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Earth Month

Earth Month 2014

Earth Month 2014

Join the entire American University community in celebrating Earth Month 2014.

Earth Month 2014 | April 1 - 22

Click here to submit your event to the Earth Month calendar.

Earth Month 2014 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.

Please join us in our celebration. Check back soon for a full schedule of events, and use the links on the right to reminisce about past Earth Month moments. The many birds who make their home in our campus arboretum aren't the only ones tweeting - join in the excitement for sustainability by using the #AUEarthMonth hashtag.

April 1 - 6


Fossil Free AU Spaghetti Dinner

Tuesday, April 1

9:30 - 11:30 PM | Kay Spiritual Life Center Basement 

Join Fossil Free AU for a spaghetti dinner and learn about the student-led movement for fossil fuel divestment. Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

For more information, please contact Deirdre Shelly.

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Day of Service

Earth Month 2014

Register for the 2nd annual Sustainability Service Day on Earth Day, 4/22.

Register Now


Green Graduation Pledge

Green Graduation Pledge

Graduating this semester? During Earth Month, take AU's Green Graduation Pledge and receive a green ribbon to wear at commencement.

Take the Pledge


Dining in the Dark with the Green Eagles

Thursday, April 3

5:00 - 7:00 PM | Terrace Dining Room

Get involved in the Do It in the Dark energy conservation competition by shutting off your lights and joining the Green Eagles for an atmospheric evening of low-light dining in TDR. Click here for more information.

For more information, please contact Greta Zukauskaite.

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Film Screening: Last Call at the Oasis

Thursday, April 3

5:30 - 8:00 PM |
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

Join Academy Award-winning director, Jessica Yu, for a FREE screening of her film Last Call at the Oasis followed by a Q&A and reception. Sponsored by SOC's Center for Media and Social Impact; co-sponsored by the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, with support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and in association with the SOC Water Project. Last Call at the Oasis, produced by Participant Media, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Yu won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short for Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien and has directed TV episodes of Grey's Anatomy, The West Wing and Parenthood.

For more information, please contact Angelica Das.

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Film Screening: SPOIL: The Native and Environmental Impacts of Tar Sands Development

Thursday, April 3

8:00 - 9:30 PM | Mary Graydon Center 247 | Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Please join Eco Sense and Student Advocates for Native Communities for a screening of the film SPOIL and a conversation about the native and environmental impacts of tar sands development.SPOIL tells the story of the threatened Great Bear Rainforest and the continued efforts of the First Nations communities and conservation groups to protect a wild landscape. After the screening, we will discuss the current state of the tar sands and ways students can get involved in the fight against their development. Pizza will be served.

For more information, please contact Deirdre Shelly.

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Picnic in the Park with the Green Eagles

Thursday, April 4

5:00 - 7:00 PM | Woods-Brown Amphitheater | Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Join the Green Eagles for a "Picnic in the Park". Enjoy a free picnic snack while learning about the Do It in the Dark Competition, with an opportunity to take the Pledge to Conserve Energy and be entered into a raffle for a solar backpack.

For more information, please contact Brooke Loving-Bagwell.

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Volunteer with Eco-Sense at Chico Vive Conference

Friday, April 4 - Sunday, April 6

School of International Service Building | Click here to RSVP on Facebook and register for the conference.

The Chico Vive conference will bring together grassroots activists, NGOs, students, engaged scholars, applied scientists, policymakers, journalists and others to discuss the development of the global grassroots environmental movement in the 25 years since environmental martyr Chico Mendes' death.

For more information, please contact Deirdre Shelly.

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April 7 - 13


Panel Discussion: The Business Case for Energy Efficiency

Thursday, April 10

7:00 - 8:00 PM | Bender Library Training and Events Room (115) | Click here to RSVP.

Listen to business and nonprofit leaders discuss how energy efficiency can be used to mitigate climate change, reduce costs and drive business growth. The discussion will be moderated by Chris O’Brien, AU's Director of Sustainability. Light refreshments will be served.

Panelists:

  • Curt Rich, Vice President, Energy & Environmental Policy, United Technologies Corporation
  • Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy
  • Matt Banks, Climate & Business Manager, World Wildlife Fund
  • Gina Dennis, Founder and CEO, Relerience
  • Danielle Griffin, Manager, DC Sustainable Energy Utility

For more information, please contact Aaron Schreiber-Stainthorp.

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Panel Discussion: Typhoon Haiyan and Environmental Justice

Thursday, April 10

8:00 - 9:15 PM | Mary Graydon Center 247 | Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Join the AU United Methodist-Protestant Community, AU Eco-Sense, and the Philippine American Coalition to learn about the impact this devastating storm had on the Philippines, why we should still care, and why climate change is an environmental justice issue. A $5 donation to the U.S. Philippines Society is requested, which will go directly to victims of the storm. Delicious Filipino Food Provided!

Panelists:

  • Professor Simon Nicholson, Global Environmental Politics
  • Joyce Javillonar, U.S. Philippines Society
  • Other Representative of the Filipino Embassy or United Methodist Church

For more information, please contact Deirdre Shelly.

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Residential Solar Information Session with Standard Solar

Friday, April 11

12:00 - 1:00 PM | SIS 300 | Click here to RSVP

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? Join the Office of Sustainability for a free Lunch and Learn on Friday, April 11 from noon - 1:00 PM. Learn how AU staff are saving energy and money and going solar at home --- and how you can too. Registration limited to 20 participants.

This event is provided by Standard Energy Solutions (SES), the residential services division of Standard Solar, who installed AU's solar systems. Discounts on services, including solar panel installation, are available to AU community members through SES' Partner Employee Program. This is not an AU-provided nor sponsored service.

For more information, please contact Joshua Kaplan.

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Watch Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously" with Fossil Free AU

Sunday, April 13 

7:30 - 9:00 PM | Butler Board Room

Join Fossil Free AU for a screening of the new Showtime documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously". Produced by James Cameron, the series follows celebrity correspondents as they tell the story of the climate crisis. Click here to watch a trailer for the series.

For more information, please contact Deirdre Shelly.

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April 14 - 20

Dr. Richard Leakey

Dr. Richard Leakey - Image via Flickr user Ed Schipul under a Creative Commons License

Responses to Climate Change in Kenya featuring Richard Leakey

Monday, April 14 | 3:00 – 4:30 PM | Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center | Click here to RSVP

Renowned Kenyan paleontologist, conservationist, and politician Richard Leakey revolutionized our understanding of human evolution with numerous fossil discoveries, including the “Turkana Boy” and the Australopithecus aethiopicus skull. In this lecture, he uses the lens of prehistory to discuss the misuse of land, water and conservation. The event is open to the public.

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Fossil Free AU Divest-Fest

Tuesday, April 15

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Carnival on the Quad

8:00 - 11:00 PM | Open-mic Night, Woods-Brown Amphitheater

For more information, please contact Deirdre Shelly.

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The World Considers Geoengineering: Roundtable Discussion of the IPCC's 'Mitigation of Climate Change' Report

Tuesday, April 15

3:30 - 5:00 PM | Hurst 206

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's fifth assessment report has paid significant attention to climate geoengineering. What does this mean for the push to find large-scale technological responses to climate change? Join a group of experts who will unpack the IPCC report, and who will ask, "what's next for climate geoengineering?" Click here for more information.

Participants:

  • Wil Burns, Johns Hopkins University
  • Simon Nicholson, American University
  • Shravya Reddy, Climate Reality Project
  • Janie Wise, Cassidy and Associates

For more information, please contact Michael Thompson.

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Showtime's "Years of Living Dangerously"

Tuesday, April 15

6:30 - 8:00 PM | Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

Join the School of Communication for a screening of clips and panel discussion about Showtime’s 8-part climate change series hosted by SOC, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking. IRW senior producer, Mishi Ebrahim, who produced parts of the series, will moderate a behind-the-scenes panel discussion about the production. Showtime will launch this groundbreaking series nationally beginning on Sunday, April 13.
Light refreshments will be served before and after the screening.

Click here to watch a trailer for the series, and click here to learn more about Mishi Ebrahim's work on the series.

For more information, please contact Don Mike Mendoza.

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Mapping Change

Mapping Change: Visualizing Geopolitical and Environmental Disruption

Wednesday, April 16

3:30 - 5:00 PM | SIS 300

National Geographic Senior GIS Cartographer Rosemary Wardley joins AU Earth Month to share her work in creating, editing, and managing cartographic projects for NatGeo and the society at large and to reveal examples of maps and the stories they tell about our politics, environment, and conflicts. Click here for more information.

For more information, please contact Emily Curley.

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Weigh Your Waste with the Green Eagles

Thursday, April 17

TBD | Terrace Dining Room

Join the Green Eagles to find out just how much food is thrown away in AU's dining hall each day, and simple things we can do to waste less and enjoy more of our meals.

For more information, please contact Joshua Kaplan.

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TOUR: Campus Sustainability Tour

Thursday, April 17 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 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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Splash to Savings Service Project: The 570,000 Gallon Challenge

Friday, April 18 

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Meet outside MGC (rain site: Tavern) | Click here to RSVP

Join a team of student volunteers, led by Green Eagles and Office of Sustainability staff, and help replace more than 200 faucet aerators across campus. New 0.5 gallon per minutes aerators will help save enough water each year to fill AU's swimming pools. Teams of volunteers will have a short training session outside MGC, and then will be given floor plans and aerators and set loose to make a difference on campus. Hard work will be rewarded with pizza and prizes following the event. Click here for more information.

For more information please contact Emily Curley.

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Invasive Species Removal with Rock Creek Conservancy

Saturday, April 19

8:30 AM | Rock Creek Golf Course (Meet inside entrance to Bender Arena)

Join AU's International Student Leadership Team and the Rock Creek Conservancy to help save the park's trees from English ivy. The Rock Creek Conservancy will provide gloves and tools, but volunteers are asked to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Participants should meet inside the entrance to Bender Arena at 8:30 am and bring a SmarTrip card. The group will return to campus a little after 1:00pm.
E-mail islt@american.edu to RSVP.

For more information please contact the International Student Leadership Team.

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Pancake Dinner with Fossil Free AU

Sunday, April 20 

8:00 - 10:00 PM | Butler Board Room

For more information please contact Deirdre Shelly.

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April 21 - 27

Earth Day - Tuesday, April 22

Sustainability Service Day

Second Annual Sustainability Service Day 

Tuesday, April 22 

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Battery-Kemble Trail in Rock Creek Park

Click here to RSVP

Click here for walking directions to Battery-Kemble Trail from campus

Come out and make a difference in the community as part of Campus Beautification Day. AU is partnering with the National Park Service in a park adjacent to AU's campus to assist with the removal of bamboo debris from the ground in order to plant trees in the future and save the park’s mature forest by removing invasive vines from trees.

  • What to Wear: Long pants, sturdy boots or sneakers, and no sandals.
  • What to Bring: Please bring a water bottle. Tools and gloves will be provided. Bring your own tools and gloves, if you have them.
  • Lunch: At noon we will return to the American University campus to enjoy a free BBQ lunch. Vegetarian options will be provided.
  • RSVP: Required. Click here to RSVP.

For more information please contact Joshua Kaplan.

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Campus Beautification Day 2014

21st Annual Campus Beautification Day

Tuesday, April 22 

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Project sites across campus, BBQ in amphitheater at noon

Campus Beautification Day (CBD) is beautiful evidence of AU's culture of sustainability, now in its 21st year. 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, the Brandywine building, and 4401 Connecticut Avenue (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 100% organic cotton 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, and to pre-register to reserve your t-shirt. For more information contact Mark Feist.

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Farm to Fork Day in the Terrace Dining Room

Tuesday, April 22 

Terrace Dining Room (TDR)

Enjoy a special selection of locally-sourced food, and learn about the farms and farmers that produce much of AU's food in the Terrace Dining Room (TDR) on Earth Day.

For more information please contact AU Dining.

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POSTPONED: Panel Discussion: Earth Day in a Conflicted World

Tuesday, April 22 

3:30 - 5:00 PM | MGC 245

The School of International Service's Global Environmental Politics Program is hosting a roundtable discussion with five distinguished panelists, moderated by the Professor Ken Conca.

Update: This event has been postponed to early in the fall semester.

For more information please contact Victoria Fulton.

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Earth Day Tactical Laser Tag

Tuesday, April 22 

7:00 - 10:00 PM | Quad

The SIS Graduate Student Council is hosting Tactical Laser Tag for Earth Day.

For more information please contact Jennifer Harkins.

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Film Screening: DIVE - Dumpster Diving and Food Recovery

Thursday, April 24 

Time and Location TBD

Join Eco-Sense and AU's Food Recovery Network for this film screening.

For more information please contact Deirdre Shelly.

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April 28 - 30 

 

Conscientious Consumption and Climate Change: Meatless Monday Study Break

Monday, April 28 

2:00 - 4:00 | Quad | Click here to RSVP on Facebook

American University has received national recognition for its vegan and vegetarian-friendly dining options. When dining off campus, there are many cafes, restaurants, and food trucks to choose from. Come hear from speakers and local vendors who will highlight delicious meatless food options in Washington, DC and how we can take steps to transition to a more plant-based, meatless diet.

There will be representatives from The Dav, AU Dining Services, Pete's New Haven Style Apizza, 2 Armadillos, Elizabeth's Gone Raw, Everlasting Life Vegan, Woodland's Vegan Bistro, the Humane Society, and more.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs (EPGA) Program. The graduate students hosting this event are in a Climate Ethics course with Dr. Berry.

For more information please contact Caitlin Duffy.

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