Earth Week 2014 Program

Tuesday, April 22

11 AM-2 PM: Earth Day Fair on Ragsdale Lawn
On April 22nd, Earth Day itself, Students for Sustainability will host a fair out on the Ragsdale Lawn with a multitude of local groups and organizations ready to share sustainable ideas and practices with Earth Week attendees.

 

 

Stop by to vote on your favorite submission to the Sustainable St. Ed's Photo Contest and stick around for the judge's favorites and the People's Choice to be announced at 1:30. For more information on the contest, including how to participate, click here.

A special H-E-Buddy appearance will make our Earth Week festivities even more fun!

 

Jo's Coffee will have a table and will be giving out free coffee to anyone who brings their own cup.

 

12-12:30 PM: Daily Mass led by Father Peter Walsh, CSC
Come listen to Fr. Peter Walsh as he addresses issues of sustainability during his daily sermon. Mass will be held at the Brothers' Chapel in St. Joseph Hall.

 

 

6-7 PM: Talk on H-E-B's sustainability initiatives by Susan Ghertner and Charlie Wernette in Mabee Ballrooms A and B, Ragsdale Center
Come listen to Susan Ghertner, H-E-B Environmental Affairs Director, and Charlie Wernette, H-E-B Director of Engineering, discuss current and future initiatives that H-E-B is focusing on to improve the sustainability of its products and services. The speakers will be introduced by St. Edward's Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Peter Beck, Ph.D. Susan will then begin with "H-E-B's Sustainable Business Practices," followed by Charlie's discussion, "H-E-B's First Sustainable Design Test Store: H-E-B at Mueller." Light refreshments will be provided.
 

There will be lots of H-E-B gift cards raffled at this event, so make sure to enter for your chance to win!

Charlie Wernette, Director of Engineering, H-E-B Grocery Company
Charlie is responsible for the design and specification of all mechanical, refrigeration, electrical and plumbing systems for all H-E-B stores in the US and Mexico. Additional Engineering duties include: Demand side energy management, MEPR systems innovation, construction document production and reduction of building systems cost. Recently, Charlie helped manage and lead the team responsible for the LEED certification of five H-E-B Grocery Stores in Houston and San Antonio. He has been with H-E-B for 21 years.His previous experience includes 4 years at Friedrich Refrigeration and Air Conditioning where he designed and specified refrigerated display cases and compressor rack systems used in the commercial refrigeration industry.Charlie is a past Chairman and board member of the FMI Energy and Technical Services committee. He has a BSME from The University of Texas at Austin and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.
 
Susan Ghertner MA '93, Director of Environmental Affairs, H-E-B Grocery Company
Susan Ghertner is the Director of Environmental Affairs for H-E-B. She works with cross-functional teams in the design, implementation, and management of H-E-B’s environmental stewardship and waste reduction initiatives, and leads the company’s environmental outreach efforts. Her team assures that all manufacturing, distribution, and transportation facilities, as well as stores, are in compliance with federal, state, and local environmental regulations.

Susan has held various positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Immediately prior to H-E-B, she directed the Texas General Land Office’s alternative fuels program serving on a statewide Fuel Cell Advisory committee. During her tenure with the Land Office, she also led the award-winning Texas Adopt-A-Beach Program and implemented the statewide river and lake cleanup programs. Susan received a B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma and a M.A. from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She is Vice President of the Sustainability Executive Committee of the Food Marketing Institute, and a member of the Retail Industry Leadership Association’s Sustainability Committee. She serves on the San Antonio Development Board for the Texas Nature Conservancy and is a past president of Keep Texas Beautiful and United Communities of San Antonio.

Wednesday, April 23

11-11:30 AM: Tour of the Student Garden led by Students for Sustainability

Come and see the St. Edward's Student Garden in action with a tour from Students for Sustainability! Those interested can meet on the corner of Ragsdale Lawn by Quick Dip and Jo's at 11 AM.
 
 
12-12:30 PM: Daily Mass led by Father Peter Walsh, CSC
Come listen to Fr. Peter Walsh as he addresses issues of sustainability during his daily sermon. Mass will be held at the Brothers' Chapel in St. Joseph Hall.

 

 

2:30-4:00 PM: Green Technology Workshop
Come learn about technology choices that are better for you and the earth. Topics include making informed purchases at the personal and institutional level as well as habits for using technology more efficiently and responsibly. This workshop will be led by St. Edward's Computer Training Coordinator, Michael Bell in Moody Hall, Room 309. You may RSVP here, but it is not required.
 
 
6-8 PM: Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Management and Sustainability Research Symposium in the Carter Auditorium  in John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center (South Building)

Join us for the 1st Annual Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Management and Sustainability Research Symposium. Students will present the main findings of their research projects designed and conducted over the past year, including ecological studies of Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve and surrounding areas in Austin and sustainability studies of St. Edward’s campus and elsewhere throughout Texas. Topics include potential effects of fracking, water quality analyses, campus and corporate sustainability, and local biodiversity. Free and open to the public!

Thursday, April 24

11 AM-2 PM: Low Carbon Diet Day presented by Bon Appétit
The Low Carbon Diet is Bon Appétit Management Company's program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their food service operations by 25% over five years, maintain lower emissions going forward, and to educate their staff and guests about how the food system contributes to climate change.
 

In celebration of Earth Week, Bon Appétit will be having reusable clamshell containers for $4 instead of $6 on April 24th. There will be a reusable bag given with each clamshell purchase. On the same day, Chef Tanner will be doing a live cheese-less pizza demo. He will be presenting a turkey pepperoni pizza.

12-12:30 PM: Daily Mass led by Father Peter Walsh, CSC
Come listen to Fr. Peter Walsh as he addresses issues of sustainability during his daily sermon. Mass will be held at the Brothers' Chapel in St. Joseph Hall.

 

 

Friday, April 25

12-12:30 PM: Daily Mass led by Father Peter Walsh, CSC
Come listen to Fr. Peter Walsh as he addresses issues of sustainability during his daily sermon. Mass will be held at the Brothers' Chapel in St. Joseph Hall.

 

 

1-2:30 PM  and  2:30-4 PM: Native Plant Hike with Leslie Bush
Wild Basin will be hosting two guided hikes on April 25th about the native plant use in Central Texas, led by archeologist Leslie Bush, Ph.D. The hike will focus on the Central Texas plants we enjoy today that have been used for food, medicine, and crafts for millennia by the Native people of Texas. Leslie will talk about uses of some of the common plants at Wild Basin -- sumac, juniper, switchgrass, prickly pear -- as well as some very important but lesser-known plants such as little barley and camas.

The first hike will run from 1-2:30 PM, while the second one will run from 2:30-4 PM. There will be a shuttle from campus to Wild Basin for St. Edward’s students, faculty and staff. The shuttle pick up and drop off will be in the visitor parking lot next to the parking garage. Pick up times are scheduled at 12:30pm and 2:00pm and vans will return to SEU at 1:45pm and 4:45pm. More information on the hike can be found here.

Saturday, April 26

8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Wild Basin Land Management Workday
Like to get dirty, work hard, and have fun? Then join Wild Basin volunteers for trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, revegetation, erosion control, and other land management projects.  Note:  Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes and long pants with a long-sleeved shirt.  Bring bottled water and gloves, plus a day pack to carry personal items. You need your hands free! Dress for the weather: hat & sunscreen for solar protection and a raincoat/light jacket if it's chilly or raining lightly. If thunderstorm conditions exist, the event will be cancelled.  

To sign-up contact: jbelaire@stedwards.edu  For more information, contact: Kimberly Johnson, 512-327-7622