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Earth Week 2014

Earth Week 2014Earth Day has helped bring attention to issues of environmental concern for more than 40 years. Join Knox College the week of April 20-26 in celebrating our planet and our community.

Earth Week 2014 Schedule
All events are free and open to the public. All events are subject to change. Please check back for updates.

Sunday, April 20
Time Description Location
1:00 p.m. Galesburg Beautification Day
Make your city beautiful! We will divide into small groups and pick up trash and recyclables in downtown Galesburg and the areas surrounding campus. Those in cars, on bikes, or on foot are welcome to venture as far and wide as they please. So bring a group of your friends or family and give back to your city!
Meet on Gizmo Patio
Monday, April 21
Time Description Location
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Less Meat Monday
Did you know that eating less meat significantly reduces your environmental impact? It saves on water usage, reduces the need for agricultural chemical applications, and decreases carbon emissions. For one day, meat will not be served in the Hard Knox Cafe or Oak Room to encourage us to think of the impacts we make in our food choices.
Hard Knox Cafe, Oak Room
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner Less Meat Monday Haiku Competition
Submit a haiku about the environment, food choices, your favorite tree, social and economic equity, whatever you please! A prize will be given to the person with the best haiku!
Seymour Gallery
Tuesday, April 22
Time Description Location
4:15 p.m. Craft Day
Make picture frames from broken CDs, bracelets out of paper beads or old t-shirts, and snow globes out of mason jars! Feel free to bring your own materials! This event will also be excellent for children!
Taylor Student Lounge

6:15 p.m. Hanging Bird Feeders
Meet up with Bird Club and hang up some bird feeders around campus!
7:00 p.m. EquiKnox Speaker Kelsey Timmerman: "Where am I Eating?: A Journey through the Global Food System" 
Author of Where Am I Eating and Where Am I Wearing, Timmerman will share his experiences from talking to local people around the world and speak about acting locally as a conscious consumer in our increasingly globalized economy. Do you know where your food and clothes come from?
Kresge Recital Hall
Wednesday, April 23
Time Description Location
6:30 p.m. Green Career Panel
Come learn about green careers from Chuck Young (coordinator of IGEN Biofuels Manufacturing Technology at CSC), Kristy Howell (director of sustainability at the Sustainable Business Center), and Froggi VanRiper who will speak about bringing sustainability to any job.  
Taylor Student Lounge
Thursday, April 24
Description Location
7:00 p.m. Drop in with Louise Harrison
Sister to Beatles' George Harrison, Louise Harrison will take questions and share her experiences on creating her own environmental organization (DROP--Determine to Restore Our Planet) and on her activism in issues such as insecticides and other environmentally unfriendly chemicals. 
Alumni Room, Old Main
Friday, April 25
Time Description Location
4:00 p.m. Five Minute Skill Share
Come learn about the skills and passions of your friends, colleagues, staff members, and professors as they show what they can do and what they know in no more than five minutes! Sponsored by KARES.
Gizmo Patio
5:30 p.m. Sustainable Meat Cookout
Come get a burger and support local sustainably-raised meat. RSVP at the KARES table between 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Seymour Gallery or to Dani Hill at If you don't get a chance to RSVP, stop by at 6:15 p.m. when burgers will be served to anyone on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Post Lawn
Saturday, April 26:  Earth Day Festival
Time Description Location
11:30 a.m. High Tunnel Ribbon Cutting
Check out the grand opening of Knox's first high tunnel, hear a few words from student senators, and see President Amott plant a ceremonial tomato plant. Students and staff who come prepared to get dirty can remain after the ceremony to plant more tomatoes!
Knox Farm, next to the Human Rights Center
12:00-3:00 p.m. Farmers and Community: Earth Day Festival
Local farmers will sell some of the first produce of the year along with popcorn, flowers, birdhouses, plants, and much much more! Organizations from around Galesburg and Knox clubs will also set up booths to offer information and opportunities to get involved in your community. Bring the whole family, and participate in games and activities for children of all ages!
On the lawn by the Gizmo Patio
12:00-3:00 p.m. Gizmo Patio Activities
Bring your friends and try some snow cones, popcorn, henna, homemade bubbles, hula hooping, and plant potting while some of your favorite Knox musicians play on the patio.
Gizmo Patio

Earth Week 2014 Sponsors Campus Partners Community Partners
  • Student Senate
  • Cultural Events Committee
  • Robison Lecture Fund
  • Knox Advocates for Recycling & Environmental Sustainability (KARES)
  • Office of Student Development
  • Office of Sustainability
  • Center for Career & Pre-Professional Development
  • Garden Club
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Alliance for Peaceful Action
  • Bike Club
  • Bird Club
  • Center for Community Service
  • Chemistry Club
  • Dance Department
  • Environmental Studies Department
  • History Department
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of Government & Community Relations
  • Phi Beta Phi
  • Stellyes Center for Global Studies
  • Sustainability Task Force
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Galesburg Farmers Market
  • Growing Together, Inc.
  • Knox Prairie Community Kitchen
  • Mound Farm
  • Sustainable Business Center