Earth Week

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About Earth Week 2021

The Office of Sustainability is holding the 22nd annual Earth Week – a week of exciting sustainability and climate justice related activities at Bellevue College!

The theme this year is “The Future is Now”, which centers the urgency and need for climate action to secure a just and fair future for all, as well as innovative ideas and concepts to get us there.

Due to Bellevue College’s COVID-19 response, this event will be virtual, with a few contactless pickup options available for some events.


Any Time Events & Past Event Recordings

These activities are available all day, every day! Participate at your own convenience. There’s also a few “any time” activities listed in our full live events schedule.


Speaker Bios & Land Acknowledgement

Learn about our amazing speakers who will be doing live, online sessions for you!

Read our land acknowledgement and get resources to recognize the lands on which Bellevue College resides.


Live Events Schedule

DISCLAIMER! The schedule is subject to change. Check here for updates. We still have a few more events to add!

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Monday April 19, 2021

Event What It’s All About!Location/Time
The Impact of our Food Waste and Clever Ways to Reduce It with Anya GuytonDid you know that strawberry tops don’t have to be wasted? You can use them in many ways, like to put in a smoothie, to make a strawberry compote, or to just eat them plain! This session will cover more unique ideas like these where we can use our food scraps and peels to make the most of the food we buy. The effects of our food waste on the Earth will be addressed, as well as the sustainable ways to minimize our impact. If you are curious about food waste or just want some cool recipe ideas, this session is for you!

9:30 am to 10:20 am
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United by Water Film Showing followed by Q&A with Director Derrick LamereJoin Film Director Derrick Lamere for a showing of “United By Water”, followed by a Q&A session with Derrick after the film.

United by Water documents the inspiring journey of local tribal communities to Kettle Falls, the fishing site of their ancestors, for the first time in 80 years. Narrated by Sherman Alexie, it is a film about reconnecting with tribal traditions and with the river that once was so integral to their way of life.

Director Statement-Derrick LaMere: “When I started production on United by Water, I wanted to document the experiences of my people (Colville) as they reintroduce themselves to our ancestral waterways on the Columbia. Every day I worked with the canoes and their makers, I became more and more inspired to share the stories of these people. After sharing the project with Upper Columbia United Tribes, I was able to dig deep and tell a portion of our history I feel is left out of the history books of the general public. With the guidance and voice of Native American Poet and Author Sherman Alexie, we as a group were able to tell the unique story of the tribes of the Upper Columbia.”
Film showing 10:30 am -11:30 am
Q&A to follow 11:30 am -1:20 pm

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Intro to Hiking & Backpacking with BC’S Peter PrescottOutdoor Recreation is on the rise as a result of the pandemic; learn to make use of these valuable natural resources and how to plan safe and sustainable adventures. Join Peter Prescott, (lead instructor for the Outdoor Recreation Leadership certificate and Wellness Center Director) for a lecture on outdoor trip planning steps and the required resources for a lifetime of successful adventures.
12:30 to 1:20 pm
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Plastics: Problems and Possibilities with Sam Wilder

Special edition from the City of Bellevue Greener Living Class Series!
Deepen your knowledge on plastics, which plastics can be recycled, and how to help reduce our global plastic piles through action. We will also learn about the student-led Break Free from Plastic Pledge happening at the College! All participants will receive action guides for reducing plastic use.2:30 to 3:20 pm
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Tuesday April 20, 2021

Event What It’s All About!Location/Time
*In Person Pickup Event*
Community Supported Agriculture Box Pick Up
Come get your local, fresh and organic produce all while supporting farmers in the Puget Sound region. Each box is $18.00 and will contain a bounty of organic produce (10 different types of fruits and veggies, types TBD!). Reserve your box now! Boxes are first come, first serve, so don’t delay as there’s a limited quantity available.

Some of the produce in the box will pair with the Paella Workshop on Thursday!

Advanced registration required, reserve your CSA Box Here

Once reserved, we will send you a confirmation email and online payment directions will follow. Pickups will be on campus and without contact.

***All orders must be picked up on Tuesday April 20 between 11 am and 2 pm and there will be no refunds.***
Reserve Your Box Here

All orders must be picked up on Tuesday, April 20 between 11 am and 2 pm and there will be NO refunds.
*In Person Pickup Event*
Plant Starts Pick Up
How about growing your own food and flowers?

The Grounds Crew has a few plant starts available for pickup! Grown on campus, these are a great way to kick start your spring garden. You may also want to sign up for the Bring In the Spring Gardening Workshop on Friday to learn all about planting and starting your own garden!

By April 16th, we will send you a confirmation email and pickup directions will follow. Pickups will be on campus and without contact.

***All plant starts must be picked up on Tuesday April 20 between 11 am and 2 pm ***

Reserve your plant starts!
Reserve your Plant Starts Here

Must be picked up on Tuesday, April 20 between 11 am and 2 pm.
Brave Blue World Documentary Brave Blue World is a documentary that paints an optimistic picture of how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think how water is managed. Some of the stars featured are Liam Neeson, Matt Damon, and Jaden Smith.

Run time 50 mins
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We will watch the film on our own 9:30 am to 10:20 am but you can also watch it anytime!

*Also available any time (sign up required) or on your own Netflix account.
Yoga For Earth Week with Rachel LoweEnjoy this slow and steady yoga class to bring you moments of movement and stillness. We will move through postures to warm up and move, and end with a sweet stretch, breath practice and calmness. Join Rachel Lowe (lead instructor for the Yoga Instructor Certification Program) in this earth week focused Yoga class.
11:30 am to 12:20 pm
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Culture Is Power: Reclaiming the Radical Imagination
with Favianna Rodriguez

Co-Sponsored by Bellevue College El Centro Latino
Culture is power – it shapes who we are as a people, sets the terms of the world we live in, and informs how we perceive issues, stories, and each other. Culture is also dynamic, and can drive the social change these times urgently demand. Artists and storytellers can spark cultural surges that permanently transform paradigms and ways we interact with each other on a daily basis. Through case studies in migration, gender justice and climate justice, Favianna Rodriguez will share strategies on how to build cultural power to catalyze lasting social change. While our nation urgently needs the infrastructure, pedagogy, practices, ideas and frameworks for a sustained and vibrant cultural transformation. Artists and storytellers can lead the way.1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
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A Zero Waste Campus is Possible with Ramiro MurguiaCollege and University campuses are a microcosm of larger society and an ideal site for enacting circular infrastructure change through the power of student organizing. Learn how through the Post Landfill Action Network’s theory of change. Although no one can do everything, everyone can do something to move towards circular systems on campus and beyond.2:30 pm to 3:20 pm
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Wednesday April 21, 2021

Event What It’s All About!Location/Time
Repair What You Wear WorkshopMending clothes is climate action! Learn how to repair your own clothes and keep them out of the landfill with Repair What You Wear’s founder Ros Studd. Repair What You Wear is a unique, free platform for resources on clothing mending skills. Ros worked in the clothing industry then as a textiles/fashion tutor but saw that core mending skills were being lost and leading to a significant financial and environmental cost. During this workshop you’ll learn key textile mending techniques and tips, resources available on the Repair What You Wear’s website, and the environmental and economic impacts of clothing.

BC Students, Faculty, or Staff: Get a free sewing repair kit mailed to you! The kit will include thread, needles, patches, and more. Reserve your kit by April 12th !
9:30 am to 10:20 am
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BC Students, Faculty, or Staff: Reserve your free repair kit!
Take Recycling to the Next Level! Join Caroline Coffee from TerraCycle for a lunchtime chat about the innovative ways Terracycle recycles waste and ways you can take action to reduce your environmental impact on and off campus.

TerraCycle® is a social enterprise Eliminating the Idea of Waste®. In 21 countries, they tackle the issue from many angles. Nearly everything we touch can be recycled and they collect typically non-recyclable items through national, first-of-their-kind recycling platforms.

TerraCycle works on issues such as ocean plastics and works to turn it into new products! Check out this talk to learn more!

10:30 am to 11:20 am
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How to Listen, Find Common Ground, and Engage with a Climate Crisis Skeptic with BC’s Katherine Medbery-Oleson and Kent ShortAn essential component of addressing the climate crisis is communicating about it with people in our lives. Does that sound easier said than done?! Join us for a thought-provoking video, discussion, and activities focused on the importance of listening and finding common ground. Our goal is to provide practical approaches and tools to support you in having productive and respectful conversations with climate crisis skeptics.12:30 to 1:20 pm
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Blood and Oil Documentary with Q&A and Discussion by Abdulmajid of the Arabic Culture Student AssociatonHow did the Western world become so engaged in the Middle East? Why did the Ottoman Empire – now known as the Middle East – become involved with World War I which was a European affair? The documentary film “Blood and Oil – The Middle East in World War I” follows conflict from the Ottoman Empire’s entry into the Great War in October 1914, to the Allied victory and declaration of the new Turkish Republic in 1923, and the hostilities that have plagued the region since. This film is sponsored by the Arab Culture Student Association in collaboration as part of Earth Week.

Enjoy the film any time (run time 1 hour 52 minutes), about conflicts for middle eastern oil. Then join a short discussion with the Arabic Culture Student Association at 3:30 pm.

Take our quiz to show your knowledge and to win a free prize courtesy of the Arab Culture Student Association!

Questions about other events with the Arab Culture Student Association or about joining? Contact the ACSA Coordinator.

Watch the film on your own 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm or anytime

Register to Join the Zoom Discussion 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm
Gentle Yoga & Nidra with Kate Roche-SudarEnjoy a relaxing hour of gentle afternoon stretching, subtle strengthening, and functional movement. After getting some wiggles out of the body and allowing the mind to settle, class will wind down with a yoga nidra practice, or “yogic sleep.”4:00 to 5:00 pm
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Thursday April 22, 2021

Event What It’s All About!Location/Time
Tree Giveaway with local non-profit 300 Trees300 Trees is distributing 50 native trees to the Bellevue College community in celebration of Earth Day.

These trees are meant to be planted outside and add to our Urban Tree Canopy.

BC students, staff, or faculty interested in a free tree need to register for a tree in advance using their BC email address

Trees will be 1 gallon size and either a large native conifer Grand Fir or a small native deciduous Cascara. There is a limit of 1 tree per person. Register now to reserve your tree!
Register for a tree in advance using your BC Email

Pickups will be on campus April 22 from 10 am to 1 pm. Details will be provided after April 16th to those that register.
All About Weeds: Lessons from a Master GardenerIn this session, WSU Master Gardener, Jim Olson will take a whimsical look at how to identify, prevent, and control weeds. At the end of his presentation audience members can ask the expert all their weed and gardening questions!10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Vegan Paella Verde Cooking Workshop with BC’s Mark StoreyJoin us for a vegan Paella Verde cooking workshop with BC’s Mark Storey.

Cook along with us and make your lunch! Mark has been cooking paella for many years,. you are in for a special treat!

A list of ingredients and recommended cooking tools will be emailed to participants in advance. You can also pick up some of the fresh ingredients for the paella workshop by registering for our Earth Week Community Supported Agriculture Boxes which are $18 and provide a bounty of fresh, local produce! Advanced registration required and pickups are Tues April 20 from 11 am to 2 pm. Register for your Tuesday CSA Box Here.

Cook along with Mark or just watch and learn! The paella demo will take 45 minutes and there will be time for Q&A. 
2:30 to 3:20 pm
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Friday April 23, 2021

Event What It’s All About!Location/Time
Bring on the Spring Morning WorkshopGet a kick start on spring with this gardening workshop! Participants will learn about container gardening, growing fresh herbs, veggies, and flowers from your window sill or patio, and organic gardening practices. Learn about the different types of seeds through seed trivia, how to garden without soil (wow!), and check out some of our campus expert’s home gardens. Everyone is welcome to join the workshop (Up to 100 participants)!

Students only: Get seeds and soil mailed to you! Register by April 12 for the “Spring Garden Starter Kit” , which includes seeds and soil. Supply your own container, such as a clean yogurt container or a water bottle with the top cut off and you’ll have everything you need to start your garden! *Limited to 25 participants, registration closes April 12*

Some seeds were generously donated by the BC Grounds Crew!
10:30 to 11:20 am
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Adventures of a Weekend Waste Warrior with Theo KoepfCome listen to the trashy tale of how a student of sustainability wrestled with their waste! I’ll go through how to perform a home waste audit, as well as results and lessons learned from navigating my own journey with waste. I’ll also discuss new innovations in creating a circular economy for waste.
1:30 to 2:20 pm
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Bring on the Spring Afternoon WorkshopGet a kick start on spring with this gardening workshop! Participants will learn about container gardening, growing fresh herbs, veggies, and flowers from your window sill or patio, and organic gardening practices. Learn about the different types of seeds through seed trivia, how to garden without soil (wow!), and check out some of our campus expert’s home gardens. Everyone is welcome to join the workshop (Up to 100 participants)!

Students only: Get seeds and soil mailed to you! Register by April 12th for the “Spring Garden Starter Kit”, which includes seeds and soil. Supply your own container, such as a clean yogurt container or a water bottle with the top cut off and you’ll have everything you need to start your garden! *Limited to 25 participants, registration closes April 12th*

Some seeds were generously donated by the BC Grounds Crew!
2:30 pm to 3:20 pm
Register for the Afternoon Workshop and Join Us on Zoom
Sustainability Within the UNA-USAJoin the Bellevue College United Nations Association (UNA) Chapter and the UNA-USA Western Campus Fellow Jackson Schiefelbein to learn about UNA-USA and ways you can forge a more sustainable future through involvement in UNA-USA3:30 pm to 4:20 pm
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Wellness Center Earth Week Bike RideBike Rental/Helmets Available (9 bikes available)

Join the BC Wellness Center and others for a group ride along the Palouse to Cascade Trail. Participants will sign up online and meet at the trailhead. Bikes/helmets available for, or you can bring your own. The ride will follow the gravel double track trail for great Cascade views and fresh air for a 6-10 mile out and back trip. Use this as planning for more rides or backpacking trips this summer.

This trip is $5 to attend.

Sign Up Online Here
5:30 to 7:30 pm
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Connect With Us!

Email: sustainability@bellevuecollege.edu

View Previous Earth Weeks Here!

Last Updated April 21, 2021