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Earth Month 2013

Earth Month 2013Earth Day has helped bring attention to issues of environmental concern for more than 40 years. Knox College has actively observed Earth Day through a variety of activities and educational opportunities.

This year Knox will focus the entire month of April on issues of social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic vitality. Activities will include concerts, lectures, films, workshops, volunteer opportunities, and community events.

Earth Day Celebration - April 27, 2013

In addition to coordinating workshops throughout the month, Knox Advocates for Recycling & Environmental Sustainability (KARES) has worked to organize an Earth Day festival to cap off the month's event. The campus and Galesburg communities are invited to share in the day's festivities.

Date and Time Description Location
April 27, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Great American Cleanup
Join us for this national volunteer event as we clean up the streets, parks, and neighborhoods of Galesburg!
Meet at Standish Park, Galesburg
April 27, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Galesburg Earth Day Festival
Knox College will host this inaugural event which will include concerts, games, kids activities, booths from local farmers, artisans, vendors, and more.
Gizmo Patio
(Rain location: T. Fleming Fieldhouse)
April 27, 4:30 p.m. Spring EquiKnox Lecture/Concert
Ben Sollee -- singer, songwriter, cellist, and environmental/social activist -- will perform live in an outdoor concert as part of the Galesburg Earth Day Festival.
Gizmo Patio
(Rain location: T. Fleming Fieldhouse)

Earth Month 2013 Schedule
All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. All events are subject to change, please check back for updates.


Workshops
Date and Time Description Location
April 2, 4:30 p.m. Making Use of the Unusual!
This weekly environmental arts & crafts workshop features: making wallets out of chip bags, and creating jewelry out of nuts and bolts.
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union
April 5, 4:30 p.m. Five-Minute Skill Share
These five-minute presentations from students, faculty, staff, and community members will include a wide variety of skills.
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union
April 9, 4:30 p.m. Trick Out Your Trash!
This workshop features making decorative bowls from rolled newspaper, and decorating your room from old magazines.
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union
April 10, 6:00 p.m. Bike Safety + Urban Riding
Come learn about urban bike riding, including riding in traffic, local and state traffic laws, hand signals, etc.
Knox Bike Shop, Conger-Neal Halls
April 16, 4:30 p.m. Accessorize Yourself!
This workshop features learning the art of finger looming, and how to decoupage your reusable water bottle.
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union
April 23, 4:30 p.m. Go Green!
This workshop features making your own "living necklace" using air plants and making moss terrariums with light bulbs.
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union
April 24, 6:00 p.m. Bike Repair Basics
Learn the anatomy of a bicycle and how to accomplish simple repairs on your own.
Knox Bike Shop, Conger-Neal Halls
Conference and Lectures
Date and Time Description Location
April 3, 7:00 p.m.

Civic Leader Lecture Series
Carl Hawkinson, former Illinois State Representative and Senator, will speak on volunteerism, community research, and political involvement.
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union
April 8, 6:30 p.m. "Green Jobs" Panel Discussion
Local experts will provide guidance on careers in sustainability.
Lincoln Room, Seymour Union
April 12, 7:00 p.m. Peacebuilding Conference Keynote Address
Jody Olsen, former Peace Corps acting director, presents "Storytelling: A Key to Peacebuilding Locally and Globally."
Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for Fine Arts
April 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Peacebuilding Conference
The theme of this conference is "Work That Matters: Engaging the World After Knox."
Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union
April 22, 7:00 p.m. Lecture by Dr. John A. Agnew
Dr. Agnew will deliver the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Distinguished Lecture titled, "Citizenship and Nationality."
Muelder Room, Seymour Library
April 23, 4:00 p.m. Sustainability in the Arts Panel Discussion
Jeff Grace and Kathleen Ridlon will lead a panel discussion on the role of sustainability in theatre and dance production and creation.
Round Room, Ford Center for Fine Arts
Films
Date and Time Description Location
April 4, 7:00 p.m. We Are Not Ghosts
This film tells the stories of the people in Detroit who are taking back their neighborhoods and revitalizing their city.
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union

April 11, 7:00 p.m. A Fierce Green Fire
The first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union
April 17, 7:00 p.m. Switch
Switch is about a changing energy conversation.
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts
April 18, 7:00 p.m. Revenge of the Electric Car
The sequel to Who Killed the Electric Car?, this documentary takes viewers behind the closed doors of the automative industry to explore the resurgence of the electric car. 
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union
April 21, 6:00 p.m. Do the Math
This short film by 350.org explains where the Climate Movement is now, and what we can do to prevent the worst effects of global climate change. Followed by a live-stream Q&A session with some of the country's best climate scientists.
Round Room, Ford Center for Fine Arts
April 25, 7:00 p.m. Your Environmental Road Trip
Three young people travel to all 50 states, visiting some of the most innovative and hopeful environmental and sustainability projects.  
Taylor Student Lounge, Seymour Union
Community Events
Date and Time Description Location
April 13, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. How to Plant a Garden
Knox Prairie Community Kitchen presents an interactive workshop on how to care for your own garden.
Mound Farm (449 W. Tompkins)
April 17, 5:30 p.m. Community Ride
Cyclists of Galesburg kicks off their weekly bike rides for all skill levels.
Depart from Q's Cafe (319 E. Main St.)
April 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. West Central Illinois Sustainability Expo
Dozens of local and regional businesses and organizations will be present to highlight exciting things happening in the area.
Sustainable Business Center (2900 W. Main St.)
April 20, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Spring Cleanup Yard Sale
Growing Together, Inc. is hosting a fundraiser in conjunction with the annual Spring Cleanup. Donate items to sell and/or attend to purchase items.
Growing Together (820 E. Fifth St.)
April 20, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day at Discovery Depot by exploring fun ways to reuse common items.
*Admission is $5.
Discovery Depot (128 S. Chambers St.)
April 22, All Day Meatless Monday
KARES (Knox Advocates for Recycling and Environmental Sustainability) and Dining Services will host Meatless Monday on Earth Day. KARES urges you to think about where your food comes from on this key day for environmental awareness and support. 
Hard Knox Cafe, Oak Room, Grab-N-Go Locations
April 24, 5:30 p.m. Community Ride
Cyclists of Galesburg weekly bike ride for all skill levels.
Depart from Q's Cafe (319 E. Main St.)

Earth Month 2013 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
  • Friends of Green Oaks (FOGO)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Geological Society of America
  • Bike Club
  • Center for Community Service
  • Dance Department
  • Environmental Studies Department
  • History Department
  • Office of Communications
  • Office of Government & Community Relations
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Stellyes Center for Global Studies
  • Sustainability Task Force
  • Theatre Department
  • Cyclists of Galesburg
  • Discovery Depot
  • Galesburg Farmers Market
  • Growing Together, Inc.
  • Knox Prairie Community Kitchen
  • Mound Farm
  • Sustainable Business Center