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Celebrating the planet, community during Earth Week 2014

Volunteers help finish up the high tunnel Friday, April 11. Project director Jim Stanley hoped to plant tomato plants over the weekend and begin the growing process at Knox. There is still a second, smaller high tunnel to be finished. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

Volunteers help finish up the high tunnel Friday, April 11. Project director Jim Stanley hoped to plant tomato plants over the weekend and begin the growing process at Knox. There is still a second, smaller high tunnel to be finished. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

Starting Sunday, April 20, Knox will be celebrating Earth Week with the Galesburg community. Below is a list of events for the week:

Sunday, April 20

Galesburg Beautification Day: Co-sponsored by Pi Beta Phi, everyone will divide into small groups and pick up trash and recycled materials in various regions of Galesburg. Everyone will meet on the Gizmo Patio at 1 p.m.

Monday, April 21

Less Meat Monday: Students are encouraged to participate in Less Meat Monday in the Hard Knox Café and the Oak Room for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  A haiku competition will also take place in Seymour Gallery.

Tuesday, April 22

Craft Day: At 4:15 p.m. in the Roger Taylor Lounge, everyone is welcome to create picture frames, bracelets and snow globes out of recycled materials. Everyone is welcome to bring materials as well.

EquiKnox Speaker Kelsey Timmerman, “Where am I Eating? A Journey Through the Global Food Economy”: At 7 p.m. in Kresge, Kelsey Timmerman will discuss experiences communicating with locals from around the world and talk about the importance of consuming consciously and knowing where your food and clothes come from.

Wednesday, April 23

Green Career Panel: Students are welcome to talk to Chuck Young (Coordinator of IGEN Biofuels Manufacturing Technology at CSC), Kristy Howell (Director of Sustainability at the Sustainable Business Center) and Froggi VanRiper about green careers and sustainability in the workplace. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Ferris Lounge.

Thursday, April 24

Drop-in with Louise Harrison: Louise Harrison (Beatles’ George Harrison’s sister) will discuss experiences creating DROP (Determine to Restore our Planet) in the 1960s. She will take questions and discuss her activism relating to environmentally unfriendly chemicals. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Room.

Friday, April 25

Five-Minute Skill Share: At 4 p.m. on the Gizmo patio, students, faculty and staff will share skills and passions in fewer than five minutes.

Sustainable Cookout: Co-sponsored by Tau Kappa Epsilon, everyone is welcome to support locally and sustainably-raised meat at 5:30 p.m. on Post Lawn. RSVP in Seymour Gallery at the KARES table between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. or with Dani Hill (dhill@knox.edu).

Saturday, April 26

Earth Day Festival: At 11:30 a.m., President Teresa Amott and Student Senators will present the High Tunnel Ribbon Cutting. From 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., local farmers, organizations and clubs will be present and have booths with crafts and information about how to get involved in the community. Produce and bird houses will be on sale, and free popcorn, homemade bubbles, henna, hula hooping and plant potting will be available for free.

Safe Prescription and Over-the-counter Medication Disposal: From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., people are encouraged to drop off medications and prescriptions at Bethel Baptist Church parking lot (on the corner of Fremont and Clark Streets) in Galesburg, or United Methodist Church parking lot (401 N. Washington St., Abingdon).

Also throughout the week, G&M Distributors will donate .01 cents per pound of aluminum that will benefit Knox’s sustainability initiatives.

Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

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Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot. Twitter: @KateMishkin




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