Friday, October 16, 2009

2009 Campus Sustainability Fest Overview and Events

Festival overview:
Topics of people, planet, and profit are everywhere you go. Find out how they’re relevant to your campus during Sustainability Fest 2009 Mon Oct. 19th-Fri Oct. 23rd at U of M-Dearborn. This year's theme is on "Sustainable Food Systems".

All events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


*Sustainable Food: 50 Mile Meal and a Movie (King Corn screening)
When: October 19, 2009, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Where: Environmental Interpretive Center (EIC) Auditorium
Contact E-Mail: kpepin(at)

When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically traveled at least 1500 miles from farm to plate. Our meal will include ONLY foods grown within a 50 mile radius of UM-D.
Join the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the EverGreen Team for a strolling dinner - a 50 mile meal, and the "King Corn" the first movie in a series of films focused on our sustainable
food supply.

Students $10.00
Faculty and Staff: $15.00
Donations Accepted

All profits will be added to the Sustainable Seeds micro-loan fund!

*Sustainable Seeds (Microloan award)
When: October 19, 2009, 05:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Where: Environmental Interpretive Center Exhibit Area
Contact E-Mail: kpepin(at)

Students have the opportunity to apply for a micro loan to develop and apply a sustainable
initiative on UM-D's campus. These micro-loans are very small loans (Under $500) designed to spur entrepreneurship in a sustainable manner. How can you make a difference in your campus

What is sustainability?
It covers a wide range of topics, but essentially, we honor the triple bottom line of sustainability: people, planet, and profit.

*Sustainable Food Talk "The Environmental Crisis on your plate"
When: October 19, 2009, 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Where: Kochoff Hall B in the University Center
Contact E-mail: tnbrowni(at)

A talk on sustainable food presented by Professor Lordes Lore of Henry Ford Community College brought to you by the Environmental Interpretive Center and the Student Environmental Association.

This event may be considered for extra credit by your professor.


Look at food from a viewpoint that you might not have considered before: Not in terms of calories or grams of carbs but how what we eat, not only affects our health in surprising ways, but the world as we now know it, and future generations. Did you know that our food choices unwittingly support certain food production practices and multibillion [yes, Billion] dollar corporations ?

The Environmental Crisis on Your Plate will provide an overview of how our food system contributes to global warming, discuss how this food system affects us personally, and what we can do to provoke change & improve it.

*Film "Big Ideas for a Small Planet"
When: October 20, 2009, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Where: Environmental Interpretive Center Auditorium
Contact E-Mail: kpepin(at)

The second film in the series on our sustainable planet: "Big Ideas for a Small Planet"
A movie with an idea, a conscience and locally grown popcorn.

Wednesday (National Campus Sustainability Day)

*The Sustainable Scavenger Hunt: 50 years and 50 questions
When: Wednesday October 21, 2009
Start time: 10:00 a.m.
Completed forms must be turned in at the Student Activivities Office by 5:45 p.m.
Participants can pick up scavenger hunt forms at the Student Activities Office (located on the 2nd floor of the University Center).

Contact E-mail: tnbrowni(at) or aaltomon(at)

The Evergreen team and Student Environmental Association are proud to bring you a meaningful and exciting game for the annual 2009 Campus Sustainability Day. A Sustainable Scavenger Hunt!

Students will have the opportunity to form teams and explore the campus in a challenging and interactive learning experience. They will be able to meet other students, network with green organizations and businesses, and discover all of the exciting opportunities available through our college and community. The Scavenger hunt promises to be a fun way to ensure that students are able to experience all of the excitement Sustainability Day has to offer.

Please ask your instructors if they are giving extra credit for your participation.

*R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan
When: October 21, 2009, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Where: 1210 ML
Contact E-Mail: kmirwin(at)

R.E.A.D. members will discuss _In Defense of Food_ by Michael Pollan. All staff and faculty are
welcome to attend. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

*The Sense of Wonder: Visions of Sustainability Art Exhibition
When: October 21, 2009, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where: East side of the University Center in the Kochoff Commons area
Contact E-Mail: idtran(at)
12:00-3:00 Exhibit
Located in Kochoff Commons (in rear of the University Center)

This is an open exhibition presented by the Student Environmental Association in collaboration with the Art History Association.
You are invited to join the EverGreen Team, Student Environmental Association, Art History
Association, and fellow peers as we envision, explore, and experience themes of social, economic,
and ecological sustainability through the arts which enrich our greater community.

The human and natural worlds are interconnected and inseparable. The environment and arts can literally communicate profound and provocative information; at the same time, they inspire
appreciation and curiosity: the sense of wonder for creativity which surrounds us.

Please register in advance to display your works. We will be sending a form out over the weekend for those who cannot register on-site at the University Center on the following dates and times: Monday Oct. 19th and Tuesday Oct. 20th from 2:30-5:00 p.m. EDT

*Socially Sustainable music for all to perform: Rzewski's "Sheep of Panurge"
When: October 21, 2009, 4:00 pm-4:30
Where: East side of the University Center in the Kochoff Commons area
Contact E-Mail: idtran(at)

Discover themes of social sustainability through participation in this unique live musical
performance--Non-musicians are specifically invited to perform WITH the musicians in this
fantastic piece by Frederic Rzewski called "The Sheep of Panurge".

Link to the music and instructions:

This is the Dearborn premiere performance of the piece, and likely the first time it has ever been performed in Southeastern Michigan as specified to include audience participation. Please join us in this historical event!

*Webcast: Sustainability Strategies for Vibrant Campus Communities
When: October 21, 2009, 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Where: Kochoff Hall UC
Contact E-Mail: kpepin(at)

Consider this for a class assignment or extra credit!
Moderator: Andrew Revkin, Science Editor, The New York Times

Larry Eisenberg, Executive Director, Facilities Planning and Development, Los Angeles Community College District
Joseph Grasso, Assistant Dean, Finance &
 Administration, Cornell University
Sarah Brylinsky, Sustainability Education Coordinator, Dickinson College

*Sustainable Bites: Sustainable vendors and chefs
When: October 21, 2009, 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Where: Kochoff Hall UC
Contact E-Mail: kpepin(at)

Agri-business, producers and preparation all play a part in our food system. How can we develop a mode of consumption and behaviors that contribute to our sustainable lives?
More than 30 vendors and chefs will be on hand to demonstrate movements in slow foods, organic products and the locavore movement. Join us and enjoy some sustainable (and delectable) bites

*Sustainable Connections Career Expo
When: October 21, 2009, 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM
1:30 – 2:30 – Sustainable Employer Panel with Q&A
2:30 – 4:00 – Information Gathering and Networking

Where: Kochoff Hall University Center

The S.E.A. and Career Services at U of M-Dearborn invite you to meet employers and professional

societies, find out how they run their organizations to be socially responsible, economically

profitable, and ecologically sustainable.

Featuring Larry Crittenden, Executive Director of the Detroit Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council as a guest speaker, and a paneled discussion with several businesses.

Topics of people, planet, and profit are everywhere you go. Find out how they’re relevant to you!

Participants Include:
Ford Motor Company, Sustainable Business Strategies
State of Michigan - Department of Human Services
U.S. Green Building Council, Detroit Regional Chapter
Process Results, Inc.
Charter One Bank
21st Century Fuels LLC
The City of Dearborn Mayor's Office
Michigan Civil Service

*Organic Garden Tour
When: October 21, 2009, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Where: Environmental Interpretive Center Lobby
Contact E-mail: EIC(at)

Locally grown foods taste better, and they use less energy. Join a tour of the EIC Organic
gardens and learn how you can make a difference with every bite.

*Chancellor’s Series Colloquium Lecture "The Natural Economy of Households: Darwin's Investments and the Metaphor of Natural Selection"
Wednesday, October 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m., 1030 CASL Building.

Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University, "The Natural
Economy of Households: Darwin's Investments and the Metaphor of Natural Selection."

*The last film in the Sustainable Film Fest: "The Future of Food" and the final part of the "Meatrix"
When: October 22, 2009, 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Where: Auditorium EIC

Contact E-Mail: kpepin(at)

*Sustainability and community: Tour of the LEED Certified IHM Motherhouse in Monroe
Join the Student Environmental Association (SEA) and the
Environmental Studies Program as we cap off Campus Sustainability Fest by visiting the nearby
community of IHM nuns to see how they have transitioned into the future of sustainable living in solidarity.

SEA will arrange for car-pooling. Meet at the EIC for Car Pooling at 1:00 p.m. E-mail Charles
Ford crford(at) to register for Car Pool if you need a ride or if you can provide a

610 W. Elm Ave 48162, 734-241-3660.
Date: Friday, October 23, 2009
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$5.00 per person
Observe their strategies for:
Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Materials Use, Development Processes, Social Benefits, in
this $56 Million Project

RSVP by October 21 to Professor Gelderloos (ogg(at) in order to help arrange the
number of staff needed to lead the tour.

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