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Earth Month

Earth Month 2015

Earth Month 2015

Join the entire American University community in celebrating Earth Month 2015.

Earth Month 2015 | April 1 - 24

Earth Month 2015 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.

The many birds who make their home in our campus arboretum aren't the only ones tweeting - join in the celebration by using the #AUEarthMonth hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram whether you are on campus or across the globe.

April 1 - 5

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


Earth Month Film Series: Waste

Thursday, April 2 | 8 - 10 PM | The Perch, Centennial Hall

Stop by The Perch to catch a documentary film on the issue of waste. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, please contact Samantha Kenny.

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April 6 - 12


Rock the Earth: ECOlympics Closing Concert

Monday, April 6 | 9 - 10 PM | Kay Spiritual Life Center | RSVP on Facebook

Who will be the ECOlympics EcoChampion? Find out at the ECOlympics closing ceremony, Rock The Earth! This awesome concert will feature Treble in Paradise, AU Banghra, AU Gospel Choir, Pitches Be Trippin', and An Array of Pants. The $300 grand prize will be awarded to the winning ECOlympics residence hall and individual prizes will be given out to lucky attendees. MC'ed by AU's own Green Eagles, this will definitely be an event you won't want to miss out on.

For more information, please contact Ansley Roberts.

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Conversations with Good Company: Sustainability in the Federal Government

Speaker: Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer for the United States Postal Service

Wednesday, April 8 | 5:30 - 7 PM | Kogod Student Lounge | Click here to RSVP

Over the past ten years the USPS has been forced adapt to market pressures and new technologies by thinking long term and incorporating sustainability into its core mission. Join Mr. Thomas Day, Chief Sustainability Officer, as he discusses creating a culture of conservation throughout the Postal Service and leading the organization to adopt sustainable business practices that include becoming more energy and water efficient, buying fewer supplies and reducing solid waste. RSVP is requested.

For more information, please contact Cara Blumenthal.

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Earth Month Film Series: Food

Thursday, April 9 | 8 - 10 PM | The Perch, Centennial Hall

Stop by The Perch to catch a documentary film on our food system. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, please contact Samantha Kenny.

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April 13 - 19

Indigenous Rights and the Environment: Indigenous Voices Speak Out on Climate Change

Monday, April 13 | 1:30 - 3:30 PM | Kay Lounge

This event is part of Earth Justice Week, sponsored by the AU Society for Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs and the US Foreign Policy Activist Cooperative.

For more information, please contact Alyssa Rohricht.

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Campus Beautification Day 2015

22nd Annual Campus Beautification Day

Tuesday, April 14

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 22nd year. Hundreds of campus members come together to beautify campus and leave a lasting legacy. Volunteer work runs from 8 AM until noon at 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 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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Class, Race, and the Environment: Environmental Impacts on People of Color and Lower-Income Communities

Tuesday, April 14 | 1:30 - 3:30 PM | Battelle Atrium

This event is part of Earth Justice Week, sponsored by the AU Society for Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs and the US Foreign Policy Activist Cooperative.

For more information, please contact Alyssa Rohricht.

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"Environmental Terrorism": How the FBI Targets Environmental and Animal Rights Groups

Wednesday, April 15 | 1:30 - 3:30 PM | Kay Lounge

This event is part of Earth Justice Week, sponsored by the AU Society for Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs and the US Foreign Policy Activist Cooperative.

For more information, please contact Alyssa Rohricht.

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Spring into Sustainability: DIY Herb Planting and Sustainable Food Discussion

Wednesday, April 15 | 8 PM | The Hatch, Leonard Hall | RSVP on Facebook

Cilantro, parsley, basil, and more! Come out to the Hatch to create your own take-home herb plant. By reusing glass jars, cans and other recyclable materials we will be planting seeds for plants that you can use for that little extra something-something in your favorite recipes this season.We will be hearing about the sustainable food initiatives on AU's campus from Sustainability Chef Kyle Johnson and students working on food projects! You are encouraged to bring your own jars or cans for planting but we will have recycled materials to plant in and decorate with. Free snacks will be provided.

For more information, please contact Billie Case.

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Campus Sustainability Tour

Thursday, April 16 | 12 PM - 1 PM | Tour Begins Outside the SIS Building | RSVP for the Tour

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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Economics and Climate Change: How Multi-National Corporations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and Capitalism are Impacting the Biosphere

Thursday, April 16 | 1:30 - 3:30 PM | Kay Lounge

This event is part of Earth Justice Week, sponsored by the AU Society for Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs and the US Foreign Policy Activist Cooperative.

For more information, please contact Alyssa Rohricht.

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Earth Month Film Series: Climate Change

Thursday, April 16 | 8 - 10 PM | The Perch, Centennial Hall

Stop by The Perch to catch a documentary film on the issue of climate change. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, please contact Samantha Kenny.

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Geoengineering: Engaging Civil Society in the Geoengineering Debate

Friday, April 17 | 1:30 - 3:30 PM | Battelle Atrium

This event is part of Earth Justice Week, sponsored by the AU Society for Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs and the US Foreign Policy Activist Cooperative.

For more information, please contact Alyssa Rohricht.

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April 20 - 26

Tommy Wells, Director, District Department of the Environment

DC: A Living City with Tommy Wells, Director, District Department of the Environment (DDOE)

Monday, April 20

2 - 3 PM | Woods-Brown Amphitheater (Rainsite: Kay Spiritual Life Center)

American University is known for its environmental commitments and beautiful arboretum campus, but what about our greater home—the District of Columbia? DC is not just as a livable city;it is a living city. Come hear District Department of the Environment (DDOE) Director Tommy Wells provide an in-depth perspective on the District's unique ecology and how it serves a critical role in the vision for a truly sustainable city. From the bald eagles that patrol the skies to the incredible biodiversity found from Rock Creek Park to Kingman Island, and even your own backyard, this talk will provide an eye-opening look at DC's natural environment.

For more information, please contact Joshua Kaplan.

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"The Law of Water: The New Forest Code" - A Documentary Film Screening and Discussion with Raul Silva do Telles Valle

Tuesday, April 21

5:30 - 7:30 PM | WCL, Room 603 (4801 Massachussets Avenue, NW)

Join Brazilian environmental lawyer Raul Silva Telles do Valle for a screening and discussion of the recently released documentary, "The Law of Water: the New Forest Code". Brazil is home to the largest rainforest of the planet, the Amazon. Despite its central role in balancing the global climate and protecting biodiversity, the Amazon has lost 20% of its original area to agriculture just in the last 40 years. In 2004, the Federal Government decided to really enforce the Forest Code, an old law that had existed for many decades, but had low rates of compliance. Since then the deforestation has dropped by 80% to the lowest levels since the monitoring system began. In 2012, after three years of intense dispute, the National Congress approved a new Forest Code. Agricultural representatives say it was modernized. Environmentalists and scientists say it was weakened. This new documentary looks at the politics and science behind this new forest code. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Raul. 

For more information, please contact Erika Lennon.

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Earth Day - Tuesday, April 22

Conversations with Good Company: The Future of the Energy Sector

Wednesday, April 22 

5 - 7 PM | MGC 200 | Click here to RSVP

Join industry leaders discuss the future of the energy sector. Panelists include:

  • Matthew Swibel, Director of Corporate Sustainability at Lockheed Martin
  • Richard Caperton, Director of National Policy and Partnerships at Opower
  • Chris Ercoli and Aaron Kraus, Deputy Directors - Policy and Electricity Markets at SolarCity

RSVP requested. This event is part of the Conversations with Good Company speaker series hosted by the MS in Sustainability Management program in the Kogod School of Business.

For more information please contact Cara Blumenthal.

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Earth Day Faculty Forum: Urban Sustainability

Wednesday, April 22 

6 - 7:30 PM | SIS Founders' Room | Click here to RSVP

How does a city like DC develop sustainably? What lessons can we learn from the past? What challenges do urban planners face when dealing with urban environments? How can policy and community engagement play a positive role in spearheading this moverment?

Join us on Earth Day as we discuss some of the prevailing sustainability issues that cities face as they move into more "green" models of development. Panelists include: panelists

  • Jesse Meiller - Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science (CAS)
  • Daniel Fiorino - Director, Center for Environmental Policy (SPA)
  • Blake Bennett - Assistant Director, Public Health Scholars (CAS)
  • Eve Bratman- Assistant Professor, International Development (SIS)
RSVP requested. Refreshments will be served. Cosponsored by Delta Phi Epsilon Foreign Service Sorority.

For more information please contact Monica Emma.

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Earth Month Film Series: Oceans

Thursday, April 23 | 8 - 10 PM | The Perch, Centennial Hall

Stop by The Perch to catch a documentary film on oceans. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, please contact Samantha Kenny.

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Celebrating "Aha Moments"

Thursday, April 23 | 8:00 PM | The Perch, Centennial Hall | RSVP on Facebook

Join us for the culmination of the Earth Month Aha Moment Series. An evening to honor environmentalism at American University and for individuals to share the first topic that engaged them on topics of sustainability.

Bring your study materials and your final project groups! There will be 10 minute blocks of Aha Moment testimonies with blocks of time to work on projects and study with great study music and snacks. Who better to study with than other environmentally-minded people? Refreshments will be served!

For more information, please contact Samantha Kenny.

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