In celebration of Earth Week and Earth Day 2016, Hobart and William Smith are hosting a range of activities and events across campus to highlight environmental awareness and sustainability efforts.
Earth Week takes place from Monday, April 18 through Sunday, April 24, with this year’s programs ranging from a farmers market and interfaith dialogue to a film screening and sustainability-focused swap meet. The event lineup is as follows:
- Monday, April 18: Multi-faith Conversation on Caring for Our Common Home; 7:30 p.m. in the L. Thomas Melly ’52 Lobby of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts; featuring panelists Associate Professor of Religious Studies Etin Anwar, Rabbi Ann Landowne of Temple Beth El and HWS Trustee The Rt. Rev. Bishop Prince G. Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester.
- Monday, April 18: Meatless Monday; breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Great Hall of Saga; Saga will offer up to 90 percent vegetarian cuisine.
- Tuesday, April 19: Film Screening of “Tapped;” 7:30 p.m. in the Fish Screening Room. A documentary on the plastic bottle industry along with its effects on the environment and communities; hosted by the Campus Greens.
- Wednesday, April 20: Wake the Farm Seeding Workshop; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scandling Campus Center; participants will plant seeds for future transplanting at the HWS Fribolin Farm.
- Wednesday, April 20: LeanPath Day; all day in the Great Hall of Saga; students will be shown how pre-consumer waste is weighed using LeanPath, a waste monitoring system.
- Thursday, April 21: Wake the Farm Workshop – “Food Without Dirt: An Introduction to Aquaponics;” 4 p.m. at the Environmental Studies House (451 Pulteney Street); aquaponics is a year-round, sustainable farming method that uses less water, energy and soil than traditional farming. Participants will learn about the history, science and applications of aquaponics, as well as experience what it is like to maintain an operating aquaponics system on the HWS campus.
- Thursday, April 21: Sustainable Foods Club meeting; 7:30 p.m. at the LOFT House; participants will make granola to sell during the April 22 farmers market.
- Friday, April 22: HWS Campus Farmers Market; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the terraces in front of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts; products will include limited seasonal vegetables, garden transplants, eggs, honey, jams and jellies, baked goods, herbs, maple products and cheeses. Information on local community supported agriculture will be available. Bring your own bag.
- Friday, April 22: Gearan Center for the Performing Arts LEED Tours; 10 a.m. and noon, meet in the Gearan Center lobby; HWS Senior Project Manager Chris Button will give tours of the Gearan Center highlighting the areas in the building that contribute to the facility’s LEED green building certification. The building is expected to earn a LEED Silver certification or better. There will also be signage explaining the sustainable features of the building posted throughout the week.
- Friday, April 22: Pop-up Sustainable Gala; 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Common Room of the Scandling Campus Center; a pop-up restaurant-style dinner will feature plant-based food items. All food items will be vegan including appetizers, entrees and desserts. All recipes will be prepared by recently instructed chefs that participated in a rigorous training held by the Humane Society of the United States. Tickets will be sold for $4 at the concierge desk outside of Saga until April 19.
- Friday, April 22: Film Screening of “The Secret Life of Bees;” 7 p.m. in the Sanford Room; sponsored by Marion Marsh ’17 and the Finger Lakes Institute; there will be a popcorn/candy bar and flavored water served during the film.
- Saturday, April 23: Appetizer Cook Off; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Coxe Hal 08; bring a dish to share and see how your cooking stacks up. Entries will be graded by price, taste, presentation and sustainability. Contact email@example.com to sign up.
- Saturday, April 23: Wake the Farm Workshop – “Dairy Farm Tour;” held 2 to 4 p.m. with participants meeting in the Medbery Parking Lot behind the Gearan Center; transportation is provided with limited space. Registration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; visit two modern dairy farms just a short drive from campus. On the first farm you will learn how cows are fed and cared for and how farmers grow and store their feed. On the second farm you will learn how a manure digester can turn waste into electricity to run the farm, and then get to meet some baby calves. Learn from the millennials who manage the farms what they do on a daily basis to care for their cows, their land and their communities.
- Sunday, April 24: Swap Meet; from noon to 4 p.m. at the ATM Lounge in the Scandling Campus Center; give an item, take an item. When students give an item they will be given a ticket good to acquire another item(s). All leftover items will be donated to the annual HWS Community Barn Sale.
- Sunday, April 24: Fashion Revolution; all day and throughout campus; an international movement in which people wear an article of clothing inside out to show the label of where it was made. The purpose is to make people more aware of the distance that their clothing must travel, and the water and carbon footprint of their clothing, as well as getting people thinking about those things for other parts of their lives.
Throughout the week there will also been ongoing activities, including “Dining in the Dark” each night of the week hosted by HWS Sodexo Dining Services and new facts about sustainability will be written on sidewalks and boards across campus throughout the week.
The weeklong celebration is a campus-wide collaboration facilitated by the Campus Greens, Finger Lakes Institute Food Systems Program, HWS Fribolin Farm, Sustainable Foods Club, Finger Lakes Institute, HWS Environmental Studies Program, HWS Sodexo Dining Services, Intercultural Affairs, Office for Spiritual Engagement and Office of Sustainability.