April 7-10, 2014: UAA Sustainability Week

April 2, 2014

April 7-10 will mark the first Sustainability Week on UAA’s main campus. Here’s the roundup of all the great activities, including local food, EcoChic fashion and UAA’s new bike share program. For more background on the event, check out this story.

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Day (Monday, April 7)
Anchorage Museum’s Maegan Cieciel presents “Crafting Plastic Trash with the Anchorage Museum”
10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union
Learn creative ways to reuse plastics and keep them out of landfills.

Chronicles of Yarnia Yarn Exchange
10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union
Join UAA’s knitting club for a yarn exchange.

10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Union
Compete in recycling games and win prizes.

EcoChic Fashion Show
12-2 p.m. in the Student Union
Come see the great outfits you can find at thrift and consignment stores or make from recycled, reclaimed, re-purposed or reborn material. Registration for this event is still open. Sign up today for a chance to win prizes.

2-3 p.m. in the Student Union
Watch a free showing of the movie “Trashed,” a documentary following Jeremy Irons through once beautiful destinations that are now converted to landfills.

Local Foods Day (Tuesday, April 8)
Local Food Week at the Den
Monday-Thursday, April 7-10, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Local foods will be served throughout the week at the Daily Den.

Eating Locally in Alaska
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Student Union, Lyla Richards Conference Room
Saskia Esslinger from Williams Street Farmhouse will discuss how you can be more sustainable by eating local foods.

Sustainable Choices: Local & Healthy Soup Sampling 
12-1 p.m. in the Student Union, Upper Level
Kristin Donaldson, who is Alaskan, vegan and gluten-free, will host a gluten-free and vegan soup tasting.

Sprout Workshop
3-4 p.m. in the Student Union, Lyla Richards Conference Room
Attend this hands-on experience to learn how to grow sprouts in your own home.

Clean Energy Day (Wednesday, April 9)
For the Love of Salmon
10-11:30 a.m. in the Student Union, Den
Enjoy local foods in the Den as special guests share their stories about climate change and it’s impact on Alaska’s favorite resource. Then, stop by the carbon footprint calculator to see what impact you’re making and how you can improve it.

Nature Walk
11:30-12:45 p.m. Meet in front of the USUAA Office.
Join Jamie Trammell, assistant professor of environmental studies, as he leads a Nature Walk from the Student Union to Goose Lake and back, pointing out birds and connecting trail systems, and possibly using an infrared camera to show the energy our buildings are losing during the hike.

Clean Energy Workshop
2:30-3:45 p.m. in the Student Union, Leadership Lab
Katie Marquette from Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) will present ways to reduce your energy consumption habits.

Sustainability Club presents “Dirty Business”
5:30-7:30 p.m. in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
“Dirty Business” is a documentary about the negative impacts of coal on our environment. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion about clean and dirty energy use.

Bike Day (Thursday, April 10)
10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Cuddy Quad
Come to the Bike Share Bike Demo–bring a helmet and join others for a cruise around campus on the program’s yellow bikes. Also, Off the Chain will host bike maintenance workshops and Ann Schlapia with the Municipality of Anchorage will present on bike safety.

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