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Earth Week

Earth Week 2017: April 17-22

ACC celebrates Earth Day with a week of fun-filled sustainability events that highlight the District's commitment to sustainable practices and engage students, faculty, and staff. The 2017 events will be held at campuses throughout the ACC District. Each day highlights a different sustainability theme. For 2017, we have over 25 events across 10 ACC locations!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and tag us at #sustainableACC and #EarthWeekACC to share updates and photos throughout the week.

To get warmed up for Earth Week, ACC Green Teams participated in Keep Austin Beautiful’s Clean Sweep event Saturday, April 8, a regional day of service with over 120 sites. ACC cleanup sites included the Highland Business Center, Cypress Creek Campus, and Riverside Campus/Roy Guerrero Park. 

ALL WEEK

Eco Bag Design Contest Voting - Students, faculty, and staff are invited to vote for their favorite Eco Bag Student Art Design. The winning design is displayed at each campus, distributed at ACC events, and available for sale for one year. Vote now and win a Timbuk2 messenger bag

2017 Transportation Survey - Your participation and input helps ACC provide better transportation services.  Take Survey and win a Timbuk2 messenger bag.

Get Involved with PIN Plants - Stop by the PIN lobby throughout Earth Week to learn ways to help beautify the PIN campus. Volunteers are needed to help cleanup and re-plant the flower boxes around the building. There will be a signup to get involved with future events. Information will be provided about the benefits of native plants and the types of invasive weeds that need to be removed. Questions: holly.gordon@austincc.edu

Walking with Wonder Photo Contest  Join in to walk, talk and take photos of Mother Earth at the Eastview Campus. These walks are happening Monday through Thursday at 3:30 pm each day. Participants will walk along the outdoor and indoor trails photographing nature along the way. The participants will decide how to display the pictures - perhaps in a photo album or collage. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. To participate, meet in front of the campus manager's office (room 3104) each day. If you are not able to participate, you can still submit photos. Send photos and questions to: apalmer@austincc.edu

Earthy Break HBC - The HBC Wellness Team is hosting a week-long social media campaign to encourage colleagues to take wellness breaks throughout the workday. An Earthy Break could be an activity such as stepping outside for fresh air or taking a brief walk. Take photos of your activities and post to the ACC District Facebook with the tag #earthybreakHBC. 

Monday, April 17 - LIVE LOCALLY DAY

Cypress Creek Campus Clean Up - 10 am to 3 pm, ACC Cypress Creek Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Rd.
Join the Cypress Creek (CYP) Green Team in this simple beautification gesture for their campus. Volunteers will help pick up litter and beautify the campus. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. Volunteers should meet in front of Building 2000. Questions: carol.knight@austincc.edu
Film Screening: The Story of Stuff - 11 am & 12 pm, ACC Cypress Creek Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Rd.
The CYP Green Team will be screening The Story of Stuff. This short, 20-minute film addresses how much stuff we consume, how it is made, and how quickly things becomes waste. There will be two screenings at 11 am and 12 pm in the CYP Student Commons area. No registration or tickets are needed. Questions: carol.knight@austincc.edu
Plant a Plant - 11 am, ACC Service Center, 9101 Tuscany Way
Join the SVC Wellness Team to learn about and help make wildflower seed balls. Seed balls are a great way to plant seeds in a variety of places. They also make great gifts. Once dry, participants are welcome to take their seed balls home! Participants should meet in front of the SVC main entrance. Questions: ekunze@austincc.edu or thagler@austincc.edu
Live Locally & Sustainably Fair - 11 am to 1:30 pm, ACC Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove Blvd.
The Live Locally & Sustainably Fair features local non-profit organizations that promote sustainability throughout Austin. Come learn what Austinites are doing to give back to our community and discover ways to get involved. The fair will be held outside between Buildings A and G. No registration needed. Questions: heather.campbell@austincc.edu
Riverside Creek Sweep - 1:30 to 4 pm, ACC Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove Blvd.
ACC Riverside is partnering with Ecology Action to celebrate Earth Week with a cleanup in Roy Guerrero Park. Volunteers will pick up litter to that would otherwise flow into local waterways. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. Registration is required, sign up through the Common Service Experience. Volunteers should meet in the Student Life Lounge (Building G). The group will then walk together to the service site. Questions: volunteer@austincc.edu

Tuesday, April 18 - SUSTAINABLE GARDENING DAY

Northridge Garden Planting Day - 9 am to 2 pm, ACC Northridge Campus, 11928 Stonehollow Dr.
The Northridge Garden Group is hosting a spring planting day to refresh and add new plants to the raised bed plots and the Mockingbird Garden. Please dress appropriately for gardening activities, bring water, and wear sunscreen. Registration is preferred, but not required. Volunteers should meet in the patio/garden area located between buildings 1000, 3000, and 4000. Questions: katwm@austincc.edu. Learn more about the NRG Garden Group and Mockingbird Garden Club.
Mother Earth Walk & Photo Contest @ RVS - 10 to 10:30 am, ACC Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove Blvd.
The RVS Wellness Team is hosting an Earth Day walk and nature photo contest. Prizes will be given for the best photo and as a raffle for all event participants. Participants are limited to three photo entries. A panel of three judges will decide on the best photo. To participate, meet outside of Tropical Smoothie at 10 am. If you are unavailable, you can participate by walking any time during the day and submitting your nature photos. All photos are due in digital format by 8:30 am on April 19 to: michelle.escudier@austincc.edu
Pick a Pickled Pepper - 11 am to 12 pm, ACC Cypress Creek Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Rd.
The CYP Green Team is hosting a gardening event. Come by the CYP Courtyard to repot a plant to take home with you! No registration is needed. Questions: carol.knight@austincc.edu
Mother Earth Walk @ SVC - 11 am, ACC Service Center, 9101 Tuscany Way
Join the SVC Wellness Team on their annual Mother Earth Walk, which is approximately one mile. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. To participate, meet at the SVC flagpoles. Questions: ekunze@austincc.edu or thagler@austincc.edu
Build-a-Salad Potluck @ HBC - 12 to 1 pm, ACC Highland Business Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.
As a part of the #earthybreakHBC campaign, the HBC Wellness Team is hosting a healthy potluck event for faculty and staff! Details on location and how to sign-up will be sent out to employees prior to the event. Questions: gbranch@austincc.edu

Wednesday, April 19 - TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES DAY

Pop-Up Farmers Market - 10 am to 12 pm, ACC Elgin Campus, 1501 Hwy 290 W., Elgin
Students from the Small Scale Farming course will be selling fresh vegetables that they have grown in ACC's Sustainable Agriculture program! All proceeds are reinvested into student initiatives in the Sustainable Agriculture program. Payment through credit/debit cards only. Questions: evelyn.rosas@austincc.edu 
iHeartEarth: Electric Vehicle Showcase - 11 am to 1 pm, ACC Northridge Campus, 11928 Stonehollow Dr.
In partnership with the ACC Energy & Sustainability Office, Northridge Student Life will be showcasing the ACC Chevy Volt, an electric vehicle. Stop by to learn about the benefits of using Electrical Vehicles. Information about alternative transportation options such as carpooling, biking, walking or riding the bus will also be featured. Student Life will be providing fun DIY Projects with recycled materials, snacks and free giveaways! No registration is needed. The event will be outside of Building 3000. Questions: kathleen.atienza@austincc.edu
Alternative Transportation Fair - 11 am to 2pm, ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Airport Blvd.
The ACC Highland Green Team and Students for Environmental Outreach are hosting an Alternative Transportation Fair to promote commuting options such as biking and using public transportation. Drop by during the fair to learn about green commuting and sustainability, no registration is needed. Vendors attending include Capital Metro, Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS), Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG), City of Austin Urban Trail & Vision Zero Programs, and many more! The fair will be on the ground floor near the ACCelerator entrance. Questions: alyssa.halle-schramm@austincc.edu
Earth Week Chalk Drawing - 11 am to 12 pm, ACC Cypress Creek Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Rd.
Calling all artists and creative students! The CYP Green Team is hosting a chalk drawing event with the theme: "what is your vision of an Earth free of excess waste?" No registration is needed. To participate, meet in the covered area by the CYP Library. Questions: carol.knight@austincc.edu
Healthy Snack Chat - 2 pm, ACC Service Center, 9101 Tuscany Way
Bring your favorite healthy snack to the SVC large break room (room 162). This event is limited to faculty and staff only. Participants will learn about the Exercise Stars program and how to get our campus moving! Healthy snacks will be available to enjoy as well. Questions: ekunze@austincc.edu or thagler@austincc.edu

Thursday, April 20 - WASTE & RECYCLING DAY

Pinnacle Clean Sweep - 9 to 10 am, ACC Pinnacle Campus, 7748 Highway 290 W.
The PIN Green Team is hosting a cleanup of their campus. Volunteers will help pick up litter and beautify the campus. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. Volunteers should meet outside on the bookstore side of PIN. Questions: dtucker2@austincc.edu
Film Screening: Addicted to Plastics - 10 am & 11 am, ACC Cypress Creek Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Rd.
The CYP Green Team will be screening Addicted to Plastic. This documentary investigates the worldwide production, consumption, and negative environmental impacts of plastics. There will be two screenings at 10 am and 11am in the CYP Student Commons area. No registration or tickets are needed. Questions: carol.knight@austincc.edu
Service Center Clean Sweep - 10 am & 2 pm, ACC Service Center, 9101 Tuscany Way
Help clean up the ACC Service Center! Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. To participate, meet at the SVC flagpoles at either 10 am or 2 pm. Supplies will be provided. Questions: ekunze@austincc.edu or thagler@austincc.edu
Build-a-Salad Potluck & Walk @ SAC - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, ACC South Austin, 1820 W. Stassney Ln.
The SAC Wellness Team is hosting a wellness walk followed by a build-a-salad healthy potluck event for faculty and staff. The one-mile walk begins promptly at 11:30 am. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. Participants should meet in SAC room 1130. Sign up in the SAC Campus Manager's office to bring a potluck dish. Questions: ldelaros@austincc.edu
Mother Earth Walk @ CYP - 12:30 pm, ACC Cypress Creek Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Rd.
Join the CYP Green Team on the Mother Earth Walk as they explore their campus and enjoy the wildflowers. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. To participate, meet in the covered area by the CYP Library. Questions: carol.knight@austincc.edu

Plant a Pot for the Pale Blue Dot - 1 to 3 pm, ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd.

Join the EVC Green Team in beautifying their campus with sustainable landscaping. The team will be refreshing the planters with new succulents and low-maintenance plants. You can also sign up to join the Green Team for future events and even adopt-a-pot! Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. To participate, meet in the EVC courtyard. Questions: szavala@austincc.edu 

Friday, April 21 - ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE DAY

Mother Earth Walk to the State Capitol - 8:30 am, ACC Rio Grande Campus, 1212 Rio Grande St.

Join colleagues at ACC Rio Grande for a Mother Earth Walk to the Texas State Capitol. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. To participate, meet out front of the Rio Grande main building. Questions: sstewart@austincc.edu

Mother Earth Talk & Walk - 10 to 11 am, ACC Highland Bus. Center, 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd.

The HBC Wellness Team is hosting a sustainability talk followed by a Mother Earth Walk. Join in for a brief presentation from Energy & Sustainability staff about how sustainability initiatives got started at ACC and the current programs underway. The group will then step outside to walk and enjoy the fresh air. Participants are encouraged to take photos and post to the ACC District Facebook with the tag #earthybreakHBC. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. To participate, meet in the HBC lobby. Questions: nbell2@austincc.edu or gbranch@austincc.edu

Back to the Earth: SAC Compost - 12 to 2pm, ACC South Austin, 1820 W. Stassney Ln.

The South Austin Campus (SAC) Green Team is highlighting composting efforts at their campus. Volunteers will help add nutrients "back to the earth" in the courtyard gardens through compost made from paper towels collected at SAC over the past 18 months. This "completes the cycle" of using ACC's own compost on our campuses! Volunteers will also help with chem-free weed control. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. Volunteers should meet in the SAC Courtyard. Questions: tkelly2@austincc.edu

Hang Out with Nature - 1 pm, ACC Cypress Creek Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Rd.

Join in as the CYP Green Team works to hang new signs in trees and flower beds around campus. Please dress appropriately, bring water, and wear sunscreen. No registration is needed. To participate, meet in front of Building 2000. Questions: carol.knight@austincc.edu

Frozen Yogurt Social & Trash to Treasure Contest - 2 pm, Service Center, 9101 Tuscany Way

The SVC Wellness Team is hosting a social and recycling event! Stop by room 133 for a sundae and creating a treasure. Bring in your recycled items to create a masterpiece from recycled trash, the most creative wins! Questions: ekunze@austincc.edu or thagler@austincc.edu

Riverbat Lights Out, Free Pizza (while it lasts) - 6 pm, ACC Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd.

Riverbat Lights Out is a self-check of an ACC campus to determine if we are using our energy and financial resources appropriately. Come help identify lights commonly left on at the Eastview campus that could safely be turned off to save energy. A short discussion by Caleb Crow, ACC's Energy Conservation Manager will start at 6 pm followed by a campus walk and discussion of findings. No registration is needed. To participate, meet in the courtyard between buildings 2000 and 3000. Questions: caleb.crow@austincc.edu

Saturday, April 22 - EARTH DAY!

Austin March for Science - 11 am to 3 pm, ACC Rio Grande Campus, 1212 Rio Grande St.

Students for Environmental Outreach and Geology Club are organizing ACC's participation in the Austin March for Science. This is a satellite event of the national March for Science, which aims to demonstration passion for science and show support for scientific research, science education, and evidence-based policy making. The march will begin at 12 pm at the Texas State Capitol. The ACC community will gather at the Rio Grande Campus at 11 am and walk together to the Capitol. No registration is needed. Please dress appropriately (wear weather appropriate walking clothes, and ACC or science t-shirts) and bring water. Questions: aturner@austincc.edu

Earth Day Austin - 12 to 7 pm, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon St.

The Austin community comes together annually for Earth Day ATX, the largest sustainability event in Central Texas! This family-friendly event features local sustainability-related organizations, interactive exhibits, food, games, and free music. The ACC Sustainable Agriculture Program will be tabling at the event, be sure to check out their booth! ACC is a proud sponsor of Earth Day ATX. This year, the event is held at Huston-Tillotson University. Parking is available at ACC's Eastview Campus and a shuttle bus will be running to the event throughout the day. No registration is needed.

 

Earth Week 2016 Recap

Thanks to everyone who took part in the 2016 Earth Week celebrations and activities throughout the District. Check out the Earth Week 2016 Photo Album

Congratulations to ACC Student Rawan Fakhreddine, Grand Prize Winner of the 2016 Eco Bag Student Art Design Contest. Read more about her design and purchase your Eco Bag. 

 

Join your campus Green Team!

Are you looking for more ways to get involved? Join your campus Green Team today and check out ACC's Sustainability Initiatives that are happening year-round!

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