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Earth Day One Among Bowdoin's Climate Days

Story posted April 19, 2010


Bowdoin is celebrating Earth Day, April 22, 2010, with a number of events coordinated as part of the ongoing Climate Days.

Bowdoin has committed to being carbon neutral by the year 2020. Achieving this will take innovation and engagement by the entire Bowdoin community.

This year's Climate Days celebrate this approach by showcasing innovators who address climate change through a series of lectures, performances and art installations.

What is your responsibility in reducing our carbon footprint, and how can we all help to move the College to carbon neutrality by 2020?

April Events

B-mail: Does the Environment Matter?
"B-mail" postcards are being distributed around campus during April, asking what you think about the environment. Pick up one and design a card with your thoughts, then drop it in campus mail to SU Box 975.

B-mail cards will be collected until April 22, when they will be displayed the Locavore Dinner. For more information, contact Student Activities Program Advisor Megan Brunmier.

Think Before You Ink
Week of April 19
In celebration of Earth Day (April 22), IT will be offering special training tutorials called "Think Before You Ink: Technology Tips for Using Less Paper." These online lessons will review a variety of technologies and tricks that can greatly reduce your paper usage, thereby saving trees and money. All lessons will be available on the IT Web site.

Free Bike Tune-ups
Thursday, April 22, 1:30-4 p.m., on the Quad
The Bowdoin Outing Club is celebrating Earth Day by filling tires, greasing chains and offering minor bicycle repairs.

Locavore Dinner and Video Competition Festival
Thursday, April 22, 5:30–8 p.m., Thorne Dining Hall
This year's Climate Days culminate in a community Locavore dinner. Top nominees for the "How are You Committed?" video competition will be shown during the dinner and voted on by the Bowdoin community. More about the Locovore Dinner here.

Those attending the dinner are asked to bring a contribution of canned food or cash for the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP) that will be used as part of "A Ton of Food," a human food chain that will transport donations to MCHPP May 4. More information on the A Ton of Food project on the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good Web site.
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Career Panel: Farming the Land
Thursday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center
After enjoying the Locavore Dinner, come hear from three farmers about their working in local agriculture. Farmers include Nanne Kennedy '82 and farmers from Six River Farm and Fishbowl Farm, both of whom sell produce at the Brunswick Farmers Market. Panelists will be showing pictures of their farms and answering questions about what they do and why they do it, as well as accepting inquiries regarding potential future job opportunities at their farms. The event is sponsored by Green Global Initiatives.

Saturday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Quinby House
Come celebrate the end of Climate Days with the soulful folk-rock of Avi & Celia, great music from campus bands, make-your-own granola, recylable art, local beer for those of legal age, information on campus environmental initiatives and more.

Climate Days, an ongoing interdisciplinary effort, are sponsored by an array of groups, including the President's Climate Commitment Advisory Committee, Africana Studies, Arctic Studies, Athletics, Bowdoin Architecture and Design Association, Coastal Studies Center, Common Hour, English Department, Environmental Studies, Evergreens, Gender and Women's Studies, Green Global Initiatives, History Department, McKeen Center for the Common Good, Music Department, Santagata Lecture Series and Sustainable Bowdoin.

Support also provided by the Mellon Foundation.

Global Change Blog

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A new blog, Global Change: Intersection of Nature and Culture, by Philip Camill, Rusack Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology and Director of the Environmental Studies Program, explores big questions about society and environmental change.

"When the information deluge only contains laundry lists, factoids and policy play-by-play, there's no theoretical context in which to analyze these things as part of a bigger picture," says Camill, a global change ecologist and leading expert on climate change in boreal and arctic ecosystems. "Global Change forges a new path. I want to analyze environmental change by focusing on the interaction between nature and culture, showcasing big ideas from all disciplines."

Visit the Global Change blog.

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