Turn the water off while you’re brushing your teeth, throw your empty bottles into the recycling bin and dust off your bicycle – it’s Green Week.
Here’s the schedule of events this week. Unless otherwise specified, the Monday, Wednesday and Friday events will take place in front of the Short-Denney Residence Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Tuesday and Thursday events will take place in the same location but from 11:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Monday: Green Businesses and Nonprofits Day –
Representatives from various businesses and organizations will inform students and the community about how the health of the environment effects their business ventures and visions. A documentary will be screened at 6 p.m. in the Student Center.
Tuesday: Energy Day –
Informational tables focusing on the environmental effects of various energy sources will be present. There will be a representative from Stop Arkansas Fracking speaking about the fracking practice in Arkansas and its effects on local ecosystems at 1:30 p.m. Conway’s Green Cart Deli, a mobile food stand, will be on campus at 1:30 p.m. to offer free hot dogs that are cooked with solar power. An environmental documentary will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Student Center.
Wednesday: Recycling Day –
Student organizations will provide information on recycling and there will be a display of one day of recyclables from the residence halls. An environmental documentary will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Student Center.
Thursday: Food and Water Day –
Topics for discussion include clean water, organic farming, the slow-food movement and composting. Randy Frazier, a local environmentalist, inspirational speaker and activist will speak at 6 p.m. in Room 214 of the Student Center.
Friday: Natural State Day –
There will be a wide variety of student organizations present to inform students about how they can get involved with local conservation efforts. There will also be an eco-literature event with members of the Environmental Alliance “camping” in tents and sleeping bags to read excerpts from popular environmental works of literature. The Environmental Alliance will be hosting a plant-a-tree project and offering refreshments at 3 p.m. in Bear Village. “The Natural State of America,” an award-winning documentary that was directed and produced by UCA students and faculty, will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Student Center.
Organizations that will be attending include the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission, Heifer International, Golden Circles Guide Company, Little Rock Climbing Center, Liz’s Health Food Store, Conway Locally Grown, La Lucha Space, the Arkansas Sustainability Network, Stop Fracking Arkansas, The Nature Conservancy, the Zaza’s food truck, Ozark Outdoor Supply, Conway Eco-Fest, the Arkansas Forestry Association, the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists, the Arkansas Food Bank, Boy Scouts, Keep Arkansas Beautiful, the Arkansas Audubon Society, Little Rock Urban Farming, the UCA Environmental Alliance, Buffalo National River Partners, the CAB, Conserving Arkansas’ Agricultural Heritage, and Nature’s Market, the Arkansas Rural Water Association, the Arkansas Department of Health, Edge Campus Garden, Aramark, the UCA Sociology Club and Fulton County Urban Farming.