Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

PCC Earth (Extended) Week: April 17-26, 2017

Featured speaker: Dr. Marcia Chatelain

Join us in celebrating Earth Week with this thought provoking lecture!

#EcoSocialJustice

Dr. Marcia Chatelain

In #EcoSocialJustice, Dr. Chatelain explores our recent history and current events in our country as a context to better understand the interconnections of racial, social and environmental justice. Looking at the many issues we face – racism, food insecurity, environmental degradation, widening economic disparities, climate change – how can these movements come together to strategically align for sustainable change? If we are stronger together, how have we failed to collectively mobilize in the past? 

Chatelain initiated the #FergusonSyllabus after the death of Michael Brown. She has been featured prominently on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and on other national platforms.

  • Monday, April 24, 11am in PAC Lobby at Sylvania
  • Monday, April 24, 2pm in MAHB 104 at Cascade
  • Wednesday, April 26, 10am in Building 9 Events Center at Rock Creek
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2pm in the Community Hall at Southeast

Events by campus

Cascade

Monday, April 17

Monday Eco Movie Madness, Student Union 204 & Foyer,  9am-5pm  
Featuring both kids movies in one room with an environmental social justice theme and the most recent in your face environmental focused documentaries being shown in the ASPCC foyer. Snacks, drinks, and popcorn provided.

Recycling Workshop, Student Union 203,  1:30 - 2pm  
Do you know how to recycle? Do you know what can and can't be recycled? If you want to learn how to reuse, reduce and recycle, then join the Cascade Multicultural Center for a recycling workshop! We will be talking about reasons why marginalized communities are not provided with proper waste containers for them to dispose of waste properly and where you can go in the Portland area to dispose of waste properly and where you can go in the Portland area to dispose of your own hazardous waste like care batteries and paint.

Tuesday, April 18

Cascade Bike Fair, Student Union quad, 11am - 2pm
Bringing together our local bike community in north Portland. This tabling fair will future our own PCC bike programs, local bike shops, raffle prizes, test ride a bike, learn how to fit in your helmet right, and so much more.

Environmental Social Justice Panel, Student Union 203, 3 - 5pm
This panel will host a variety of PCC's instructors that are civically engaged in environmental and social justice work. The panel will discuss the current political climate and dismantling of the EPA as it relates to environmental impacts, climate change, and environmental justice movements. The discussion will be followed by questions from the audience. Snacks and drinks provided.

Wednesday, April 19

The Second Annual Sustainability Expo, Student Union quad, 11am - 2pm
This event brings together local sustainable businesses, farmers, and environmentalists to educate, share food, and have fun with the students of Cascade.

Environmental Dance Movement, Student Union room 202 & 204,  6 - 9pm
The Recovery 101 Club and The Environmental Sustainability Club have collaborated to bring you an event where you will have a chance to release stress through dance. Two local DJ's playing three hours of non-stop EDM music for complete euphoria. Juice bar with complimentary B12 and wheatgrass shots. This is a drug free dance party and a safe place for all to be themselves. P,L,U,R :)

Thursday, April 20

The Environmental Game shows, Student Union foyer, 11am - 2pm
Come have some some fun with all sustainable themed games like recycled ring toss, bike tire wheel of fortune, eco jeopardy, and so many more. So many prizes, fun, food, drinks, and excitement! We hope to see you all there.  

Friday, April 21

Kelly Point Park Clean Up, Kelly Point Park, 9am - 4pm
Join the Cascade Environmental Club for the Kelly Point Park Clean Up! This will be an all-day event of invasive species removal, planting of native species, trash pick- up, and a metal detector beach walk. The event will feature a live recycled art expo and local music and food! Lunch will provide for volunteers w/costume T-shirts. Contact Dustin.Boomer@pcc.edu for more info.

Facing Climate Change Workshop, Technology Education Building room 222, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
This workshop will use lessons from ecopsychology to help you build your own reserves of personal resilience so that you can face what you know and read about climate change with clear eyes, not sink into despair, and learn practices that will be psychologically supportive and empowering, including suggestions for how you can take action in your own communities. Registration - $15. Funds cover refreshments and course materials. Course materials are provided for all participants. Spots are limited so register today - http://gpsen.org/facing-climate-change/

Monday, April 24

Eco-Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Chatelain, 2 – 4pm, MAHB 104
In #EcoSocialJustice, Dr. Chatelain explores our recent history and current events in our country as a context to better understand the interconnections of racial, social and environmental justice. Looking at the many issues we face – racism, food insecurity, environmental degradation, widening economic disparities, climate change – how can these movements come together to strategically align for sustainable change? If we are stronger together, how have we failed to collectively mobilize in the past? 

Rock Creek

Monday, April 17

Viewing of "End of the Woods" (episode of 'Years of Living Dangerously'), Building 5, room 122 (ASPCC room), 10-11:15am
'Years of Living Dangerously' is a documentary series that chronicles people and places around the globe affected by climate change and bold efforts being taken to address it. This episode first dives into both the localized and global impacts of the palm oil industry, such as massive deforestation. The episode also follows a team of wild-land firefighters as they face a new kind of forest fire -- one made worse by climate change.

Tuesday, April 18

Portlandia FarmStandia Season Kick off & Plant Sale, Building 5 Patio, Rain Location inside Building 5, 11:30am-3pm
Join us for our first farm stand of the season!  In addition to the delicious garden fresh produce, we will have edible and ornamental plants for sale: vegetable, herb and flower starts.  All produce and plants are grown in the Rock Creek greenhouse or learning Garden. We accept cash, credit, debit, SNAP, and Volunteer 4 Veggies rewards. We offer double dollars for SNAP participants. 

Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields movie screening, Event Center A, 12-1pm
Ground Operations is an award-winning documentary film and social action campaign that champions the growing network of combat veterans who are transitioning into careers as sustainable farmers, ranchers and artisan food producers. Join us for this 40-minute movie screening and followed by a brief facilitated thoughtful discussion. Free light lunch provided

Earthday Information Court, Building 5 Patio, near Portlandia FarmStandia, 11:30am-3pm
Check out the information and displays!  We’ve got some good stuff for you to see. Highlights include:

  • Drive Oregon
    Learn more about electronic mobility industry in Oregon.  Get up and close with a Chevrolet Bolt, an electric bicycle as well as other cool information from Drive Oregon.   
  • Pollinator Promotion
    Learn about pollinators: what they are, how they help us and how to attract them.  We will also have flower starts and seeds.
  • Various student clubs and information
  • …And more!
Wednesday, April 19

Viewing of "Priceless" (episode of 'Years of Living Dangerously'), Building 5, room TBD, 10-11:15am
'Years of Living Dangerously' is a documentary series that chronicles people and places around the globe affected by climate change and bold efforts being taken to address it.

Thursday, April 20

Viewing of "A Dangerous Future" (episode of 'Years of Living Dangerously'), Building 5, room TBD, 10-11:15am
' Years of Living Dangerously' is a documentary series that chronicles people and places around the globe affected by climate change and bold efforts being taken to address it.

Viewing of "The Power of One Voice" (a documentary about renowned environmental activist and scientist Rachel Carson), Building 5, Room 113, 5 - 8pm
Eco-friendly snacks will be provided!

Friday, April 21

Annual Learning Garden Work Party, Learning Garden – meet at the garden info kiosk, 10am-2pm
Come to the Garden!  Earn service hours for your campus club or class while you dive into action in the garden.  We have many different things to do – come join us and Come Hungry! We will also encore our Pollinator Promotion!  Learn about pollinators: what they are, how they help us and how to attract them.  We will also have free flower starts and free seeds.

Habitat Restoration Work Party - meet in Building 7, first floor student lounge, 10am - 1pm
Are you looking for a way to get involved for Earth Day, learn about invasive plants, and make our campus an even better place? Consider volunteering with us to remove invasive species and trash from our forest. Dress to work outside! For more information, contact valance.brenneis@pcc.edu

Energy Trust Energy-Saving Lighting Fair, Building 5 Lobby, 10am - 2pm
Representatives on behalf of the Energy Trust of Oregon will be here conducting an Energy-Saving Lighting Fair. The representatives will be here to answer your questions regarding residential energy use and strategies for savings. They will also have an inventory of lamps available for purchase on the spot with many discounted well below typical retail prices. Credit cards, contactless payments, cash and checks are accepted.

Wednesday, April 26

Eco-Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Chatelain, 10am – 12pm, Building 9 Events Center
In #EcoSocialJustice, Dr. Chatelain explores our recent history and current events in our country as a context to better understand the interconnections of racial, social and environmental justice. Looking at the many issues we face – racism, food insecurity, environmental degradation, widening economic disparities, climate change – how can these movements come together to strategically align for sustainable change? If we are stronger together, how have we failed to collectively mobilize in the past? 

Southeast

All Week

Dining services will be featuring additional sustainable food options in the cafeteria each day!

Monday, April 17

Pot-a-Plant, Great Hall, 11am – 1pm
Join us to pot your own veggie, flower or herb and decorate your upcycled pot!

Tuesday, April 18

Compost Demonstration, Learning Garden (West of Admin Building), 11am – 12pm and 12 – 1pm
Interested in reducing your waste footprint? Want to supplement your garden with nutrients from your food scraps? Come to the learning garden to find out more about making your own compost!

Wednesday, April 19

Herb Spiral Work Party, Learning Garden (West of Admin Building), 11am – 1pm
Join us in the new learning garden for a work party building our herb spirals! All levels of experience are welcome.  Please wear close-toed shoes and dress for the weather! Bring a water bottle, snacks provided.

Finding Resilience in our Communities and Ecosystems Lecture, Community Hall, 12pm - 1pm

The Multicultural Center, Earth and Spirit Council and Sustainability Department are happy to host Martha Elena Llano Serna for a public lecture where she will discuss her work promoting resilience abroad and how this work intersects with our local communities. Martha is a Colombian researcher, artist and community conservationist. She has worked with endangered species and indigenous communities for 20+ years combining art and environmental activism. Her current projects include working in El Robledal promoting communal living in harmony with the land and in Gaia she is working with communities to rebuild after war and deforestation. You can learn more about her work at http://www.worldpulse.com/en/changemakers.

Iron Chef Veggie Cookoff, Great Hall, 3pm– 5pm
PCC students put their veggie cooking skills to the test to make delicious, healthy, sustainable food. The winning recipe will be featured in the cafeteria.

Thursday, April 20

Sustainability Tabling Fair, 10am – 2pm, Quad and Great Hall
Come learn more about local environmental organizations and Southeast sustainability initiatives! Partake in the hands-on activities and enjoy live music. Activities include:

  • Seed bomb building
  • DIY compost
  • Upcycling workshop
  • Food forest scavenger hunt
  • Pot-a-plant
  • And more!
Wednesday, April 26

Eco-Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Chatelain, 2 – 4pm, Community Hall
In #EcoSocialJustice, Dr. Chatelain explores our recent history and current events in our country as a context to better understand the interconnections of racial, social and environmental justice. Looking at the many issues we face – racism, food insecurity, environmental degradation, widening economic disparities, climate change – how can these movements come together to strategically align for sustainable change? If we are stronger together, how have we failed to collectively mobilize in the past? 

Sylvania

All Week Long

Around Campus

  • What are you eating? Dining services in conjunction with ASPCC will be providing additional vegetarian and vegan options all week, as well as info on the benefits of eating veg!
  • How to be Sustainable: Check out the Sylvania library displays on what we can do to be more sustainable.
  • Styrofoam Recycling Challenge: During Earth Week this year, our PCC community will compete in the Styrofoam Recycling Challenge. We will be holding the styrofoam suspended in the CC upper mall.
  • Flat Magnet Collection: Help biology students learn about biologic processes when they upcycle those old magnets into interactive learning tools. Collection in the CC.
Monday, April 17

Meatless Monday Kick off, Cafeteria, all day
Learn about how reducing the amount of meat you eat can can be tasty and beneficial to the planet. This is a collaboration between ASPCC and Food Services.

Women’s Drum Circle, CC near the totem pole, 10am - 11am
Come join the Women's Drum Circle to open Earth Week. We will be singing songs to honor the energies of the Earth and connections to the spirits. It will be fun and interactive. Then join us on Friday to send the spirits home.

Teachings of the Drum, CC near the totem pole, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Come join an interactive class on learning about the mystery and spirituality of the drum. Did you know it represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth? Come listen to a Native American elder speak on the importance of the drum in helping heal Mother Earth and all that resides on her.

ASPCC Earth Elements Campaign, CC Mall, TBD
ASPCC Will be creating buttons of the four main elements of our world, (Earth, Water, Fire Air) and will raise awareness on the impact that humans have had on those elements.

Planting Demonstration, Upper CC Mall, TBD ASPCC’s representative Reter Revello will be hosting two sessions on how to plant house plants.

Tuesday, April 18

Plant Sale and Seed Swap, Upper CC Mall, 10am-2pm
We will be selling vegetable starts for home gardens. A variety of veggies will be available including tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, cucumber, rosemary, dill, and the list goes on. We will also have combo packs specifically made for growing everything you need to make a delicious salsa, savory soup, or a healthy pizza! Proceeds will go to the ASPCC Food Canteen and the Phi Theta Kappa fundraiser budget. You can also bring your unwanted or unneeded seeds and trade them for ours. Or, if you have found yourself without growing space this year you can donate seeds with the assurance that they will benefit our learning community.

Finding Resilience in Our Communities and Ecosystems with Martha Elena Llano Serna
The Multicultural Center, Earth and Spirit Council, and Sustainability Department are happy to host Martha Elena Llano Serna to discuss her work promoting resilience abroad and how this work intersects with our local communities. Martha is a Colombian researcher, artist and community conservationist. She has worked with endangered species and indigenous communities for 20+ years combining art and environmental activism. Her current projects include working in El Robledal promoting communal living in harmony with the land in Gaia she is working communities to rebuild after war and deforestation. You can learn more about her work at http://www.worldpulse.com/en/changemakers. We hope you will join us for one of her sessions:

  • Lunch & Learn Session (mini workshop with food), ST 108, 11am - 1pm
  • Public Lecture, ST 100, 1:30 - 3pm
Wednesday, April 19

Can You Dig It? Sylvania Learning Garden, 9am - 12 noon
Come join us in Sylvania's very own learning garden! See what is growing, view our worm bin, learn about plants and planting. We will provide all the tools necessary. No previous skills required! Bring some friends and help the garden beds get ready for spring gardening.

Plant Sale and Seed Swap, Upper CC Mall, 1-3:30pm
We will be selling vegetable starts for home gardens. A variety of veggies will be available including tomatoes, peppers, onions, zucchini, cucumber, rosemary, dill, and the list goes on. We will also have combo packs specifically made for growing everything you need to make a delicious salsa, savory soup, or a healthy pizza! Proceeds will go to the ASPCC Food Canteen and the Phi Theta Kappa fundraiser budget. You can also bring your unwanted or unneeded seeds and trade them for ours. Or, if you have found yourself without growing space this year you can donate seeds with the assurance that they will benefit our learning community.

Freecycling, CC Mall, 10am - 2pm
Come join us in our Freecycling event! We are asking everyone to bring in your gently used items to donate and in return you are welcome to take what you need from our community collection. This is a great opportunity to do a little spring cleaning and find something new. We are asking people to donate your gently used: Men, women, children and infant clothing. Accessories: bag, backpacks, jewelry. Books: Novels,cookbooks, scholarly, study guides. School supplies: Binders, notebooks, calculators rulers, etc. Household items: Small hand tools, screwdrivers, hammers garden spades, etc. (NO power tools). We will be taking donations the week before in the lower CC mall between 10 am-2pm.

Tabling Fair, CC Mall, 10am - 3pm

  • PCC Sustainability: Stop by our table to learn about some of PCC’s district-wide sustainability efforts and how you can get involved!
  • Where do I put my waste?: Do you find yourself looking at all the different waste/recycle bins and wondering where to put your used soda bottle? Asking yourself if your napkin is recyclable or compostable? Well wonder no more! Come learn about the different waste streams collected at PCC and how to properly dispose of your unwanted items by playing the game: WHICH WASTE WHERE?!
  • Commute Options: How You Get Here Matters to PCC and to our planet. Stop by the transportation and parking table to see what your transportation options to and from campus are. Learn tips about earth friendly transportation, meet others who bike/walk/take transit, and win prizes.
  • How to Plant & Build a Terrarium: ASPCC’s representative Peter Revello will be hosting two sessions on how to plant House Plants & build a terrarium with succulents.
Thursday, April 20

Can You Dig It? Sylvania Learning Garden, 2 - 5pm
Come join us in Sylvania's very own learning garden! See what is growing, view our worm bin, learn about plants and planting. We will provide all the tools necessary. No previous skills required! Bring some friends and help the garden beds get ready for spring gardening.

See What’s Growing! Meet in the upper CC mall, 11:30am - 12:30pm & 1pm - 2pm
We will be doing tours of our garden to show off our new Living Willow Kiosk. The Sylvania Learning Garden is designed to function as a therapeutic garden, a children's garden, a science lab, a muse for artistic inspiration, a natural building showcase, a source of organic produce and flowers, and a social hub. We will end the tour with cookies from our amazing cob oven.

21st Earth Day Birthday Party, CC Oak Room, 12pm - 1:30pm
The PCC Sylvania Habitat Restoration Team will celebrate the 21st Earth Day Birthday with a party and cake. April Ann’s team will provide real plates and forks and will wash them! : ) They will also be showing the film Sonic Sea and discussing sonic pollution.

Freecycling, CC Mall, 10am - 2pm
Come join us in our Freecycling event! We are asking everyone to bring in your gently used items to donate and in return you are welcome to take what you need from our community collection. This is a great opportunity to do a little spring cleaning and find something new. We are asking people to donate your gently used: Men, women, children and infant clothing. Accessories: bag, backpacks, jewelry. Books: Novels,cookbooks, scholarly, study guides. School supplies: Binders, notebooks, calculators rulers, etc. Household items: Small hand tools, screwdrivers, hammers garden spades, etc. (NO power tools). We will be taking donations the week before in the lower CC mall between 10am-2pm.

Commute Options, CC Upper Mall, 10am-2pm
How You Get Here Matters to PCC and to our planet. Stop by the transportation and parking table to see what your transportation options to and from campus are. Learn tips about earth friendly transportation, meet others who bike/walk/take transit, and win prizes.

Friday, April 21

Women’s Drum Circle, CC near the totem pole, 10am - 11am
Come join the Women's Drum Circle to open Earth Week. We will be singing songs to honor the energies of the Earth and connections to the spirits. It will be fun and interactive. Then join us on Friday to send the spirits home.

Monday, April 24

Eco-Social Justice Lecture with Dr. Chatelain, 11am – 1pm, PAC Lobby
In #EcoSocialJustice, Dr. Chatelain explores our recent history and current events in our country as a context to better understand the interconnections of racial, social and environmental justice. Looking at the many issues we face – racism, food insecurity, environmental degradation, widening economic disparities, climate change – how can these movements come together to strategically align for sustainable change? If we are stronger together, how have we failed to collectively mobilize in the past?