MC celebrates Earth Week 2019

MC celebrates Earth Week 2019

April 12, 2019 

Maryville College students, faculty and staff will observe Earth Day 2019 with several events planned for April 17-22.

“Earth Week @ MC” will include events such as a litter clean-up event, an organic ice cream social, outdoor fitness opportunities and environmental sustainability activities.

 “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 17:

-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.

-3-6 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 3-6 p.m., the backyard of Crawford House is 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. Camp 4 is free for MC students, faculty and staff. For the public, 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. Also during the April 17 event, Rocky Park Farm will have an “Ugly Veggie” stand, and PepsiCo will bring a Recycling Roadster.

Thurs., April 18:

-8 a.m. until 5 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 #EarthWeekatMC2019 on social media.  

Mon., April 22: Earth Day

-12:50-1:45 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.

-4:15-5 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!

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.”