The first college in the nation to divest from investments in fossil fuels and adopt sustainability science as a focus for teaching and learning will hold a week of Earth Week events.
America’s Environmental College will hold Earth Week events at various locations on campus, located at 90 Quaker Hill Road in Unity.
Monday, April 14th
Earth Week Haiku Contest, April 14 -20th
Begins April 14 at 8 a.m. Win a prize of a $25 gift certificate to the Green Store in Belfast for the haiku in correct form with best use of language, grammar, and spelling. Up to three entries per individual. Send entries by email to Judy Williams. The winner will be announced on April 22nd.
Tuesday, April 15
Earth Week Invited Speaker, Dr. Timothy Waring, University of Maine, Sustainability Solutions Initiative. This Unity Fishbowl Talk will take place in Parsons Wing 204 at 11 a.m. Sustainability science aims to improve the ability of humans to achieve sustainable behaviors, institutions and societies. However, this field lacks a general theory to facilitate transporting lessons learned between contexts. The speaker submits that an evolutionary theory of sustainability may be best equipped to serve the needs of sustainability science, for multiple reasons. He will characterize the sustainability challenge facing humanity, and present a handful of novel insights for sustainability science that emerge directly and uniquely from the evolutionary research on culture and cooperation. Discussion in Student Center following the lecture. Refreshments will be available and the talk is open to the general public.
Lunchtime Music with Edith and Bennett
Student Center. 11a.m.-1:00 p.m. Local folk singers Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni. Musicians, working scholars playing old-time fiddle, banjo, Swedish dance tunes, and farmers ballads and hollers. Sponsored by the Earth Week Committee.
Wednesday, April 16
Free concert open to the general public with Earth Person in the Student Activities Center from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Organized by the Student Campus Activities Board (CAB). Music is smooth, electronic and indie inspired. Reminiscent of Bon Iver and The Dig. Admission is free.
Submissions to Name the Unity College Owl
Begins at 9 a.m. and closes on Thursday, April 17 at 3 p.m. Help name the new owl in the animal room. Starting on April 16, post name suggestions on the Unity College Facebook page. Top 3 names will be voted on April 18-21 and the winning name will be announced on Tuesday, April 22nd. For more information, please contact either Cheryl Frederick or Brenda Bonneville.
Roadside Clean Up
12:30-3:30 p.m. Roadside clean up. Meet outside the Student Center. Take a walk down Quaker Hill Road and do some roadside spring cleaning. For more information, please contact Jacob McGinley. Sponsored by Martin Maines, Sustainability Office.
Thursday, April 17
Theatrical performance at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, “Can’t Scare Me … The Story of Mother Jones” is brought to life by Obie Award winner, Kaiulani Lee. 7:30 p.m. Tickets available online, by phone 207-948-7469, or e-mail.
Friday, April 18
Green It Yourself Gathering
2-5 p.m., Unity Rocks! adjacent to Quimby Library. Students will teach GIY / DIY skills (both fun and educational). Open to campus community. Sponsored by the Earth Week Committee, Student Government Association and the Campus Activities Board (CAB).
1-2 p.m. Drop off gently used items for exchange or donate (clothing, cds/dvds, office or house supplies, etc.); 2:30-5 p.m., participate in the exchange at Unity Rocks! adjacent to Quimby Library. Sponsored by the Earth Week Committee, the Sustainability Office and the Student Government Association.
Unity College’s 2nd Annual Cardboard Kayak Race
3-5 p.m., retention pond adjacent Unity College Maintenance Department, Quaker Hill Road, Unity. Teams construct and then carry their cardboard kayaks from Unity Rocks! to the campus pond for a memorable race. Teams have one hour to design and create a kayak with only cardboard and duct tape. Participation restricted to Unity College students. Organized by the Outdoor Adventure Center, the Sustainability Office and the Earth Week Committee.
Wheels of Thunder
Big Wheels Race down Murdoch Drive (participation restricted to Unity College students, however the general public welcome to attend). Part of student affairs Dean’s Cup year-long competitions. Starting line is adjacent to Student Activities Building. Race starts at 5 p.m. Organized by Stephen Nason and RAs Liz Whitney and Derrick Maltman.
Heads in the Clouds Band
8 p.m. in the Student Center. Band members are Unity College students, alumni, and staff. For more information contact Charlie Kraus.
Saturday, April 19
Sugar Makers Club Pancake Breakfast
7-11 a.m. Student Center. Enjoy a pancake breakfast organized by Unity College’s Sugar Makers Club. $5 includes 2 freshly made pancakes, 2 sausage patties, and orange juice/coffee. Vegetarian plate: $5 includes 3 freshly made pancakes, orange juice/coffee. Kid's plate: $3 includes 1 pancake, 1 sausage patty, orange juice. Featuring fresh Maine maple syrup. Sponsored by the Unity Sugar Makers club. For more information, contact Ben Hepler or Destiney Priest. Kevin Spigel, Club Advisor.
33rd Annual Unity College Spring 5K
Registration starts at 8 a.m. adjacent to the Student Activities Parking Lot. Participation open to general public. For registration contact Gary Zane at (207) 509-7236 or e-mail.
Unity College Community Trail Day
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Open to the general public. Join the Unity College Trail Crew for their annual spring trail clean up and work day. Held rain or shine, participants will work on trail improvements, erosion projects and upgrading the outdoor classroom in the College’s 100 acre woods adjacent to the main campus complex. Lunch is provided. Meet by the soccer field. For more information contact Tom Mullin, Associate Professor of Parks and Forest Resources at (207) 509-7291.
Tuesday, April 24
Unity Fishbowl Talks: "The Inconvenient Impervious Truth, Stormwater Management Mistakes and Opportunities"
Steve Kahl, Director of Sustainability, Unity College. 12-12:30 p.m., Room 204, Parsons Wing of the Student Activities Building. There are a myriad of proven environmental management strategies for stormwater that improve water quality, protect infrastructure, and provide for a sustainable future for water resources. What society is missing are the incentives to get developments, designers, regulators (and campuses) to change their way of doing business. This talk will present examples of Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater techniques and discuss new policies that will make LID the wave of the future for stormwater management. Sponsored by the Student Activities Planning Committee.