Butte College will host Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, October 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the main campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive. Students will kick off the morning with a series of Climate Change 'teach-in' panels comprised of faculty members, students and outside experts. The first panel will start at 9:30 a.m. and will focus on the biological and physical consequences of climate change. The second panel begins at 11 a.m. and will focus on the socio-economic, cultural, psychological and philosophical aspects of climate change. The third panel begins at 12:30 p.m. and will be comprised of students participating in the Sustainability Studies certificate program. Students will discuss the importance of acquiring a well-rounded understanding of sustainability issues as the basis for sound career and lifestyle choices in the 21st century. All panels will be held in the college’s Center for Excellence, located inside the library.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., informational booths will be displayed on the Campus Center lawn and will highlight Butte College's sustainable practices in wastewater treatment, recycling, transportation, purchasing, agriculture, dining services, student-led sustainability initiatives, sustainability related curricula, programs, green workshops, and community education.
Daniel Dancer, internationally recognized conceptual eco-artist and environmental photographer, will create a moving 350 Art for the Sky project on the college’s football field. Using between 1,000 and 2,000 college students, faculty and community members, Dancer will create an image of a giant black raven embracing the earth. Once the human paint drops are in place, onlookers will witness Antarctica melting before our eyes and then magically the numbers 350 will be spelled out across the image. The Art for the Sky event will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. The community is invited to participate in this free event. All Participants should meet at 2:30pm sharp at the football stadium and should bring a black and/or a medium blue shirt and blue jeans.
This event is intended to raise awareness in Butte County and beyond about the importance of the upcoming Copenhagen Climate Summit and the need to work toward the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This event will also highlight the successes of Butte College's sustainability initiatives and announce the College's goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2015. The college is a national leader in sustainability and was recognized in September by the EPA for leading colleges in the production of solar energy—about 43 percent of the campus is powered by its solar arrays.