WCU’s Spring Break is less than six weeks away. While you may be sustained by dreams of warmer weather, spring flowers, green grass, and forecasts that don’t involve the words “wind chill,” you might also check out what our Office of Sustainability has planned to help everyone “Think Spring.”
On Saturday, Feb. 9, come in out of the cold for a full day of free flicks, popcorn, and prizes at WCU’s Sustainability Film Festival. This free event is open to the public. The first films begin at 10 a.m.
Family-friendly movies WALL-E and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax are among the 10 feature films and documentaries that will be shown in two venues in Sykes Student Union on West Rosedale Avenue. The films examine global environmental issues including changes to the Arctic’s glaciers, traffic and transportation troubles, plastics, pollution, food production, and more. Some of the films are narrated and/or produced by celebrities including Natalie Portman (Eating Animals) and Jeremy Irons (Trashed).
Representatives of both regional and WCU groups committed to furthering awareness of and practices in sustainability will be in attendance and are happy to answer questions and network with like-minded people.
Prizes include a Beeswrap pack of reusable, compostable food wraps, a bamboo utensil kit with a glass straw, insulated drink containers from Miir (Camp Mug) and Hydro Flask, and a $25 gift card to Roots Café (uptown on Gay Street), which specializes in affordable local, organic, farm-to-table food.
The event includes a panel discussion between films at 3:30 p.m.
Food and beverages are available for purchase upstairs on the first floor of Sykes. The manager of WCU’s Chick-Fil-A will permit attendees to use their reusable drink containers when purchasing fountain drinks during the festival – zero waste!
The Office of Sustainability’s homepage links these films to their trailers so you can choose which films to watch. Register by following this link.
Both venues are on the ground floor with easy access from the parking lot side.
Sykes Room 10a
The University’s commitment to renewable energy was highlighted Jan. 30 in the first of this semester’s Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar series. John Lattanze, manager of WCU’s Energy Project, opened a discussion about the University’s geothermal heating and cooling system by opening the doors to the geothermal pump house for a tour. Prior to the tour, he presented a brief overview of the system.
These noontime presentations by WCU experts take place every Wednesday in Sykes 255A. Here are the other Spring 2019 presenters, all of whom are faculty unless otherwise indicated:
The Office of Sustainability is located at 703 South High Street (the building next to Saxbys): 610-436-2736. Stay in the know by subscribing to their email newsletter via the button on their homepage or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Get involved in campus sustainability initiatives by connecting with WCU’s Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC), who will next meet on Friday, Feb. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in Sykes 210.