Earth Week 2016

Event Details:

  • Date: April 18 - 24 2016 
  • Venue: On campus & around town


April 22nd, 2016 is the 46th International Earth Day. The entire FAMU campus will be celebrating with a week of events hosted by various departments. 

EW2016 poster

Monday April 18,3-5pm - Poisoned Waters: Flint Michigan and the Quest for Environmental Justice and Accountability. Expert panelists, attorneys and environmental activists discuss the dire effects of lead-contaminated water. FAMU Law School - Room 263.

Tuesday, April 19, 3pm - Reflections on Sustainability in Cuba: Student Documentaries. Black Archives Auditorium. Hosted by the Political Science department, School of Social Sciences Arts, and Humanities.

Wednesday, April 20, 12pm - Art of Sustainability Mural Reveal at the Campus Recycling Center, 644 Gamble Street (across from FAMU Village). Come out to see the student designed, collaborative art mural designed. Drinks & light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, April 21, 6pm - Power Dialogue is a forum to generate discussion on EPA’s Clean Energy Plan amongst interested parties. This event is a collaboration between the School of the Environment and the STEM Public Policy Forum, and is open to the public. FSH Science Research Bld Auditorium – Rm 214

Friday, April 22, 10 am to 2 pm - Second annual FAMU Earth Day Festival on the Quad. Celebrate the last day of classes with fun in the sun as we learn, make, and play. Featuring campus and community exhibitors, hands-on activities, live performances, games and prizes.  Individuals,  organizations and departments are invited to participate in the Green Festival as vendors,  exhibitors or performers. Tables, chairs and publicity provided. Share your exciting sustainability related work or bring your engaging ideas and activities for attendees. Co-sponsored with the Green Coalition, Beta Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and OSA's Set Friday. Music by DJ Ashé.

Friday, April 22, 2 p.m. - Join the School of Environment 'Under the Solar Umbrellas' at FSH Science Research Building South Entrance to get a first hand look at the new solar charging stations and learn from expert faculty about renewable energy.

Saturday, April 23, 3:30pm – Feast with a Farmer. FAMU Small Farms Program is bringing growing guru Jim Gerritsen, to speak on agroecology and organic farming systems. Indigo Bistro Tickets are $25 and in limited supply. Click here for tickets and details. Co-sponsored with Sustainable Tallahassee.

Sunday, April 24, 11am-1pm - Ashe Indie Festival Brunch featuring a presentation by DOMI Ventures on sustainable business and a screening of "The Coconut Revolution." B.L. Perry Hall. To participate, purchase a ticket for $7 here.


GameDay Recycling and RecycleMania Challenge Show That Real Rattlers Recycle

FAMU re-established a tradition of recycling at home football games during the Fall 2014 football season by participating in the nationwide GameDay Recycling Challenge, a friendly competition for colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at home football games.

Volunteers collected total of 1,140 pounds of materials; diverting that amount from landfill and to recycling. FAMU was the only university participating in the GameDay Recycling Challenge from the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC) and placed 13th out of 15 for recycling and 12th out of 15 for greenhouse gas reduction.

Student volunteers were recruited during the Homecoming Volunteer Meeting hosted by the FAMU Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities. E-mail blasts were also sent out on FAMUinfo during the week of every home football game. Prior to the start of every home game, FAMU EH&S provided volunteers with recycle signs and t-shirts that read “Real Rattlers Recycle” as well as gloves, trash pickers and bags.

Recycling volunteers positioned themselves next to recycle bins where they monitored recycle bins, informed fans about materials that can be recycled, and engaged fans about the importance of recycling as part of our outreach efforts. During halftime, a Public Service Announcement (PSA) informed game day attendees and fans about recycling and its benefits and provided locations of recycle bins in and around the football stadium. The volunteers collected plastic bottles and aluminum cans from fan seating areas and from recycle bins placed at the concourse areas in and around Bragg Memorial Stadium during and after the game. Recycling volunteers also sorted recyclables.

The effort was organized and led by student interns with support from staff at the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) department and the Sustainability Institute The effort was supported by FAMU Athletics Department, and Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) department.

The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a partnership between the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), RecycleMania, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and EPA’s WasteWise program.

A similar effort in the Spring semester collects recyclables at home basketball games as part of the RecycleMania national competition.

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