The Ripon College community will celebrate Earth Week starting on April 20th with a series of events to celebrate the College’s commitment to environmental sustainability:
Saturday, April 20
5k Trail Run in the Prairie
10:30am Registration; 11:00am Start
In honor of Earth Week, the Environmental Group of Ripon (EGOR) and Ripon Outdoor Club (ROC) will be hosting a 5K trail run. Suggested $5 donation. All funds will be donated to the South Woods Parks Association. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and the run will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Sponsored by EGOR & ROC
Habitat for Humanity Garden Box Building
11:30am – 4:30pm
Oshkosh; Transportation provided
Join the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) and Oshkosh Habitat for Humanity in building garden boxes for the Oshkosh Community Gardens that will allow people to grow fresh, local, sustainable food. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement
Sunday, April 21
Join Prof. Skip Wittler for a guided tour of Ceresco Prairie. Liz Walsh will point out the college’s new apiary and explain the new bee-keeping venture.
Sponsored by EGOR
Bee Documentary & Honey Tasting
EGOR will be sponsoring a showing of a honey bee documentary. The documentary will be followed by a brief discussion and a question and answer period about the bees on the Prairie. There will also be different varieties of honey for people to taste if they would like. Stop by to get all your bee questions answered, to watch a documentary that environmentalists are buzzing about, and to taste some awesome honey!
Sponsored by EGOR
Residence Hall Food, Clothing & School Supply Drive
All week, Monday, April 22 – Tuesday, April 29
Cleaning out at the end of the year? Donate non-perishable food items, extra school supplies, and used but still usable clothes. Donations will go to the Ripon Community Food Pantry, the Blue Mountain Project, and the Ripon Community Thrift Store. Green donation boxes will be located in all of the residence halls by the RA offices.
Sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement & EGOR
Up-cycled Residence Hall Display Room
Monday: 4:00 – 4:45pm
Tuesday: 4:00 – 4:45pm
Wednesday: 12:00 – 1:00pm
Thursday: 12:00 – 1:00pm
In honor of Earth Day, Ripon College wants to help YOU go green by using everyday objects and thrift shop finds to make creative and sustainable changes to your living space. Check out the great ideas displayed in in Middle Scott Hall, Room 142!
Sponsored by the Offices of Community Engagement & Residence Life
Monday, April 22
Meatless Monday @ the Commons
Commons Dining Hall
Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to take the challenge and not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. In recognition of Earth Day, Ripon College, EGOR, and Sodexo will be holding a Meatless Monday during all three meals at the Commons. EGOR will be providing educational materials about the environmental impact of meat consumption. Meat will still be served at the Pub and the Terrace.
Sponsored by Sodexo & EGOR
Rally ‘Round Recycling: Trash Talk That’s Worth Repeating
11:30am – 12:30pm
1st floor, Commons
Samara Hamze, Ripon College’s new Sustainability Coordinator, will speak about ways to reduce the amount of trash you generate. Samara will conduct an on-site trash audit to determine what items in the trash should end up in recycling. Come and learn just what can be recycled.
Sponsored by the Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Studies Senior Seminar Presentations
5:45pm – 9:00pm
Todd Wehr 115
Listen to presentations by senior Environmental Studies majors on a variety of scientific, policy, communications, and philosophical aspects of Environmental Studies.
Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department
Tuesday, April 23
Fruit Tree & Native Tree Planting
8:00am – 10:00am
ENV 120: Environmental Studies will be teaming up with the Ripon College Physical Plant Department to plant fruit trees and other native ornamental trees along Lindley Lane between upper and lower campus.
Sponsored by Physical Plant Department and ENV 120: Environmental Studies
Bowen Woods Cleanup & Earth Week Cookout
4:15pm Cleanup; Cookout to follow
Help improve the environment right here on Ripon’s campus by joining EGOR and the brothers of Theta Chi in a service project to clean up the Bowen Woods, then stay for an Earth Week celebratory cookout afterward.
Sponsored by EGOR and Theta Chi
Wednesday, April 24
TED Talk on Climate Change
OCE Lounge, 2nd floor of Harwood Union
Discuss a talk by scientist James Hansen entitled, “Why I must speak out about climate change.” Prof. Karl Beres will be the special guest.
Sponsored by the Pieper Chair
Wednesday, May 1
Door to Door Food, Clothing & School Supply Drive
1:00 – 3:00pm
Cleaning out at the end of the year? Members of IDS 300: Peace Studies in Jamaica will be going door-to-door to collect non-perishable food items, extra school supplies, and used but still usable clothes. Donations will go to the Ripon Community Food Pantry, the Blue Mountain Project, and the Ripon Community Thrift Store.
Sponsored by EGOR, the Office of Community Engagement, and IDS 300: Peace Studies in Jamaica
Saturday, May 4
9:00am – 12:00pm
Show your support of local and organic agriculture by shopping at Ripon’s farmers’ market. A variety of local growers will have produce and other local food products for sale.
To learn more about sustainability on campus at Ripon College, click HERE