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13 Days of Celebrating the Earth

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The 13 Days of Celebrating the Earth were a big success. From farmers markets and a celebration of campus trees to a health and wellbeing fair and a day of reflection, the 13 Days offered something for everyone to celebrate. Did you miss some of the days’ events? You can sample some highlights below and check out the photos in our flickr gallery.

We would like to thank all of our 13 Days partners for their collaboration on this series of events: Campus Recreation, the StArt Gallery, Landscaping Services, Residence Life & Housing, WFU Campus Kitchen, Dr. Weithaus’ religion class, Dr. Matteo’s sociology class, Dr. Lord’s biology class, the Office of the Chaplain, ZSR Library, Human Resources, and the WFU Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Meditation Garden

Students learn about the diverse growth of native plants in the To Hi meditation garden as part of the rest and relaxation activities on Day 5.

Health and Wellbeing: April 20

Students enjoyed the opportunity to take a free yoga class on the Quad as part of the emphasis on Health and Wellbeing on Day 7.

Bill McKibben

Environmental thought leader Bill McKibben lectures on 350 – The Most Important Number in the World as the keynote speaker for the 13 Days of Celebrating the Earth on April 26.

13 Days of Celebrating the Earth: April 26

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Celebrate the culmination of the 13 Days of Celebrating the Earth by attending the keynote lecture by Bill McKibben.

Bill McKibben – 350: The Most Important Number in the World

When: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Where: Wait Chapel

Bill McKibben is one of America’s best known environmental educators. As a bestselling author, he has written books that have shaped public perception and public action on climate change, alternative energy, and the need for more localized economies.

Action: You can be a part of the solution! Vote with your dollars, actions, and time to make the world around you more sustainable for all.

13 Days of Celebrating the Earth: April 25

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Celebrate the culmination of the Choose to Reuse campaign. Many students, faculty, and staff have pledged to make informed decisions about their bottled water use and to make the switch from disposable products to more durable options.

Choose to Reuse Celebration

When: 11:30am-2:00pm

Where: Manchester Plaza (Mag Quad

Come out to celebrate the success of the Choose To Reuse campaign.

Seniors get the chance to sign the Green Graduation Pledge and receive a re-usable travel coffee mug.

Action: Do an audit of your life – what do you rely on that is disposable, what are the options for more durable, reusable options? Reduce waste with every purchasing decision: before you buy anything new, consider how durable the item is, how quickly it will wear out and become trash, how much it will take to maintain it, and whether or not it can be recycled or sent back to the manufacturer at the end of its useful life.

13 Days of Celebrating the Earth: April 23-24

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Spring cleaning? Be mindful of the effects of your household chores: wash your clothes in cold water, hang clothes to dry, and/or switch out a harsh chemical cleaner for one with less toxic ingredients.

Get outside and explore local recreational opportunities. You can find a list of opportunities in the campus Green Guide and through Outdoor Pursuits.

If you chose to make a commitment to sustainability for the Christian Lent period, reflect on how you might make that change more permanently in your life.

13 Days of Celebrating the Earth: April 22

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Staying around town for the holiday weekend? Explore your community more in depth and let Campus Kitchen be your host.

Local Farm and Garden Tours

When: 10:00am-3:00pm

Where: Meet in the Benson Circle for transportation provided by Campus Kitchen.

Explore local sustainable farming and food education efforts during tours of Reynolda Gardens and Beta Verde, followed by a lunch at Breakfast of Course (Mary’s Too!).

Action: Take the two-mile challenge: try to walk, bike, carpool, or ride a campus shuttle for all trips within two miles of home.

13 Days of Celebrating the Earth: April 21

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Think Green Thursday: Fair Trade

When: 10:30am-12:15pm

Where: Magnolia Patio

What is fair trade and why does it matter? Learn about the importance of fair trade from a student entrepreneur. Test your knowledge to win discounts on beautiful fairly traded merchandise from around the world. Cash and Deacon Dollars accepted.

Chili Cook-Off

When: 11:00am-1:00pm

Where: Manchester Plaza (Mag Quad)

Bring your best pot of chili to this local/seasonal ingredient Chili Cook-Off. Groups and individuals can enter to compete for the coveted Golden Ladle. Entries will be judged based on taste and use of seasonal and local ingredients. The entry fee is $25 and all proceeds go to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Questions? Contact Carrie Stokes (stokecr8@wfu.edu ) or Anna Donze (donzar9@wfu.edu) for additional details. To enter a team, contact Sarah Hayward (haywsl0@wfu.edu).

Action: Do you know your carbon footprint ? Use a carbon footprint calculator to learn more about how much energy you use (directly and indirectly). Choose one wasteful habit and commit to changing it.

13 Days of Celebrating the Earth: April 20

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Do you care about the health of the Earth? It starts by taking care of ourselves and our communities.

Health and Wellbeing Fair

When: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Magnolia Patio, Rain location: 1st floor Reynolda Hall Lobby

Collect resources from and interface with representatives of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Campus Recreation/Outdoor Pursuits, Slow Food Piedmont and more. Get involved with free outdoor yoga, health quizzes, and local food for sale by Reynolda Farm Market.

Action: Commit to taking care of your body: drink 64oz of water a day, get 20 minutes of exercise, eat healthy foods, and/or take the stairs instead of riding elevators, if you are able.

13 Days of Celebrating the Earth: April 19

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Learn more about local food politics and action at ZSR and about the importance of water conservation in front of the Reynolda Fresh Food Company (the Pit).

Cobblestone Farmers Market (Formerly Krankie’s Farmers Market)*

When: 11:00am-1:00pm

Where: Meet the free shuttle in the library circle to go to the season opener of Cobblestone Farmers Market, located at the intersection of 3rd Street and Patterson Avenue downtown

The Cobblestone Farmers Market is an all-local, producers-only market that aims to bring fresh food, entertainment, and community connection into downtown Winston-Salem.

Vendors use healthy, sustainable, and humane practices. The Cobblestone Farmers Market is operated by Cultivate Piedmont, a program of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (www.carolinafarmstewards.org). The market is held every Tuesday from April 19-November 29.

Water Conservation

When: 11:00am-2:00pm

Where: in front of the Reynolda Fresh Food Company (the Pit)

Learn more about the importance of water conservation, the water conservation initiatives already in place at the university, and ways that you can make a difference in your home or residence hall.

Green Graduation Pledge

When: 12:00pm (following the Senior Meeting)

Where: Hearn Plaza

Following the mandatory meeting for seniors in Wait Chapel, graduating seniors may sign the “Green Graduation Pledge.”  By signing, seniors pledge to take into account the social and environmental consequences of any future endeavors and to work to improve the sustainability of the communities in which they work, live and play after graduation.

The first 200 graduating seniors to sign will receive reusable travel mugs with the pledge written on them!

Earth Day with ZSR

When: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Where: ZSR Library, Room 204

For this year’s Earth Day Celebration, a discussion panel made up of local farmers and food activists will talk about their involvement with local food action in Winston-Salem and the surrounding area. This panel discussion is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, and is part of Wake Up to Food Week/13 Days of Celebrating the Earth.

Action: Conserve water: commit to taking 5-minute showers and/or turning off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving.

13 Days of Celebrating the Earth: April 18

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Spend some time today relaxing, reflecting and restoring your senses on campus. Periodic breaks will help you work smarter, not harder. Various groups will be out and about on campus to support you in taking time out for you.

To Hi (meditation) Garden

When: April 18, 4:00pm

Where: the corner of Wingate and Faculty Drives

Take a break from the constant stresses of college work and life. Meet at the To Hi garden to learn about the diverse growth of native plants in this little campus Shangri-La. Experts will be on hand to discuss the importance of native plants and foods in First Peoples cultural traditions.

Take a Time Out and enjoy the many opportunities right here on campus

When: All Day

Where: on campus

Experience throwing the Frisbee on the quad; visit the Museum of Anthropology, Reynolda House, Hanes Gallery, or StArt Gallery; get your hands dirty working outside in the Campus Garden; take a walk through running trails or down the path to Reynolda Village.

Action: Take a break. Working 24/7 is not a sustainable pathway. Enjoy some time with friends, check in with a family member, get outside, visit a campus museum or gallery, meditate, or engage in a religious or spiritual ritual. With your senses restored, you will be able to work smarter, not harder.

13 Days of Celebrating the Earth: April 17

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

How good is the food in public school lunch rooms?

It might be worse than you thought.

Lunch Line, documentary screening and reception with the filmmaker

When: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Where: Pugh Auditorium; Shorty’s Restaurant

Campus Kitchen’s Wake Up to Food Week is sponsoring a screening of the acclaimed documentary Lunch Line about the U.S. School Lunch Program.

“Lunch Line follows six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch — and end up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. The film tracks the behind-the-scenes details of school lunch and childhood hunger from key moments in the 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s to the present, revealing political twists, surprising alliances, and more common ground than people might realize.” according to the Lunch Line web site.

A Q&A with filmmaker, Michael Graziano, and a reception will follow in Shorty’s Restaurant.

Action: Commit to educating yourself about what’s going on in the world by viewing documentaries, reading the news, and taking local action about something that you feel passionately about.