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Earth Fest 2017

Get Dirty

Saturday, April 1st 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the Pitman Center

Get Dirty with CAYA at the university’s student-run farm. Learn the ways of organic farming by composting, pulling weeds, and harvesting veggies, herbs and flowers. Bring water and sturdy shoes. CAYA is a collaborative partnership between the University of Idaho and the Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED) at Georgetown University. The program provides the opportunity to experience local culture, society, and education, and increase mutual understanding among peoples of the Americas. Hosted by UI Sustainability Center and the Student Farm.


Zero Waste Project

Saturday, April 1st–April 8th
To sign up contact us at uisc-recycling@uidaho.edu

A weeklong challenge for students to learn about transitioning from a conventional to a zero waste lifestyle. This project will encourage students to simplify their lives by cutting down consumption and finding alternatives to disposable products. Hosted by UI Sustainability Center.


2017 Borah Symposium: Polarized Cultures in a Globalized World

Monday, April 3rd–Wednesday, April 5th
Bruce Pitman Center

The Borah Symposium strives to bring together world leaders, diplomats, scholars, activists and our local communities to discuss the causes of war and the conditions for peace. For more information on individual events, head to www.uidaho.edu/class/borah/2017. Hosted by the Borah Foundation.


Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, April 5th 12:00–12:25 pm
Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) 028

Bring mindful awareness to our grounded connection to the Earth and ease into a restful sense of being supported and held by the strength of solid ground. Hosted by UI Mind.


Science After Hours

Thursday, April 6th 7:00–8:30 pm
Last Frontier Pizza

This program provides the community with innovative perspectives on the natural world in a casual atmosphere. Learn about all the things you never knew you wanted to know. Hosted by Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute.


Grizzly Bear Recovery
Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 6th 5:30–8:00 pm
University of Idaho - Menard Law Building Courtroom

Join us for a panel discussion on the potential delisting of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Population and the social, cultural, ecological and legal considerations. Sandwiches provided at 5:30 pm, program begins at 6:00 pm. Call 208-882-9755 for questions. Hosted by Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition, University of Idaho Environmental Law Society, University of Idaho Student Chapter - Wildlife Society and Friends of the Clearwater.


Spruce the Palouse

Saturday, April 8th 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the Bruce Pitman Center at 9:00 am

Help preserve the natural world around us! Join us in restoring a near by area by removing brush and clearing vegetation with the Saturday of Service Program. To sign up, contact us at uisc-volunteers@uidaho.edu. Hosted by UI Sustainability Center.

Haul Your Water

Tuesday, April 11th 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Theophilus Tower Lawn

Do you have what it takes to haul the water you use daily? Test your strength and knowledge as you navigate an obstacle course highlighting some of the global struggles of gathering water for daily consumption! For more information, email uisc-events@uidaho.edu.
Hosted by UI Sustainability Center.


Vandalizing the Kitchen:
Herbs and Spices

Wednesday, April 12th 4:00–5:00 pm
Student Recreation Center Room 103

Vandalizing the Kitchen is a series of free, interactive and fun cooking classes for busy college students. All skill levels are welcome. Learn the basics of cooking delicious and nutritious meals quickly and on a budget. Hosted by UI Sustainability Center and Vandal Nutrition.


Birds, Plants, and Words:
An Introduction to
Environmental Writing

Thursday, April 13th 1:00–3:00 pm
Amphitheater near the Old Arboretum

Please join us for a writing workshop that will combine attention to birds, plants, and language in order to create a deeper sense of place. This workshop is available to beginners and advanced writers – and both novice and advanced birders and botanists. The workshop leaders will offer a mini-version of what they teach in the Semester in the Wild Program in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness each fall semester. Hosted by Dr. Scott Slovic, Dr. Jim Kingery and Dr. Melanie Thongs.


Get Dirty

Saturday, April 15th 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the Tower Lawn

Get Dirty at the university’s student-run farm. Learn the ways of organic farming by composting, pulling weeds, and preparing the land for this year’s planing. Bring water and sturdy shoes. Hosted by UI Sustainability Center and the Soil Stewards Student Farm.

Bike Fix and Sustainability Showcase

Wednesday, April 19th 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Idaho Commons Plaza

Come out for Bike Fix and the Sustainability Showcase! Visit with local organizations, learn about Vandal cycling opportunities, and get a free tune up from Moscow mechanics. Hosted by UI Sustainability Center.


Pollinator Conservation for Environmental Sustainability on the Palouse

Wednesday, April 19th 6:30–9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse

This two-day forum features speakers on chemical-free gardening to attract bees and butterflies, pollinator protection, human health effects of pesticides, keeping bees as a hobby, and activities for children. Babysitting will be provided. Hosted by Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition.


Food for Thought Film Series:
Before the Flood

Wednesday, April 19th 7:00–9:00 pm
Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre

Before the Flood is an account of the changes around the world due to climate change. Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op and
UI Sustainability Center.


Plants, Pollinators, and Wisescapes®

Thursday, April 20th 6:30–8:30 pm
1912 Center

Join us for a Plants, Pollinators, and Wisescape workshop. Come learn about local pollinators and water efficient landscaping! This is a free event with refreshments and a prize raffle! Hosted by The City of Moscow Water Department.


Integrated Research and Innovation Center (IRIC) Local Water Film Night

Friday, April 20th 5:30–7:30 pm
IRIC Auditorium

Come enjoy free appetizers and learn about local efforts related to local water issues while exploring the campus’ newest research facility. Great networking opportunity! Hosted by UI Water Awareness Water Advocacy.


Vermicomposting Workshop

Friday, April 21st 5:30–6:30 pm
Moscow Food Co-op

Join us on the Co-op patio for a FREE worm composting workshop! You’ll need to bring a bin (wide and shallow) and two lids, but we’ll provide you with the rest! We will build our bins, fill them with little compost-eaters, and then talk about the dos and don’ts of owning a worm bin. Come get wormy with us! Hosted by the Moscow Food Co-op.


Storm Drain Placards

Friday, April 21st 9:15 –11:30 am
Friendship Square, Downtown Moscow

Join us for a community-wide volunteer event, rain or shine. Volunteers will be installing “Drains to Stream” placards near storm drain catch basins. Storm sewers route water directly, with no treatment, to our creeks and rivers, making public awareness imperative in order to preserve water quality and protect aquatic life. Instructions for installation of the placards will be provided on-site. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Hosted by the City of Moscow.


Catch Basin Stenciling

Saturday, April 22nd 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the Theophilus Tower Lawn

Did you know that most local catch basins drain into Paradise Creek? Help us protect our local creeks from erroneous dumping by stenciling labels on catch basins. Bring water and sturdy shoes. Hosted by the UI Sustainability Center and UI Facilities - Utilities + Engineering.


13th Annual Pullman Stream Clean-Up

Saturday, April 22nd 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Spring Street Park, Pullman

Join us for an annual event to bring the community together in a day of watershed stewardship and stream clean-up. Hosted by the City of Pullman Stormwater Services in partnership with Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute.


Earth Day Hike

Saturday, April 22nd
Elk Creek Falls, ID

Hike to and explore the tallest waterfall in the state of Idaho. Three separate waterfalls totaling over 140 feet cascade down columnar basalt, carving a beautiful canyon of mesmerizing rock formations. All experience and skill levels are welcome. Cost: $20 includes transportation. Pre-Trip Meeting: April 20th at 5:00 pm in the
UI Outdoor Program office.


Free Shred Day

Saturday, April 22nd
Old Tidyman’s Parking Lot

Bring in old papers, personal records, and documents to be professionally shredded on site. Limit 3 paper grocery bags per customer. For more information, please contact Latah County Solid Waste Dept. at
(208) 883-5706. Hosted by Latah County/Moscow Recycling.


Aluminum Can Day

Saturday, April 22nd 9:30 am–5:30 pm
401 N. Jackson Street, Moscow, ID

Moscow Recycling is hosting an Aluminum Can Buy Back Day. Recycle aluminum cans for a special buy back price! Hosted by Latah County/Moscow Recycling.

Mindfulness Meditation

Wednesday, April 26th 12:00–12:25 pm
Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) 028

The Earth offers each of us so much; our food, natural beauty, recreation, even the air we breathe. In this meditation, we will bring mindful awareness to all the ways we are sustained by our Earth and drop into the natural sense of awe and gratitude that arises when we pay attention in this way. Hosted by UI Mind.


Pollinator Conservation for Environmental Sustainability on the Palouse

Wednesday, April 26th 6:30–9:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse

This two-day forum features speakers on chemical-free gardening to attract bees and butterflies, pollinator protection, human health effects of pesticides, keeping bees as a hobby, and activities for children. Babysitting will be provided. Hosted by Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition.


iCount

Thursday, April 27th 7:00–9:00 am, 4:00–6:00 pm
Meet at Moscow City Hall

iCount is a program designed to gather information about bicycle and pedestrian travel throughout the City of Moscow. Volunteers hand-count pedestrian and bicycle traffic at select locations. Counting takes place in the morning and in the afternoon. Volunteers can participate in one or both counting sessions. A one-hour training session is required. Dress appropriately for the weather, including close-toed shoes. Safety vests, clipboards, and count sheets will be provided. To sign up contact Kelli Cooper at 208-883-7122 or kcooper@ci.moscow.id.us.


Growing Your Green Future

Thursday, April 27th 5:30–8:30 pm
Idaho Commons Aurora + Horizon Rooms

Join the UI Sustainability Center to learn how you can get involved with sustainably minded organizations. Find your place in the world of environmental activism and employment. Hosted by UI Sustainability Center, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition and the Moscow Food Co-op.


Spring Cleaning Cookout

Friday, April 28th 4:00–8:00 pm
UI Student Farm - Farm Road behind Winco

Come out to the student-run farm to pick remaining harvest from the fall, get ready for the new planting season, and end the evening around the grill. Hosted by the Soil Steward’s Student Farm.


Paradise Creek Stream Restoration

Saturday, April 29th 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Front lawn of the Student Recreation Center

We will maintain the section of Paradise Creek that runs through campus by removing garbage and invasive weeds and planting new shrubs, trees, and wildflowers. The event is open to students and the Moscow community. Hosted by UI Water Awareness Water Advocacy.


Get Rooted

Saturday, April 29th 10:00 am–1:00 pm
Meet at the Theophilus Tower Lawn

Help us restore the roots of the Palouse by planting native trees, shrubs, and ground covers. Bring water and sturdy shoes. Hosted by UI Sustainability Center.


Good Food Book Club Discussion

Sunday, April 30th 7:00–8:30 pm
Moscow Food Co-op

For April, the Good Food Book Club will be reading Eating the Ocean by Elspeth Probyn. In Eating the Ocean, Elspeth Probyn investigates the profound importance of the ocean and the future of fish and human entanglement. On her ethnographic journey around the world’s oceans and fisheries, she finds that the ocean is being simplified in a food politics that is overwhelmingly land based and preoccupied with buzzwords like “local” and “sustainable.” Seeing the ocean as the site of the entanglement of multiple species—which are all implicated in the interactions of technology, culture, politics, and the market—enables us to think about ways to develop a reflexive ethics of taste and place based in the realization that we cannot escape the food politics of the human-fish relationship.

UI Sustainability Center

Physical Address:
Student Office Shoup 105
Staff Office 328, 330
Moscow Campus

Phone: 208-885-0125

Email: uisc@uidaho.edu

Web: Sustainability Center