Sustainability|April 12, 2011 12:39 pm

Hollins Celebrates Earth Day 2011

An outdoor festival, a tour of the university’s sustainability projects, a tree planting, and the National Paddling Film Festival Road Show highlight this year’s events

Roanoke, Va. – Hollins University is commemorating Earth Day on Friday, April 22,
with a full day of activities.

Hollins’ Earth Day Festival takes place on the university’s Front Quadrangle from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff can enjoy a lunch menu of locally-grown foods while visiting information booths from the National Forest Service and Grandin Gardens and a paperuse awareness display. At noon on Front Quad, the university will announce its Green Fee initiative for the 2011-12 academic year. Hollins students voted in 2008 to add a Green Fee ($5 per semester) to their tuition to support a more environmentally-friendly campus; since its inception, the fee has supported the planting of fourteen new trees on the university’s Back Quad and the purchase of light motion sensors for the Dana Science Building.

During the afternoon, tours of Hollins’ sustainability projects will be offered, including the photovoltaic panels just installed at the Dana Science Building, which directly convert the sun’s energy into electricity (1 – 1:25 p.m.); the first geothermal heating and cooling system on campus, located in one of the university’s historic structures, the Robbie Hunt Burton Alumnae Cottage (1:30 – 1:55 p.m.); and Hollins’ community garden, in which students and faculty
produce organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs (2 p.m.).

From 1 – 4 p.m. on Front Quad, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics Michael Smith will lead a population growth modeling exercise through the game “Sharks and Minnows.” At 3 p.m., students from the January Short Term course “The Caribbean Above and Below the Water” will plant trees near the Hollins Pond they purchased after their trip this year to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Hollins’ Earth Day celebration concludes with the National Paddling Film Festival Road Show, featuring amateur and professional videographers’ footage of whitewater canoeing and kayaking adventures. Hosted by paddle sport star Eli “the Canoe Guru” Helbert, the event begins with a vendor fair and raffle at 5 p.m.; the film screenings get under way at 7 p.m. in the Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center. Road Show admission is $15.

Earth Day at Hollins is sponsored by Students for Environmental Action, the university’s Environmental Advisory Board, and the Hollins Outdoor Program.

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