Events with a sustainability focus occur year-round - Do you or your organization want to help tackle litter issues on campus, repurpose your old dorm room furniture and school supplies, assist our football stadium maintain its "zero-waste" distinction, or get your building involved with our Green Office program? Contact Tyler Sytsma for ways you can participate!
February 24th - KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT
6:00pm, Center City Building
Integrating the previous years’ investigations, KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT explores the fragile coexistence of nature and humanity within the built environment. Loss of habitat, often as a result of human action, is the greatest threat to wildlife in the United States. Recognizing that biodiversity is crucial to human well-being, KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT seeks to connect us to the natural world, offering new ways of seeing and experiencing the miraculous diversity of life on Earth.
Curated by Director of Galleries Crista Cammaroto, the KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT exhibition presents the work of artists who individuals to contemplate the natural world from many perspectives. Photographers Byron Baldwin, Cynthia Cole, Deborah Triplett, Meredith Hebden, Micah Cash and William Wylie have created diptychs that speak to the relationship between nature and the man-made environment.
February 28th - “Exploring Opportunities and Possibilities for Creative Energy Solutions in the Next Industrial Age”
12:30pm, EPIC Room G256
Jeff Austin, senior vice president, operational sustainability strategy environmental affairs, Wells Fargo & Company, will present “Exploring Opportunities and Possibilities for Creative Energy Solutions in the Next Industrial Age” at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, in EPIC, Room G256. This talk is part of the EPIC Energy Seminar Series; these presentations are free and open to students and the public.
With more than 25 years of experience at Wells Fargo, Austin assumed his current position in 2010. In this role, he manages the company's progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and efforts to increase energy and water efficiency.
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April 5th - Tree Campus USA Day
Tree Campus USA Day is an inaugural event that will be taking place to kick off a series of events surrounding Earth Day. Although exact times have yet to be determined, students, staff, faculty, and anyone interested will be able to attend a guest lecture from the founder of TreesCharlotte regarding their recent successes in introducing urban forestry, nature hikes through our botanical gardens our knowledgeable caretakers leading the way, and for those of you wanting to get your hands dirty, a tree planting right here on campus.
April 12th - Campus Cleanup
Campus Cleanup is a tradition that occurs once a semester at UNC Charlotte. Students, staff and faculty take time out of their busy days to give back to our collective community and pick up litter. An excellent opportunity for individuals looking to complete service hours, or for groups of students looking to see how much they can accomplish in an hour or so! Do you have a place in mind that has been bothering you as you walk past it every day? Grab a friend, peer pressure a classmate, and help make this campus even more beautiful than it already is.
April 19th - Earth Day Festival
10am-2pm, Belk Plaza
In 1970, the year Earth Day was established, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. At UNC Charlotte, we have been bringing Earth Day to our community through a variety of events, gatherings, and actions for over a decade now. This year, with over 30 organizations expected to be tabling at this year's festival, this will be an excellent opportunity for people to gain some local knowledge of what collective actions are taking place in our community that are having a positive impact. Not sure of what you can do besides recycling? Swing on by and get pleasantly overwhelmed with many ways in which you or your organization can go out and make the world a better place.