Unity College to Host Earth Week Activities, April 14-24

By Unity College | Apr 11, 2014
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Unity, Maine – 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.

     Known as America’s Environmental College, Unity College will hold Earth Week events at various locations on its campus located at 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity.  A full listing of events is available online at www.unity.edu, Master Calendar of Unity College Earth Week Events, April 14-25.

April 14th

  • Earth Week Haiku Contest, April 14 -20th.  Begins April 14 at 8 a.m. Win a prize of a $25 gift certificate at 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 at jwilliams@unity.edu   The winner will be announced on April 22nd.  For more information contact Judy Williams.

Tuesday, April 15:


  • 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.  http://edithandbennett.com/wordpress/  Sponsored by the Earth Week Committee.


  • Unity Fishbowl Talk: “Evolutionary Implications for Sustainability Science,” Earth Week Invited Speaker, Dr. Timothy Waring, University of Maine, Sustainability Solutions Initiative.  Location is Parsons Wing 204, 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 available. Open to the general public.


Wednesday, April 16:

  • Unity Live! Free concert open to the general public with Earth Person in the Student Activities Center from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Organized by Student Activities’ Board (CAB).  Music is smooth, electronic and indie inspired.  Reminiscent of Bon Iver and The Dig. Admission is free.


  • Unity College Owl Naming Contest begins at 9 a.m.  Help name the new owl in the animal room.  Send name suggestions to Unity College Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UnityCollege.  Top 3 names will be voted on April 18-21 and the winning name will be announced on Tuesday, April 22nd.  For more information contact either Cheryl Frederick at cfredrick@unity.edu or Brenda Bonneville at bbonneville@unity.edu.


  • 12:30-3:30 p.m. Road-side clean-up. Meet outside the Student Center.  Take a walk down Quaker Hill Road and do some road-side spring cleaning.  For more information contact Jacob McGinley at jmcginley@unity.edu.  Sponsored by Martin Maines, Sustainability Office.

Thursday, April 17:


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.  Participation by a dozen Unity College clubs and classes is anticipated. Sponsored by the Earth Week Committee, Student Government Association and the Campus Activities Board (CAB). Tables include:


  • Amphibian Conservation Activities
  • Pine cone bird feeders
  • Make Coloring books for Children in Haiti
  • Oil spill clean-up and activity sheets
  • Love is louder photo shoot
  • Build your own terrariums
  • Community Art projects
  • Decorate water bottles
  • Green chemistry fun
  • Tie dyeing the Earth Week 2014 t-shirts


  • Resource Exchange, 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, 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 5 p.m.  Organized by Stephen Nason and RA’s Liz Whitney and Derrick Maltman.


  • Head’s 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 at ckraus@unity.edu.


Saturday, April 19:

  • Sugar Makers Club Pancake Breakfast.  7 -11 a.m. Student Center.  Enjoy a pancake breakfast organized by Unity College’s Sugar Maker’s 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. Kids 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 at bhelper11@unity.edu  or Destiney Priest at dpriest10@unity.edu.  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 gzane@unity.edu    


  • Unity College Trails Maintenance, Community Trail Day.  UC Trails Crew.  Open to the general public.  Unity College Trails Crew cleanup trail system used by the general public that is adjacent to the College campus. Contact Tom Mullin, Associate Professor of Parks and Recreation at (207) 509-7291 or e-mail tmullin@unity.edu


  • Unity College Community Trail Day, 10 a.m. - 3pm.   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 or email tmullin@unity.edu

Tuesday, April 24:

  • Unity Fishbowl Talks: "The Inconvenient Impervious Truth, Stormwater Management Mistakes and Opportunities," featuring 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.  For more information visit http://www.unity.edu/about_unity/administration/president/fishbowl.  


     In recent years Unity College has gained national attention for a variety of achievements including its focus on sustainability science, the vanguard in the fight for the mitigation of global climate change.  Other ground-breaking “green” innovations include the award-winning TerraHaus, the first student residence on a college or university campus built to the Passive House standard, the most energy efficient building standard in the world, and its first-in-the-nation decision to divest from investments in fossil fuels, igniting a growing national movement in higher education.

     Unity College is a private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.


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