KU Shut it Down Challenge
April 1-22

This year, Unplug KU will be hosting the Shut it Down Challenge. The Shut it Down Challenge is KU's part in the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN), the largest energy and water reduction competition for colleges and universities in the world. The goal of the Campus Conservation Nationals is to bring together students, faculty, and staff to work towards the common goal of reducing our schools carbon emissions and changing campus culture to create a more sustainable lifestyle. This years competition is already underway! Visit our energy dashboard to stay up to date on how your building is doing during the competition. If you're interested and would like to get involved, contact us at unplugku@gmail.com and like us on Facebook.!

 
Volunteer in the Campus Garden
Every Monday from 4pm-5pm, beginning April 6th - CCO Campus Garden
 
Gardening in the CCO Garden has resumed! If you are interested in volunteering in the Campus Garden, want to learn more about gardening, or have any ideas about what plants to include in the garden this summer...this opportunity is for you! Volunteering in the Campus Garden is open to all KU students, regardless of previous gardening experience. Please e-mail earth@ku.edu to learn more or express interest in volunteering. We hope to see you there!
 
 
Veggie Lunch
Every Thursday, 11:30 am-1pm - ECM Center, 1204 Oread Ave
 
Join the Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM) for a great vegetarian lunch with good conversation and a chance to meet others. Lunch is free but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated, with proceeds covering the cost of the food. Feel free to bring information about other organizations or special events to share with others. ECM represents a stream of the Christian faith tradition that strives to be intellectually honest, liberating, and sensitive to how we know mystery in our lives. Feel free to contact us at ecmku@ku.edu with any questions or for more information!
 
 
Unplug KU, Friday Shutdowns
Every Friday at 5:30pm - Wescoe Beach

Unplug KU is a new student organization dedicated to energy conservation on campus through student volunteering, energy education, and renewable campus energy advocacy. Unplug KU hosts weekly campus shutdowns. During these shutdowns, members go through campus buildings to turn off lights and common use electronics to prevent unnecessary energy consumption during the weekends. This is a volunteer based program so any and all are welcome! We will fully equip you with all of the needed items for shutting down your building. If you're interested in getting involved, you can shoot us an email at unplugku@gmail.com or like us on Facebook!  

 
From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream
Thursday, April 9th at 7pm - ​Kansas Union Ballroom
 
From Africa to Atlanta with nothing but a dream and tenacity, Derreck Kayongo beat the odds, earned an education, and has served in leadership roles in some of the world’s most respected NGOs since 1994. In 2009, he met Vicki Gordon, a veteran hospitality executive, and shared his idea – what if we took the discarded soap from your hotels and turned it into new bars? Derreck recalled his time visting refugee camps – where families were vulnerable to disease simply because they had no soap. Vicki, who became one of the founding board members of the Global Soap Project, started making calls and assembling a team to support this mission. Meanwhile, Derreck and his wife Sarah were anxious to get started. They began to enroll local Atlanta hotels and spent their weekends collecting soap and experimenting with various soap making techniques in their basement. Sarah brought her own wealth of expertise to the Global Soap Project.

Five years later, the Global Soap Project has expanded operations from the basement of the Kayongo family to become a leading global health organization with large reprocessing facilities producing millions of bars of soap per year. In 2011, Derreck was named a Top 10 Finalist for the CNN Hero Award.

 
 
Lawrence Earth Day Parade and Celebration
Saturday, April 11th from 11am-4pm - Downtown Lawrence / South Park 
 
The Lawrence Earth Day Celebration works every year to educate residents, businesses and surrounding communities regarding the importance of responsible environmental policies, raise awareness of each individual’s impact on the natural environment, and highlight actions each person can take to make Lawrence and Douglas County a more sustainable and eco-friendly place to live.
 
The Parade for the Earth is hosted by the KU Environs and will run south down Massachusetts St beginning at 11am and ending in South Park. A celebration will follow in the park featuring live music, food, vendors and children’s activities. Attendees are invited to learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, alternative fuels and vehicles, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more. For more information visit https://www.lawrenceks.org/swm/earthday.
 
 
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Meeting 
Monday, April 13th at 6PM - Marvin Hall FORUM
Interested in sustainable building design? Join the green building movement by attending the student chapter of the USGBC's final meeting of the semester! Come learn about the industry, our chapter’s accomplishments this school year, and our plans for next year while enjoying free pizza. All majors are welcome. E-mail ku.usgbc@gmail.com with questions.
 
 
Hunger Banquet
Tuesday, April 14th from 6pm-7:30pm - Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union
 
Daily Bread is hosting its 2nd Annual Hunger Banquet during Into the Streets Week. Join them Tuesday, April 14th to eat how the world eats and learn more about the realities of hunger around the world. Food is catered by KU Dining and Chipotle. Learn more and RSVP at cco.ku.edu/itsw or contact dailybread@ku.edu and be sure to stop by our Facebook event page!
 
 
Wellness Wednesday
Wednesday, April 15th from 12:30-2:30pm - Daisy Hill
 
Join the Peer Health Educators as we clean up cigarette butts littered on and around Daisy Hill. The butts will be collected in a transparent display box to help educate the campus community about the volume and impact of this commonly littered item on our campus environment. 
 
 
Closing the Gap: Salary Negotiation Skills for Women
Wednesday, April 15th from 5:30-7pm - The Commons, Spooner Hall

Join the University Career Center, The Emily Taylor Center for Gender Equity, and HerCampus to learn about salary equity issues and develop salary negotiation skills. Facilitated by Keri Westland, State Street Global Human Resources. Sponsored by the University Career Center. For more information visit: http://www.thecommons.ku.edu/programs_events

 
Spring Cleanout & Supply Swap
Thursday, April 16th from 12-2pm - BURGE Union, Gridiron Room

For KU Faculty and Staff: Thinking about spring cleaning around the office? Now is a great time! Organize, restock, and save money with the Spring Cleanout & Supply Swap! As you're dusting off those supply shelves, collect any new or gently used items that you no long need. Put them in a box. Then put in a work request to have KU Surplus pick up your boxed items. On April 16th, come down to the free Supply Swap to "shop" for items that your office DOES need!  

It is not necessary to donate items in order to participate in the swap. For more information email sustainability@ku.edu.
 
 
Impact (Food and Water)
Thursday, April 16th from 5:30-7:30pm - Traditions Area, Kansas Union 4th floor

Impact(x) is a new community at KU promoting social innovation. Join us for our first event: exploring access to food and water on a local and global scale. 

Leaders from the KU and Lawrence communities will act as "community changers" and address the challenges for food and water. Event participants will innovate solutions to these challenge together and share their ideas. Visit https://www.facebook.com/impactxku for more information. 
 
 
TEDxKU
Friday, April 17th from 6:30-9:30pm - Spahr Classroom, 1520 W. 15th St.
 
TEDxKU is a diverse, student-led initiative, with members from all over KU's campus. As we establish our footing as an organization on KU's campus this year, our theme centers around the impact that we have on our world, our community and in the lives of others. We, as human beings, have footprints that wash away, and footprints that are long lasting. We have footprints that we are painfully aware of, and ones that we can hardly imagine. 
The more we are cognizant of the impact we have in the world around us, the greater we can answer T.S. Eliot's eternal question, "do I dare disturb the Universe?"
 
 
The Big Event at KU
Saturday, April 18th from 10am-2pm - Meet in Lot 90 in front of Ambler SFRC

​The fifth annual Big Event at KU will connect thousands of student, faculty and staff volunteers from the KU campus to the Lawrence community for one day of service. Big Event volunteers will provide a helping hand to Lawrence residents by completing projects in their neighborhoods. 

Sign up by Friday, April 10th to volunteer! The KU Center for Sustainability will be hosting a job site at the Student Rain Garden. For more information and to sign up visit http://thebigeventku.com/about/

 
KU Kick Butts Clean Up!
Wednesday, April 22nd from 11am-3pm - meet at Wescoe Beach
 
In honor of Earth Day the Center for Sustainability and the Peer Health Educators at Watkins Health Center would like to invite volunteers to join in the KU Kick Butts Clean up! This will be a campus wide initiative to show respect for our landscape by keeping it free of the harmful, non-biodegradable materials found in cigarette butts. On the day of the event we will have a central location in which we will have the "Litter Box" displayed along with students handing out t-shirts, bracelets, gaining support through a petition, and educating on the policy. Volunteers will be collecting butts all over campus to do a campus wide clean up throughout the day! We will be counting, and marking how many we are collecting as the day progresses so students can see the impact we are making on campus.
 
Sign up to volunteer for as little or as long as you are able: http://sustain.ku.edu/kickbutts
 
 
Fixing the Past or Inventing the Future? 
Wednesday, April 22nd at 3:30pm - The Commons, Spooner Hall
 
Education debates have been bewitched by assumptions drawn from the past. These assumptions direct our attention and resources to arguing about immensely important issues from the past that matter little for the future. In this presentation, Yong Zhao argues for the need of shifting the efforts of education reforms from fixing the past obsolete paradigm to inventing a paradigm that helps our children succeed in a world that has been drastically altered by technology and globalization. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost. For more information visit http://www.thecommons.ku.edu/programs_events.
 
 
Rock Chalk Green Hawk Dinner
Wednesday, April 22nd from 4:30-7:30pm - Oliver Dining Center, North College Cafe, and Mrs. E's
 
What better way to wrap up the 45th annual Earth Day with a special locally sourced dinner from KU Dining Services. Menu specials this evening will feature items grown and produced from within 250 miles of KU, including herbs and pesto grown on the Kansas Union's own rooftop garden! View the delicious menu here: http://union.ku.edu/earth-day-dinner-april-22nd/
 
 
Interactive Andean Concert: Celebrating Andean Traditions and Earth Day
Wednesday, April 22nd from 7-8:30pm - The Commons, Spooner Hall
 
This event features an interactive concert--part lecture, part live performance, with opportunities for audience participation--with native Andean instruments. The performance will feature traditional and modern music as well as a discussion about the region, its cultural and environmental influences, and their relationship to its music. Sponsored by the Latin American Graduate Organization. For more information visit http://www.thecommons.ku.edu/programs_events.
 
 
Sustainability Leadership Awards
Friday, April 24th from 3:30-5pm - Potter's Dance Pavilion
 
The 8th annual Sustainability Leadership Awards will carry on the tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their accomplishments in sustainability. The awards highlight outstanding leadership and creativity in addressing issues of environmental, economic, and social responsibility on the KU campus and in the broader community. Join us to honor their contributions.
 
 
Replant Mt. Oread
Friday, May 1st from 10:30am-12:30pm - Daisy Hill (Irving Hill Road)

Alumni of KU's Daisy Hill residence halls may recall the burst of color along Irving Hill Road behind Hashinger and Lewis Halls as crabapple trees bloomed each spring.  But today, very few trees remain along that stretch of the road.  Replant Mount Oread is planning to change that this spring by planting as many as 37 crabapple trees along this major route between the residence halls and academic buildings in the Central and North Districts of the Lawrence Campus.  The project is seeking volunteers to help with the May 1st planting. 

There is a Chinese Proverb that reads, "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now."  Let's get started!


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