The highlights of the 8th Annual Sustainability Week (April 24-28, 2014) were the presentations by students and faculty and film showings, all with a focus on sustainability issues.
- The Water Straw Project, presented by Phi Theta Kappa members Keirston Creek, Jenna Capriotti and Chloe Bilderback, who explained what a water straw is and their project is helping people get clean drinking water in third world countries.
- Genetically Modified Foods: The Pros and Cons, a discussion presented by Students for Eco-Quality and the Miner Memorial Library, with the assistance of Karen Becker and Kristen Larson, club advisors.
- Organic Gardening, by Professor Kristen Larson
- The Psychology of Sustainability, by Professor Debbie Podwika
- Energy Auditing & Passive Solar Design, presented by Bob Henning, Instructor, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, IN, Habitat for Humanity, and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
- Bike Commuting, presented by Professor Deborah Renville and Steve Linneman, owner of Tern of the Wheel and Kankakee City Council member
- Sustainability, Survival, and Primitive Skills, by Professor Tim Wilhelm
- <Solar Power Hour, by Professor Tim Wilhelm and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association
When Heaven Meets Earth: A Faithful Few Changed Everything, a film about the faith-based stewardship work on Tangier Island and in a Pennsylvania farm community by noted anthropologist Dr. Susan Emmerich, Director, Creation Care Program, The Center for Law and Culture, Olivet Nazarene University, and Emmerich Environmental Consulting. Dr. Emmerich presented the film and was available for questions.
The Story of Stuff and The Story of Bottled Water, two classic shorts by environmental advocate Annie Leonard.
The Everglades of the North, a documentary that reveals the diverse ecology, illustrates the astonishing history, and explores the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh by examining how people have used and perceived this wetland for more than 10,000 years.
The Last Mountain, which told the story of the fight for Coal River Mountain in West Virginia, where community members and environmental activists are pitted against a coal company in the struggle to save one of the last large mountain ranges in the area from mountaintop removal.
Gasland Part II, which argued that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth.
Additional student-sponsored events
The Students for Eco-Quality held a Reusable Cup Sale to help fund Phi Theta Kappa’s Water Straw Project. Reusable cups are a way for us to pay less for fountain drinks in the Cafeteria and to help us reduce the amount of Styrofoam cups used.
The week ended with the 3rd Annual SMHEC Student Sustainability Summit, a free summit for students, by students, this year with a focus on food through the lens of equity, economy, and the environment. The keynote speaker was Dr. Eban Goodstein from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.