PSCC Earth Day 2014
PSCC Earth Day 2014 will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 with various activities and events the entire week of April 14-18.
From Spring 2013 Semester:
Friday, April 19, 2013, 10:30am - 2:30pm, Hardin Valley Campus Courtyard (will be held in the Goins Building College Center if weather does not permit us to be outside)
Activities include: a recycled art exhibit, over a dozen exhibits and tables, Hardin Valley Thunder (a bluegrass band), free t-shirts, a tree dedication by PSCC President Dr. Anthony Wise, and more, including presentations.
EARTH DAY PRESENTATIONS
You’re invited to two very interesting Science Club-sponsored presentations during PSCC’s Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 19, 2013, J. L. Goins Administration Building Auditorium, Hardin Valley Campus.
Rick Spears will present his talk, “New Ideas for Styrofoam Recycling”, from 9:00 – 10:00 am. Mr. Spears is a local inventor who has developed a Styrofoam recycling machine. The PSCC Science Club is investigating ways to help the college save money as well as minimize waste and Mr. Spears will aid in this goal by presenting his work and informing us about the benefits of Styrofoam recycling. In addition, Mr. Spears will discuss grants to help colleges (such as PSCC) and universities, businesses, and other organizations acquire this type of machine.
Tom Simpson, a Tennessee State Department of Conservation urban forester, will make his presentation, “An Overview of Urban Forestry Efforts”, from 10:30 – 11:30 am. Tennessee’s urban forestry programs seek to provide assistance to communities through help in writing tree-related ordinances, tree inventories, canopy cover analysis, hazard tree assessments, water quality assessments, urban interface planning, and urban forest health assessments. Additionally, the agency has both state grants for tree planting within communities and federal pass-through grants for developing tree boards, developing ordinances and doing tree inventories. Another program they administer is the Arboretum Certification program, whereby an area set up as an educational arboretum can be officially certified. Recently, Morristown’s Walters State Community College was certified as a Level 1 Arboretum, and PSCC might also qualify to apply for certification.
Free popcorn for attendees! For more information, email Jerry Burns, Science Club Advisor, or call him at 865-539-7026.
Complimentary "Green" power will be provided by TVA's Green Power Switch Program. The PSCC Earth Day organizers have done everything possible to make the activities Earth-friendly. We are proud to announce that 100% of the electricity used to host PSCC Earth Day is matched with renewable energy generated here in the Tennessee Valley, and provided by Lenoir City Utility Board and TVA’s Green Power Switch program. TVA and LCUB will donate 10 blocks of Green Power Switch energy. Each block of Green Power Switch equals 150 kilowatt-hours of locally generated renewable energy. Remember – you can purchase renewable energy to match your personal or business use through the Green Power Switch from your local power company. This program allows college campuses across East Tennessee, and you, to buy wind, solar, and biogas power for your home or business.
DIVISION STREET CAMPUS EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
Come visit our Sustainability table display, have some delicious complimentary cupcakes, and watch the movie, "Bag It", 11 am - 2 pm. "Bag It" is an award-winning documentary about plastics and their effects on the earth and on ourselves,
STRAWBERRY PLAINS CAMPUS EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013
Come visit our Sustainability table display and watch the movie, "Food, Inc.", 10:30 am - noon. "Food, Inc." is an award-winning documentary that exposes the underbelly of our nation's food industry,
BLOUNT COUNTY CAMPUS EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013
Stop by and check out the table in front of the elevator. We have a sample of mushroom packaging. Yes, you read that right! A company has come up with an alternative to Styrofoam packing. It uses agricultural wastes. Read all about it. Touch it! it’s completely safe and biodegradable!
Looking for a way to reuse old discarded tires. There’s rubberized mulch. One company turns old tires into mulch. Safe to use against your home; it doesn’t attract termites. Looks like the real thing! Comes in a variety of colors. Some municipalities are using it in children’s playgrounds!
We also have a folder full of ideas that we can consider to help Mother Earth. Why do we need trees and how they help us in return? What are other ways that we can help out our planet. Check it out!
There are free houseplant cuttings for anyone to take home. The Heartleaf Philodendron is an easy-to-grow-and-maintain vining indoor plant. It grows well in hanging baskets, on a support pole, or in a decorative pot draping over the edge of a shelf. Water when the potting soil is dry, 5-10 day, depending on the size and location of the container. It needs bright light but not direct sun. To keep it look full and lush, just pinch off the ends of the vines every so often. However, it is poisonous; so keep it away from cats, other animals, and infants.
We will be showing two segments of the series "Planet Earth". It was shot in high-definition and shows some of the most breath-taking scenes around the globe. There is a 12:00pm showing, April 22, in the Blount County campus auditorium and a 2:00pm showing on Tuesday, April 23.