Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Week is Here!

It's Earth Day and U.Va is celebrating all week long!  Students, faculty, staff, and community members are all coming together to host a variety of events to celebrate our Earth. 

Monday, April 22

3:30-5:30 PM – Bike the Lawn:  UVA’s Triathlon Team will host a trainer ride session on the Upper Lawn, along with Blue Ridge Cyclery and other community biking groups.

5:00-8:00 PM – Earth Week Picnic: Join UVA Dining for a zero-waste picnic outside of Runk Dining Hall.

6:00 PM-Sunset – The Big Spring Thing : Ever grown your own food before?  Join Student Council, Fourth Year Trustees, and other gardeners in the Community Garden (across from O Hill) and plant some mint, parsley, or basil that you can take home in a small pot and use for your own cooking! Just bring your own recycled container and we’ll have seeds and snacks for free.

Tuesday, April 23

11:00 AM-2:00 PM – A Fair Exchange: Come out to Fresh Food Company (in Newcomb Dining Hall) to sample fair trade Starbucks coffee and chocolates given away in a reusable mug!

12:00-1:00 PM – UVA Earth Walk: Hoos Well and UVA Sustainability will celebrate sustainability and wellness with a walk around UVA, starting at the Rotunda.  Reusable water bottles and other healthy goodies will be given away!  Register at

2:00-3:00 PM – Leave No Trace: Learn from our Boy Scouts about responsibly enjoying the outdoors.  Leave No Trace is a program that teaches people of all ages how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, and is the most widely accepted outdoor ethics program on public land.  Meet us there in Newcomb Ballroom!

5:00-6:30 PM – Tapped: The Movie: Join the UVa Green Challenge team in Clemons 321 to watch this documentary which trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table, and gain insight into the intersection of big business and public’s right to water. You can watch the trailer here.


6:00-8:30 PM – SustainaFroyo:  Green Grounds is hosting a discussion among UVA’s Sustainafolk, to celebrate the progress university and community groups have made throughout the semester at Darden Court in the Engineering School.  Look out for signup information.

6:00 PM – GMO Panel:  Join experts grounded in science who will address what genetically modified foods are, the science behind them, their safety or lack thereof, benefits and risks, and current research.  Since some stores, including Whole Foods, have publicly committed to label all GMO products within the next five years, this issue may soon be a decision for all who eat.  Hopefully this forum gives you the tools to make the decision!  Come out to Nau 101 for stimulating discussion and snacks provided by Whole Foods!

Wednesday, April 24

11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Earth Week Expo: UVA’s Earth Week in the Newcomb Ballroom will feature presentations on UVA’s Nitrogen Footprint research and application both at an institutional and personal level.  There will be exhibits of community, student, and employee sustainability groups as well as a presentation on UVA’s sustainability initiatives by Architect of the University David Neuman.  UVA Dining will provide a local, sustainable lunch for this zero-waste event.  Look for more info at

4:00-6:00 PM – Local Food Fair: Sample local food offerings at the Fine Arts Cafe!

5:00-6:30 PM – Slow Food Cooking Lesson: Join Slow Food in the Lorna Sundberg International Center for a cooking lesson utilizing your local food options. Space is limited to 15 people, first come first serve! Sign up here.

6:00-7:30 PM – Work Day at the Community Garden: Join us in the Community Garden (across from O Hill) for planting, water, weeding, and whatever else needs to be done in the garden.  It’s the perfect time of year to come check out what’s sprouting and blooming in the garden, and workers are welcome to take home whatever is harvested.

Thursday, April 25

9:00 AM-12:00 PM – CAMBC Trail Work Day: UVA is partnering with the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club to clean up the Rivanna Trail by O Hill, a local hiking and biking trail.  UVA Dining will provide complementary refreshments.  No experience necessary!

9:00-10:00 AM – Living Machine Talk: The Water Working Group of the UVA Environmental Impact Subcommittee has organized a talk in Newcomb 481 from representatives from the Living Machine.  Their system treats raw sewage so that it can be used for industrial, agricultural, and other uses around Charlottesville, and is most visible in the Dell.  Come find out more about this system, and it’s future with UVA.

11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Green Career Fair: Come to the Clark Hall Mural room to meet representatives from companies in sustainability-related fields.  Look out for a list of employers!

12:30-2:30 PM – Ice Cream HOOS Scream: Meet UVA Dining in O Hill to sample some of Ben and Jerry’s fair-trade flavors!

3:00-4:30 PM – Food Photography 101: Join Slow Food at UVA with the renowned photographers behind Beyond the Flavor for a lesson in photographing food.  Sarah Cramer and Andrea Hubbell will discuss their latest project and give some tricks of the trade in a food photography workshop.  Be sure to sign up as soon as possible!

4:00-6:00 PM – Bike Maintenance Workshop: Learn from the experts at the O Hill bike fix-it station for a workshop on bike maintenance.  It’s a chance to learn the basics or brush up on your skills!

6:30-7:30 PM – Renewable Energy Dialogue: Join this dialogue between speakers, students, and community-members on renewable energy and Charlottesville’s energy future, held in Clark 108.

7:30-9:30 PM – Blackout Thursday Movie in the Field: Enjoy a movie and a cookout on Lambeth Field, hosted by Lambeth Res Life.

10:00 PM-2:00 AM – Earth Week Bar Night: Grab a UVA Sustainability sticker or pin from any Earth Week event, and enjoy deals on drinks at Boylan!

Friday, April 26

8:30-9:30 AM – Duplex Derby Champions Breakfast: UVA Sustainability will host a free breakfast for the winning department of the Duplex Derby double-sided printing competition.

2:00 PM – UVA Living eARTh: Come out to Nameless Field to help create an aerial image out of people, captured by the GIS balloon.  Lookout for signup information! Click here to sign-up and help us get a head count.

Saturday, April 27

12:00 PM-1:30 PM – Work Day at the Community Garden: Join us in the Community Garden (across from O Hill) for planting, water, weeding, and whatever else needs to be done in the garden.  It’s the perfect time of year to come check out what’s sprouting and blooming in the garden, and workers are welcome to take home whatever is harvested.

Sunday, April 28

4:00-6:00 PM – TJ’s Work with the Earth: Enjoy an informative tour about the history and uses of plants, brought to life by current interns in the Thomas Jefferson Demo Garden in Hereford College.  End your Earth Week working in the garden to enjoy nature in its purest form!