In conjunction with Earth Week 2017, Alfred State has planned a number of related events from April 17-26.
Monday, April 17
● 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Local food taste testing in the Student Leadership Center park space. Come sample delicious local food made from produce grown right here in Allegany County.
● 6-8 p.m. - Screening of the documentary film "Home" in room 215 of the Engineering Technology Building. The film uses striking aerial photography to illustrate humanity’s effect on the planet, as well as the incredible diversity of life on Earth. Snacks will be provided.
Tuesday, April 18
● 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Water taste test outside of The Terrace in the Central Dining Hall. The Sustainability Club will be asking students to taste the difference between bottled water and municipal water, and explain the various regulations within both processing systems.
● 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Used/dead technology drive in the Student Leadership Center park space. The Center for Civic Engagement will be accepting any dead or broken technology that students cannot use in an effort to promote the “dead technology box” that is available in the first floor of the SLC, and to raise awareness of proper technology disposal protocol.
● 7-9 p.m. - Screening of the documentary "Dirt!" in room 215 of the Engineering Technology Building. The film provides a glimpse into the complex interactions between humans and the soil. Snacks will be provided.
Wednesday, April 19
● Noon to 1 p.m. – Final project presentation by a group of engineering seniors in the Student Leadership Center park space. Learn about the cool projects in sustainability that Alfred State students are working on. Umang Dharamshi (mechanical engineering technology, Wappingers Falls), Clayton Ferry (mechanical engineering technology, Akron), and Adam Skorupski (mechanical engineering technology, Akron) have built a solar-powered device that converts film and non-recyclable plastics into energy to heat homes.
● 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Water bottle giveaway in the Student Leadership Center park space. The Sustainability Club will give away 65 metal water bottles to promote the club and its mission, as well as provide students with another means to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
● 4-5 p.m. - Creek clean up beginning at the foot bridge near the townhouses. Get outside and volunteer with the Outdoor Recreation Club to help clean up your local community and keep Alfred’s creeks clean.
Thursday, April 20
● Noon to 1 p.m. – A guided tour of the Pioneer Trail beginning at the entrance to the trail, located at the parking area behind and above the Orvis Activities Center (parking lot 24). Take a walk with botanist, forester, and longtime faculty member Dr. Steven Jakobi, who will take participants on a tour of the newly opened Pioneer Trail and discuss local and indigenous trees, mushrooms, and birds, and lead a discussion on the long history of forestry in western New York. Trail-friendly snacks will be available.
● 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting of the Bottle/Can Redemption Center in the first floor of the Student Leadership Center. Be the first to witness the opening of the new reverse vending machine that will be available to students and community members who wish to redeem their bottle and can deposits in the village of Alfred. Bring bottles and cans. Snacks will be provided.
● 7-9 p.m. - Screening of the documentary "Chasing Ice" in room 310 of the Student Leadership Center. The Ski Club is hosting a screening of the award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” that captures a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. Snacks will be provided.
Friday, April 21
● 3:30-4:30 p.m. - Make seed bombs in the Student Leadership Center park space. The Center for Civic Engagement will be providing the materials to make seed bombs - small pellets of seeds that can be thrown or dropped anywhere that needs some beautification. Walk away with morsels of change - wild flower seeds, clay, soil, and recycled paper pulp will come together to make seed bombs.
Monday April 24, and Wednesday, April 26
● 2-4 p.m. - Screening of the film “My Name is Allegany County” in the Orvis Activities Center Auditorium. Learn about Allegany County’s past in its efforts to keep a nuclear waste dump site away from residents’ homes. The film explores the historic, successful nonviolent protest movement that occurred. Snacks will be provided.