Celebrating Earth Day 2012 in a Big Way

earth-day-2012-logoEarth Day, in its 42nd year, is officially on Sunday, April 22. But since Limestone College believes in going above and beyond, several days are required to fit in all the wonderful events in store.

The College has planned a calendar of events from Monday (April 16) to Thursday (April 19), and a host of area businesses and organizations are partnering with Limestone to make Earth Day 2012 an event to remember.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 16

• Tree Planting
Limestone students will visit three local elementary schools (Mary Bramlett, Alma, and Limestone-Central) to plant trees provided by the Gaffney Board of Public Works. Two plants will be planted at each school.

Trees will be planted at Mary Bramlett Elementary at 8:30 a.m.; Alma Elementary at 10:00 a.m., and at Limestone-Central Elementary at 12:45 p.m.

Psychology of Sustainability; 7:00 p.m.; Hamrick Hall; Room 127
Dr. Justin Bailey, Associate Professor of Psychology at Limestone, will lead a conversation about long-term maintenance of sustainability, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions.

Tuesday, April 17

• Limestone's Art Department hosts a showing of the movie "Waste Land"; 7:30 p.m.; Granberry Hall; Room 106

Filmed over nearly three years, "Waste Land" follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he travels from Brooklyn to his native Brazil to visit and Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There, he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores"-self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.

Wednesday, April 18

• Recycling Scavenger hunt Figural Construction; Limestone Front Campus
With the start of the week, Limestone students will begin collecting recyclable materials from throughout the campus and surrounding neighborhoods. On Wednesday, they will use those materials to build a figural construction on the front campus/

Thursday, April 19

• Community Garden Celebration; 5:30 p.m. Behind Carroll Fine Arts Building
There will be a bit of something for everyone, from children to adult gardeners, at this event! Stations include:

o Conservation Every Day Tips from The Green Teens from Gaffney High School
o Sidewalk Chalk Art; hosted by Youmi Euford, Limestone Art Instructor
o Vermicomposting with Carolyn Ford, Limestone Associate Professor of Art
o Recycling Games with Dr. Paula Schubert, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
o Bubble Science with Dr. Penny Saurino, Associate Professor of Elementary Education
o Relay/Nutritional Games with Dr. Maria Felicia Cavallini, Associate Professor of Physical Education
o Container Gardening with Dr. Suzanne Lindley, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Randall Wolfe, Associate Professor of Psychology
o Earth Week Cake & Treats with Zach Sampson
o Square Gardening with Susan Albright
o Vertical Gardening (Lowe's of Gaffney)
o Gaffney Garden Club
o Advice and help from local farmers Kayla and Don Robbs & Patty Jackson
o Acoustical guitar jam session featuring Limestone students Garrett Ciriello, Michael Mikaza, Drew Boyd, and Jaron Ferrer

Refreshments for this event will be provided by:
Aegean Pizza, Ingles, Olive Garden, Food Lion, Pizza Hut, Whole Foods, Bi-Lo, and The Fresh Market.