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Call for Volunteers: Earth Day Fair

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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The Piedmont Earth Day Fair is right around the corner. Have you signed up to volunteer? Volunteers are especially needed for Parking, Zero Waste, Exhibitor Assistance, and Clean-up after the Fair.  So, grab some friends and plan to enjoy the Fair and also spend a few hours giving back. You must be at least 16 years old and able to commit to showing up on time and completing a shift.  Shifts vary from 2-3 hours long.

A little about the event:

April 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Dixie Classic Fair Grounds in Winston-Salem

Founded by PEA, the Piedmont Earth Day Fair is the Triad’s largest Earth Day event. Now in its 6th consecutive year, the Fair promotes environmental stewardship through practical life applications. Over 8,000 attended the 2010 Fair at Wake Forest University.

Learn more about the event and sign up to volunteer here.

See you there!

Earth Day celebration encourages action

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Attendees made sustainable pledges and attached them to the student constructed bottle tower.The 5th annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair,sponsored by the Piedmont Environmental Alliance, was held on Davis Field on April 17. Nearly 8,000 people attended the fair themed around the idea “Day of Action.” More than 100 exhibitors demonstrated a variety of ways to reduce your impact on the planet from switching to sustainable commuting methods, to buying local organics and exploring the great outdoors. Hundreds of attendees took action by pledging their support to minimize the negative environmental impact of their own lives. The green pledgers wrote down attainable goals on slips and paper and attached them to the walls of a Bottle Tower constructed by university community members from recycled materials found on campus.

The university’s Earth Day celebration kicked off on the 21st in the Reynolda Fresh Foods Company. Local farmers brought produce to distribute at the dining hall and the Pit featured locally sourced ingredients on the lunch menu. That night, Ben Harper and Relentless 7 performed in Wait Chapel as part of the Campus Consciousness Tour.

Several events around campus lent a reflective nature to the celebration the following week. On April 22nd, the Native American Student Association held a ceremony to bless the garden at the intersection of Faculty and Wingate Drive. University staff have begun to reintroduce native species of plants to the already biodiverse space that was once just a storm-water run-off area. The garden is now designed as a meditative place of reflection for members of the Wake Forest community. It was named Nvwotohida gadvtv – the Cherokee name for a meditative or healing garden.

Other members of the university community joined the celebration as well. The Library Lecture Series in ZSR featured a panel that discussed use of the campus as a Living Classroom. Members from the biology, English, history, and religion departments discussed they ways they use the campus for research and teaching.

Be sure to check out photos from the Day of Action on our flickr page and at Terri LeGrand’s Picasa.

Caitlin Brooks, Outreach and Communications Intern

Celebrate Earth Day on Campus

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Thursday, April 22nd

All Day – B-EARTH-day Celebration at the Fresh Food Company

The Pit, Benson Patio, Shorty’s, the Sundry Store

Enjoy activities and opportunities to celebrate Earth Day all day in campus dining locations. See posters in these facilities for ways to get involved.

11:00 am – Ceremonial Healing Garden Blessing

Wingate and Faculty Drive

The Native American Student Association will lead us in blessing the wooded space at the corner of Wingate and Faculty drive. Indigenous plants are being re-introduced to this already biologically diverse area of our campus as part of healing the land and restoring its ability to filter storm water from campus. Walking paths and benches create an ideal outdoor space for reflection, meditation, and restoration.

The ceremonial name being given to the garden is Nvwotohida gadvtv – the Cherokee name for peaceful or healing garden.

Participants should bring a small handful of dirt from home, a rock, or other symbolic representation of their intentions for the space to contribute during the ceremony.

3:00 pm – Campus as a Living Classroom panel

Library Lecture Series

Z. Smith Reynolds Library – Room 204

Professors from Biology, English, History, and Religion discuss the ways they are taking teaching and research out onto campus. Explore with them the opportunities for discovering a sense of place on campus and the ways this can complement coursework and research.

7:00 pm –  Tribal Environmentalism: A conversation with Law Professors Stacy Leeds and G. William Rice

DeTamble Auditorium

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is pleased to host Professors Stacy Leeds and G. William Rice for a conversation on legal and tribal governmental roles in environmental issues. Professor Stacy Leeds is a nationally recognized leader among tribal judges. She currently serves on the Tribal Advisory Board for the National Judicial College. She is also chief judge of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation District Court. G. William Rice is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa and Co-Director of the Native American Law Center.

This event is the third in a series of programs aimed at strengthening community ties, and further increasing a collaborative partnership with American Indian communities in North Carolina. All events present an opportunity for us to discuss land rights, native cultures and respect/care for the earth, and issues of sovereignty.

Fifth Annual PEA Earth Day Fair

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Wake Forest University will be hosting the Piedmont Environmental Alliance Earth Day Fair on Davis Field Saturday, April 17, 2010. This is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th celebration for PEA.

More than 100 exhibitors and Teaching Tents will illustrate for all fair-goers how they can reduce their impact on our planet. The theme for the 2010 Piedmont Earth Day Fair will be a “Day of Action.” PEA and the Office of Sustainability at Wake Forest University are teaming up to inspire visitors to commit to making one or more of ten easily adopted lifestyle changes with high potential impact.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature entertainment and learning opportunities for all ages.  Everyone will enjoy the great lineup of sustainable foods and beverages available from local eateries as well as great local music.

The fair will be a “Zero Waste” event. Recycling and composting bins will be available through the venue,  but “trash” cans will be conspicuously absent.  All attendees are encouraged to think creatively about ways to reduce or eliminate waste on Earth Day and each day of the year.  All service-ware at the Fair will be compostable or recyclable and all food and drink sold will be served in or on recyclable or compostable containers.

The live music schedule follows:

10:30 am:  Randy Fulk, Contemporary Folk

11:30 am:  Martha Allman Old Time Band, Old Time

12:30 pm:  The Darnell Woodies, Appalachian Punk

1:30 pm:   Jerry Chapman, Solo Acoustic Pop / Rock

2:30 pm:   Caleb Caudle and the Bayonets, Alt-Country/Indie Rock

3:30 pm:   Porch Dog Revival, Americana Soul

For more information or if you are interested in volunteering at the Fair, please visit PEANC.org or join the WFU Sustainability Facebook event “Earth Day Fair 2010.”

Kathleen Pritchard, Outreach and Communications Intern