MC celebrates Earth Week 2017

MC celebrates Earth Week April 22-28

April 10, 2017

Maryville College students, faculty and staff will observe Earth Day 2017 with several events planned for April 22-28.

“Earth Week @ MC” will include events such as a litter clean-up event, an organic ice cream social, documentary film screening, outdoor fitness opportunities, an environmental justice workshop and a roundtable discussion on sustainable transportation.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

“Earth Week @ MC is a series of events designed to generate awareness about environmental problems and encourage the community to learn about and be a part of the solutions, celebrate our planet and engage in physical health and wellness outdoors,” said Adrienne Schwarte, MC associate professor of design and co-coordinator of Earth Week. “Even though Earth Week @ MC happens just once a year, our community is involved daily in initiatives that help sustain our campus, and Earth Week @ MC is a time to see some of those initiatives and generate more participation in them.”

For more information about Earth Week at Maryville College, please contact Schwarte at

Schedule of Events 

Sat., April 22: Earth Day

-9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.: KT WeekEND
Maryville College students and alumni will participate in KT WeekEND for a day of hard work to improve trails and other areas of the Maryville College Woods. The event is inspired by the College’s annual Kin Takahashi Week, which brings more than 100 dedicated alumni volunteers from all over the country to campus every June for a week of projects that improve the “curb appeal” of campus. Named for a student from Maryville College’s past, Kin Takahashi Week celebrates the “can-do” spirit of a student who, during the 1890s, founded the College’s first football team and led a project to build Bartlett Hall. Student members of Maryville College’s Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and Environmental Action Team planned KT WeekEND to give students an opportunity to participate in a similar initiative and work alongside MC alumni to help improve the College Woods.

Mon., April 24:

-1-2 p.m.: Court Street Clean-Up
Students in ENV/SUS 101: Environmental Studies/Sustainability Studies will join Keep Blount Beautiful to pick up litter on the streets bordering campus. Gloves, safety vests and litter pickup tools will be provided. Members of the MC campus and local community are welcome to participate. The group will meet outside of Bartlett Hall. 

-7 p.m.: Documentary Film Screening
“Living Downstream,” a cinematic feature-length documentary based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., will be shown in Thaw Hall, Room 216. The film follows Steingraber during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. 

Tues., April 25:

-9 a.m. until 5 p.m.: Earth Week Poster Exhibition
Come to the second-floor gallery of the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Arts and Recital Hall Building to view Earth Week posters created by Maryville College students. The exhibition will be on display April 25-28. 

-5-7 p.m.: Environmental Justice Workshop
An environmental justice workshop will be held in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM). The interactive workshop will include activities to help participants connect environmental and social justice issues, such as the relationship between clean water access and poverty/racial prejudice in Flint, Mich. “The term ‘sustainability’ means environmental, economic and social responsibility, and this workshop is about better communicating this relationship to people who are already interested in environmental issues and social injustice,” said Hannah Kirby ’18, co-coordinator of Earth Week and president of MC’s Environmental Action Team. 

Wed., April 26:

-8 a.m. until 10 p.m.: “Lights Out!” Lecturing
Throughout the day, faculty will be encouraged to participate in “Lights Out” Lecturing – a low-tech or no-tech classroom teaching day.

-12:30-2 p.m.: Environmental Sustainability Activities
Students in MC’s ENV/SUS 101: Introduction to Environmental Studies and Foundations of Sustainability Class will be inviting students to participate in a variety of free activities to learn more about sustainability, conservation and how to reduce our impact. Activities, which will be held on the lawn in front of Pearsons Hall, include trivia questions about MC’s sustainability initiatives (with prizes!), calculating your carbon footprint and a conservation pledge, education and demonstrations regarding recycling, an interactive groundwater flow model and a ‘choose your own adventure’ game on a sustainability topic (and more!).

-3:30-6:30 p.m.: Mountain Challenge’s Camp 4
Mountain Challenge’s “Camp 4” is a new outdoor fitness initiative planned for members of the community, as well as Maryville College faculty, staff and students. Every Wednesday from 3:30-6:30 p.m., the backyard of Crawford House will be open for fitness activities, including climbing the Alpine Tour, bouldering in the climbing cave and participating in yoga and group fitness on the Yoga Deck. The cost is $10 for adults (18 and older) and $5 for children (8 to 17 years old) each Wednesday. Kids under 8 years old are free. For more information, call Mountain Challenge at 865.981.8125. 

Thurs., April 27:

-3-4:30 p.m.: Organic Ice Cream Social
All are invited to come to the Solar Dok picnic tables in front of Pearsons Hall to enjoy some organic, homemade ice cream, throw around the Frisbee and take a few minutes to relax and enjoy nature. And bring your own bowl … this is a zero-waste event! 

-4:30-6 p.m.: MC Garden Planting Day
Students are invited to “MC Garden Planting Day.” Students can either claim their own small plot to plant vegetables and/or flowers or come to help fill the MC vegetable garden plot near Crawford House. All plants, seeds and tools will be provided, and Dr. Drew Crain will give planting and harvesting advice. Plant in April and enjoy the harvest all summer long!

Fri., April 28:

9-9:45 a.m.: Breakfast Roundtable on Sustainable Transportation
Join us for a roundtable discussion featuring MC alumna Ally Ketron ’08, Outreach and Communications Specialist for the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission/Smart Trips Knoxville. The event will be held in Bartlett Hall Room 224, in the Maryville College Career Center Conference Room. 

-5-8 p.m.: Friday Night Lights/MC Campus Sustainability Tours
During downtown Maryville’s monthly “Friday Night Lights” event, MC students and staff will lead campus sustainability tours to highlight renewable energy, energy monitoring and sustainable indoor and outdoor programs that make Maryville College one of the ‘greenest’ colleges in Tennessee. Meet at Crawford House on the MC campus.

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”