Austin Community College is celebrating the 45th annual Earth Day with a week of events across the college.
See how you can join the fun and stay eco-conscious.
Vote and Win!: Faculty, staff, and students can vote online for their favorite Eco Bag Student Art design April 20-24. Two lucky voters will win a prize drawing for a Timbuk2 Backpack. The winning design will be displayed at each campus for one year and will be made available for sale.
Wellness Walks: Employees are invited to join Wellness Walks to celebrate Earth Day all week long. ACC Wellness Teams at participating campuses will host a walk featuring a scavenger hunt and healthy snacks. Faculty and staff are eligible to win prizes and be entered in a drawing for one grand prize per campus. See the 2015 walk schedule and photos from last year.
South Austin: Create beauty while making a difference in the world! Student Life invites you to make a necklace, bracelet, or earrings for your mother, significant other, or even for yourself with beads hand-rolled from recycled paper. 2-4pm in room 1130.
APRIL 22 (Earth Day)
Eastview: Enjoy diner-style fare at the Riverbats Café. The student-run café uses Texas-sourced meat and bakery products when possible. Eat in or get a to-go lunch in sustainable packaging.
Northridge: 2nd Annual Earth Day Garden Planting Learn More about the Northridge garden project and help the faculty, staff, and student gardeners who have brought it to life. Bring your garden trowel and gloves. 9:30am-noon at the vegetable garden on the northeast side of Building 3000.
Northridge: The ACC Photographic Technology Department is promoting the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup with a nature walk and trash cleanup along a half-mile mile stretch of Walnut Creek. Learn about native plants and enjoy lunch by the creek. Bring walking shoes, water, and a sack lunch. 11am-noon. Meet at the courtyard fountain between buildings 1000 & 3000.
Northridge: Hear it from a Hydrologist! Join ACC Professor and experienced water resource expert, Raymond Slade, in a lunch-time presentation and discussion about our Central Texas water needs and possible solutions. Noon-12:30pm, Room 4103.
Rio Grande: Student Life invites the ACC community to take part in decorating your own reusable shopping bag, having your Earth Day Photo Shoot, and enjoying other fun activities and information tables. 10:30-noon, main lawn.
Service Center: Did you know that recycling 1 ton of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7,000 barrels of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil, and 4000 kilowatt hours of electricity – enough to power an average home for 5 months? Learn more recycling fun facts and win a prize for taking the recycling challenge 11am-noon in the lobby. A wellness walk follows.
South Austin: “Pull it together! Chem-free Weed Removal Party”: The SAC Green Team invites faculty, staff, and students to roll up their sleeves and pull the weeds in the campus lawn, 10am-noon.
Service Center: Workplace veggie gardens have been shown to decrease stress, improve physical activity, provide healthy fresh food, and increase productivity at work. Everyone is invited to help plant a crop and watch our garden grow. Meet at noon at the flagpole entrance.
Green Building at ACC
Going green is more than a one-week event at ACC. The Highland Campus is the latest to implement sustainable building practices and LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) building standards.
The building’s sustainability features include a rainwater-catchment system and energy-efficient plumbing and HVAC systems. Most existing building structures from the former mall were re-used and recycled. LEED certification is pending. Check out other ways that ACC is staying green!
Join a Green Team
Gain leadership experience while making positive changes at your campus. Green Teams of faculty, staff, and student promote sustainability on campus through energy and water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, and alternative transportation. Interested? Complete the Green Team online form.