UAB Celebrates Earth Month

By on April 4, 2014
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Stay golden and go green with UAB for Earth Month 2014 by attending events that support and educate about green and sustainable practices. UAB Sustainability has collaborated with several student organizations and green leaders in Birmingham to gain student and faculty support of environmental issues.

Earth Month commenced last week with a forum and board discussion, “Not Just the Environment: Facets of Sustainability” where faculty offered short presentations and discussions about the expansive scope of sustainability. “The Faculty Forum was a great opportunity for students to hear from experts in a variety of fields so they can understand how sustainability is part of everything,” said Julie Price, PhD., Coordinator of Sustainability.

Earth-Day-2014-front-door-banner (2)The week continued with a Green Jobs Fair for students, co-presented by UAB Green Initiative, a student organization that aims to increase campus awareness about recycling and sustainability. On Monday, the UAB community gathered for the Arbor Day Celebration at the Mini Park. The celebration included educational demonstrations, a tree planting ceremony, and free saplings of dogwood, redbud, and oak.

The Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) at UAB is Sustaining Liberty on Tuesday, April 8, 6-7 p.m. at Blazer Hall. Sustaining Liberty is a panel discussion on the environment in a free society with the following panelists: Gary Johnson, 2012 presidential candidate and Chairman of Our America Initiative; Cole Walker, Co-Founder of Nexus Energy Center and Chairman at EDT Energy; Stacie Propst, PhD., Executive Director of GASP; and, Paul Driessan, author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power and Black Death. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

“‘Sustaining Liberty’ is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to meet and greet a presidential candidate,” said Laura Pate, YAL President.

A fundraising event and social with Gary Johnson, former two-term Governor of New Mexico and 2012 presidential candidate, will follow the panel discussion at Das Haus. Tickets are $10/students and $25/non-students. Tickets Email students.liberty@gmail.com to purchase tickets. Ticket sales benefit YAL and Our America Initiative.

“The Young Americans for Liberty at UAB is aiming to spark a national conversation on Sustainability. We want to shed light on the ethical, business, and economic aspects of sustainability,” said Pate.

On Wednesday, April 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., UAB’s largest Earth Month Festival yet will feature produce and green products vendors such as Coca-Cola, Redemptive Cycles, and Green Garage; educational booths; local environmental organizations including Alabama Environmental Council, Alabama Wildlife Center, and Conservation Alabama; food trucks from Off the Hook and Cantina; live music from UAB Jazz Ensemble and Blazer Band; electric cars; and UAB Sustainability giveaways including t-shirts, water bottles, and one Goal Zero portable solar panel.

“Attendance at these events will demonstrate that this is an important area to UAB students and help ensure the continued support of this kind of programming at UAB,” said Price.

The Spencers Honors House will screen the Southern Exposure Film Series on Thursday, April 10, 7 p.m to raise awareness about environmental issues in Alabama. The series is presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center and includes the screening of short films including “Overburdened: Undermined,” “Beltline Blues,” “Rain’s Gonna Come,” and “Forever Wild.” Pizza and beverages will be available. Students have the chance to win a portable solar panel from Goal Zero.

UAB students, faculty, and staff can bring household items such as paint and solvents to be disposed properly at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection at UAB Recycling Center on Friday, April 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. An e-waste collection will also be available. According to UAB Sustainability, “Households are the number one source of unregulated hazardous waste in the U.S.”

Accepted hazardous waste items include latex and oil-based paint, automotive fluids, acids, sulfuric such as drain cleaners, bases, aerosols, household cleaners including bleach and ammonia, solvents such as acetone and mineral spirits, light bulbs and batteries. Items NOT accepted include ammunition, explosions of any kind including fireworks, tires, pesticides, pool chemicals, fertilizers, and mercury-containing materials.

For more information about Earth Month as well as green and sustainable practices, visit UAB Sustainability’s newly revamped website at https://www.uab.edu/sustainability/.

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