MC celebrates Earth Week 2018

MC celebrates Earth Week 2018

April 10, 2018

Maryville College students, faculty and staff will observe Earth Day 2018 with several events planned for April 11-21.

“Earth Week @ MC” will include events such as a litter clean-up event, an organic ice cream social, poster exhibition, outdoor fitness opportunities and environmental sustainability activities. From April 16-23, members of the campus community are encouraged to utilize campus donation boxes to recycle denim through the Blue Jeans Go Green™ program, which recycles worn denim into insulation.

All events are free and open to the public.

“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, chair of the Division of Fine Arts 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.”

The events are also part of Maryville College’s Fit.Green.Happy.® initiative, which provides strong connections between Mountain Challenge, academic departments, courses and the College’s location. 

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

Schedule of Events

Wed., April 11:

-1-1:50 p.m.: Presentation by Zipangani M. Vokhiwa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Science, Project Director, Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program 2012/2014, Mercer University, Penfield College, Department of Math, Science and Informatics (MSI)
Vokhiwa will share his work as former Deputy Director of Environmental Affairs, Malawi’s Desk Officer responsible for the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Agenda 21 and Project Manager for Malawi National Environmental Action Plan, Environmental Support Program (ESP) funded by The World Bank, The Wetlands Convention, and UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Program. Vokhiwa was also a member of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) with its secretariat at the UN Headquarters in New York. The presentation is part of MC’s ENV/SUS 101: Environmental Studies/Sustainability Studies course.

Mon., April 16:

-1-1:50 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. 

Tues., April 17:

-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 17-20.

-2-4 p.m.: Laundry Drying Rack Check-Out
Students are invited to come to the Solar Dok picnic tables in front of Pearsons Hall to check out/borrow laundry drying racks (for free!) to use as an alternative to using dryers to dry their clothes. This saves energy and money!

Wed., April 18:

-8-10 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. Campus participants are encouraged to send photos of “Lights Out! Lecturing” activities to and/or use #MCLightsOutLecturing #EarthWeekatMC2018 on social media. 

-3:30-6:30 p.m.: Mountain Challenge’s Camp 4
Mountain Challenge’s “Camp 4” is an 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 19:

-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! 

Fri., April 20:

-12:30-1:30 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. The activities will take place near the Solar Dok picnic tables in front of Pearsons Hall. 

Sat., April 21:

-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. After the work day is done, participants are invited to gather at Crawford House for an afternoon celebration and meal. The Alpine Tower will be open from 1-4 p.m. for participants to hone their climbing skills. Additionally, a Maker’s Market will be taking place at McArthur Pavilion. 

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.

Sun., April 22: Earth Day 


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.”