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PSCC Earth Day 2015

Earth Day graphicPSCC Earth Day 2015  will be celebrated all week April 20-24, 2015. Please check back frequently for upcoming events and activities!


PSCC Earth Day 2014 was celebrated all week April 21 - 25, with the various activities and events on each campus as listed below.


Monday, April 21

9am-4:30pm, Green Office Challenge Open House. Are you concerned about the environment? Enjoy a little friendly competition? If you're staff or faculty and answered "yes" to either question, come by Portable D to learn about the campus-wide Green Office Challenge. GO4IT is an initiative designed to highlight and create awareness for sustainable, eco-friendly practices in the workplace. Snacks, door prizes, and a special performance by bluegrass ensemble Hardin Valley Thunder at 3:30pm.

10am-1pm, Fuel Up for Earth Day! East Tennessee Clean Fuel Coalition exhibition of alternative fuel vehicles, Smart Trips booth, and Zip Car Knoxville demonstration. Located behind the McWherter building,

11:45am-12:15pm, Screening of the new documentary "Water Blues Green Solutions", Goins Building Auditorium. Free popcorn and sustainability table display in the Rotunda 11:15-11:45am.

Tuesday, April 22

At 10am, listen as PSCC President Dr. L. Anthony Wise officially kicks off PSCC's Earth Day celebration, from 10-11am, take in a special performance by the fantastic bluegrass ensemble Hardin Valley Thunder, and from 10am-1pm, check out our exhibitors, all in the Goins Building College Center.

WIN door prizes such as a K-75 Platinum Keurig gourmet single-cup home brewing system from Green Mountain Coffee with 6 months’ supply of K-cups and EcoAdapter Filters, Moe's gift cards, a kitchen utility ceramic composting kit from World Market, coupons for Lemongrass Thai Cuisine & Sushi Bar, $50 Fresh Market gift card, Eco-Erie Insurance gift basket with t-shirts, hat, sunglasses, notepads, and more!

TAKE a water tasting challenge and WATCH a water testing demonstration by the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SAACS) Club . LEARN about Meatless Monday. CALCULATE your carbon footprint and LEARN how to reduce it.



  • FREE radon testing kits from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
  • FREE Earth Day t-shirts and yummy locally-made Pop Culture gourmet ice pops for students
  • FREE Earth Day buttons for faculty and staff
  • FREE Endangered Species condoms. On the first Earth Day in 1970, one of the biggest concerns of activists was what human population growth was doing to the planet. The Center for Biological Diversity is hoping to raise awareness about overpopulation and endangered species by distributing condoms.


  • BRING new or used clothing and shoes to donate to Soles4Souls, a non-profit that donates these items to those in need and helps create jobs for disadvantaged communities (You may bring items to donate and place them in the box right outside the bookstore in the Goins Building Rotunda until April 25.)
  • BRING your old cell phones to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers, an organization that helps our deployed military members call home
  • BRING used vases to donate to Random Acts of Flowers, a non-profit that recycles and repurposes donated flowers to improve the mental health of patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities

2-2:45pm, Jenny Wright, TVA’s Green Power Switch® Program Manager, will share information on TVA’s renewable energy solutions, specifically how residents and businesses can support renewable energy without large upfront capital to install solar.  Green Power Switch is a voluntary renewable energy program that provides individuals with the opportunity to support locally generated renewable energy for as little as $4 a month.  By supporting local renewables, residents are shrinking the impact their homes and businesses have on the environment. Goins Auditorium.  Free popcorn and Sustainability Table Display in the Rotunda 1:30-2pm.

5-6:15pm, Evening Snack Pack (fruits and protein bars donated by Food City) for evening students in conjunction with the Student Activities Board. 1st Floor, McWherter Building.

Wednesday, April 23

11am-1pm, Student recycling competition along with table displays, games, and local businesses, Courtyard.

Thursday, April 24

9am & 11am, Tours of the Clayton Performing Arts Center by J. Brent Morrison. Come see how the CPAC is “going green” by using sustainable technologies to conserve energy use during performances. Learn about the new LED lights and their significant energy savings. Meet outside the main entrance to CPAC, Alexander Building, 5 minutes before tour time.

Friday, April 25

11:15am, Dedication by PSCC President Dr. L. Anthony Wise with dogwood planting in memory of former PSCC employee Karen Anderson. By the pond.

11:45am-12:45 pm, National Arbor Day Speaker Wyn Miller will speak on "The Role of Native Trees in Supporting Southern Appalachia's Unique Biodiversity." This talk will discuss the role of native trees in supporting local ecosystems, with an introduction to the native trees of the region, highlighting the most important genera and species for sustaining biodiversity. Goins Building Auditorium. FREE Popcorn served 11:15-11:45 am. (This presentation will stream live to each PSCC campus. Visit http://blogs.pstcc.edu/video to watch.)



Thursday, April 24, 10-11am
Screening of the new documentary "Water Blues Green Solutions", (FREE refillable water bottles and Earth Day t-shirts will be given away to students!), BC157 Auditorium, Blount County campus,

Thursday, April 24, 9:30am
Abbey Fields Garden Presentation, MA109 Community Room, followed by a tour, Magnolia Avenue campus

Thursday, April 24, 9:30am-1:00pm
Sustainability table (FREE refillable water bottles and Earth Day t-shirts given away to students!), Lobby, Magnolia Avenue campus

Friday, April 25, 9-11am
Sustainability table (FREE refillable water bottles and Earth Day t-shirts given away to students!), Lobby, Division Street campus

Friday, April 25, 10:45-11:45am
Screening of the new documentary "Water Blues Green Solutions", MA109 Community Room, Magnolia Avenue campus


Thanks to the following for their generous support: EarthFare, Erie Insurance, Food City, Fresh Market, Green Mountain Coffee, Home Depot, Pop Culture, Moe's Southwest Grill, and World Market!

Saturday, April 26. Please visit EarthFest, the City of Knoxville and Knox County’s FREE Earth Day celebration at World’s Fair Park, Downtown, Knoxville.

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