When it comes to sustainability, April is an important month! All April long Knox is celebrating Earth Month in many different shapes and forms. This April is packed with educational speakers, hands on workshops, planting events, and more. Here are the latest updates and an overall preview of all you have to look forward to for Earth Month at Knox!
Terrarium Making Workshop
April 3, 4:30 Wilson House
On Monday the 3rd, Students for Sustainability kicked off Earth Month with a hands on workshop where attendees were able to make their own terrariums! Many recovered jars were washed and used as vessels that held miniature ecosystems full of plants such as scotch moss, various species of ivy, indigenous moss and fungi, and more. The attendees not only were able to take home their creations but also learned the basics to creating a self-sustaining plant ecosystem in something that fits in the palm of your hand.
Non Traditional Recycling Drive
April 6th 12pm-7pm Seymour Gallery
The next event on the Earth Month calendar was the Non-Traditional Recycling Drive. The goal of this event was to promote the program on campus to collect hard-to-recycle items (non-traditional recycling), that is currently not as well known and underutilized. These little-known collection programs are part of the Terracycle collection program. Terracycle partners with companies to collect and reuse their product packaging. Collection sites, like Knox, can earn a bit of money for these non-traditional items, Everyone wins by keeping these items out of the landfill! The items currently collected through these programs include dental care, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes, foil-lined snack packaging, air fresheners, makeup packaging, Brita & Pur products including filters, pitchers, and packaging, and beauty product packaging, such as shampoo and lotion bottles.. In addition to collecting these materials, there will also be information provided that will inform the Knox community where on campus they can take these recyclables throughout the year.
Herb Planting Workshop
April 10th, 4:30pm, Wilson House
This interactive workshop is hosted by Students for Sustainability where pots, soil, and seeds will be provided to plant a variety of herbs. Herbs include basil, lavender, rosemary, chives, chamomile, peppermint, sage, and more. Weather permitting the workshop will be held outside Wilson House. This workshop will give attendees the opportunity to learn more about growing useful herbs themselves as well as providing a fun interactive experience for all who participate!
“Before the Flood” Documentary Screening
April 12th, 6pm, Taylor Lounge
This FREE documentary screening is hosted by the Office of Sustainability, the film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
Share Shop Fashion Show
April 14th, 7pm, Taylor Lounge
Come see all the latest trends from the Share Shop’s spring collection on display! The Fashion Show begins at 7pm on Friday the 14th in Taylor Lounge where models will strut their unique Share Shop fashions on stage before a panel of judges. After all the models have displayed their ensembles, the judges award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Prizes will go to the winners. And all the models get to keep their outfits (plus attendees can take home items too)!
DIY Bee Product Workshop
April 15th, 5pm, Eco House
Bee Club is hosting their first ever workshop where they will be discussing all the amazing things that can be done with products generated by honeybees. In this workshop attendees will be able to make their own personal care product using bee products such as honey and beeswax, as well as learn about the travesty that is causing the decline of bee populations worldwide known as colony collapse disorder.
Faculty Environmentally Themed Research Presentations
April 17th, 4:30pm, SMC A106
One of the many wonderful things about Knox is the ample opportunities students have to share their research with the campus, but unfortunately there aren’t many opportunities for faculty to share their research. Since Earth Month is so environmentally oriented, Students for Sustainability have asked three professors to share their environmentally themed research with the campus. Come hear a sampling of some of the great research being done in the environmental field by our very own Stuart Allison, Jennifer Templeton, and Benjamin Farrer!
Spring Equinox Speaker: Chad Pregracke
April 18th, 7pm, Alumni Room, OM
Come listen to this year’s equinox presenter, Chad Pregracke in the Alumni Room of Old Main on the 18th. Chad is the president and founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), the world’s only “industrial strength” non-for profit river cleanup organization. Last year he was awarded an honorary degree at Knox. Over the last 20 years Mr. Pregracke, his crew, and over 100,000 volunteers have removed over 9 million pounds of garbage out of our nation’s rivers. His presentation will talk about his cleanup organization as well as the steps he took to make his dream happen. The presentation will be from 7pm-8pm followed by a Q&A session with Chad. His book “From the Bottom Up” will also be available for sale.
April 20th, 4:30pm, Taylor Lounge
We’ve gathered volunteers to show off their repair skills! From patching pants to rewiring a lamp, drop by with a small household items that needs fixing or drop in and watch to learn a thing or two. Learn how to fix our everyday items to keep them out of the landfill.
Candle Making with Pagan Club
April 21st, 4pm, Wilson House
Join Pagan Club in Wilson House to make your own uniquely scented candles made from beeswax, essential oils, and dried herbs!
Earth Day 5K
April 22nd, 9am
Join us in celebrating Earth Day by encouraging healthy living and an expanded tree canopy in Galesburg! This non-competitive fun run starts and ends at Turner Track on the Knox College campus with a route through downtown Galesburg.
Online registration is open through Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
Earth Day Festival
April 22nd, 11am-4pm
Join us on Knox’s campus at the Gizmo patio for tables of activities for kids and adults plus free popcorn and snowcones. There will be live music performances throughout the day as well as activities such as wood burning, face painting, giant bubbles and more. The judging for the first annual Solar Oven Competition will be at 3pm judged by Knox’s very own President Teresa Amott, Chef Jason Crouch, and Director of Sustainability Debbie Steinberg!
Kombucha Workshop with Pat
April 23rd, 2pm, Eco-House
Learn everything there is to know about homemade Kombucha as well as how to brew your own at home with Knox student Patrick Prom from 2-3:30 in Eco House!
Herbs for External Use: Workshop with Tina Hope
April 27th, 4:30, Wilson House
*sign up required
In this workshop, attendees will learn how to use plants for treating cuts, bruises, burns, stings, and other external ailments. Together, we will learn the art of making herb-infused medicinal oils, liniments, and salves. Everyone will get to make and take home their own tin of healing salve. To sign up or for more information please contact Hannah McCullough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Oaks Camping Trip
April 29-30, Depart at 1pm both days
*sign up required
We will leave on Saturday at 1pm from campus to get to Green Oaks. At 2pm there will be a nature walk with Professor Stuart Allison to learn about the native species of the area. If you plan on using canoes or kayaks you will have to fill out waivers ahead of time. There is a $5 fee which will cover food, gas, and camping equipment. For more information or to sign up please contact Hannah McCullough at email@example.com. If you volunteer to drive a group in your personal vehicle your fee will be waived!
With all these great events coming up it will be impossible not to get pumped to celebrate our planet!