Earth Day Special, 2010

A large number of groups have organized events and activities on Auburn's campus over the next two days to celebrate Earth Day. Join in the celebration by attending some of these wonderful events.

Earth Day Lecture: Dr. Woodrow Clark on "Alabama's Green Economy"

Documentary Film Screening - introduced by the filmmaker plus comments by world hunger expert

"Climate Change and our Energy Future" - Chemistry Award Lecture

"Sustainability, The Millennium Development Goals, and YOU" - Earth Day Panel Discussion

"The Empty Plate: Addressing Local and World Hunger" - Community talk

Organizations on concourse to celebrate Earth Day 2010

Geology and Geography Earth Day Seminar focusing on groundwater cleanup

Auburn Green Builders offer tours of Gorrie Center

Celebrate Earth Day with Local Food in Student Center
EARTH DAY LECTURE: Dr. Woodrow Clark

"Back to the Future: Historic Strengths and Leapfrog Technology Can Lead Alabama into the Green Economy"

Date: Thursday, 22 April

Place: Ballroom B Student Center

Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm


As part of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Auburn University will host a talk by Woodrow Clark, a sustainability consultant and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and the UN Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.

The talk, "Back to the Future: Historic Strengths and Leapfrog Technology Can Lead Alabama into the Green Economy", will take place at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in ballroom B in the Student Center. Clark will examine Alabama's economic past and the potential for using that past to set a foundation to boost the state as a leader in the emerging green economy.

Clarke is the founder of Clark Strategic Partners, a consulting firm devoted to sustainable environments and renewable energy infrastructures. He is also author of the book," Sustainable Communities," published in 2009. The talk at Auburn is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the College of Business MBA Programs, the Honors College and the Office of the President.



"Climate Change and our Energy Future"

- Chemistry Award Lecture


Date: Wednesday, 21 April

Place: Science Center Auditorium

Time: 8 - 9pm (Reception at 7:30)


2010 Kosolapoff Award Lecture today on "Climate Change and our Energy Future" Prof. Robert H. Crabtree of Yale University is the 2010 recipient of the G. M. Kosolapoff Award and will present his award lecture titled "Climate Change and our Energy Future" today at 8 p.m. in the College of Sciences and Mathematics Sciences Center Auditorium. A reception will be held at 7:30 p.m. prior to the lecture.

Dr. Crabtree is internationally renowned in the fields of inorganic and organometallic chemistry and is perhaps best known for his research on iridium-containing catalysts for hydrogenation reactions.

The G. M. Kosolapoff Lecture series is sponsored by the Auburn section of the American Chemical Society and the Auburn University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The award is presented to chemists and biochemists in recognition of their outstanding scientific contributions.



"The Empty Plate: Addressing Local and World Hunger"

- Community talk


Date: Thursday, 22 April

Place: The Gnu's Room Bookstore and Coffee House

Time: 6 - 7pm


Douglas Coutts, a visiting professor on assignment from the United Nations World Food Programme in Auburn's Department of Nutrition and Food Science, will be speaking on the topic: "The Empty Plate: Addressing Local and World Hunger." A brief Q&A will follow the presentation.

Coutts has developed and taught Auburn's first undergraduate course on world hunger and has assisted in designing a hunger studies minor. He has more than 25 years of experience with WFP, more recently as country director for Bangladesh, where he oversaw the organization's single-largest development operation in the world, which included integrated food security, school feeding and refugee operations, nutritional support and HIV/AIDS awareness and community health programs.



Geology and Geography Earth Day Seminar focusing on groundwater cleanup

Date: Thursday, 22 April

Place: 2182 Haley Center

Time: 3:30 - 4:30pm


Dr. James Landmeyer, of the U.S. Geological Survey, South Carolina Water Science Center will present an Earth Day Geology and Geography Special Seminar titled "Removal of tritium-contaminated groundwater by a natural riparian forest".



Celebrate Earth Day with Local Food in Student Center

Dates: April 20 - 22

Place: Student Center

Time: All Day


In honor of Earth Day, Tiger Dining has partnered with the Ambassadors of Ag, the local Alabama catfish farm Harvest Select and local Alabama ice-cream producer Milky Moo's to celebrate.

April 20-22 anyone can stop by the tables in the Student Center set up by the Ambassadors of Ag to participate in a survey about sustainability and receive a free ice-cream coupon for Milky Moo's ice cream at Tiger Treats. Then head up to the second floor of the Student Center to try an Alabama Bronzed Catfish Taco. Guests can even enjoy taking their picture with "Captain Catfish."



Documentary Film Screening: "What are We Doing Here?"

- Introduced by the filmmaker plus comments by world hunger expert


Date: Thursday, 22 April

Place: 239 Broun Hall

Time: 3:30 - 6pm


Tim Klein will be in Auburn Thursday to show his documentary "What Are We Doing Here? - Why Western Aid Hasn't Helped Africa".

The film takes a look into why while wealthy nations have sent vast amounts of monetary, medical, and food assistance to Africa, much of the continent remains mired in poverty, famine, and bloodshed.

Viewers are challenged to rethink traditional humanitarian approaches, the film follows four young Americans as they experience firsthand the scope and intractability of Africa's suffering. From Cairo to Cape Town, viewers are taken across war-torn, famine-ridden, and AIDS-ravaged countries in which aid workers, government officials, and ordinary individuals explore the complex issues affecting millions of Africans today. Discussions focus on HIV/AIDS, armed conflict, child sponsorship, U.S. farm policies, and the role of NGOs.

Joining the discussion will be Douglas Coutts, a visiting professor on assignment from the United Nations World Food Programme in Auburn's Department of Nutrition and Food Science, to provide additional commentary and information.



"Sustainability, The Millennium Development Goals, and YOU"

- Earth Day Panel Discussion


Date: Thursday, 22 April

Place: 1103 Shelby Center

Time: 7:30 - 9pm


The Student Earth Day Committee, a joint project of members of ASAP (Auburn Sustainability Action Program and EWB (Engineers Without Borders) will host a panel discussion titled "Sustainability, the Millennium Development Goals, and YOU" from 7:30pm-9pm in 1103 Shelby Center.

The panel will include Esther Ngumbi, Doctoral Student of Entomology, Kenya native, Clinton Hunger Leadership Award Finalist; Matthew Williams, Program Manager of Auburn's Office of Sustainability; and Michael Kensler, Outreach Programs Administrator for AU's Water Resources Center, Past Director, Affiliate and Community Initiatives at National Wildlife Federation.



Organizations on concourse to celebrate Earth Day 2010

Date: Thursday, 22 April

Place: Concourse between Student Center and Parker Hall

Time: 9am - 3pm


Earth Day is a celebration and awareness day to target all aspects of life on our planet. The focus of this year's Earth Day at Auburn is Human Sustainability and the Millennium Development Goals, which were created to improve the conditions of communities around the world.

These goals include:

Ending Poverty and Hunger

Universal Education

Gender Equality

Child and Maternal Health

Combating HIV/AIDS

Environmental Sustainability

and Global Partnership


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From 9am-3pm this Thursday a variety of organization will be tabling on the lower Haley Concourse between the Student Center and Parker Hall. Stop by and learn about what organizations at Auburn are doing to improve the world and how you can get involved.

In the case of rain the organizations' tables will be located in 2222-2223 Student Center.



Auburn Green Builders offer tours of Gorrie Center

Date: Thursday, 22 April

Place: M. Miller Gorrie Center

Time: 10am AND 11am


In celebration of Earth Day, Auburn Green Builders will be offering tours of the M. Miller Gorrie Center, the first certified LEED Gold building in Alabama.

The M. Miller Gorrie Center houses the McWhorter School of Building Science and is located on campus between Swingle and Goodwin Halls on Samford Avenue. Tours will begin at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, in the Gorrie Center Lobby.

Each tour is limited to the first 40 attendees. For more information, email Elizabeth Folmar.