Submitted by Betsy Matthews
Spring has sprung and Earth Week 2012 is upon us! Meredith College is celebrating with events on campus and in our community, April 17-20.
Highlights include a panel discussion on NC offshore wind power and an energy competition for Meredith residence halls.
The N.C. Sierra Club, N.C. Interfaith Power & Light, and Meredith College will present “First in Flight, First in Wind,” a public forum on offshore wind development in North Carolina on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
Panelists include John Bane, professor of marine sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill; Marcilynn Burke, acting assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior; Art Howard, award-winning photographer and videographer of “Earth: The Operator’s Manual”; Brian O’Hara, president of the North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition; Rep. Deborah Ross, NC House of Representatives District 38; and Jon Williams, assistant secretary for energy, N.C. Department of Commerce. For more information and to register for the event visit http://northcarolina.sierraclub.org/
On Friday, April 20, Residence Halls will compete in an all-day energy competition called Lights Off, Party On. Residents will battle to see who can save the most energy on April 20 and the winning hall will be rewarded with a Krispy Kreme party during exam week. Please encourage students to save energy on this day and every day by setting a good example and conserving energy in your offices and classrooms.
While the lights are off indoors, students can participate in an Earth Week party in the Science and Mathematics Building Courtyard. The event begins at 8 p.m. and includes a showing of Wall-E, pizza and an opportunity to win prizes.
For more information and a full list of Earth Week events, at Meredith and in the community, visit www.meredith.edu/sustainability.
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