist with a passion for amplifying voices of those working for a better world and Media Manager for the Institute for Policy Studies.
  • Robby Diesu - organizer, trainer, and strategist who works in various social movements through his work at Vision Communiqué, an organizing firm he started in the spring of 2010 and with DC Action Lab- a newly formed collective of organizers in the District.

For more information contact Simon Nicholson.


TOUR: Campus Sustainability Tour

Wednesday, April 10 | Noon - 1 pm | Tour Begins Outside the SIS Building

Accompany Office of Sustainability staff on a guided campus sustainability tour of our green buildings, green roofs, and green energy systems.

For more information please contact Joshua Kaplan.


Oxfam America Hunger Banquet® 

Wednesday, April 10 | 7 pm - 9 pm | MGC 4

Oxfam America Hunger Banquet® is an interactive event where the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw—just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. Your attendance can help raise funds to support Oxfam and their inspiring mission to end global hunger and injustice.

For more information contact Katherin Sibel.


COMMUNITY SERVICE: Day of Sustainability Service

Saturday, April 13 | 10 am - 2 pm

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens: 1550 Anacostia Ave, NE (Deanwood Metro Station on Orange Line)

Register: http://bit.ly/QE7t6i

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Flora of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Image from National Park Service.

Make a green difference in DC and join students, staff, and community volunteers to remove invasive species and litter that harm the beautiful ecosystem of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Northeast DC. Explore one of the city's hidden green treasures as we beautify the gardens and make it a better place for local residents to enjoy the natural world, and improve DC's natural wetlands, one of the most important local ecosystems for stormwater and pollution control and habitat for a myriad of species. Breakfast and lunch from Chipotle will be provided. Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes and clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Dress in layers (so you're prepared for whatever the weather might be in mid-April), and don't forget your reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.

This project is being coordinated by American University, Anacostia Riverkeeper, and the National Park Service.

For more information contact Joshua Kaplan.

April 15 - 21

The 21st Century Corporate Environment: How Environmental Considerations are Redefining Corporate Social Responsibility

POSTPONED: This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date

Monday, April 15 | 2 pm - 5 pm | WCL 603

Click here to register.

This event focuses on the expanding role of the environment in defining what it means to be a socially responsible corporation. The program examines how environmental considerations are impacting corporate decision-making both domestically and in the international arena.

For more information contact Erika Lennon


20th Annual Campus Beautification Day

Tuesday, April 16 | 8 am - 2 pm | Project sites across campus, BBQ in amphitheater at noon

Campus Beautification Day (CBD) is beautiful evidence of AU's culture of sustainability, and we are proud to celebrate its 20th year as an enduring campus tradition. Hundreds of campus members come together to beautify campus and leave a lasting legacy. Volunteer work runs from 8 AM until noon at 14 planting sites across the main campus, WCL, and the Brandywine building (WAMU). Visit the registration table at any of these sites, including on the main quad outside the Mary Graydon Center, to select a project and receive a commemorative, 100% organic cotton, 20th anniversary CBD t-shirt. Come to the amphitheater at noon for a free barbeque. Provost Scott Bass will present AU's Green Teacher of the Year award, President Kerwin will give a short address, and the incoming and outgoing Presidents of the AU Student Government will host a raffle with fabulous prizes for all volunteers. Campus Beautification day is open to all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.

Click here for more information about CBD, including a complete list of work sites. For more information contact Mark Feist.


PANEL: How to Get to A One-Planet Way of Life - Or Get Through the Collapse If We Can't

Wednesday, April 17 | 2:30 pm - 4 pm | Butler Boardroom

This panel features authors from State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? including:

  • Erik Assadourian, Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute, Director of the Transforming Cultures Project and co-director of State of the World 2013.
  • Jennie Moore, Director of Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship in the School of Construction and Environment at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
  • Tom Prugh, co-director of the State of the World 2013 and State of the World 2014 projects.
  • Simon Nicholson, member of the Global Environmental Politics faculty in SIS.

Click here for a flyer. For more information contact Simon Nicholson.  


PANEL: Careers in Sustainability

Wednesday, April 17 | 6:30 pm - 8 pm | Butler Board Room

This event offers students a perspective on a broad range of career opportunities in sustainability from AU alumni working in various environmental and sustainability-related fields.

Panelists include:

  • Brian Keane, SOC/SPA/BA '89, owner, Smartpower
  • Brian McFarland, KSB/MBA & SIS/MA '10, director, Carbon Project Origination, CarbonCo LLC
  • Nick Kong, SIS/MA '08, director, Operations, Clean Currents

For more information contact Taylor Roosevelt.


Green Eagle Sustainability Fair

POSTPONED: This event has been postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled for a future date

Thursday, April 18 | 11 am - 2 pm | Quad

Join the Green Eagles on the quad to celebrate Earth Month by making fun sustainability crafts, including planting herbs in discarded water bottles, making recycled kites, and more. 

For more information contact Joshua Kaplan.


TOUR: Arboretum Tour

POSTPONED: This event has been postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled for a future date

Thursday, April 18 | 1 pm - 2 pm | Tour begins in front of Library

More than 2500 trees—over 130 different species and varieties—provide a shady canopy, beneath which thrives a layered understory of flowering trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, and seasonal plantings. Beds display bold arrangements and striking combinations of plants, all carefully selected by our landscape architects and tended by staff arborists and horticulturists. Learn more on a tour of the American University Arboretum and Gardens provided by Grounds staff.

For more information contact Stephanie DeStefano.  


Until Justice Flows Like Water: Inclusive Environmentalism in DC

Thursday, April 18 | 8 pm - 9 pm | MGC 200

Join the AUSG Department of Environmental Policy, Black Student Alliance, and EcoSense for a panel discussion to learn about the environmental justice issues facing the DC community and how can we engage in action for a more equitable DC.

Panelists from:

  • GroundWork Anacostia
  • Seafarers Club
  • Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative

Click here to RSVP on facebook, and click here for an event flyer.

For more information contact Triana Tello-Gerez.


FILM SCREENING: Meat the Truth

Thursday, April 18 | 8 pm - 10 pm | Butler Conference Room

Come see the documentary that has been deemed better than An Inconvenient Truth. Learn about the environmental impacts of animal agriculture and enjoy delicious, guilt-free vegan food! There will also be reusable Starbucks mugs for those who stay to watch the film.

For more information contact Alison Shapiro.


Community Service: Shepherd Parkway Cleanup

Saturday, April 20 | 9 am - 1 pm | Shepherd Parkway

Help clean up one of DC's parks and protect the Potomac River watershed with Eco-Sense. Meet in MGC at 9 AM for a bagel breakfast. Rides will be provided to the site. Please RSVP to Claire Williamson to ensure you have a ride.

For more information contact Claire Williamson.


Walk the World Week Kickoff

Sunday, April 21 | 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Battelle Atrium

Register: shesthefirstau.weebly.com

Pledge to walk 10,000 steps a day from April 22-26 to support girl's education. Ask your friends and family to support your steps with small donations. All funds will go towards a scholarship for a young girl at the Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda, who will be the first female in her family to graduate from high school. Join She's the First for this kickoff event and start your pledge to change someone's life forever.

For more information contact Lorraine Magee.

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April 22 - 28

WCL Car-Free Day

Monday, April 22 | All Day | Washington College of Law

The Environmental Law Society is celebrating Earth Day 2013 with our second Car-Free Day! We are urging students and faculty to take a step towards reducing their carbon footprints by changing their transportation routine. For just one day, try an alternative means of transportation: if you drive a car to school, take public transportation; if you take the bus or metro, try to ride your bike instead. Look for ELS tabling in the lobby! We will have a treat for students and faculty who bring a picture/video or orther proof of their car-free commute to WCL.

For more information contact Erika Lennon.

Greening Your Study Abroad Experience

Monday, April 22 | 3 pm - 4:30 pm | SIS 115

The SIS Study Abroad/Program Development office will be hosting a brief one-hour open house event focusing on raising awareness regarding carbon emissions produced from study abroad airline travel. A faculty member will speak on what those emissions mean for our planet and identify ways in which students abroad can help offset their carbon footprint. There will also be an educational slideshow featuring our study abroad sites, as well as a raffle with a 'Green Study Abroad' pack as the prize.

For more information contact Colleen Haverkos.


Alumni Earth Day Networking Reception: Growing Our Commitment to Sustainability

CANCELLED: This event has been cancelled. If you have RSVP'd, stay tuned to your inbox for information on the upcoming virtual launch of the AU Green Alumni Network

Monday, April 22 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm | SIS Atrium

Click here to RSVP

Sponsored by the School of International Service (SIS), the American University Alumni Association, the American University Green Alumni Network, and the Office of Sustainability, this event is an opportunity for alumni and friends to reconnect and celebrate Earth Day 2013. Learn about AU's green initiatives and graduate programs in sustainability and the environment.
Featured speakers include:

  • Dean James Goldgeier, SIS
  • Michael Purcell, Assistant University Architect
  • Christopher O'Brien, Director of Sustainability, AU Office of Sustainability
  • Ken Conca, Program Director, Global Environmental Politics program, SIS

Following brief remarks, attendees will be invited to discover the beauty of the LEED-Gold certified SIS building via a short self-guided tour. Light refreshments and drinks will be available. We encourage you to take public transportation to campus in honor of Earth Day 2013. From the Tenleytown Metro Stop, you can catch the AU shuttle that will drop you off near the SIS building which is on the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues.

Please register for this special event by Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

For more information contact Stephanie Block.


PANEL: Working Downtown: Careers in Environmental Politics

Tuesday, April 23 | 9 am - 10:30 am | SIS Founders' Room

Hear from accomplished practitioners, alumni, and career advisers on how to start your career in environmental politics and policy.

Panelists include:

  • Valerie Craig - Manager of the National Geographic Society's Ocean Initiative
  • David Fletcher - SIS Career Adviser
  • Heather Mannix - Program Manager for the Ocean Research Advisory Panel, SIS MA in Global Environmental Policy candidate
  • Larke Williams - Environmental Engineer, US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development, SIS MA in Global Environmental Policy
  • Daniel Zazueta - Trial Attorney, US Department of Energy (DOE)

Click here for a flyer.

For more information contact Sikina Jinnah.


Food Security and Sovereignty Issues

Tuesday, April 23 | 4 pm - 5 pm | Location TBD

For more information contact Eric Abitbol.



Tuesday, April 23 | 9 pm - 11 pm | MGC 200

In celebration of Earth Day, University Center Events will be showing Wall-E as part of their Tuesday Night Film series. Come watch this endearing adventure of Wall-E, the adorable robot who is trying to connect with others and save the planet. Free snacks will be provided.

For more information contact Katie Junot.


TOUR: Campus Sustainability Tour

Wednesday, April 24 | Noon - 1 pm | Tour Begins Outside the SIS Building

Accompany Office of Sustainability staff on a guided campus sustainability tour of our green buildings, green roofs, and green energy systems.

For more information please contact Joshua Kaplan.



Wednesday, April 24 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm | Abramson Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

6 PM: Panel including

  • Chris Palmer (Moderator), SOC Distinguished Film Producer in Residence and Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking;
  • Bill Benenson, award-winning filmmaker, director, and producer;
  • Allan Butler, Executive Producer for National Geographic Channel;
  • Professor Kiho Kim, CAS Associate Professor; and
  • Diane MacEachern, social activist and author.

7 PM: Screening

8 PM: Dessert Reception

Click here for more information.

For more information contact Glynnis Hokenson.


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