EPIC Earth Week 2018: Empowering People & Influencing Change!

Empowering People and Influencing Change (hands in the air)

On Monday April 16th to Friday April 20th, we have a very exciting line-up of activities for the campus and community to enjoy. Check out the poster below and the chart for a more detailed explanation of events. Check back here to keep up to date on any changes to the schedule!

New this year are Faculty Commons sessions and The RISE Learning Institute Design Challenge! See the charts below.

Earth Week Poster 2018

Interconnection Electronics Recycling Poster 2018


All Week!

EventWhat It's All About!Time & Location
Recycle Your
Electronics (FREE) With Interconnection!
Donate broken, old, or electronics you just don't want anymore!

Local company Interconnection will recycle your old electronics in a socially and environmentally friendly manner, ensuring any data on the device is securely removed or destroyed.

NOT Accepted: CRT Monitors, kitchen appliances, garden tools, hand tools, or bathroom appliances.

** We also have a Fix It Fair on Friday April 20 if you want to try and get your electronic item fixed! Other items (clothing, small appliances, furniture, etc also accepted for fixing!**
April 10-20th
C Building PALS Center Drop Off Bin (C106)

Monday April 16, 2018

EventWhat It's All About!Time & Location
Nancy Lane's Class Presentations and Climate Commitment!A class presentation on environmental and social justice issues, and the making of a climate commitment poster with actions to take!8:30 am to 9:20 am
This will be at the cafeteria stage, with the poster commitment at the side of the stage!

Pests, Plagues, and Pollinators: The Impact of Climate Change on InsectsA talk by BC's Jason Fuller on how climate change impacts insects. Bug out!9:30 am to 10:20 am
The Siege: Climate Change and the Middle EastA talk by BC's Christina Sciabarra on climate change in the middle east! A related documentary to follow.10:30 am-11:20 am
A Siege of Salt and Sand Documentary45 min run time. For more information visit : https://vimeo.com/87138936 11:30 am -12:20 pm
Why Sustainability is the Greatest Driver of InnovationAsh Awad of McKinstry to lead an audience discussion exploring how the need for sustainability is sparking a modern technology revolution. McKinstry will also award Bellevue College with its Champion of Sustainability Award for 2018. Join the conversation!12:30 pm-1:20 pm
Cafeteria Stage

Tuesday April 17, 2018

EventWhat it's all about!Time & Location
Daily Event- Farmer's Market and Plant Sale!Annual produce stands, seed swap, and plant sale. Get your fridge filled with organic & local vegetables and get your garden going!

CASH ONLY for produce stand and plant sale, other vendors take card.

Bring a reusable bag if you can!
10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Outside C Courtyard, weather permitting. Indoors cafeteria if not.
Indigenous Leaders in the Climate Justice Movement PanelThe recent #NODAPL struggle brought broad attention in mainstream settler society of the leadership of Indigenous water protectors in the struggle against extractive industries.

However, Indigenous nations have historically been front and center in the Climate Justice Movement and they will continue to be a significant force in the movement, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

This panel will feature Native American and First Nations speakers talking about their work in the Climate Justice Movement in the region.

The panel will feature Matt Remle, Kayah George, and Dakota Case. Named one of 2017's Most Influential Seattleites by Seattle Magazine, Matt Remle is a leader in the campaign to push Seattle to divest from Wells Fargo. Kayah George is a scholar and activist and she is a leader in the fight against Kinder Morgan's Transmountain Pipeline expansion.

Special thanks to the Office of Equity and Pluralism for their sponsorship.
10:30 am to 11:20 am
Mt. Everest Biogas ProjectGarry Porter to speak about an environmentally and socially responsible project in Mt. Everest, dealing with waste from the tourism industry in Nepal. For more info, visit: MtEverestBiogasProject.org 11:30 am to 12:20 pm
Rapid Idea Generation and Design ThinkingDesign Thinking: Design thinking is a powerful set of processes for creative problem solving.

Come learn more from Fulbright Scholar James Riggall and start generating ideas for The RISE Learning Institute Sustainability Design & Idea Challenge. For more information on the challenge, see the event on April 23 (below) or visit https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/rise/challenge/
12:30 to 1:20 pm
Wasted! DocumentaryRun time 1 hour 30 min.

A story about food waste. For more info: http://www.wastedfilm.com
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Secret Lives of GlaciersDr. M. Jackson to speak about glaciology, feminism, science, data collection, and climate change.2:30 pm to 3:20 pm

Wednesday April 18, 2018

EventWhat it's all about!Time & Location
Daily Event- Electric Vehicle Car Show!Come check out some electric vehicles including Teslas, Volts, & More! Thanks to the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association.10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Outside in the C Courtyard, rain or shine!
LEED-ING by Example: Designing a High Performance Building at Bellevue CollegeBellevue College is about to begin a new chapter in its history with the opening of the new residence hall this summer.

In addition to introducing the campus to a 24/7 residence culture, this is an opportunity for students to experience one of the greenest student housing projects in the state.

This presentation/workshop will introduce the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system for sustainable buildings. In addition we will discuss the green design features for the project, and its benefit to the campus.
8:30 am- 9:20 am
Bike Maintenance 101BC/Wellness Center's Peter Prescott to lead a workshop on basic bike maintenance9:30 am to 10:20 am
Environmental Racism WorkshopA workshop by BC's David Spataro on social and environmental justice issues, challenges, and working towards potential solutions10:30 to 1:120 am
Archaeology of the NightBC's Nancy Gonlin to talk about the archaeology of the night and how humans have interacted with the night sky over time.11:30 am to 12:20 pm
Straws Documentary with Director Skype Q &ADocumentary on reducing plastic straw use. Run time 32 minutes.

Followed by Skype Q&A with the director of the film Linda Booker!
12:30 pm to 1:20 pm
Coral Reef Restoration: A Road to ResilienceThe Nature Conservancy's Emmanuel Irizarry-Soto to speak about his work on coral restoration in the Caribbean.

Coral reefs are one of the most important marine ecosystems in the tropics. Countries and islands benefit from their aesthetic, nutrition, well health and protectiveness from atmospheric phenomenon such as swells and hurricanes.

Reefs develop under complex but fragile factors that have been altered by the abusive use of our natural resources. The rise in the planet's temperature, the rise in CO2, combined with our increase in ocean pollution, have created factors that impact coral reefs ecosystems.

Corals are one of the most important groups building the reef structures, and their numbers are decreasing up to the point of being threatened. It is crucial to learn and master coral restoration processes to support coral population resilience in the nearby future.
1:30 pm to 2:20 pm
Plant ID Walking Tour of CampusMichael Hanson to lead a walking tour of campus to identify our flora! Meet at the greenhouse.2:30-3:30 pm
Outside @ the Greenhouse

Thursday April 19, 2018

EventWhat it's all about!Time & Location
Daily Event- Bike Mobile: Free Bike Repair!Come visit the BikeWorks Bike Mobile with your bicycle to get it fixed up for free (labor included, parts may be extra). 10:00 am- 2:00 pm
Outside C Courtyard
SEED: The Untold Story DocumentaryRun time 1 hour 34 minutes. About seeds, farming, and GMO organisms. https://www.seedthemovie.com 8:30 am-10:00 am
Building Sustainable Communities Through BusinessCentral Co-op's Susanna Schultz to talk about a recent local impact study, the sustainability efforts of Central Co-op, and how their business model contributes to building sustainable communities. 9:30 am to 10:20 am
Sort That Trash!An interactive game show on waste by BC's Rick Glover and Sonya Doucette10:30 to 1:120 am
All About Bees & Apiary TourPresentation by BC Students Nick Yakobchuk, Sydney Meade, and Alex Bean followed by a tour of BC's apiary11:30 am to 12:20 pm
C130 & S Building Apiary
Adventures in Bug-Eating: The Bug Chef Cooking Demo!
Celebrity Chef David George Gordon will be doing a cooking demo of bugs as an alternative protein source! For more info: http://davidgeorgegordon.com
12:30 pm to 1:20 pm
Cafeteria Stage
Conquering Mt. Trashmore: A Waste AuditBC's third annual waste audit, come learn the proper way to sort recyclables and compostables and learn about waste management!

** Any full classes attending will need a pre-learning session in class, please contact Sustainability **
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Outside C Courtyard Rain or shine

Friday April 20, 2018

EventWhat It's All About!Time & Location
Daily Event- Fix-It FairCome get small items fixed up, and avoid the landfill and buying a new item!

What can be repaired?

Small clothing, electronics, and furnitures will be accepted.

Examples include clothing items (sometimes zippers are tough to repair), lamps, small appliances (fans, electric heaters, vacuums, small kitchen appliances, etc.), small electronics, and pieces of furniture!

Please be aware this is volunteer run and not everything can be fixed.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Free Yoga ClassCome get your yoga on with BC's Rachel Lowe.

Bring a mat and a beach towel (extra mats and space are limited).
9:30 am to 10:20 am
Meditation & Mindful Breathing TechniquesA follow up to the yoga class, or as a stand alone class, find inner peace and relaxation. 10:30 am to 11:00 am
Key Note Speaker Pandora Thomas "We Are The Ones"Pandora Thomas to talk on climate and social justice issues in an exciting talk sure to inspire action.

For more on Pandora, visit: http://www.pandorathomas.com

Thanks to the Office of Equity and Pluralism for their sponsorship.
10:30 am to 12:20 am
Cafeteria Stage
Meet and Greet with Pandora ThomasTime to mix and mingle with Pandora and ask her any follow up questions.12:30 to 1:20 pm
Crafting for the Homeless: Making Plarn and BedrollsCome join as as we convert plastic bags into a bedroll for people experiencing homelessness. Must be able to use scissors, no other skills required. Bring scissors if you can.

A joint project between the Office of Sustainability and The RISE Learning Institute.
1:30 to 2:20 pm
Cafeteria Lobby/Atrium (across from coffee cafe)




Join OIE’s Global Leader students and Earth Corp in doing some outdoor environmental work on Saturday, April 21st. They will be doing work at a park, see the below link for more information on volunteering. Email brad.huggins@bellevuecollege.edu if interested.

The specific park project we are joining is here:  https://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer/event/a0E8000000P3UzsEAF/

Volunteer Event – EarthCorps


Saturday, April 21st: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm This volunteer event is currently full! Please contact The Volunteer Team if you are still interested in joining.


NEW- Faculty Commons Earth Week Sessions 2018

EventWhat It's All About!Time & Location
Special Event: Brown Bag Topic- Archaeology of the NightJoin BC’s Nancy Gonlin in a lunchtime discussion on what archaeologists are discovering about ancient nocturnal practices and beliefs. Celebrate Nancy’s newest publication, Archaeology of the Night, and learn about this fascinating topic with her.
Tuesday, April 17 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Faculty Commons D104H
Special Event: Unpacking Current Events with The Nature Conservancy

Our very special guest, Emmanuel Irizarry-Soto of the Nature Conservancy in the US Virgin Islands, will be leading this dialogue focused on the multiple threats faced from the Caribbean to the Pacific Northwest. Discover transformational ways to incorporate issues into the classroom. A meet-and-greet reception will follow the workshop at 2:30.Thursday, April 19 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Faculty Commons

Monday April 23, 2018

EventWhat it's all about!Time & Location
Sustainability Design and Idea Challenge Pitch ContestStudents will present ideas to improve sustainability at BC in this Shark Tank-style pitch contest. Winners receive $100 gift cards--and their proposals may well become a reality. This fun event gives you a chance to make a real difference.

Registration required at:

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Come by The
RISE Learning Institute to pitch your idea!

Last Updated April 19, 2018