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Earth Week 2016

Water: The Sustenance of Life
Shoreline Community College April 18–23

 All Week April 18-22
The Free Elwha River photo exhibit PUB Student Gallery
The Free Elwha is not merely about a free river. It is part of a larger investigation of the human desire to domesticate the landscape and control natural resources in ways that benefit human existence with a disregard to the effects. Faculty members Lauren Greathouse and Claire Putney have collaborated with students from the photography department to organize and produce documentary imagery of the river for this exhibition.

Earth Week Materials at the Info Table in the PUB Lobby

Earth Week Coordinating Table PUB Courtyard

Electronics Recycling Collection Boxes PUB Courtyard and 9202
We are collecting electronic materials for recycling, refurbishment, and reuse of old products. We will have two bins provided for all campus constituents to drop off electronic materials such as old computers, cell phones, printers, keyboards, etc. The bins will be located in the PUB courtyard and in the PUB 9202.

Monday April 18 – Civics Day
Voter Registration 

PUB Lobby, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Blast Zone! Intersections of Environmental Policy and Civic Engagement
PUB 9208, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A lecture-based workshop presented by Professor Terry Taylor that examines the role that environmental issues play in national, state, and local politics with advice on how to get involved in environmental advocacy organizations and understand the workings of the political process to influence change.

3E 101: Introducing Ecological Integrity, Social Equity, and Economic Viability to campus 
PUB 9208, 2:30-3:20 p.m.
What are the 3 E’s?  Ecological Integrity, Social Equity, and Economic Viability, also known as the “Triple Bottom Line”, are principles underlying the concept of sustainability. Shoreline’s Strategic Plan now highlights these values as integral to the College’s practices and decisions. This workshop will help us understand how these principles can guide the actions of individuals and the College community. Presented by Professors Matt Loper, Ernest Johnson, Tim Payne, and Stephen McCloskey.

Tuesday April 19  – Water: The Sustenance of Life
What is a greenhouse gas? by faculty member Chip Dodd
Room 2920, 9:30-10:20 a.m.
This presentation will discuss the unique properties of a Greenhouse Gas (GHG).  Included in this presentation: a brief history of the scientific knowledge of GHGs (discovery, role in planetary atmospheres, detection of changing concentrations), a brief description of the properties of a GHG, discuss the diverse range of gas molecules that have GHG properties, and discuss the changing concentration of GHGs in Earth’s atmosphere over geologic and very recent time (considering both natural and human sources).

PUB Courtyard Tabling (QDR if raining)
-Boeing Creek Restoration
-Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
-Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles
Table in PUB Courtyard (QDR if raining), 10:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Racial/Restrictive Land Covenants by faculty member Ernest Johnson
Room 1504, 10:30-11:20 a.m.
Real estate developers in the greater Seattle area, including Shoreline, often included racially discriminatory language in the original plans for the subdivision of property to build homes. Buyers had to agree to the language if they wanted to buy property. Subsequent buyers also had to agree to the terms and sometimes were unaware of them since deeds referred to the covenants without specifying them. Researchers have found that for the Seattle area “a majority of residential property is restricted by racial covenants or ‘gentlemen’s agreements.” This session will examine the language of these racial restrictions, their impact and implications for today’s society.

Water In and Out of Our Homes by faculty Emma Agosta
PUB 9202, 10:30-11:20 a.m.
This lecture-based workshop will introduce the audience to the water cycle in and out of homes in King County. We will discuss where water comes from in King County and where and how wastewater and storm water are put back into the natural system.  It will discuss the Cedar and Tolt reservoirs, sources of organic and inorganic water pollutants in urban areas, water treatment facilities and how they operate as well as the issues related to largely untreated storm water.

Musical Performance by Acoustic Guitar Player: Eric Kegley
PUB Courtyard Stage, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dying Oceans (Acidification) Panel led by faculty Larry Fuell
PUB 9202, 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Ocean Acidification is the decrease of the pH in the ocean caused by increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  Some of this carbon dioxide reacts with water to form carbonic acid, thereby increasing ocean acidity.  Increasing acidity is thought to have a range of possibly harmful consequences, such as depressing metabolic rates and immune responses in some organisms, and causing coral bleaching, and contributing to global warming.

Earth Week Welcome by President Cheryl Roberts
PUB Courtyard Stage, 12:30–12:40 p.m.

Keynote by James Rasmussen: The Duwamish River
PUB Courtyard Stage, 12:40–1:20 p.m.
Having worked on the Duwamish River for well over 30 years as well as serving as Director of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition for the past 6 years, Rasmussen will speak to the importance of the river, the resources found there, and the current cleanup project.

Musical Performance: SCC Ukulele Club
PUB Courtyard Stage, 1:20-2 p.m.

Flow and Flint’s Water Catastrophe Film and Discussion: led by faculty Michelle Kleisath
PUB 9202, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
“Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label – the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century – The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.”  Our discussion will address the links between Flint’s water catastrophe and larger structural issues that we face with the world water crisis. We will screen part of the documentary film Flow, as well as footage from Democracy Now’s coverage of the Flint catastrophe.

Wednesday April 20 – Our Sustainable Community
PUB Courtyard Tabling (QDR if raining)
-Bicycle Repair

-Bookstore sale of Recycled/Sustainable supplies
-City of Shoreline Rain Gardens Program
-WP&DSS Contest for on-campus recycling/composting
-“Poetry Makerspace” presented by the Ray Howard Library
-Indoor Mushroom Growing Demo
-Putting the “eco” in eLearning!
-SSC Economics Research Group Projects
Table in PUB Courtyard (QDR if raining), 10:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Poetry Slam presented by the Ray Howard Library
PUB Courtyard Stage, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Join your librarians for a poetry slam! April is National Poetry Month, as well as being the month in which Earth Week occurs. Here at the Ray Howard library, we believe that poetry and nature go together like peanut butter and jelly, so help us celebrate by getting inspired and sharing your creativity.  Join us to read some of your own poetry or read your favorite poems on the topic of nature, conservation, or naturalism.

Outdoor Mushroom Growing Demo led by Jaime Ardena
Deep Roots Garden (between 2500&2600 bldgs), 12:30-1:20 p.m.
Join the Multicultural Center and Deep Roots Garden as we demonstrate installing an edible mushroom patch in your garden! Participants will learn how to install their own edible mushroom path that will also help rejuvenate and fertilize their garden. We will be installing a choice edible patch of Stropharia Rugosoannulatta otherwise known as the King Stropharia, or wine cap mushroom very similar to the popular Portobello mushroom.

March Point Film and Discussion led by faculty Michelle Kleisath
PUB 9202, 12:30-2 p.m.
Meet Cody, Nick and Travis, 3 teenagers from the Swinomish Tribe.  After hard times on the reservation lead to rehab and drug court, they are offered an alternative: to make a documentary about the impact of two oil refineries on their community.

Planet Neighborhood “Community” Film and Discussion led by faculty Kimberly Lothyan
PUB 9202, 2-3:30 p.m.
Planet Neighborhood Community teaches us the issues related to the improvement of human health and the environment. The movie portrays how to deal with the negative effects business productions have had on the environment. After watching the movie, WPDSS club members will have a short question and answer session with the audience. We want individuals to share their differing perspectives and correlate the issues mentioned in the movie to our environment.

Thursday April 21 – Alternative Energy & Transportation Day
PUB Courtyard Tabling (QDR if raining)
-Automotive program new technologies and environmental responsibility

-Bicycle Commuting Month promotion
-Bicycle repairs
-Northwest SEED Solarize Shoreline Campaign
-Shoreline Solar Festival promotion
Table in PUB Courtyard (QDR if raining), 10:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Introduction to bicycle commuting by the Cascade Bicycle Club
PUB 9202, 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
This workshop will cover the basics of biking for commuting and utility trips. Topics include:
-Selecting a bicycle and making basic fit adjustments • Riding safely and comfortably
-Planning your bike route
-Clothing, helmets, and gear

Fix a flat workshop by the Cascade Bicycle Club
PUB 9202, 12:30-2 p.m.
Learn this simple and important skill to minimize delays the next time you get a flat. We’ll take the mystery out of wheel and tire removal, patching a tube and putting it all back together. This workshop also covers some of the causes of flat tires and how to best avoid and prevent them. Topics include:
-Assessing the condition of your tires • The most effective method for wheel removal and reinstallation
-Removing the tire from the rim and reinstallation
-Locating and repairing the puncture
-Tools to carry for a speedy repair.

Food Inc. Film and Discussion led by faculty Kimberly Lothyan
PUB 9202, 2:00-3:30
Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner examines how mammoth corporations have taken over all aspects of the food chain in the United States, from the farms where our food is grown to the chain restaurants and supermarkets where it’s sold. Narrated by author and activist Eric Schlosser, the film features interviews with average Americans about their dietary habits, commentary from food experts like Michael Pollan and unsettling footage shot inside large-scale animal processing plants. After watching the movie, WPDSS club members will have a short question and answer session with the audience. We want individuals to share their differing perspectives and correlate the issues mentioned in the movie to our environment.

Bio-Fuels and Climate Change Presentation led by faculty Larry Fuell
PUB 9208 (QDR), 7-8:30 p.m.
Join us for a discussion of the science and economics of biofuels and what it might mean for addressing the challenge of climate change. Panel:
Evan Henrich, Bioinformatics Intern, Matrix Genetics
Chip Dodd, Geography and International Studies, Shoreline Community College
Brian Young, Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness

Friday April 22 – Earth Day: Native Plants and Local Food
Student and Staff Photos of Elwha River ends today
PUB Student Gallery, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Film Shorts “Water”
PUB Student Gallery, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

PUB Courtyard Tabling (in QDR if raining)
-City Fruit

-Deep Roots Garden/Diggin Shoreline
-Native Plants and native plant foraging
                Invasive plant removal, Green City Partnerships/Forterra
                Promotion of Saturday’s Restoration Activity
-Native Plant Sale: Kruckeberg Botanic Garden and Go Natives Nursery
Table in PUB Courtyard (QDR if raining), 10:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Patty Pan Grill serving grilled fresh vegetable samples
PUB Courtyard (QDR if raining), 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Patty Pan is a worker owned cooperative.  We are a thoughtful and progressive food business committed to exploring creative approaches to eating well and living well.  We’re proud to be Seattle’s oldest farmers’ market concession, having provided hot, ready-to-eat food at outdoor events since 1997, when there were only two neighborhood markets in the city. Patty Pan sources most of our staples from the farmers who are our friends and neighbors at the markets.

International waters by faculty Tim Payne and Chip Dodd
Room 2308, 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Music by Funk n Groove
PUB Courtyard Stage, 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Come out and enjoy our very own old school funk band with a full range of student musicians including a horn section, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and singers led by instructor Jeff Kashiwa.

Northwest Flora: Nature Walk by faculty Matt Loper
Leave from the PUB Courtyard, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Join Matt Loper for an exploration of the flora and fauna of the Shoreline campus and the surrounding environs. The walk will include natural history highlights on the campus, as well as the diverse forests, springs and streams of the Boeing Creek Watershed. Be sure to wear your walking shoes.

Saturday April 23 
Native Plant Habitat Restoration Work Group
Forest at North end of campus, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Meet in the parking lot at the entrance to the Campus Track/Soccer Field.
Led by Matt Loper and Chip Dodd.
The focus of the Habitat Restoration led by Matt Loper and Chip Dodd event is to remove invasive weeds and plant native plants to restore natural habitat in the forest surrounding the campus. Please join fellow SCC staff/faculty, students and community members in battling Evil Ivy and her menacing minions, including Heinous Holly, Stinky Bob and Churlish Cherry. Our battle with these formidable foes is to be waged in the forest between the track and the dog park. Bring thick gloves, good work boots/shoes, long sleeved shirts and long pants, and, if you have them, tools, including shovels and pruners. Gloves and tools are also available at the event. Some refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday April 26
Tech Expo
PUB Main Dining Room, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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