Earth Week 2010 - Sunday, April 18 through Friday, April 23

University celebrates 40th anniversary of Earth Day with plethora of activities promoting its commitment to environmental sustainability

The public is invited to support Pacific University's commitment to environmental and economic sustainability by joining the University for a robust series of free educational and social events at the Forest Grove campus beginning Sunday, April 18 and continuing through Friday, April 23.

Live music, a political debate, swap meet, lecture from renowned journalist and Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and much more are scheduled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, annually held on April 22. 

The events are a collaboration of the University's Sustainability Committee, students, faculty and staff dedicated to educating and promoting sustainable practices.

Pacific's Earth Week 2010 kicks off at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18 with a celebration of the University's new Permaculture garden space on University Avenue across from the Holce Tennis Courts. Attendees can enjoy live music and contribute to a potluck meal.

The following evening - Monday, April 19 - Metro Council presidential candidates Rex Burkholder, Tom Hughes and Bob Stacey will debate for the second time in two weeks at 6 p.m. in Marsh Hall.

Earth Week's keynote event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 as Schlosser gives the University's 2010 Whiteley Distinguished Lecture, "Sustainability and the Politics of Food," in the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center (Pacific Avenue and Cedar Street). Mr. Schlosser's talk is sponsored in part by New Seasons Market.

Additionally, faculty members from 12 different disciplines will present a four-day mini-conference titled "Greening the Classroom: Multidisciplinary Studies in Environmental Sustainability," to show how they are incorporating environmental sustainability into their Pacific's curricula. A complete schedule of Earth Week 2010 activities follows:

Earth Week 2010:


4 p.m. - Permaculture Garden Potluck

University Avenue, Across from Holce Tennis Courts

Celebrate the new Permaculture garden space. Dig your hands into the soil while listening to live music, and don’t forget to bring a dish for the potluck!



6 p.m. - Metro Council Presidential Debate

Taylor Auditorium, Marsh Hall

Meet Bob Stacey, Tom Hughes and Rex Burkholder, the Metro presidential candidates for 2010. Learn how each candidate will represent your regional government and what they have in store for public spaces and the environment.



6 p.m. - Screening of the Documentary “FLOW- For the Love of Water”

Taylor Auditorium, Marsh Hall

Can Anyone Really Own Water? Irena Salina’s award-winning documentary investigates what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. This film will open your eyes to the complexity of water issues.



11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Stuff Swap

University Center, Fireside Lounge

Bring your used clothes, office supplies, housewares and other items (still in clean, useable condition) to swap with others for new treasures!


7:30 p.m. - Screening of the Film "Food Inc.”

Taylor Auditorium, Marsh Hall

Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. (Co-produced by Eric Schlosser) Come learn more about the food industry. Made possible by ACE Board.



11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Stuff Swap

University Center, Fireside Lounge

Bring your used clothes, office supplies, housewares and other items (still in clean, useable condition) to swap with others for new treasures!

All Day - Local Food and Vegan Dining Options

University Center, Dining Commons

Enjoy tasty local foods and extra vegan options from University Dining Services.



7 p.m. - Whiteley Distinguished Lecture featuring Eric Schlosser

Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, McCready Hall

Eric Schlosser is one of the leading investigative journalists working in the United States. He is the author of Fast Food Nation and will speak about sustainability and the politics of food. A question and answer session will follow the talk.



12 p.m. - Recycled Fashion Show

University Center, Fireside Lounge

Create an outfit out of 100% recycled materials (Seriously! Just go through your recycling bin!) and model your creation in the fashion show.




11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. - “Greening the Classroom: Multidisciplinary Studies in Environmental Sustainability” Mini-conference

University Center, The Pulse

Learn what professors are doing to incorporate sustainability into the academics at Pacific. Presented by the University Sustainability Committee.



11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Club Tabling for Earth Week

University Center

Learn about what student clubs are currently working on to “green” Pacific and the world. 


11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Go Green Recycling

University Center

Bring old batteries, ink cartridges and plastic bags for free recycling.


For more information, contact Joe Lang at (503) 352-2902 or go to

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Apr 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

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