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October 17, 2013

Green Week begins Monday

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Purdue's annual Green Week kicks off Monday (Oct. 21) with the first day of a two-day Ecological Sciences and Engineering summit called "Capturing Resilience."

The summit, which is free and open to the public, will bring together leaders from government, industry, agriculture and academia to begin a conversation about a strategy to confront economic and environmental challenges at the regional level. Mark "Puck" Mykelby, formerly the special strategic assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will lead the workshop. Mykelby is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, where he is working on a grand, national strategy for sustainability in the 21st century.

The summit will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. ESE is an interdisciplinary graduate program.

The summit's activities will take place at various locations on campus. For more information about the summit, click here.

This year's Green Week offerings also will include:

* A lecture on Monday by Bob Berkebile, the founder of the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) National Committee on the Environment and an early proponent of environmentally friendly building design. Titled "Creating Resilience and Vitality by Design," the lecture will discuss using environmentally friendly and regenerative building design as a catalyst for community vitality. The lecture will take place at 7-8 p.m. in Purdue Memorial Union, North Ballroom, as part of "Capturing Resilience."

* The Mid-America Cluster kickoff workshop, also part of "Capturing Resilience," at 8 a.m.-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday. The workshop includes several exercises focused on identifying regional challenges and finding local opportunities for economic development and sustainable agriculture.

* A bus tour of local urban water projects on Tuesday. The tour will begin at 2 p.m. in the Armory's parking lot. Seating is limited. To register for the tour, go to https://purdue.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8xp2JgpcImBFTVP.

* An alternative transportation expo at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday on Memorial Mall and Centennial Mall.

* Tours of the green roof at Schleman Hall at noon-4 p.m. Wednesday.

* A panel discussion at 7-9 p.m. Thursday with Steven Hallett, professor of botany and plant pathology; Kerry Rabenold, professor of biological sciences; and Mike Ursem, assistant director of university sustainability, green buildings and operations. The panel will take place in Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room G980D.

* A tree planting at 9 a.m. Friday near Meredith Hall.

* The kickoff of Friday Night Lights, an initiative in which students turn off unused lights in campus buildings, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday.

* De-trash the Wabash, a Purdue-organized cleanup of the Wabash River, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

* Sustainability poster panels are on display in the John W. Hicks Undergraduate Library. Other poster displays are scheduled for the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library (Oct. 28-Nov. 17); the Roland G. Parrish Library (Nov. 18-Jan. 12); the Life Science Library (Jan. 13-Feb. 2); the Siegesmund Engineering Library (Feb. 3-23); the Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Library (Feb. 24-March 16); the M.G. Mellon Library of Chemistry (March 17-April 13); and Archives and Special Collections (April 14-May 11). The posters were created during the campuswide Student Sustainability Summit held in February.

"Green Week is an excellent opportunity to focus on sustainability and to celebrate the work we have been doing on campus to conserve resources," says Michael Gulich, the University's director of sustainability.

For more information about Green Week and to register for its events, click here.

Writer: Amanda Hamon, 49-61325, ahamon@purdue.edu