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Virtual Earth Month 2021

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The Office of Sustainability is excited to host our annual, second virtual, Earth Day celebration! We have partnered with campus departments, community partners, student organizations, and campuses across Texas to bring Earth Day directly to your screens! TAMU faculty, staff, and students have created live virtual events to enhance your sustainability knowledge and this year, we’re throwing in some big-ticket giveaways. We have partnered with the School of Innovation and students can also earn MaroonBase points by attending our events. Review complete prize rules here.

TAMU Virtual Earth Month 2021 Schedule

 

April 12, 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Sustainability Awards Program
  • Presenters: Jesse Carswell, Sustainability Operations Coordinator; Ben Kalscheur, Sustainability Assistant Manager; Kelly Wellman, Sustainability Director
  • Summary: The Office of Sustainability will provide a brief update on campus sustainability and present the Annual Campus Sustainability Champion Awards.
  • Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi2wkVgpdvQ

April 13, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Cost and Burden of Environmental Justice
  • Presenters: Catherine Rosas & Renee Oswalt, TAMU Sustainability Interns 
  • Summary: The economic and social impact of environmental injustice. Exploring modern examples of the disproportionate exposure of environmental risks to marginalized communities. This talk will explore the question, to what extent are these exposures of environmental risks accidental or intentional?
  • Recording: https://youtu.be/OBR7FlK7GPc

April 14, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

TAMU Transportation Transformation
  • Presenters: Jamie Loasby & Manasa Bhaskara, TAMU Sustainability Interns; Jeff Puckett 
  • Summary: This conversation will cover how public transportation at TAMU affects the environment both on and off campus. After an overview of transportation on campus, a discussion about micro mobility, bikes, and the impacts of COVID-19 with TAMU’s Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator will conclude the session.
  • Recording: https://youtu.be/MNbiogGPONk

April 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

TAMU Sustainability Master Plan Panel
  • Presenters: Dr. Carol Binzer, Director – Residence Life; Jason Mastrogiovanni, Executive Director - Office for Student Success; David Riddle, Regional Vice President – Chartwells; Jim Riley, Executive Director – Utilities & Energy Services; Panel Moderator: Kelly Wellman, Sustainability Director, Office of Sustainability
  • Summary: Campus stakeholders will provide updates regarding how their respective units are achieving the goals of the Sustainability Master Plan.
  • Recording: https://youtu.be/y4IdpOeibMw

April 16, 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Social Sustainability: How Cultures Influence Each Other
  • Presenters: Nikki Lim & Kathia Rivas TAMU Sustainability Interns 
  • Summary: Social sustainability is about building communities that are diverse, equitable, and that promote wellbeing. This includes learning about and preserving different cultures. In this presentation, we will explore the relationship between culture and sustainability, and how countries can learn from each other to create more progressive communities. We will also examine appropriation and its effects on social sustainability. 
  • Recordinghttps://youtu.be/r-_wYYXpUEw

April 19

Instagram Event
  • Summary: The Office of Sustainability has partnered with campus departments, community partners, student organizations, to showcase the variety of ways our campus and community engage with sustainability.
  • @sustainabletamu

April 19, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Fair Trade: How can Chocolate or a Cup of Tea Help Fight Global Injustice?

  • Presenters: Stephanie Denson, District Marketing Manager for Chartwells Higher Education Services, Texas A&M Region; Yadira Hernandez, Sustainability Marketing Graduate Intern
  • Summary: Fair Trade. Two small words that can make a world of difference. Fair Trade is a global movement towards a more sustainable way of making products that gives a voice to farmers and workers by providing fair prices, equal opportunities, and so much more! Come find out how TAMU is a Fair Trade Campus and learn how everyday products can make a change for a more just and fair world. #SealTheDeal #FairTradeDifference 
  • Recording:https://youtu.be/ztkRc_7PDw8

April 20, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Getting Ready for Extreme Weather: Community Preparedness for Climate Disasters 
  • Presenters: Rice University Fondren Library Green Team; Jim Blackburn, Co-Director, Rice University Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center
  • Summary: As the climate changes, extreme weather events will become more common, making preparation key to responding to these emergencies. In 2020, Rice University’s Fondren Library became a designated Communities Respond to Extreme Weather (CREW) Climate Resilience Hub for the Houston area.  Hubs like Fondren equip community members with the tools needed to help stay safe during extreme weather.  Please join us for this timely discussion, during which we will share information, resources and tips so you can be prepared when the next weather emergency strikes. 
  • Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/fondrencrew * This partner event is not eligible for Code Word entries into our drawing

April 20, 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Was the Free-Market Worth Freezing?
  • Presenters: Jaedyn Medrano & Savannah Bogard, TAMU Sustainability Interns 
  • Summary: In our presentation we will be discussing the complex socio-political relationships behind the Texas Power Grid Failure. Our discussion will cover the policies that created the modern Texas Energy Grid, the connections behind the extreme weather event and climate change, and the institutionalization of environmental racism/injustice in today's society. We will be highlighting the negative impacts that this event had on the environment and lower income communities in the state of Texas. 
  • Recording: https://youtu.be/sGB5Txm_gjU

April 21, 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Ethical Implications of the Renewable Energy Transition
  • Presenters: Yasmin Safian & Neeki Mostoufi, TAMU Sustainability Interns 
  • Summary: This talk will explore the reception and ethics of the transition to renewable energy across various aspects. Place identity, local and global environmental concerns, and more will be examined.
  • Recording: https://youtu.be/BtsM9teG1Ag

April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Creating Change as an Individual in 2021
  • Speaker: Shelbi Orme, Environmental Activist, Educator, and Social Media Influencer
  • Bio: Shelbi is an environmental activist & educator who uses her platforms of 300,000+ followers to share how individuals can take action and make changes in their life to live more sustainably. Shelbi is a former student of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies as well as a former intern with the Office of Sustainability. She has been living a zero waste lifestyle for over 5 years and has helped dozens of brands & communities align their eco-conscious values with their actions. 
  • Summary: Living a sustainable lifestyle has become something of a trend in recent years which has led to wonderful achievements for our planet! As a result, so many of us are becoming aware of the broader issues we face as a society and are ready to use our voices and power as consumers to make a change. This presentation will cover my top 3 actionable steps you can implement today to enact change in your community and around the world to align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 
  • Recording: https://youtu.be/hnTp9yLufoI

April 22, 6:00 p.m.

Georgetown Green Film Series: 2040
  • Summary: Join Southwestern University and the City of Georgetown for a virtual screening of 2040, a 2019 documentary film that focuses on new approaches and solutions to climate change in renewable energy, mobility, regenerative agriculture, marine permaculture, and women empowerment/education.
  • Registration Link: Eventbrite Registration * This partner event is not eligible for Code Word entries into our drawing

April 23, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Exploring the Sustainability of Cryptocurrency and Textiles
  • Presenters: Madison Saenz & Francesco Previto, TAMU Sustainability Interns 
  • Summary: This talk will examine the often unseen environmental, economic, and social impacts associated with Bitcoin and the textile industries. Most conversations around Bitcoin focus on its value and validity, but further discussion is needed around the sustainability of digital currencies. The sustainability of the textile will also be further examined. Overall, we want participants to be more conscious of these everyday industries that might not be as obviously unsustainable or sustainable such as the fossil fuel and renewable energy industries.
  • Recording: https://youtu.be/cWhgAKdJQc0

April 12 – 30

Campus Sustainability Video Tour

April 12 – 23

The Howdy Farm Compost Drop-Off
  • Summary: This is an opportunity to drop off compost to the Howdy Farm’s outdoor compost bin during Virtual Earth Month (VEM). With every compost drop off you have the opportunity to earn 1 point towards VEM prizes. To participate, please leave compostable items in the designated area and scan the QR code. At the compost bins, there will be a QR code easily visible that once scanned leads to a form to fill out for you to receive your VEM point. The location of Howdy Farm can be found by putting the following address into google: Howdy Farm Rd. College Station, Tx 77845.
  • Descriptive Directions: You can find Howdy Farm in the West Campus of Texas A&M University, directly behind the Horticulture and Forestry Sciences building. If you're heading west on University take a left on Adriance Lab Road, then take your next left, and then your next right and we are located by the greenhouses. In the image below, the green dot shows the location of the compost bins.
  • What Can I Compost? 
    • Vegetable and fruit scraps
    • Coffee grounds
    • Eggshells
    • Corn stalks
    • Citrus and melon rinds 
    • Dead flowers  
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