This year, the Sustainability, Environment and Engaged Design Scholars (SEEDS) are doing Earth Day at Hiram bigger and better than ever. On April 26, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Hiram campus and village community will have the chance to sit in on a variety of lectures and other activities hosted by the SEEDS, with the generous support of the Bissell Symposium and other campus organizations such as the Center for the Study of Nature and Society and Students Organized for Sustainability (SOS).
SEEDS are a group of students who work to promote sustainability on campus and in the community. This year, they have focused their activities and research on energy. While the Earth Day celebration will also focus on this theme, the day is meant to capture a diversity of environmental perspectives and issues.
Caitlin Joseph ’16, environmental studies major and SEED Scholar, spoke to the intentions of the Earth Day celebration.
“The aim of the Earth Day event is to foster awareness of environmental problems from multiple scales,” Joseph said. “It will provide attendants with the tools necessary to address those problems in their own communities so that they might be aware of the challenges of the modern age without feeling disempowered, overwhelmed or apathetic.”
The following events will take place in the Renner Theater of the Frohring Performing Arts Building:
- 9:30-10 a.m.: Welcome and Refreshments
- 10 a.m.: Kick-Off
- 10:30 a.m.: “Re-Energizing America” with Dan Chiras, of The Evergreen Institute (plus activities for children)
- Noon: Lunch
- 1 p.m.: “Home Performance” with Nate Adams, founder of Energy Smart Home Performance
- 2 p.m.: “Community Engagement for Environment and Justice” with Kim Foreman, Project Coordinator at Environmental Health Watch
In an effort to integrate community, the April 26 Earth Day celebration will be open to the Hiram Village and surrounding areas.
“We want to foster community, and while healthy communities are cohesive, they should not be limiting and should invite multiple perspectives,” Joseph said. “Environmental issues are not demographic specific. We as students have a lot to offer, but I do not think we can do anything without involving the experience and perspectives of the people who have a long-term stake here.”
In addition to learning about climate change, conservation, home energy efficiency and grassroots activism, participants will also be able to attend the first annual Idea Generator, an opportunity to incorporate real positive change at Hiram.
“I’d encourage people to come,” Joseph said. “One, it will be a lot of fun. And participants will be able to discover new talents they never knew they had and to let their voice be heard.”
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