'Campus Sustainability'

Call for Poet-tree

On Wednesday, April 22, there will be an Earth Day celebration in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union at UNR, featuring information tables, food and drink, music, a tree sapling giveaway, and more.

The UNR Arboretum is hosting a slam Poet-tree event to present poetry about or inspired by trees.

We are looking for students, faculty, and community members to read, perform, and recite poetry.  The poem can be original or published, written by you or someone else.

If you would like to participate, please email Cheryll Glotfelty at glotfelt@unr.edu as soon as possible.

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“Living Plastic Free: Practical tips to reduce plastic use,” by Beth Terry. Photos from the presentation.

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Living Plastic Free with Beth Terry

Thursday, September 18 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium

Beth Terry is the author of How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can, Too. Plastic permeates our lives. Some plastic is helpful, but it also pollutes our oceans, harms wildlife and exposes us to toxic chemicals. Can one person make a difference? Be inspired by Beth Terry’s journey from self-confessed plastic addict to empowered plastic-free activist. Learn why we can’t just recycle our way out of this mess.

Join her for a lecture and panel discussion regarding plastic and how we truly can learn to live without it. Click here for flier.

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Screening of the movie “Bag It”

Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium

Part of the Summer of Sustainability, this provocative 2010 documentary film asks many questions including “Where do the bags and other plastics end up, and at what cost to our environment, marine life and human health?” Having garnered awards at film festivals across the nation, Bag It follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics, an observation that will move you to action.

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Earth Week at University offers educational programs, demos April 22, 23 & 25

Bag Monster

 

For immediate release: April 17, 2014 

Earth Week at University offers educational programs, demos April 22, 23 & 25

Themed days filled with educational displays, interactive exhibits and tree-planting ceremony celebrate the Earth all week; activities kick-off Summer of Sustainability Program on campus

RENO, Nev. – The northern Nevada community can celebrate the Earth and learn about options for more sustainable living at the University of Nevada, Reno campus Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23. Educational programs and demonstrations will focus on sustainability efforts and examples of green campus and community resources. Additionally, an Arbor Day event, Friday, April 25, moves the University closer to becoming a designated Tree Campus USA location, a designation granted through the Arbor Day Foundation.

“I have a vision for a healthier, more sustainable world,” geography student Jean-Paul Torres, president of the Campus Cycling Coalition, a bicycle advocacy club on campus, said. “We want to make this campus a more bicycle friendly university, which is key to making us stand apart from the rest, from the status quo. There is something about being able to easily traverse the campus within seconds by bicycle, and the more we can show people how great it is, the more I believe we’ll start garnering support.”

The University’s Summer of Sustainability is a series of activities on campus that will explore the environment and the sustainability movement. One of its signature events is a curated and juried art exhibit, “Reused + Recycled = Art,” which is also an official Reno Artown event. Officials are currently inviting artists to submit their work and ideas to the project.

“We are hoping to use the exhibition as a starting point for conversation and awareness about sustainability,” Maureen McCarthy, executive director for the University’s Academy for the Environment, said. “We want materials to be up-cycled into a new and productive life, as well as a beautiful piece of art.”

The University’s Earth Week events will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gateway Plaza in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union, with the Arbor Day planting event taking place just north of Lawlor Events Center.

Tuesday, April 22: Waste, Recycling and Local Foods

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza
Highlighted activities:

  • The Return of the Bag Monster, offering free reusable grocery bags
  • Dumpster Dive with trash collected from a University dumpster
  • Plastic-bottle recycling display
  • Plant giveaway sponsored by the University’s Arboretum Board
  • Recycled art made by Children of the Child and Family Research Center
  • Local food and farming information from Urban Roots and River School

Wednesday, April 23: Alternative Transportation, Energy and Water

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza
Highlighted activities:

  • Eco-Friendly Vehicles: All-electric Nissan Leaf, University’s Parking and Transportation Service’s Hertz on Demand and a new RTC zero-emissions electric bus
  • Campus Cycling Coalition Bike Repair Clinic with the Reno Bike Project

1-4:30 p.m.: Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium Presentations
1-1:30 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre, third floor

  • Welcome and Keynote Speaker, University Vice President for Research and Innovation Mridul Gautam

1:30-3 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre, third floor

  • Student Oral Presentations

3-4:30 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Glick Ballrooms, fourth floor
Student Poster Session and Reception

Friday, April 25: Arbor Day

11 a.m.: Southwest entrance of the West Stadium Parking Complex, just north of Lawlor Events Center

  • The University is taking steps to become a designated Tree Campus USA location. The public is welcome to join University officials and students as they plant a new Paw Paw tree.

University partners and organizers of the weeks’ activities include the Joe Crowley Student Union, the University’s Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Department, Environmental Health and Safety, Academy for the Environment, University Arboretum Board, and many Associated Student of the University of Nevada student organizations. Additional campus and community groups will be present at the Student Union Plaza.

For more information and a complete list of event offerings, click here. Self-paid parking is available in the metered lot south of Lawlor Event Center or on the top floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex.

The University’s Earth Week will help kick-off additional community Earth Day celebrations such as the Earth Day 2014 at Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 27.

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Note to editors: Students, staff, faculty and community members are available for interviews during any of the events. Set-up begins Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Please make arrangements with Natalie Savidge for interviews prior to Earth Week activities or for times outside of the scheduled events.

Watch a video about the University of Nevada, Reno Campus Cycling Coalition: http://youtu.be/ylPa1JSu2Og.

Photo cutline: Have you ever wondered how many plastic bags an average shopper goes through in a year? 500. The Bag Monster (Associate Professor and Assistant Chair for the University’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science Nancy Markee pictured here from 2012) will be strolling through the Gateway Plaza and nearby campus buildings on Tuesday, April 22.

Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities. With nearly 19,000 students, the University is driven to contribute a culture of student success, world-improving research and outreach that enhances communities and business. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and home to one of the largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu.

Media Contact:
Natalie Savidge
Senior Communications Specialist
Marketing & Communications
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nsavidge@unr.edu
Media newsroom: http://newsroom.unr.edu

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New Capstone Course Fall 2014 – Major Texts of the Environmental Movement

English 491A Major Texts of the Environmental Movement

Professor Cheryll Glotfelty and Dr. John Sagebiel

TR 1:00-2:15, FH 108

Co-taught by a literature scholar and a scientist, this capstone course explores major texts of the environmental movement, analyzing the rhetoric, science, and influence of these important works.  Issues include land use, climate change, food, economics, utopias, nuclear testing, and the unintended consequences of our actions.  Authors include Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, Bill McKibben, Gary Snyder, and others.  Readings will be supplemented with films, debates, and discussion of current events.

Add comment March 5th, 2014

A summer exhibit at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center: Reused + Recycled = Art

For immediate release: March 1, 2014

A summer exhibit at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center:
Reused + Recycled = Art

Local artists of many ages to be featured on University of Nevada, Reno campus
July – September

RENO, Nev. – In a world awash in plastic and other items that can be reused or recycled, one way to bring greater awareness to this global issue is to turn those products into art that is interesting, evocative and beautiful. The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and the University of Nevada, Reno Integrated Sustainability Initiative are showcasing art from local high school students and teachers, University students and faculty, and regional artists in a juried art exhibit that opens July 1 and runs through September at the Knowledge Center.

The Reused + Recycled = Art exhibit is a signature event in the Summer of Sustainability, a series of activities on campus that will explore the environment and the sustainability movement.

Another highlight of the exhibit will be an art display by Bonnie Monteleone, a prominent plastics ocean researcher and director of Science, Research and Academic Partnerships in Wilmington, North Carolina, who uses plastics from the North Pacific, North Atlantic and South Atlantic oceans which she gathered during research expeditions over five years.

A public reception and presentation on Sunday, July 13 from 2-5 p.m. will be held at the Knowledge Center in conjunction with the exhibit. Monteleone, who is with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, will discuss Plastic Ocean Project, Inc., a nonprofit group that supports her traveling art show.

Ocean plastics collected hundreds to thousands of miles from land are found in Monteleone’s large, multi-panel art exhibit. She based her design on the well-known artwork often called The Great Wave, a print by Japanese artist Hokusai, published between 1830 and 1833.

Monteleone describes her work this way, “take the image of the Japanese art, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, and add the plastics I’ve collected from my research to illustrate what is now a very different ocean than what Katsushika Hokusai saw when he created his art less than 200 years ago. Not a very long time in planet years for humans to have physically changed the composition of the sea. But we have, and hence, the purpose of the art show.”

Each of the 4 feet by 5 feet panels morph away from the original until it is unrecognizable in the last image that depicts the North Atlantic heaving plastics onto Bermuda’s beaches. The title of the work is What Goes Around, Comes Around, meaning that plastics get lost at sea, then return to us either in our fish or on our beaches. The centerpiece is a 6 feet long by 3 feet tall interactive sculpture of a wave made of bottle caps and plastics found on Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. This portable art show expresses the ocean’s beauty against the disturbing reality that our seas are being trashed.

The exhibit will be open Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. through July and much of August. The Knowledge Center is closed on July 4. The hours will be expanded when University students begin classes in late August. For more information, go to http://knowledgecenter.unr.edu/.

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Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities. With nearly 19,000 students, the University is driven to contribute a culture of student success, world-improving research and outreach that enhances communities and business. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and home to one of the largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu.

Media Contact:
Deanna Hearn
Marketing & Communications, University Libraries
Office: Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Room 513E
University of  Nevada, Reno/ MS 322/ Reno, NV 89557
775.682.6501 (office)
775.846.7222 (cell)
deannahearn@unr.edu

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