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Earth Week 2016 Celebrated on Campus

Get ready to "Go Green" as CBU celebrates Earth Week in collaboration with CBU Sustainability, Food Recovery Network, Vanderhaar Symposium, and the TN Renewable Energy Economic Council during the week of April 19-22! The week's program aims to cultivate a deeper recognition of issues related to the environment, sustainability, and initiatives taking place on campus by various organizations. We are especially excited to welcome activist, founder, speaker, and 2013 CNN "Hero of the Year" recipient Chad Pregracke to campus for the eleventh annual Vanderhaar Symposium on Thursday, April 21st! 

Below is a schedule of events throughout the week, along with location and times. If you're on social media, don't forget to use the hashtag #EarthWeekCBU to stay up to date! 


Farmers In The Quad: Farmers Market 

Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CBU welcomes the Cooper Young Farmers Market and Overton Park Farmers Market. Sponsored by SGA, Student Sustainability Coalition, and the students in Dr. Emily Holmes’s "Spirituality and Ethics of Eating" class. Students will receive $5 to $10 in free tickets to use for purchases. All other please pay cash.

Up! Up! Farm Film Festival 

Spain Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Planting Justice: Shorts

Planting Justice is a non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA dedicated to food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems. They bring community members together to create replicable, energy- and water-efficient gardens that demonstrate how it is possible to grow a complete nutritional diet right where 80% of U.S. residents live in the city.


The message of cautious hope presented in the film: To start solving complicated environmental problems, we need to forgo quick fixes and start restoring the natural world — and people's connection to it — from the forest floor up.


Free Yoga Class (CBU faculty / staff / students only)

Sabbatini Lounge, 6:00 p.m.


Sustain-a-Book Contest Reception

Plough Library, 11:00 a.m.

Winners will be announced, and a free bicycle from Revolutions Bike Shop will be awarded two one lucky winner! 

Career Services Green Jobs Luncheon 

Living Learning Center, 1:00 p.m. 

Featuring Karen Ellis (FedEx Express), Chris Peterson (Farmer), Natalie Wilson (Shelby Farms Park Conservancy), Janet Boscarino (Clean Memphis), and Lori Morris (Memphis International Airport)

Vanderhaar Symposium with Chad Pregracke

University Theater, 7:00 p.m.

Read more about Chad's presentation HERE >>>>


Tennessee Renewable Energy & Economic Development Council 

Spain Auditorium, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Introductions: TREEDC President/Dunlap Mayor Dwain Land 

• Opening remarks: TREEDC Board Member/Memphis City Councilman Dr. Edmund Ford Jr.

• CBU Welcome: Sean McInnes, Sustainability Committee Chairman 

• Gibson County Utility District Compressed Natural Gas Station: Pat Riley, TREEDC Board Member/Gibson County Utility District Executive Director

• Energy Efficiency for Tennessee Communities: Brian Stone, NORESCO 

• Residential Solar Development: Brandon Carter, Tennessee Solar Solutions (invited)

• Municipal Solar Opportunities in Tennessee: James Talley, Hannah Solar (invited)

•TREEDC International Initiatives: Warren Nevad, The University of Tennessee MTASPlease register at by April 20. 

Seating is limited. Registration is free for everyone. Program includes refreshments and lunch.

Posted by Joshua Colfer at 4:53 PM