Due to the inclement weather this week, some events will be delayed or postponed, please check back with us to see the updated schedule.
Austin Community College celebrates the 46th annual Earth Day with a week of activities April 18-22 to promote eco-consciousness and showcase our commitment to sustainability. See below for dates and times of familiar Earth Week traditions and new activities. Don’t forget to tweet your photos with the hashtag #ACCEarthWeek.
Those interested in hosting an event at their campus can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get warmed up for Earth Week, ACC Green Teams hosted the Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep at three ACC Campuses on April 9th! Check out these fun photos of our Riverbats in action.
VOTE AND WIN! Faculty, staff, and students can VOTE ONLINE for their favorite Eco Bag Student Art design April 18-22.Two lucky voters will win a prize drawing for a Timbuk2 bag. The winning design will be displayed at each campus, distributed at ACC events, and available for sale for one year. See the Eco Bag Art contest flier for entry details and read about last year's winner.
Wellness walks: See a schedule of wellness walks happening at campuses throughout the week. Enjoy healthy snacks, win door prizes, and enter to win one grand prize per campus.
Highland Campus LEED recognition: Last fall Highland Campus became the first ACC campus to earn LEED Gold Certification. New plaques at west and north entrances of the building now commemorate this international recognition of the college’s commitment to energy-efficient, water-saving building design and construction.
Tuesday, April 19
Join the Employee Wellness Walks at CYP, ELG, RRC, & RVS campuses today! (weather permitting)
Pinnacle paper towel composting & Zero Waste Lunch: Did you know ACC’s paper towel composting program diverts an average of 30 cubic yards of paper towels from the landfill each month from just four campuses? With the help of its campus Green Team, Pinnacle joins the effort. Look for the green bins in campus restrooms. Even better ― check out this TED Talk video demonstrating how to use fewer paper towels.
The Pinnacle Green Team also will be in the student lounge (Room 905) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help faculty, staff, and students sort their compostable and recyclable trash for a zero-waste lunch. Bring a reusable cup to further minimize waste.
South Austin Campus Eco Fair: The South Austin Campus Green Team will lead activities between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the 1st floor lobby. Create art from recyclables, learn how paper towels are transformed to benefit the campus garden, try healthy snacks, and have fun!
Rio Grande Campus: Join Student Life and Students for Environmental Outreach between noon and 2 p.m. in the 1st floor student lounge for earth-friendly activities including a seedling giveaway, EcoPledge tree, info tables, and snacks.
Elgin Campus: Try out your sustainability sleuthing with the Elgin Campus Scavenger Hunt. Stop by the Campus Manager's office (Room 1103) or Student Services (Room 1151) to get a list of items to spot on campus. Participants will be entered in a prize drawing!
Elgin also invites their campus community to adopt-a-spot! These small landscape beds are ready for the gardening touch - green thumbs not required! Visit the Campus Manager's office (Room 1103) or email email@example.com for more information.
Northridge Garden Dig Day (Rescheduled for May 3rd due to weather - see you then!): If you’ve adopted a bed in the Northridge garden project, bring your gloves and clippers between 9 a.m. and noon to help spruce up your plot. ACC Building and Grounds crew will help lay dirt and mulch and haul away trimmings and weeds. Gardeners will receive plant labels for their beds.
Wednesday, April 20
Join the Employee Wellness Walks at HYS, RC, and SAC campuses today! (weather permitting)
Riverbats Café at Eastview: The student-run Riverbats Café is now Styrofoam-free. Enjoy diner-style fare from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or get a to-go lunch in sustainable packaging from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45.p.m. Meanwhile, read about other ways the Culinary Arts Department is going green.
Thursday, April 21
Join the Employee Wellness Walk & Potluck at Pinnacle Campus today! (weather permitting) Update 4/21-Campus Clean-up event at PIN will be rescheduled.
San Gabriel (Leander) Campus Groundbreaking: The Cypress Creek Campus Green Team will help make this special ceremony a zero-waste event. See directions to the event and RSVP. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to hold zero-waste events.
Friday, April 22 (EARTH DAY)
Join the Employee Wellness Walks at HBC, SVC, and NRG campuses today! (weather permitting)
Riverbat Lights Out at Rio Grande: Students for Environmental Outreach invite the ACC community to this inaugural event to demonstrate how simple actions can have a big impact on reducing energy consumption. Stu Molina, ACC’s new energy conservation manager, will guide participants through the “dark side” with fun and spooky facts ― no headlamp required. Pizza and swag offered on a first come-first served basis from 7 – 8:15 p.m. in Room 108. Must bring your ACC ID.
Bat vision at your office: ACC’s Sustainability Office will announce an initiative for faculty and staff who want to be eco-leaders by switching to energy-efficient LED desktop lighting. Details will be posted on this website on Friday, April 22.
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 facts and win a prize for taking the recycling challenge 11 a.m. to noon in the lobby. A wellness walk follows.
Highland Business Center (updated 4/20/16): Recognition for the HBC Exercise Stars “Vamonos Go-Getters” will begin at 11 am in the lobby, followed by the Earth Day Celebration kick-off and activities. Bring your walking shoes to participate in a Wellness walk and/or stair climb to Earth Day Celebration headquarters in room 411. The HBC Green Team and HBC/HLC Wellness Team Leaders invite employees to bring their lunch to room 411 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm to learn about ideas to transform the green space south of the building parking lot with a walking trail and community garden and to receive invaluable information from the Office of Sustainability.
Campus Green Teams at work