MC celebrates Earth Week April 15-22

April 4, 2011
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer

Students, faculty and staff of Maryville College will observe Earth Day with several events planned for April 15-22.

“Earth Week 2011,” which is sponsored by Aramark Higher Education, Hart Graphics and Mountain Challenge, will include events such as a panel discussion, presentations, an outdoor demonstration, a sustainable art exhibition and special “eco-themed” food offerings in the dining halls. All events are open to the public.

“Sustainability is not just about environmental consciousness, but it’s about collaboration, community, social equity, sound economics, human health and responsible design,” said Adrienne Schwarte, assistant professor of art and chairperson of the College’s Environmental and Forestry Advisory Committee. “Therefore, the events we have selected to highlight during Earth Week at Maryville College include an attempt to create a holistic experience regarding issues that impact or are impacted by our environment, such as architecture and design, food production and consumption, waste, energy, transportation and human behavior.”

Schwarte added: “We hope the MC Community gets a chance to learn more about how daily routines can impact the environment and promote positive social change and also has an opportunity to celebrate innovation and the benefits of enhancing or improving the local environment and community, as well as respecting it.”

Throughout the week, Maryville College’s dining services will also offer “eco-themed dining” in Pearsons Dining Hall and Isaac’s Café. Offerings will include vegan, vegetarian and organic dishes.

An exhibition featuring the work of students enrolled in Schwarte’s ART 349: Introduction to Typography course will be on display throughout the week in the second floor hallway of the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Art and Recital Hall building.

Schwarte asked students to complete two projects that focus on educating others about sustainability-related issues. One is a promotional typographic poster that advertises World Environment Day on June 5, sponsored by the United National Environment Program, and this year’s theme of “Forests: Nature at Your Service.” The second project was a typographic identity concept for a Maryville College sustainability logo that may be used for an upcoming sustainability website for the College.

“Since the field of graphic design is becoming ever more connected to the field of sustainability, as how we create and communicate information is integral to end-use, material chemistry and education about environmental issues, the graphic design courses at Maryville College have a sustainability-minded approach to design,” Schwarte said.

Friday, April 15:

  • 2 p.m.: Presentation by Dr. Thomas Nechyba
    Dr. Thomas Nechyba, professor of economics and public policy at Duke University and director of the Economics Center of Teaching, will give a presentation on economics and education policy in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.

    “Although this event is not particularly focused on sustainability, understanding that economics is an important part of the triple bottom line of sustainability connects it to the Earth Week theme,” Schwarte said.
  • 3:30 p.m.: Environmental Sustainability Panel
    A panel discussion titled “Environmental Sustainability and Maryville College Perspectives” will begin in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall of the Clayton Center. Panelists will include Schwarte; Dr. Susan Ambler, associate professor of sociology; Dr. Ben Cash, professor of biology and chair of the Natural Sciences Division; Bruce Guillaume ’76, director of Mountain Challenge and ex-officio member of the College’s Environmental and Forestry Advisory Committee; and Dr. Mark O’Gorman, associate professor of political science and coordinator of the environmental studies program. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Fager, vice president and dean of the College.
  • 5:15 p.m.: Student Government Association Tree Planting
    Maryville College students will plant a tree in honor of Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart’s inauguration in a ceremony scheduled for 5:15 p.m. in Humphreys Court.

Saturday, April 16:

  • 8:30-10 a.m.: Mountain Challenge Demonstration
    Mountain Challenge staff members will have the organization’s 55-foot Alpine Tower open to climbers. The tower is located next to Crawford House. Founded in 1987 by Guillaume, Mountain Challenge takes students and professionals outdoors and provides high-quality, safe experiences that are designed to push comfort zones, build confidence and encourage teamwork. Activities are incorporated into the College’s curriculum.
  • 10:30 a.m.: The Inauguration of Dr. William T. “Tom” Bogart
    The formal inauguration of Bogart as Maryville College’s 11th president will be held in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.
  • 12 p.m.: Post-inauguration Lunch on the Grounds, Zero Waste Event
    Following Bogart’s formal installation ceremony, a post-inauguration lunch on Pearsons Lawn will be held. The lunch is going to be a “zero waste event.”

Monday, April 18:

  • 1 p.m.: Wetland Center Field Trip with Dr. Mark O’Gorman’s ENV101 class
    Dr. O’Gorman will take students in his ENV101: Introduction to Environmental Issues class to the Pistol Creek Wetland Center located on 12 acres near the intersection of Sandy Springs and Montvale Station roads in Maryville.

Tuesday, April 19:

  • “Green” Car on Campus
    Charles West from West Chevrolet has volunteered to bring a Chevy Volt to MC to allow the campus community to view the electric vehicle. The car will be parked in front of Thaw Hall for display.
  • “Fuel Free” Campus Commute Day
    The campus community is encouraged to bike or walk to and around campus when possible.

Wednesday, April 20:

  • 1 p.m.: Court Street Clean-up with Dr. Mark O’Gorman’s ENV101 class
    O’Gorman and students in his ENV101: Introduction to Environmental Issues class will pick up litter on Court Street.
  • 2 p.m. United States Green Building Council Green Building Presentation
    Paul Bielicki, senior associate with McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc. and education chair of the Knoxville Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, will give a presentation in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harry H. Harter Choral Rehearsal Room. Bielicki and other members of the chapter’s Education Committee will talk about the benefits of green building design, the role of the USGBC and how the USGBC can partner with institutions to further improve education in society through the built environment.

Thursday, April 21:

  • 1 p.m.: Green Building Event by Mountain Challenge
    Bruce Guillaume, director of Mountain Challenge, will give a presentation at Crawford House about the steps he and College administrators took to make the 135-year-old farmhouse energy efficient and environmentally friendly. He will talk about how others can be more environmentally conscious about their homes or workplaces.

    In 2009, the College partnered with Knoxville-based Strata-G Environmental Consulting to conduct a feasibility study for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification and to register the project with the United States Green Building Council.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.