American Studies

Earth Month 2014

Wesleyan is holding its second annual Earth Month this April 2014!  Below is a list of Earth Month activities at Wesleyan and in the greater Middletown area. Items highlighted in green are campus-sponsored events; those in white are community events and are not endorsed by Wesleyan University.  Email sustainability@wesleyan.edu if you have any questions or changes to the schedule.  For a look at last year's events, see the 2013 schedule.  We hope to see you in April!

Monday, March 31 9 AM - 1 PM

Climate Impact, Mitigation, and Adaptation Conference
Student Union Room 104, University of Connecticut, Storrs

UConn's 3rd annual Climate Change conference, aka CIMA3, is a great group of speakers and expert panelists, including a top EPA official and other climate action leaders from UConn and beyond. The conference is free to the public and easy to find in the center of the main campus!

Monday, March 31 - Sunday April 6 Multiple Times

Yale Environmental Film Festival
Multiple Locations, Yale University, New Haven

Thursday, April 3 9:45 AM - 7:15 PM

7th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium: Animal-Human Relationships and Sustainability
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain

6:15 PM

Toward open source seeds: free as in speech, not as in beer
Harriman Hall, PAC 001, Wesleyan University

Keynote speaker Jack Kloppenburg, Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology and Director of the GreenHouse Residential Learning Community, will speak on the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI).  OSSI has been organized by a group of plant breeders, farmers, non-governmental organizations and sustainable food system advocates to protect seeds from appropriation by those who would monopolize them. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Valerie Marinelli at 860-685-3733 or vmarinelli@wesleyan.edu.

Co-sponsored by: The College of the Environment, Wesleyan University's Baldwin University Lectures;The Mellon Fund for Lectures in Ethics, Politics and Social Issues; The Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life; and Science in Society Program
Saturday, April 5 9 AM - 12 PM

Shred-It Event
St. Pius X Church, 310 Westfield St., Middletown

Get all sensitive papers shredded for $5 per box and have coffee with the Peer Ministry Team.

10 AM - 2 PM

Long Lane Farm Grand Workday
3 Long Lane, Middletown

Join the students of Long Lane Farm in a celebratory work day.  Learn what goes on at the farm and how to make your garden grow while getting your hands dirty with the farmers. 

1 - 4 PM

WILD Wes Workday
WestCo Courtyard and/or Butterfields Courtyard, Wesleyan University

Help WILD Wes plant the new Butterfields site and get the WestCo site ready for spring.

2 - 4 PM

Butterfields Garden Work Session
Meet in Lounge of Butterfield C, Wesleyan University

Help Butt C residents make their garden beautiful!

Tuesday, April 8 4:15 PM

Sustainability Careers Panel
Room 004, Allbritton Center, Wesleyan University

Thinking about a sustainability-related career?  Come hear about different options available to you at this panel discussion, co-sponsored by the Sustainability Office and Career Center.  The panelists will include Jiff Martin, Sustainable Food System Associate Educator at the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension, Eban Goodstein, Director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, and Prof. of Earth Science Joop Varekamp.  

Thursday, April 10 7 - 9 PM

A Healthy Lawn Without Chemicals
Durham Library, 7 Maple Ave., Durham

Coginchaug Area Transition is hosting a series of workshops on sustainable living.  Join speaker Diane St. John to learn how to maintain a lawn organically. 

Saturday, April 12 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Climate Justice Conference of Solutions
Exley 150, Wesleyan University

Much of the conversation around climate change is dominated by the narrative of "doom-and-gloom." The Climate Justice Conference of Solutions will focus on ways to put us on the path towards a better future. The conference will have panels focused on solutions to our climate and energy challenges, the co-benefits of climate action, and on-the-ground accounts of solutions in action. Registration is open now through March 31st.

Co-hosted by: College of the Environment, Wesleyan University; Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, Wesleyan University; Middlesex Community College; The Rockfall Foundation; U.S. Climate Plan; Wesleyan Climate Ambassadors; Wesleyan Sustainability Office

10 AM - 12 PM

Walking Tour of the former Middletown Landfill
Meet in front of Fisk Hall, Wesleyan University (Landfill at the end of Johnson St., North End, Middletown)

Join Prof. Krishna Winston and her class on a walking tour of the former Middletown Landfill, now the site of the city recycling center.  Wear sturdy shoes and prepare to think about issues of consumption and resource depletion.

10 AM - 2 PM

Long Lane Farm Workday
3 Long Lane, Middletown

Join the students of Long Lane Farm in getting the farm ready for spring.

1 - 4 PM

WILD Wes Workday
WestCo Courtyard and/or Butterfields Courtyard, Wesleyan University

Help WILD Wes plant the new Butterfields site and get the WestCo site ready for spring.
Monday, April 14 - Sunday, April 27

Wesleyan JouleBug Competition

Wesleyan is running its second JouleBug Competition this April.  JouleBug is a social mobile app that helps people learn about, and spread the word about, sustainable living. It’s free to download: iOS or Android. With JouleBug, you can save energy, water, and other resources; reduce your carbon footprint and other environmental impacts; and share your sustainable story with your social networks.  Sign up by April 10th!

Saturday, April 19 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

American Chestnut Society, CT Chapter, Annual Meeting
Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, Yale University, New Haven

Dr. Fred Paillet will present on the biogeography of the American Chestnut. Please RSVP by calling Kendra Gurney at 802.951.6771 x1350 or sending her an e-mail at kendra@acf.org.

10 AM - 2 PM

Long Lane Farm Workday
3 Long Lane, Middletown

Join the students of Long Lane Farm in getting the farm ready for spring.

1 - 4 PM

WILD Wes Workday
WestCo Courtyard and/or Butterfields Courtyard, Wesleyan University

Help WILD Wes plant the new Butterfields site and get the WestCo site ready for spring.
Tuesday, April 22 5:30-7:30 PM

WILD Wes Presentation: Envisioning the West College Courtyard, Re-visiting Design
Zilkha South Gallery, Wesleyan University

Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan (WILD Wes) invites you to a presentation of new designs and future plantings, updates on their work over the past three years, and a celebration of the campus landscape. 

6 PM

Dinner and a Movie: Gasland Part II
Middlesex Community College, Chapman Hall 808 C&D, Middletown

Join MxCC, Food and Water Watch, and the Jonah Center for Earth and Art for a light supper (bring your own drink/mug), followed by a screening and discussion of Gasland Part II.  Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 23 5 - 6 PM

Hunger Banquet
Location TBD

How many times have you heard the phrase “I’m starving!” before going to eat dinner at Usdan? Is that what hunger really looks like? What about on a global scale?  Attend the Hunger Banquet–an interactive simulation of global inequality related to food, hunger, and income. Upon entering the event, each attendee is assigned an income bracket—low, middle, or upper class—in correlation to the global distribution of wealth. Attendees then share a meal based on their respective income level.  During the meal, Professor Sarah Mahurin will be leading a discussion about the program and attendees’ reactions. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance for a minimum $2 donation, with proceeds going to Oxfam America and Amazing Grace Food Pantry. They will be on sale during Usdan lunch April 17-23rd.  Sponsored by Oxfam America, Haveli, Earth House, Farm House, Full House, Rho Ep, and Shoulder to Shoulder Homelessness Awareness Month.

Thursday, April 24 11 AM -2 PM

Low Carbon Diet Day
Usdan Marketplace

Celebrate Bon Appétit Management Company’s 7th Low Carbon Diet Day by learning about planet-friendlier food choices that you can make. Look for “Low Carbon Makeovers” of favorites at Classics and Comfort Foods, and a smoothie station serving vegan, soy-free smoothies!

4:30 PM

Brian Stewart's 7th Annual Earth Week Rant
Exley 058, Wesleyan University

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 PM

7 - 9 PM

Energy Efficiency for Older Homes
Durham Library, 7 Maple Ave., Durham

Coginchaug Area Transition will discuss challenges that face older homes and strategies for making older homes more efficient.

Friday, April 25 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District's Annual Plant Sale
Old Saybrook Shopping Center (Stop and Shop Plaza), Boston Post. Rd., Old Saybrook

At this annual event the Coastal Conservation District offers a wide variety of hard-to-find native plants. Almost all plants are Connecticut natives. Order early for the best selection! Advance orders are due April 7, 2014, but there will also be extra plants available for purchase at the sale.

Friday, April 25 8 AM - 4 PM

Connecticut Campus Sustainability Conference
Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd. Middletown

The themes for the conference are Campus & Community Engagement, Curriculum (Teaching/Research) and Campus Planning and Facilities.  Click the link above to learn more.

Saturday, April 26 9 - 11 AM

City of Middletown Paper Shredding and Textile Recycling Event
Water and Sewer Department, 82 Berlin St., Middletown

Middletown residents, bring sensitive documents for shredding and all clean textiles, from gently worn to rags, for recycling.  For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact the City Recycling Coordinator at kim.orourke@middletownct.gov.

9 AM - 12 PM

Drive-through Electronic Recycling and Paper Shred Day
American Eagle Federal Credit Union, 417 Main St., East Hartford

Free, safe, and secure electronics recycling and paper shredding available, including computers, cables, TVs, phones, batteries, and lamps.  3 box paper limit per person. 

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District's Annual Plant Sale
Old Saybrook Shopping Center (Stop and Shop Plaza), Boston Post. Rd., Old Saybrook

At this annual event the Coastal Conservation District offers a wide variety of hard-to-find native plants. Almost all plants are Connecticut natives. Order early for the best selection! Advance orders are due April 7, 2014, but there will also be extra plants available for purchase at the sale.

10 AM - 1 PM

North End PRIDE Day
North End, Middletown

Come out with your family, friends, and neighbors to do some North End Spring cleaning. NEAT will provide garbage bags, plastic gloves and some tools.  Please bring rakes and brooms if you have them. If you have a project that you would like to suggest for Pride Day please contact Bobbye at the NEAT office.

10 AM - 2 PM

Long Lane Farm Workday
3 Long Lane, Middletown

Join the students of Long Lane Farm in getting the farm ready for spring.
1 - 4 PM

Mama Earth Fest
West College Courtyard, Wesleyan University

An ecofeminist festival dedicated to cultivating the culture of sustainability and respect on campus. Join on-campus feminist groups and environmental clubs for music, games, art, and snacks in the beautiful WestCo courtyard to celebrate our wonderful Mama Earth.  Feet to the Fire will be sponsoring three activities: a painting wall by Middletown artists Peter Albano and Joe McCarthy that will allow festival visitors to paint the wall and start a visual discussion about our planet, a station where people can create and decorate their own recycled planter containers, and a "Bench Press for Food Waste" installation where participants will be able to lift their own food waste weight as well as learn about composting on campus.

1 - 4 PM

WILD Wes Workday
WestCo Courtyard and/or Butterfields Courtyard, Wesleyan University

Help WILD Wes plant the new Butterfields site and get the WestCo site ready for spring.
3 PM - sunset

Earth Day to May Day Block Party: People, Peace, and Planet over Profit
Longworth Ave., Middletown (off Washington St. between Main and Pearl Streets)

Join Wesleyan students and the Middletown community for an Earth Day to May Day block party.  The party will feature an open mic, music, free food, free blood pressure checks and information on stress and relaxation from a registered nurse, a home gardening display, and a lot more!  The idea is to get community together to talk about the issues that matter most, share knowledge, and take action.  This Event is part of the national Earth Day to May Day coalition.  Contact Ross Levin for more information

Sunday, April 27 11 AM - 3 PM

Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District's Annual Plant Sale
Old Saybrook Shopping Center (Stop and Shop Plaza), Boston Post. Rd., Old Saybrook

At this annual event the Coastal Conservation District offers a wide variety of hard-to-find native plants. Almost all plants are Connecticut natives. Order early for the best selection! Advance orders are due April 7, 2014, but there will also be extra plants available for purchase at the sale.

1 - 4 PM

Riverfront Earth Day
Riverfront Mortensen Plaza, Hartford

Enjoy live entertainment featuring Caribbean music performed by the Hartt Steel Band. Other festival highlights include food, educational displays, and inspirational speakers.

Tuesday, April 29 6 - 8 PM

Jonah Center Dinner and Conversation
Haveli India Restaurant, 1300 S. Main St., Middletown

Join the Jonah Center for Earth and Art for its annual conversation on sustainability in the Middletown area.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling (86) 398-3771 or emailing John Hall.  The dinner is $50 per person ($25 charitable donation) and may be made through the Jonah Center's website.

Wednesday, April 30 12 PM

Victoria Mamas Film Screening
Downey House 113, Wesleyan University

This short documentary spends time with three women and their families living in Tanzania on the shores of Lake Victoria.  Sponsored by the College of the Environment.

Thursday, May 1 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Clean Water Paddle
Wethersfield Cove, CT

Join the Connecticut River Watershed Council, the Great Meadows Conservation Trust and EBW Nature Center on a paddle to explore the beauty of this region and learn how you can make a difference for cleaner waters this year. For more information or to register contact CRWC at 413-772-2020 x204 or email amrozinski@ctriver.org. Life vests are required. Heavy rain cancels–rain date May 8. Fee: $5.

Friday, May 2 12 PM

WILD Wes Ceremonial Tree Planting
West College Courtyard, Wesleyan University

Working for Intelligent Landscape Design at Wesleyan (WILD Wes) invites you to a ceremonial tree planting of Dave Hall.  Before his retirement in December, Dave was the Grounds and Events Manager at Wesleyan.