'50-Mile Meal' kicks off week of activities to increase awareness of sustainability issues on campus during Campus Sustainability 2009

October 16, 2009

DEARBORN / Oct. 16, 2009---The campus’s EverGreen Team works year-round to make the University of Michigan-Dearborn more eco-friendly by increasing awareness of sustainability issues on campus.   

Next week, those efforts will kick into high-gear when the campus participates in Campus Sustainability 2009, a nationwide event aimed at drawing attention and giving support to sustainability activities on college campuses.   

The EverGreen Team has coordinated a number of events and activities for the week, beginning on Monday, Oct. 19 when UM-Dearborn will host “50 Mile Meal and a Movie” in the auditorium of the Environmental Interpretive Center.     

The event will start at 4 p.m. with a screening of "King Corn," the first in a week-long series of films focused on a sustainable food supply.  At 5:30 p.m., Chancellor Daniel Little will present the campus’s first Sustainable Seeds awards to the recipients. Made possible by faculty and staff donations, these awards are small loans for students who have viable and innovative plans for developing sustainability projects on campus.  Following the chancellor’s presentation, the “50-Mile Meal” will feature food grown within a 50-mile radius of the campus. Cost to attend is $15 for faculty and staff and $10 for students.  Donations also will be accepted, with proceeds benefiting the campus’s Sustainable Seeds Fund.   

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Sustainable Film Festival continues with a screening of "Big Ideas for a Small Planet" at 4 p.m. in the EIC auditorium.  The documentary series focuses on important environmental topics and features interviews with forward-thinking designers discussing alternative ideas that could save the planet.   

The Sustainable Film Festival runs all week, with the full schedule of film titles and times available online at http://sustainableum-d.blogspot.com/2009/10/2009-campus-sustainability-fest.html.   

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, UM-Dearborn will participate in its third Campus Sustainability Day.  Activities will kick off at 10 a.m. when a “Sustainable Bites” food fair and “50 Years and 50 Questions” Scavenger Hunt is launched in Kochoff Hall.  More than 20 vendors and chefs will be on hand to demonstrate and talk about slow food, organic products and the locavore movement.    

At noon, “Read, Eat and Discuss” group members will talk about the book In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan in Room 1210 of the Mardigian Library.  All staff and faculty members are welcome to bring their lunch and attend. Beverages will be provided. Or, the campus community may visit the third floor of the Library to see “The Sense of Wonder: Visions of Sustainability” art exhibition in the commons area of the University Center.   

At 1 p.m., the campus community can participate in an interactive webcast called “Sustainability Strategies for Vibrant Campus Communities” in Kochoff Hall.  During the webcast, Andrew Revkin, science editor for The New York Times, will moderate presenters Larry Eisenberg, executive director of Facilities Planning and Development for the Los Angeles Community College District; Joseph Grasso, assistant dean of finance administration at Cornell University; and Sarah Brylinsky, sustainability education coordinator at Dickinson College.  

 At 1:30 p.m., employers from a variety of fields will connect with students interested in environmental, economic and social sustainability efforts during a “Sustainable Career Connections” workshop in Kochoff Hall.  Students will have the opportunity to learn what "green" employers are looking for in an applicant, and how sustainability efforts affect real-life business decisions.   

At 2 p.m., the campus community can learn about locally grown foods during a tour of the organic gardens at the Environmental Interpretive Center.   

That evening, the Sustainable Film Fest continues from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a screening of “Water: The Great Mystery” in the EIC auditorium.     

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the week’s activities will begin to wind down with the final movie in the Sustainable Film Fest, “Future of Food,” in the EIC auditorium.  The film examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world's food system, according to the film’s Web site.  The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today.    

The week’s activities will conclude on Friday, Oct. 23 with an opportunity to tour the Immaculate Heart of Mary Mother House in Monroe, a facility that was remodeled and retrofitted for energy and water efficiency, materials use, development processes, and social benefits at the cost of $56 million.  The tour, which is coordinated by biology Prof. Orin Gelderloos and sponsored by environmental studies students and the Student Environmental Association, will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The Student Environmental Association is arranging carpools which will leave the Environmental Interpretive Center at 1 p.m.  Those interested in attending should e-mail Charles Ford at crford@umd.umich.edu to register for a ride with the carpool or to provide a vehicle.  The cost of the tour is $5.  To register, contact Gelderloos at ogg@umd.umich.edu.

About University of Michigan-Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.


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