Three Earth Week Events at Franklin Pierce University

Apr 16, 2014

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Students During Earth Week

Franklin Pierce University will host three events on the Rindge campus during Earth Week.

Earth Day Fair: Monday, April 21, 11:30-2:30 in Spagnuolo Hall. 
The Sustainability Center at Franklin Pierce is partnering with Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and the Health Sciences program on campus to create a day of earth celebration and wellness. Interactive displays and meet-the-farmer tables at the Fair will include local food tastings; seed planting for the campus garden; displays by local farms/CSAs, environmental organizations and businesses; and hands-on activities and community-building.

Guest speaker Andy Pressman will speak at noon on “Why Local Food Matters.” Pressman will demystify local foods and their role in supporting individual, community, and global health in his talk. An Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Pressman works with farmers throughout the country in the fields of organic crop production, local food systems, urban agriculture, and farm energy. Pressman and his family also operate Foggy Hill Farm, a small diversified farm and CSA located in Jaffrey.

Postcards from Peru: Wednesday, April 23, 12:30-1:30 at Lakeside Education Center. 
Jess Gerrior, Sustainability Coordinator at Franklin Pierce University, will discuss her journey to the International Association of Universities (IAU) 2014 International Conference in Iquitos, Peru, on March 19-21, where she participated in a panel, “Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development.” Learn about the drafting of the IAU Statement on Higher Education for Sustainable Development and how the IAU's 2014 International Conference may shape UNESCO's Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Take away images, reflections, and questions to inform your own work in higher education and how it might relate to traditional knowledge, sustainable development, or both. Experience Iquitos, the largest city in Peru, which does not have roads connecting it to the outside world, through the eyes of this North American environmental educator.

Climate Action Certificate Community Share-Out: Friday, April 25, 12-2 p.m. at Alumni Lounge in Peterson Manor. 
Climate Action Certificate students will showcase their sustainability projects and leadership experiences. Sustainability Seminar students, through a combination of photos, videos, and stories, will share what it was like to take on one of three "sustainable practice" challenges during the three weeks preceding Earth Week. These students will have (by their choice) gone vegan for a week, used no disposable goods for a week, or carried around all their trash waste for three days. Sustainability Project students will showcase their work, including a musical performance series, glass and ceramic art, zero-waste move-out, and other glitzy, glamorous sustainability actions!

Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to bring their colleagues, neighbors and friends to support these students and learn about actions they can take throughout the year.

For more information on any of the Earth Week events, contact

Photo caption: Franklin Pierce students and faculty plant in a raised garden bed on the Rindge campus in 2013.

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