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There's a lot going on in the next two weeks!

EarthFest at the Arboretum



Date: Saturday, April 19th

Time: 10am - dark

Location: AU Davis Arboretum


Celebrate Earth Day 2008 on Saturday and enjoy 10 native Alabama bands among 13 acres of native Alabama plants. This is a free event for all members of the Earth community.

There will be student groups and organizations with environmental interests sharing their information with the public between 12 noon and 5pm between the long leaf pines.

The Davis Arboretum has spearheaded this event for the last 5yrs. The Environmental Awareness Organization is the student group that has supported the event for over 15 yrs. This year's local sponsors are Taylor's Bakery and the Big Blue Bagel.

The EAO will be selling food and drinks to raise funds for future events. Picnic food and drinks are welcome, but the campus alcohol policy will be enforced.

Parking will be available at the Auburn Church of Christ on College Street. Carpooling, bicycling, and walking are strongly encouraged.

Band Schedule:

  • Sam Halls 10:15 -11:15
  • Funktion 11:30 - 12:30
  • Pot Luck Drum Choir 12:45-1:30
  • Hematovore 1:45 - 2:45
  • Brothers Hester 2:00 - 3:30 (Stage 3)
  • Roof Rabbit 2:55 - 3:50
  • Noise Organization 4:00 - 5:30 (Stage 3)
  • Fiddleworms 4:15 - 5:15
  • Brown kid 5:15 - 6:30
  • BPM 6:15 - dark

City Household Hazardous Waste Day Saturday


Get rid of your chemicals the right way!

Date: Saturday, April 19th

Time: 9am - 2pm

Location: City Environmental Services Complex


This annual events offers Auburn residents the opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous household chemicals and electronic equipment at the Environmental Services Complex, (365-A North Donahue Drive).

Participation is limited to Auburn residential solid waste service customers only. No farm, commercial, or industrial waste, please. Residents are asked to bring a recent water bill to demonstrate proof of residency.

For more information regarding what materials are accepted and other details visit the City's website. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is a rain or shine event.

Jared Diamond Speaking in Birmingham this weekend


Dr. Jared Diamond, acclaimed author of Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel, will be the Keynote speaker at the Spring 2008 Alabama Environmental Education Consortium Conference.

Dr. Diamond's talk will be at the Samford University Wright Center at 9am on April 19, 2008, presenting his lecture entitled Lessons From Environmental Collapses of Past Societies.

View the Conference Announcement online.

Earthday Events on Tuesday


Celebrate Earthday with Movies and Food!

Date: Tuesday, April 22nd

Time: 9am - 4pm

Location: Foy (various locations)


The AUSI will be hosting an all day movie showing in the Foy entertainment center right above the War Eagle Food Court (the big screen TV). Films will include: "Who Killed the Electric Car", "11th Hour" and "Kilowatt Ours".

There will also be an Earth Day celebration from 11am until 2pm in the War Eagle Food Court, including a featured menu with sustainable foods at the Chef's Table and a drawing for the book Food to Live By. So spend your lunch break this Tuesday, April 22, in Foy with a sustainable lunch and featured movie.

Glaciers and People: Climate and Anthropology Speaker


"Melting Glaciers and Emerging Histories in America's Far Northwest"

Dr. Julie Cruikshank

Professor Emerita,Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Date: Tuesday, April 22nd

Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Location: Lowder 125A

Memories of the Little Ice Age in northwestern North America (roughly 1550-1900 A.D.) remain vivid in oral histories transmitted in indigenous communities near the Alaska-Yukon border. During the 18th and 19th centuries, enlarged glaciers in the Saint Elias Range provided travel routes for Aboriginal traders crossing from the Gulf of Alaska coast to the interior Yukon Plateau. In the 20th century, both Canada and the United States designated National Parks in this glaciated region, displacing indigenous residents from these territories; those parks are now encompassed within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Melting glaciers are now revealing material evidence that reinvigorates longstanding oral traditions about human history and environmental change, posing new questions for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations. The paper will discuss how recent discoveries and collaborations among Aboriginal peoples and scientists reinvigorate discourses surrounding science and politics, concepts of 'nature' and 'culture,' and how local knowledge is co-produced in such encounters.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Human Odyssey program, the AU Sustainability Initiative, the Women's Studies program and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).

Speaker - Ecology of War


"The Ecology of War"

Dr. Gary E. Machlis

Date: Wednesday, April 23rd

Time: 9am

Location: Forestry Conference Hall 1101


Abstract: There is an emerging scientific understanding of the ecology of war, an intriguing historical record rich in detail with over 140 armed conflicts since 1950, each with environmental consequences. Warfare (including production, training, operational movements, battle, and post-war reconstruction) is largely distinguished by immense and concentrated energy flows, severe disturbances, habitat destruction, death (including but not limited to homo sapiens), and disorganization of existing political, economic, social and moral systems. From training operations on Vieques, Puerto Rico to resource conflicts and the flow of "blood diamonds" to refugee movements in Darfur, the impact of warfare on human ecosystems is significant. The lecture introduces the field of warfare ecology, outlines the current state of knowledge, and presents the research and policy implications associated with the ecology of war.

Dr. Machlis is Professor of Conservation in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Idaho, and Visiting Senior Scientist for the U.S. National Park Service.

Dr. Machlis' lecture is part of the Weaver Lecture Series in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Chill Out Webcast


Campus Chill Out Webcast

Date: Monday, April 28th

Time: 6pm

Location: Dudley B6 (Architecture Auditorium)


The Auburn University Sustainability Initiative will be hosting a web cast by the National Wildlife Federation, "Campus Chill Out".

The web cast is a presentation of the winning entries in a national video competition focused on global warming Check out www.campuschillout.org for details about the web cast.

Visit Auburn Sustainability Initiative for more information about Auburn's move toward a sustainable future.
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