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Earth Day, April 22, 2009

Registration open for sustainability in the curriculum workshop

World Food Program works to alleviate hunger and to build sustainable communities

Green Lunch series

Post-Katrina lead architect is this year's Grisham-Trentham honoree and speaker

“What is green building?”

Clinton Global Initiative Awards

City of Auburn hazardous waste collection day

Make your own rain barrel




Newsletter, March, 2009


Earth Day, 2009

Earth Day 2009 takes place on Wednesday April 22. There will be several events in Auburn in celebration, before, on and after the day.

When and Where


Saturday, April 4, 11:30-7:00pm. The Davis Arboretum

Earthfest. Hosted by the Davis Arboretum and EAO. A daylong music festival in celebration of Earth and the coming of spring. Visit the EAO website at

Saturday, April 4, 1-3:30 pm. Pavilion in Davis Arboretum.

Rain barrel workshop. To book a place, email Tia Gonzales at

Friday, April 17, 11:30-1:00 pm. Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

"What is Green Building?". President of USGBC Alabama, Robin White, and USGBC New Programs Chair, Ellen Hawley, will give an introduction to green building. To book a place, contact Ellen Hawley

Tuesday, April 21, 7pm in Haley Center 2370

The Unforeseen. Hosted by Auburn Sustainability Action Program (ASAP). The New York Times describes this documentary as, “a film with a great big subject, or rather a handful of great big subjects, among them the rights of man, the death of nature, the water below, the air above and all that going, going, gone green in between.”

Wednesday, April 22 at 10am and 2pm. Miller Gorrie Center, Samford Ave.

Tours of the Miller Gorrie Center. (the Building Science building on Samford Ave), Auburn University and Alabama's first LEED Gold building. Organized by Emerging Green Builders. To book a tour email

Wednesday, April 22, at 12 noon in the Student Center, room 2218.

Final Green Lunch of 2009. Speaker Kirk Iversen, Auburn University, Department of Agronomy and Soils, will discuss sustainable and no-till agriculture.

Wednesday, April 22, 4pm. Dudley, room B6.

Presentation by CMH Architects. Invited by Building Science, CMH Architects (Birmingham), the group who designed and oversaw the construction of Miller Gorrie Center, will discuss the challenges of going for LEED Gold. For details email

More details on some events below. Also, see the Office of Sustainability Google Calendar



Registration open for sustainability in the curriculum workshop

The Auburn University Office of Sustainability invites faculty and advanced graduate students to participate in the fourth Auburn University Sustainability in the Curriculum Workshop, May 11-12, 2009. Based on a nationally recognized model, the workshop offers an intellectually stimulating and collegial experience for faculty across the range of disciplines at Auburn.

Please register by April 17. For more information please visit the workshop website, or download a full description of the workshop PDF and a preliminary schedule.



The World Food Program works to alleviate hunger and to build sustainable communities

The March Green Lunch was presented by very special guest Douglas Casson Coutts, Distinguished Visiting Faculty and Special Advisor on Child Hunger to the UN World Food Program. He talked about the work the World Food Program does in its efforts to feed the world's poorest of the poor, its successes and its struggles.

Over the course of its existence, 21 countries, including Brazil, have graduated from the care of the WFP and now have their own school feeding programs and other hunger initiatives. However, the number of crises, both manmade and natural, that the WFP has had to respond to over the last few decades has been steadily increasing. More and more people, mainly women and children, have been falling into the category of those unable to feed themselves. The WFP approaches world hunger on two fronts. It provides emergency relief in response to disasters, and it also has development programs, which strive to teach vulnerable communities to be sustainable.

Coutts is currently working with Auburn's Department of Nutrition and Food Science supporting the "Universities Fighting World Hunger" program and helping to establish a hunder institute and a hunger studies minor.

To read more about Coutts's work, click here


Green Lunch Series

When: Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22, 12 noon

Where: Room 2218, Student Center

There is just one Green Lunch left this academic year, so make sure you don't miss it. Speaker Kirk Iversen, who works in the Department of Agronomy and Soils in Auburn University, will discuss conservation agriculture and the need for sustainable methods of food production.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch!

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Post-Katrina lead architect is this year's Grisham-Trentham honoree and speaker

Where: Thursday, April 2, 11am

Where: Auditorium of The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center

On Thursday, April 2, Architect John C. Williams will present on post-Katrina recovery and the Make it Right Project, which was established by actor Brad Pitt to help restore the New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. Williams is being brought to Auburn University as an honoree and speaker by the College of Human Sciences and the Department of Consumer Affairs for the 23rd annual Grisham-Trentham Lecture.

This event is free and open to the public. Read more.

To learn more about Williams' work in New Orleans, visit here.

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“What is green building?”

When: Friday, April 17, 11:30-1:00pm

Where: Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 714 E Glenn Ave

Presented by: Robin White, President of USGBC and Ellen Hawley, USGBC New Programs Chair person.

Auburn University Outreach Program Office is inviting the public to a presentation on “What is Green Building?” on Friday, April 17. Hosted by the Central Alabama Branch of the Alabama Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the presentation will introduce the audience to green building. It will look at the impact of traditional construction and the benefits of green building to human health, the economy and the environment.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP Ellen Hawley by April 10 at

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Clinton Global Initiative Awards

Students and student groups are invited to apply for Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University Outstanding Commitment Awards for service and activism projects. A total of $400,000 will be awarded to students conducting projects in five areas: Education, Energy and Climate Change, Global Health, Peace and Human Rights, and Poverty Alleviation.

The deadline for applications is Friday, April 3, 2009. For more information and to fill out the application, go here, Outstanding Commitment Award application here.



City of Auburn hazardous waste collection day

When: Saturday, April 11, 9am- 2pm

Where: Environmental Services Complex, 365-A North Donahue Drive, Auburn

City of Auburn Environmental Services Department is holding its seventh annual household hazardous waste collection day on April 11.This is an opportunity for Auburn residents (who are Auburn solid waste service customers) to safely get rid of hazardous household material. Each household can dispose of up to 20 pounds.

For more information, visit



Make your own rain barrel

When: Sat, April 4th. 1-3:30 pm

Where: The pavilion, Davis Arboretum, AU campus

Cost of workshop, barrel and parts: $25.00

Join the Raincatchers and Alabama Cooperative Extension at Davis Arboretum on April 14 and make your own water barrel. Everything you need to build your rain barrel is included in the cost. There will be two designs available. One for houses with gutters and one for those without.

The workshop is taking place the same day as Earthfest, so there will be music while you work!

For more details on the workshop or to book a place, contact Tia Gonzales at