April 12, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day at Emory

This year, Thursday, April 22, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebrated worldwide and at Emory. In honor of Earth Day, Emory began the month with a movie viewing of Judith Helfand’s “Blue Vinyl” co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and Office of Sustainability Initiatives and challenged the Emory community to start living a healthier lifestyle on National Walking Day — April 7 — with three 30-minute walks in separate locations of campus.

Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives has partnered with Emory Dining, Emory Recycles, Residence Life and various departments on campus to plan wide-ranging, sustainability-related activities and events on Earth Day and the weeks beyond.

Earth Day activities planned for the entire week, include: “Trayless Dining and Weight the Waste” at Dobbs University Center where Emory Dining is asking students to leave dining room trays behind to minimize waste, then total waste diversion rates will be calculated to show how much waste was diverted by going trayless; “Trash Your Can & Convert Desk-Side Cans to Recycling Containers” at Emory Law; “Trash Audit at Few and Evans Halls” to determine how much recyclable material is going into the trash in these residence halls; “Fraternity Row Aluminum Can Drive”; and “Sorority Village Clothing and White Paper Drives.” For details on these events, contact Deena Keeler.

Earth Day can be used as a reminder to turn off or unplug electrical items when not in use, conserve water, promote the use of alternative commuting or to take or renew your personal sustainability pledge. For a complete listing of events and activities planned around Earth Day, visit

Earth Day Events at Emory

Monday, April 19
• Paper Shredding Event: 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Emory employees can bring personal documents to the Emory Recycling Center for shredding. Contact: Deena Keeler

• E-Waste Recycling Event: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Boxes are available for drop-off at Campus Services Building A from April 19–23. Bring old cell phones, cameras, PC components and other outdated electronic equipment. TVs and appliances are not accepted. Contact: Deena Keeler

• Film Screening: 9 p.m.
View “No Impact Man” at Asbury Circle; snacks will be served. Contact: Judith Pannell

Tuesday, April 20
• CDC Shredding Event: 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employees can bring personal documents to the Emory Recycling Center for shredding. Contact: Deena Keeler

• Fiber Audit: 2–4 p.m.
Sort white paper from mixed paper at the Emory Recycling Center. Meet outside Cox Hall and walk to the Recycling Center where refreshments will be provided as white paper is sorted from Emory’s recycling stream. Contact: Deena Keeler

• Earth Week Market Party: 12–5 p.m.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, featuring Chef Holly Herrick, author of “The Southern Farmers Market Cookbook.” Contact: Julie Shaffer

• Five-course Sustainable Dinner: 6–9 p.m.
A sustainable dinner, served in Few Hall’s demonstration kitchen, will be prepared for 10 student drawing winners and their guests chosen from Trayless Tuesdays participants. Contact: Julie Shaffer

• Top (Sustainable) Chef Challenge: 5–7 p.m.
Students will pick up a sustainable mystery ingredient from the Dobbs swipe station to include in their dish preparation. Contact: Julie Shaffer

Wonderful Wednesday, April 21
• Don’t Dump It, Donate It: 11:30 a.m.
Donation bags will be provided to all students at Wonderful Wednesday to get an early start on move out; donation bags should be brought to the Earth Day event on McDonough Field on April 22 between 3 and 8 p.m. to redeem a prize for donating. Items accepted include clothes, shoes and accessories. Contact: Deena Keeler

• Top Sustainable Chef Challenge Round One
The student cooking competition will be judged at Wonderful Wednesday using a secret seasonal sustainable “mystery” ingredient provided by Emory Dining. Contact: Julie Shaffer

• Top Sustainable Chef Challenge Round Two: 6 p.m.
Two student winners from the Wonderful Wednesday competition will compete that evening at Dobbs partnered with an Emory Dining chef. Contact: Julie Shaffer

Thursday, April 22
• Greeks Go Green Fiber Audit: 4–6 p.m.
Emory’s Greek organizations will sort white paper from mixed paper at the Emory Recycling Center. Contact: Deena Keeler

• Sustainable Earth Day Dinner: 4:30–8 p.m. Contact: Julie Shaffer

• McDonough Field Party: 7:30–10 p.m.
Join the Emory community for a presentation by Tree Campus USA, student performances and many giveaways. Contact: Judith Pannell

Friday, April 23
• Café Campesino Fair Trade Coffee Tasting: 2–4 p.m.
Sample fair trade coffee in Emory’s Coca-Cola Commons. Contact: Julie Shaffer

• Recycled Luau: 10 p.m.
Meet at the pool on the Clairmont campus. Contact:

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