Bellevue College Earth Week to celebrate local action

Students, faculty and staff enjoy the annual Earth Week Farmer’s Market on the Bellevue College campus 

April 19-22 event urges community to “Think global, act local!”

Bellevue College will hold its 17th annual Earth Week celebration April 19 – 22, exploring the theme “Think global, act local,” with a series of lectures and special events to promote environmental and social awareness and the sustainable use of our planet’s resources.

Festivities will kick off on Tuesday, April 19, with Bellevue College’s Sustainable Festival featuring a farmer’s market, local organizations, and a seed swap in addition to workshops, documentary screenings, and seminars on gardening, composting, and climate change.

Lectures and workshops throughout the week will feature Bellevue College instructors, as well as speakers from the National Wildlife Federation, Seattle Tilth, Eidon, Mountains to Sound Greenway, Bike Works, and Alaska Airlines. The week will come to a close on Earth Day with a “reduce waste” rummage sale.

All events are free and open to the public and will take place on the college’s main campus, located at 3000 Landerholm Circle SE in Bellevue. A complete schedule is posted here:  http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/sustainability/2016/04/08/earth-week-2016-think-global-act-local-april-19-22/.

Since the first Bellevue College Earth Week in 2000, the college has adopted a series of measures that have made the campus much more sustainable. Some of these initiatives include: the installation of several electric vehicle charging stations, including a DC fast charger, one of the first on a U.S. college campus; implementing the Building Dashboard, a system allowing visitors to see real-time data on energy use on campus by building; a project to upgrade campus lighting, water, and HVAC systems to substantially reduce energy consumption, incorporating geothermal heating and solar power; programs to encourage alternate means of transport, including a ride-match website to facilitate carpooling; and the integration of sustainability throughout the instructional curriculum combined with a student-created sustainability fund.

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Last Updated April 25, 2016