Each year in April, residence halls and co-ops and city K-12 public schools battle it out to see who can most reduce electricity and water use for Ecolympics. Sponsored by the Office of Environmental Sustainability, this year’s two-week community conservation competition and event series began Friday, April 8, and runs through Friday, April 22 (Earth Day).
At the college, the competition portion of Ecolympics is between residence halls to reduce water and electricity use and between co-ops to reduce electricity use. In the city, all K-12 public schools compete to reduce the most water and electricity. Competitors can keep track of the standings on the college’s Environmental Dashboard.
A series of events designed to spur sustainability conversation complements the competition. Read on to learn about several of this year’s featured events, from hands-on crafts and hangouts to thought-provoking lectures and film screenings. See the full list of events on the Events Calendar.
Rock Wall Ecolympics Open Hours
4:30-7 p.m. Monday, April 11; 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16; and 4:30-7 p.m. Monday, April 18
Philips Gym Atrium
All those interested in climbing the rock wall in the Philips Gym atrium are welcome to try during Ecolympics Open Hours. Climbing shoes can be rented on location for $1.
Triple Divide: Film Screening and Discussion
6-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
Hallock Auditorium, AJLC
Hailed as the "very best documentary on the hazards of fracking in our environment," Triple Divide is a documentary film by Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman that chronicles the true nature of hydraulic natural gas fracking in north central Pennsylvania.
OES Hangout: Ecolympics 2016 Edition
4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14
Held monthly, OES hangouts offer an informal setting to chat with others passionate about sustainability. This hangout will offer tips on reducing resource consumption for the Ecolympics competition and more.
Planter Making with Recycled Materials
4-6 p.m. Friday, April 15
All are welcome to Wilder Bowl to repurpose empty cans into planters. Seeds and cans will be provided.
1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17
This popular Ecolympics event is a win-win, as students can have their coiffures trimmed, and environmental nonprofits can pack hair booms to be used in oil cleanups.
Tapped: Documentary Screening
7-9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17
Hallock Auditorium, AJLC
Tapped examines the bottle industry socially, economically, and ecologically, focusing on the industry giants PepsiCo and Nestle. A raffle will follow the screening.
The Sexual Politics of Meat: Presentation
7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, April 21
Craig Lecture Hall, Science Center
Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, will present a slideshow that draws upon images of women and animals in contemporary popular culture to discuss oppressive attitudes. A book signing and reception will follow Adams’ presentation.
Earth Day Field Day
2-3 p.m. Friday, April 22
This event encourages all to be carefree with the Office of Environmental Sustainability! Join OES for fun playground games like tug-of-war and hopscotch.