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Earth Day events at Wofford


SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Wofford College will celebrate and honor Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22) with several events this month. The keynote event will mark a celebration of Wofford's progress after one year of being part of the Presidents' Climate Commitment.

On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, chair of the PCC task force Allyn Steele will release an official report on Wofford's progress with the PCC and sustainability. Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap will make remarks and then Wofford will officially unveil its new Gold, Black and Green Web site.

Jack Byrne (pictured), director of sustainability integration at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., will be the guest speaker at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, at Olin Theater. He will speak on "Vulnerability and Resilience in Turbulent Times - In Pursuit of a Sustainable Future."

Byrne is currently working on implementing Middlebury's strategies for becoming carbon neutral by 2016 through renewable energy, conservation, efficiency, and offsets after all other measures have been taken. His efforts cover a wide range of initiatives including green building design and construction, recycling, renewable energy technologies and energy conservation, local foods, greenhouse gas reduction strategies and transportation initiatives.

There will be several other Earth Day events on the campus, as well.

On Tuesday, April 14, representatives from Coalition of Immokalee Workers will come to Wofford to speak about their efforts to increase awareness and action on protecting farm worker rights and promoting a more just food system. This event, at the Pavilion, is sponsored by WOCOGG (Wofford College Go Green) coalition as part of its Real Food Challenge Campaign.

Two days later, Wofford and WOCOGG host Fair Trade Day in Burwell Dining Hall. A sampling of fair trade foods, provided by Aramark, will be served during lunch.

A panel discussion, "Climate Change: Natural Process or Human Induced? A Wofford Community Conversation," will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Leonard Auditorium, Main Building. Dr. Frank Machovec and Dr. Doug Rayner will give a 15 minute panel discussion on Climate Change followed by a 30 minute Q&A session.

At noon Friday, April 24, Wofford will host the Upstate meeting of the Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC) at the Glendale Outdoor Leadership School. The CVSC meeting, led by executive director Ann Timberlake, will be followed by a Q&A session. After the meeting, B.G. Stephens and John Lane of the Wofford staff will make a presentation on the college's Environmental Studies program and conduct a tour of Wofford's Glendale Environmental Studies Center.