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Earth Day 2008: Not Just a Day, a Way of Life

Story posted April 22, 2008

Bowdoin College, with its heralded and ongoing commitment to sustainability, is sustaining Earth Day beyond the conventional one-day observance, which this year falls on Tuesday, April 22. Schedule of Earth Week activities below.

The campus-wide commitment to sustainability ranges from award-winning energy efficiencies in the College's new and renovated buildings to the local and organic food available in the dining halls.

New Sustainability Web page
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Click here to learn more about Bowdoin's commitment to Sustainability.

Highlights of campus efficiencies

  • A 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions

  • Commitment to buy 100 percent Green Energy

  • Student-run organic garden

  • Sustainably designed building renovations

  • Purchasing wind-generated power

  • Single-stream recycling campuswide

  • LEED-certified residence halls with geothermal heating and recycled materials

Several campus groups have joined together to organize events for Earth Week 2008, including:

Sustainable Stories

Asian Students Association
Bowdoin Bookstore
Bowdoin Cycling Club
Bowdoin Democrats
Bowdoin's Eco-Reps
Bowdoin Evergreens
Craft Center
Dining Service
Environmental Studies Department
Facilities Management
Sustainable Bowdoin
And many local non-profits

Bowdoin Earth Week Events:

Tuesday, April 22

Reduce Junk Mail
Smith Union through Thursday
Join the campaign to reduce Junk Mail; Stop by Smith Union to sign up with Catalog Choice.

Food Waste Audit
Thorne Dining Hall, 5-7:30 p.m.
As part of their semi-annual food waste audits, Eco-Reps will be scraping plates in Thorne Dining Hall, weighing the waste and raising awareness among the student body about food waste at Bowdoin.

Wednesday, April 23

Earth Week Coffee House at the Outdoor Leadership Center
7:30 p.m.
Food from Frontier Cafe and Lovely Music sponsored by the Bowdoin Evergreens

Thursday, April 24

Political Action Day
Smith Union
Join the Bowdoin Democrats in Smith Union to learn about different legislative acts currently under consideration that could either positively or negatively impact the environment.

A Clean Energy Future for Maine: Big Opportunites, Deep Challenges
7:30 p.m., Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall
A talk by Pete Didisheim, Advocacy Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine, addressing actions that Maine needs to take now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy independence and promote clean power.

The role of wind power development and energy efficiency will be discussed. Didisheim will focus on the benefits of a clean energy strategy and the fundamental challenges of changing the status quo. Didisheim served as a member of Governor Baldacci's Task Force on Wind Power Development, and previously worked at the U.S. Department of Energy and the congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Friday, April 25

Alternative Transportation Fair
10 a.m.-3 p.m., South Campus Drive parking lot in the circle in front of Moulton Union Dining Hall
A range of vehicles will be on hand, from Bowdoin's Yellow Bikes, an electric e-bike, a plug-in electric utility vehicle, a Suzuki mini-truck, a grease car, several mopeds, the 100 mpg micro-car Moon Beam, hybrid cars, and the fuel-efficient Geo Metro and Honda Civic. Bowdoin's Cycling Club will be offering free bike tune-ups and the Bowdoin's Commute Another Way Committee will have information about alternative commuting opportunities.

All Week Long

The Bowdoin Bookstore will be celebrating Earth Week by highlighting its extensive line of products made from recycled material and reusable items such as coffee mugs, water bottles and items made from organic cotton. Spend $25 in the bookstore and receive a free canvas tote bag with the "recycling polar bear" logo on it.

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