posted April 13, 2011

Earth Week Activities Begin April 15

A variety of activities, including lectures on creation of a community energy plan for Holland and on environmental ethics, have been scheduled at Hope College from Friday, April 15, through Thursday, April 21, in celebration of Earth Week.

The public is invited to many of the events, which are sponsored by multiple campus organizations and programs.  Admission is free.

The activities will begin with an "Earth Jam" concert on Friday, April 15, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Pine Grove (the DeWitt Center Kletz is the rain location).  Performing will be Hope's own "Idelide" and Joshua Davis, a Michigan-based musician who is finishing up a second solo album in addition to having completed three as primary songwriter of "Steppin' In It."  The event will also include food and an opportunity for those attending to create their own recycled t-shirt.

The film "Climate Refugees" will be shown on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall, with a panel discussion following.

Peter Garforth will present "City of Holland - Developing a World Class Community Energy Plan" on Wednesday, April 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.  Garforth is the founder and leader of a specialist consultancy based in Toledo, Ohio, and Brussels, Belgium, that advises major companies, cities, communities, property developers and policy makers on developing competitive approaches that reduce the economic and environmental impact of energy use.

Representatives from local environmental organizations will be featured during a "Green Coffeehouse" on Wednesday, April 20, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the DeWitt Center Kletz.  The event will also feature live music and free Cool Beans coffee for those who bring their own mug.

Dr. Karel Rogers will present "Thinking Green: Ethics for a Small Planet" on Thursday, April 21, at 4 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.  Rogers is an emerita professor of biology at Grand Valley State University whose publications include the book "Thinking Green: Ethics for a Small Planet."

In addition to the events open to the general public, activities geared toward the campus community include a vegetarian lunch in the campus dining facilities on Tuesday, April 19, and a "Green Cottage Open House" on Tuesday, April 19, featuring local farmers and producers.

The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.  Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., between 10th and 12th streets.  The Pine Grove is located in the central campus, east of College Avenue between 10th and 12th streets.