by Alana J. Mauger, Think Green Editor
Montgomery County Community College will host a week of educational programs and activities April 22-29 in observance of Earth Day 2013.
On Monday, April 22, the College will join communities across the world in celebrating Earth Day 2013, themed The Face of Climate Change. The day begins with free tire pressure checking stations from 8-10 a.m. in the Morris Road parking lot at the Central Campus in Blue Bell and in the South Hall parking lot at the West Campus in Pottstown. From 12:20-1:20 p.m., both campuses will host a series of displays in College Hall (Central) and South Hall (West). Exhibits include Environmental Club, RecycleMania, Green Office Initiative, GVF/SEPTA transportation options, Campus Bookstore green items, and Siemens ESCO information, as well as a CulinArt Farmers Market.
At 12:30 p.m. in College Hall and South Hall, entries from the Student Sustainability Film Contest will be screened, and awards will be presented. The Climate Council received a total of 16 submissions!
Ceramics Club President Galen Graham spearheads the bowl-making process. Photo by Matt Carlin
As a special treat, the Central Campus Ceramics Club will hold an “Empty Bowls” event to raise money for a local soup kitchen and for the club. For $10, Earth Day participants can receive a brand-new, handmade bowl, filled with fresh soup and baked bread supplied by on-campus food services provider CulinArt. Read more about this project.
On Tuesday, April 23 at 12:45 p.m., the College will screen the film Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science in College Hall and South Hall. The film is a collaboration between Oxford University, United Kingdom, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (VUW), and London-based DOX Productions. Debuting on Earth Day, the film is being screened globally free of change on April 22 and 23. Watch the Thin Ice trailer.
On Wednesday, April 24 from 12:30-1:30 p.m., the College’s Dean of STEM Dr. David Brookstein will offer a presentation on “Alternative Fuel Vehicles– Environmental Opportunities and Challenges” in College Hall at the Central Campus with a video simulcast to South Hall at the West Campus.
On Thursday, April 25, author Chari Towne will discuss her book A River Again, which focuses on the environmental cleanup of the Schuylkill River in the 1940s and 1950s. The discussion will take place at 12:45 p.m. in the South Hall Community Room at the West Campus, with video simulcast to the Advanced Technology Center room 101 at the Central Campus. Towne’s book is available for purchase from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area or can be downloaded as a free PDF from Delaware River Keeper.
On Monday, April 29, filmmaker and activist Josh Fox will visit the College’s Central Campus to discuss hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as “fracking,” following a free screening of his Sundance Award-winning and Academy Award -nominated documentary, GASLAND. The screening (107 minutes) will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by Fox’s presentation and a question and answer session. Both the film and talk will take place in College Hall Room 144. The event is sponsored by the College’s Environmental Club. Read more about GASLAND.
In addition to the above events, cell phone and battery recycling stations will be available all week in College Hall and Parkhouse Hall at the Central Campus, and in South Hall at the West Campus. The Office of Student Leadership & Involvement will also be holding its “Service Rewind” celebrations for students on Tuesday, April 23 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the South Hall Lobby, West Campus, and Thursday, April 25 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the College Hall Lobby, Central Campus.
All Earth Day activities are free of change (except for the Empty Bowls project) and are open to the public.
~ Robert Gardner and Amy Kolsky contributed to this article.