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2017 Appalachian Energy Summit Keynote: Majora Carter

Tuesday, Jul 11, 6:30 pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

The 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit is the sixth-annual meeting of some of the world’s most brilliant minds in energy policies and practices. This unique three-day event convenes academia, industry, and students in a transformational effort that delivers meaningful ecological, financial and social benefit. Majora Carter is probably the only person to receive an award from John Podesta's Center for American Progress and a Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement from Rupert Murdoch's New York...

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2017 Appalachian Energy Summit Keynote: Gina McCarthy

Monday, Jul 10, 7:30 pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

The 2017 Appalachian Energy Summit is the sixth-annual meeting of some of the world’s most brilliant minds in energy policies and practices. This unique three-day event convenes academia, industry, and students in a transformational effort that delivers meaningful ecological, financial and social benefit. A career public servant in both Democratic and Republican administrations, Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for common sense strategies to protect public health and the...

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SD Civic Garden Open House

Wednesday, May 3, 2 pm
SD Civic Garden (at the LLC)

Join students and faculty in the Sustainable Development Civic Garden (beside the LLC) on Wed May 3 from 2-4 pm to learn about spring vegetables and outreach and teaching in campus gardens.  Students from SD agroecology classes will offer tours of the garden and show beds of spring crops, such as lettuce, radish, arugula. etc. that they raised.

Learn about vegetable, fruit, herb, and grain production, greenhouse and solar food dehydration, compost, mushrooms, vermicomposting, and...

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Roots of Resilience Film Festival

Friday, Apr 28, 7 pm
Plemmons Student Union

Please join us for the Roots of Resilience Film Festival: Cultivating Sustainable Community in the High Country on Friday April 28th @ 7pm! This event is free and open to the public; refreshments provided! Sustainability endeavors are growing strong in our community. In the High Country, we share a rich history of working together to ensure that our mountain region will forever be a wonderful place to call home. The Roots of Resilience Film Festival celebrates some of these efforts...

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Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: NC's Clean Energy Industry: Status and Prospects

Monday, Apr 24, 4 pm
Belk Library Lecture Hall Room 114

The Sustainable Energy Speaker Series continues with Robin Aldina, Manager of Energy Research at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA). The NCSEA is a non-profit member organization based in Raleigh, NC. Its mission is to “drive policy and market development to create clean energy jobs, economic opportunities and affordable energy that benefits all of North Carolina.”

In this presentation, Robin Aldina will highlight findings from the most recent Clean Energy...

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WorldWatch: EarthEd Symposium

Thursday, Apr 20, 9 am
Schaefer Center

Appalachian State University is hosting the launch of this year’s State of the World report April 20 with a day of events from the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, including short talks and panel discussions. All interested parties are invited to attend, particularly those with an interest in educational opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing world.

The events will also be livestreamed globally for those who cannot join us in person. Follow this link to...

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NO IMPACT WEEK - Sustainable Transportation

Monday, Apr 3, 1 pm
Office of Sustainability

Kick off Earth Month at Appalachian with NO IMPACT WEEK!

Theme for Monday, April 3: "Choose Sustainable Transportation"

2:00 - 5:00 (Sanford Mall) - Tabling on Sanford Mall. Come learn about sustainable transportation options, Zimride, and the Solar Vehicle Team

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Small Wind Energy Hands-on Workshop

Jun 2 - Jun 3
Beech Mountain Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site, Beech Mountain

Please join us at Appalachian State’s Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site, located on Beech Mountain, for this two-day, hands-on workshop on small-scale, distributed wind energy. Participants will learn about the typical costs, economics and maintenance involved with a distributed wind energy project, learn about a variety of distributed wind energy technologies, and successful case studies. There will be both classroom and "hands-on" activities for workshop attendees. The outdoor...

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Introduction to Photovoltaic System Design & Construction Workshop

May 15 - May 19
Reich College of Education

Get into the solar field with this one week workshop! This 40-hour workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of solar energy, types of solar energy systems, system sizing principles, and the electrical and mechanical design of photovoltaic arrays. This workshop includes site visits to installed systems on the campus of Appalachian State.

The course will focus on the key competencies addressed in the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)...

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Film Series: "Don't Tell Anyone"

Tuesday, Apr 4, 7 pm
IG Greer

Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) is a film about courage, facing insurmountable obstacles and the determination to fight for justice.  In an environment where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, 24 year-old Angy Rivera steps out of the shadows to share her parallel journey of being undocumented and sexually abused, an ordeal all too common in her community. We follow Angy’s personal story from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times as she...

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Food For Thought: Food Sovereignty in the High Country

Tuesday, Mar 7, 6 pm
Jimmy Smith Dining Room, Roess Dining Hall

Food Sovereignty in the High Country: From a global movement to our local community This round table will discuss the meaning of food sovereignty and its relevance to our community. The round table will feature ASU faculty and staff, as well as leaders in the community promoting practices of food and seed sovereignty.

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Food for Thought: Food Security

Thursday, Mar 23, 6 pm
Jimmy Smith Dining Room

Food Security: Food access issues among rural and low income populations This session will focus on factors contributing to food insecurity in this region and common coping strategies of residents. Presenters will discuss viable strategies for alleviating food insecurity in our local communities.

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Food for Thought: Let's Get Cooking

Tuesday, Apr 4, 6 pm
Jimmy Smith Dining Room

Let’s Get Cooking: What science tells us about children’s eating and efficient cooking

Research suggests that parents have an important role in the socialization of their children’s eating behavior and long term cooking habits. Teaching children to cook is an effective way to increase the consumption of less-processed foods. Energy efficient cooking strategies can improve cooking enjoyment and success.

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Food for Thought: Short Documentary Series

Tuesday, May 2, 6 pm
Rough Ridge Room in Plemmons Student Union

A screening of three short documentaries created by Master’s students in the Appalachian Studies Program at ASU. The documentaries will focus on food-related issues in the High Country, including beekeeping, F.A.R.M. Cafe, and a nineteenth-century water-powered mill in Meat Camp.

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Campus Farmer's Market

Wednesday, Feb 22, 11 am
Plemmons Student Union

The Campus Farmer's Market is back and ready to kick off the 2017 Spring semester! Support the ASU and High Country community by joining us as we host a variety of local farmers, artisians and students at our first indoor Campus Farmer's Market. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, the Campus Farmer's Market is student organized and operated through the Sustainable Development Student Alliance. The market will feature an array of different produce and products grown and crafted...

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Sustainability Council Meeting

Tuesday, Feb 14, 1 pm
Plemmons Student Union

Please mark you calendars for the first Sustainability Council Meeting of 2017 on Tuesday, February 14th, from 1:00 - 3:00 in the Plemmons Student Union Parkway Ballroom.  

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Film Series: "Before the Flood"

Tuesday, Apr 25, 7 pm
IG Greer

Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio travels the world to examine firsthand the effects of climate change, and to learn more about possible ways to prevent catastrophic damage that could make the Earth unsustainable for human life. During his journey, he speaks with such influential figures as President Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and tech innovator Elon Musk, and makes a speech before the United Nations calling for greater action on this issue.

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Film Series: "After Spring"

Tuesday, Mar 21, 7 pm
IG Greer

Filmmakers Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez witness the Syrian refugee crisis by following two families in transition and an aid worker fighting to keep a camp running.

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Film Series: "Blood on the Mountain"

Tuesday, Feb 21, 7 pm
IG Greer

"Blood on the Mountain" focuses on the environmental and economic injustice and corporate control in West Virginia and its ripple effect on all American workers. The film tells the story of a hard-working people who have historically had limited choices and have never benefited fairly from the rich natural resources of their land. The failure to diversify the economy has insured control by outside, unrestricted corporations with the support of politicians kept in their positions by these...

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Spring Sustainability Film Series: The Starfish Throwers

Tuesday, Jan 24, 7 pm
IG Greer

The first film in the 2017 Spring Sustainability Film Series is The Starfish Throwers. 

"By turns both poignant and heartwarming, The Starfish Throwers explores how three of the world’s most fiercely compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways. Half a world apart, a five-star chef, a retired school teacher and a sixth-grade master gardener fight for a seemingly lost cause—until they discover their...

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Sustainable Energy Speaker Series: Financial & Economic Analysis for Investing in Renewable Energy

Monday, Jan 30, 4 pm
Belk Library, Lecture Hall Room 114
David March Financial and Economic Analysis for Investing in Renewable Energy and Energy Markets Monday, January 30 | 4:00 - 5:00 Belk Library Lecture Hall Room 114 FREE and open to the public

Entropy Investment Management was founded on the principal that the combination of an efficient physical market (energy) coupled with a highly complex commercial market structure comprising regulations, tax incentives, and rapidly changing cost dynamics, will create systemic arbitrage...

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Sustainable Spooks - Haunted House

Thursday, Oct 27, 8 pm
East Hall, Basement

Prepare to be spooked! The Office of Sustainability is hosting its first climate change-themed haunted house in one of Appalachian State University's most haunted dorms. Teeming with paranormal activity, the basement of East Hall is notorious for countless reports of spine-chilling ghostly encounters.

Tours will take place on October 27th from 8pm-10pm followed by free food and drinks for all visitors.

Admission is free with a recommended donation of an item for the Food...

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Creek Clean-Up at AMB

Thursday, Oct 27, 3:30 pm
Appalachian Mountain Brewery
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Mess on the Mall

Tuesday, Oct 25, 11 am
Sanford Mall

In celebration of Campus Sustainability Month, the Office of Sustainability will host the "Mess on the Mall". We will collect 24 hours worth of waste from the Plemmons Student Union and work with volunteers to sort the waste, raising awareness about the Zero Waste commitments of Appalachian State University! 

We will take a look at the amount of trash the university community generates, how much of that trash is recycled, and how much trash could have been recycled or...

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Office of Sustainability Fun Run/Walk

Tuesday, Oct 18, 6 pm
Office of Sustainability, Basement of East Hall
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