University of Mississippi

University Celebrates Green Week April 21-24

Events include lectures, a film and annual Sustainability Fair

April 20, 2015  |  By LYDIA HAYES

greenweek2015The University of Mississippi will observe Green Week April 21-24 with the goal of raising awareness on campus and in the community about the importance of environmental sustainability.

“For me, Green Week is a high point in the academic year, since it offers a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about our environment in a number of different ways, while celebrating the beautiful spring weather,” said Ann Fisher-Wirth, professor of English and director of the environmental studies minor. “One of its main events is our Earth Day speaker, highly acclaimed anthropologist Paige West.”

West, a professor of anthropology at Columbia University’s Barnard College, will deliver the Earth Day keynote address at 7 p.m. Wednesday (April 22) in the Overby Center Auditorium. She plans to discuss the impact of current and future climate changes on the people of New Guinea and the Pacific islands.

Green Week events kick off at 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 21) with a 30-minute walk along a portion of the Ole Miss Tree Trail guided by Nathan Lazinsky, a certified arborist from Landscape Services. At 7 p.m., the Honors College Student Union will host a screening of the film “GMO! OMG!” as part of its Progressive Film Series.

The annual Sustainability Fair takes place on the Student Union Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday (April 22). It features interactive displays from campus and community groups, an on-campus farmers market and more. Participants will receive tickets, which can be redeemed for prizes, for visiting each table.

“The Sustainability Fair helps illustrate all of the resources that our campus and community has to offer,” said Lindsey Abernathy, project coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. “This year, we’ll have a display where students, faculty and staff can calculate and learn more about their carbon footprints. We’ll also have signage throughout the fair communicating the ways in which each of the different groups at the fair can help reduce that footprint. The focus is on solutions.”

Other Green Week activities include Pedal and Picnic, a group bike ride followed by a free lunch courtesy of Freshii and Ole Miss Dining, and the EcoGala Art Show, a sophisticated and sustainable showing of student artwork. Registration is required for Pedal and Picnic. Email green@olemiss.edu to reserve a spot.

Green Week will conclude on Arbor Day (April 24) with a tree planting celebration in the Circle led by Jeff McManus, UM landscape services director.

Attendees will receive free seedlings that were transplanted from the Circle earlier this year, while supplies last.

All Green Week events are free and open to the public. For more information about Green Week, visit http://greenweek.olemiss.edu or email green@olemiss.edu.

2015 Green Week Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 21
10-10:30 a.m. – Tree Trail Walk, meet at the flagpole in the Circle
7 p.m. – “GMO, OMG!” film screening, Barnard Observatory

Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day)
10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Sustainability Fair, Student Union Plaza
7 p.m. – Earth Day keynote address by Paige West, Overby Center Auditorium
9 p.m. – Jammin’ for the Planet (Green Fund Benefit Concert), Proud Larry’s

Thursday April 23
11 a.m.-noon – Pedal and Picnic, group bike ride and free lunch from Freshii. Registration required. Email green@olemiss.edu to reserve your spot.
7 p.m. – EcoGala Student Art Show, Bryant Hall

Friday, April 24 (Arbor Day)
11 a.m. – Arbor Day tree planting and celebration, Carrier Hall
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Environmental Law Lecture by Steve McKinney, Khayat Law Center, Room 2094