Earth Week 2017 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Earth Week 2017

In celebration of this year’s Earth Week and Earth Day, Hobart and William Smith will host a range of activities and events to promote environmental awareness and the community’s commitment to sustainability.

“Earth Week is important for the larger HWS community because of where we are geographically. The Finger Lakes region is a beautiful place with a lot of geographic diversity, but like we’ve seen at many places that used to have a lot of diversity, those places can change quickly,” says Noah Lucas ‘13, sustainability coordinator and residence coordinator for Jackson, Potter and Rees Halls for Residential Education. “It is important to live consciously because we could lose what we have if we don’t take a moment to appreciate it.”

Earth Week will take place from Monday, April 17 through Sunday, April 23, with this year’s program including a camp-out on Fribolin Farm and documentary screenings. The event lineup is as follows:

Monday, April 17

  • Meatless Monday in Scandling Campus Center.

Tuesday, April 18

  • Waste Audit, 11:30 a.m. outside Scandling Campus Center; Student EcoReps will show us how we can do more to recycle and compost.
  • Chef’s Collaborative Garden Establishment, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fribolin Farm; Help plant the gardens.
  • Real Food Challenge tabling, 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Scandling Campus Center; Learn about sustainable food.
  • Painting Green Hands, 1 to 4 p.m. in the Office of Sustainability in Rees Hall.
  • Screening of The True Cost, 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room; The film documents the impact of “fast fashion” on the environment.

Wednesday, April 19

  • Clothing and Bottle Swap, 11:30 a.m. in Scandling Campus Center.
  • Real Food Challenge tabling, 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Scandling Campus Center.
  • Local/homemade bread in Scandling Campus Center.
  • Environmental Studies House Backyard Stream Project, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Yoga on the Fribolin Farm, 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 20

  • Wake the Farm Seeding Workshop, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Scandling Campus Center; planting for the Marigold Project.
  • Real Food Challenge tabling, 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Scandling Campus Center.
  • “A Tale of Two Island Nations: Field Notes from the Invasive Species Front,” 12 p.m. at the Finger Lakes Institute.
  • Tie-Dye, 2 to 4 p.m. on the Quad.
  • Sustainable screening and director talk-back, 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room; An investigation into the economic and environmental repercussions of America’s food system, this documentary explores the efforts of Illinois farmer Marty Travis.

Friday, April 21

  • Yoga on the Fribolin Farm, 7 p.m.
  • Sustainable Fish served in Scandling Campus Center
  • Real Food Challenge Tabling, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Farm camp-out, 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. at the Fribolin Farm; Sign up at the Office of Sustainability.

Saturday, April 22

  • Springfest/Bin Master Project, 1 to 5 p.m. on Stern Lawn.
  • Awake film screening, 8 p.m. in the Geneva Room; Awake is the unconventional documentary about the Hindu Swami who introduced yoga to the western world in the 1920s.