Events at Lane
At a glance calendar
EARTH WEEK - APRIL 21 & 22, 2014
Celebrate our wondrous planet and learn something new during Earth Week. Lane's Sustainability Committee has organized several excellent events this year. Please attend and encourage your students, co-workers, friends and family to participate. All events are free and open to everyone.
MONDAY, APRIL 21
- SCREENING OF THE MOVIE, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM & 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, BUILDING 19, ROOM 226 (CENTER FOR MEETING AND LEARNING)
Described as, "an inspiring portrait in a sea of troubling environmental threats," Jon Shenk's The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. This film will be screened twice – at 8:00 am and at 10:00 am on Monday, April 21 in Building 19, Room 226. Each screening event will include a discussion led by Earth and Environmental Science instructor, Claudia Owen, and clips from other relevant films. Please attend and encourage your students, co-workers, friends and family to come with you.
Humans have changed the climate by burning fossil fuels. Sea levels are rising, water patterns are changing, storm seasons are getting longer and more intense, and sea ice is melting. From Hurricane Sandy to the droughts in Colorado, climate change is taking its toll on Americans and people all over the world. Island nations are becoming engulfed by rising sea levels, extinction rates have reached 1,000 times the background rate, and world leaders are doing little about it. Colleges and universities around the world, however, are making commitments to become carbon neutral. These schools are reducing their energy use, instituting breakthrough innovations in climate-friendly transportation, and providing research and educational opportunities so that today's students can become the leaders that we will need to get us through these changes. Lane is one of these schools that has made the commitment to become carbon neutral and to train the next generation of leaders for sustainability. Please join Lane's Institute for Sustainable Practices for this First Annual Climate Summit on Monday, April 21 from 3:30-5:00 pm in Building 3, Room 216 (the Boardroom). During the summit you will learn more about the state of the science, human health effects, what Lane is doing, and what you can do. You will also have the opportunity to get involved with local and regional activism as well as Lane's climate change efforts.
TUESDAY, APRIL 22
WHAT? Bike, walk, bus, or carpool to Lane with friends, co-workers, and students on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22. Bring your own bike, helmet, and/or walking shoes. Free bus passes will be provided to those who need them.
WHY? Transportation is responsible for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and 87% of the emissions at Lane. This fun event will help you step into healthier transportation habits in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
WHEN & WHERE?
-7:00 am: Meet at Amazon Station Park & Ride on 29th and Amazon Parkway to walk, bike, or bus to Lane.
-9:00 am: Meet at Amazon Station Park & Ride on 29th and Amazon Parkway to walk, bike, or bus to Lane.
-5:00 pm: Meet at Lane Community College, plaza south of Building 30, to walk, bike, or bus to Amazon Station.
Each bike and walk group will have experienced leaders. Lane Transit District and Lifecycle Bike Shop will have information for participants at Amazon Station from 6:30 to 9:30 am. All participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for prizes donated by our sponsor, Lifecycle Bike Shop and LTD will be giving out free day passes for the bus! If you do not come to Amazon Station in the morning, but you do commute to Lane on April 22 using a climate-friendly mode, e-mail Jennifer Hayward by Wednesday, April 23 and she will enter your name into the raffle.
- EARTH DAY PARTY! VENDOR FAIR, FOOD, AND MUSIC, APRIL 22, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, PLAZA SOUTH OF BUILDING 5
Some of the prognoses for our planet are grim, but it is still a wondrous and beautiful place. Please join the Sustainability Committee in this celebration from 10:00 - 2:00 pm in the plaza between Buildings 3 and 5. We will have vendor tables with information about healthy food and transportation options, Lane's sustainability degree programs, community organizations with which you can get involved and more. We will also have music and some fun treats made by Culinary Arts students with food grown in our Learning Garden!
- TIRE FILLING STATION, APRIL 22, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, SOLAR STATION
Did you know that you can improve the fuel efficiency of your vehicle by having the correct tire pressure? On Tuesday, April 22, the Sustainability Committee will be hosting a tire filling station at the Solar Station in parking lot B from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Swing by with your car, truck, motorcycle or bike. Committee members will be passing out information, answering questions, checking your tire pressure, and filling up your tires, if needed.
The Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference will take place at Lane Community College. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators from higher education institutions from all over Oregon will come together to share best practices in campus sustainability. More information to come.
Events - Local, State, and National
Global Climate Convergence - Earth Day to May Day 2014
Many events are happening in Eugene from Earth Day to May Day. A few are highlighted below. Click here for the full calendar of events.
SATURDAY, APRIL 19
- City of Eugene "Climate for Change" Earth Day Fair, EWEB Rivers Edge Plaza, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
TUESDAY, APRIL 22
- University of Oregon, Earth Day Keynote: When Your House Is On Fire: Kathleen Dean Moore on finding the moral courage to fight for freedom from fossil fuels, UO 100 Willamette Hall, 7:00 pm.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
- Universal, Publicly Funded Health Care for All Oregon - Everybody in, Nobody out! Benefit Concert with Singer/Songwriter George Mann, Reality Kitchen, 645 River Road, Eugene, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
- Community Forum on Homelessness, First Church of Christ Science and Occupy Inter-Faith Eugene/Springfield, 1390 Pearl St., Eugene, 6:00 pm.
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education annual conference will be held in Portland, Oregon October 26-29, 2014. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators from higher education institutions from all over the world will come together to share best practices in campus sustainability.