Parkland targeting carbon footprint

Parkland targeting carbon footprint

CHAMPAIGN — Work on an organic farm, see some provocative films and find out what Parkland College is doing to reduce its carbon footprint during "Sustainability Awareness Month" activities at the college.

Parkland has chosen April as Sustainability Awareness Month and is inviting the public to attend free information sessions, films screenings, and opportunities to improve the environment.

A full schedule of events is available at

Some highlights:

— "Sustainability at Parkland: What's Our Carbon Footprint?" Noon to 1 p.m. April 10, Room D116. Learn about initiatives to reduce Parkland's carbon footprint in coming decades.

— Trash pickup: 1 p.m. April 12, room D105. William Sullivan, University of Illinois professor of landscape architecture, will speak about a student sustainability honors project, and a campus trash pickup will follow.

— "Sustainability and Mass Transit in Champaign-Urbana." Noon to 1 p.m. April 17, Room D116. Information session by Mike Retzer, environmental biology instructor and Parkland sustainability assistant, with Drew Bargmann of C-U Mass Transit District and Craig Vedvik of Eaton Corp. (electric car charging stations).

— "Gasland" film screening, 6 p.m. April 17, Room C118. Is "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, a safe natural gas drilling method? A recently drilled Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire in this film by Josh Fox.

— "King Corn" film screening, 12:30 p.m. April 18, Room L141. This documentary is about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.

— "FRESH: New Thinking about What We're Eating," 4 p.m. April 24, Room L111. This film celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are reinventing our food system.

— Cleanup Day at Parkland Organic Farm, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. April 26, Parkland Organic Farm. Help prepare the farm for planting. Directions: West on Bradley Avenue to Rising Road (past Staley); north across Cardinal Road; homestead with plowed field is on the right.

— "When the Water Tap Runs Dry," 10 a.m. April 26, Room L111. The greatest impact from climate change will not be warmer temperatures but water shortages, and the film argues that America's water infrastructure is incapable of handling these changes.

— "The End of the Line," 3 p.m. April 26, Room L111. Discover the implications of a future world with no fish that would bring mass starvation.

— "Carbon Nation," 3 p.m. May 1, Room L141. This film shows how tackling climate change can boost the economy, increase national and energy security, and promote health and a clean environment.

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