April 22-April 27, 2013Student Sustainability Leadership Earth Day Week
IAIA’s Student Sustainability Leadership (SSL) program, an internship that allows students to collaboratively build knowledge and skills to make the institution more environmentally responsible, is celebrating Earth Day with a week of activities. The SSL program will have several events, including a recycling contest, seed plantings and a campus-wide cleanup during the Take Care of Yo’ Momma week:
Monday, April 22
Earth Day Event at the Dance Circle
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Join the SSL for a catered lunch by the campus cafeteria, Bon Appetit, which will feature a low carbon diet. They will be serving fresh, local foods without meat that don’t emit carbons. The group will also have several tie-dye stations to create your own designs. Participants are welcomed to bring their own cotton garments, or T-shirts from the 2012 SSL conference, The Art of Change: Climate Justice and Indigenous Solutions, will be available. Music and a nature trail scavenger hunt will accompany the tie-dye event. And don’t forget to bring your reusable food containers to the lunch.
Tuesday, April 23
3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.
SSL members will orchestrate a campus-wide cleanup and invite everyone to make the IAIA campus a beautiful place. Nestled among rolling hills dotted with juniper and pinon trees, high winds kick up debris that end up on campus chollas or juniper branches. The SSL will have trash and recycle bags available. The SSL has canceled pizza fired in the cob orno because of high winds.
Thursday, April 25
Documentary screening of Tapped in the LTC Auditorium
Tapped documents how the bottle water industry wreaks havoc on the environment, and examines the role of the industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and reliance on oil. Filmmakers show that bottled water comes from small towns across America where citizens argue their way of life and ecosystem have been disrupted as a result of corporations coming in and claiming ownership of the public water supply. With only 20% of bottled water containers recycled in the U.S., Americans dump 30 million single-serve plastic water bottles into landfills, which end up in the Pacific Ocean. Tapped highlights how everyday heroes have taken on the fight for our most precious resource – water.
The documentary will be accompanied with a water demonstration entitled You are What You Eat, Drink, and Think! Free alkaline, ionized, hexagonal water will be available. Please bring your water bottle (preferably BPA-free).
Friday, April 26
10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Looking for a new spring wardrobe or have something you no longer want to wear? Come by and pick out some new threads. The SSL will accept clothing donations starting at 10:30 a.m. in the CLE Lobby. The clothes swap will be ongoing until Monday. For information, email Therese Lynston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, April 27
SSL Work Day
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Come join SSL members for an afternoon of productivity! The group will be working in the Houzous Garden, planting seeds and possibly some trees. IAIA alumni Jonah Hill will also help the group construct a solar-powered cob oven and repair cob benches. The cob-making workshop is open to anyone.
Join the contests and other ongoing events
- The residential housing Recycling Contest begins April 22 and ends April 30. The SSL Recycling Committee conduct an audit of the women’s and men’s dorms and family housing to determine which team is eliminating destructive land fill waste by recycling. The winning team will receive prizes from To-Go Ware.com.
- Help the SSL and IAIA keep its winning record by joining the Joulebug.com Contest. The contest between IAIA, the Santa Fe Community College and St. Johns. College encourages students to earn sustainability points and cut down on energy waste to save money. Students can keep track of their activities, including recycling or using public transportation, by downloading the free iPhone app JouleBug. The contest, sponsored by SSL, Earth Care and Sustainable Santa Fe, begins April 22 and ends May 10. A iPod shuffle will be awarded to the individual with the most clicks, and the winning college will win cash prizes for their sustainable programs.
- Join the SSL campaign to make IAIA a sustainable community by pledging to replace plastic food containers or meal trays with compost-able containers, which are available for wholesale purchase at Bon-Appetit. Reusable meal ware is also available from the SSL. The reusable ware is $25 for students and $30 for faculty and staff. Contact Therese Lynston at email@example.com to place an order. And bring your new To-Go Ware container at the No Carbon Meatless Meal on April 22.
For more information about any of the events, contact Monica Gutierrez at firstname.lastname@example.org.