Green Week aims to sustain your interest
By LeiLani Hector - Staff Reporter
Get ready to learn all about environmental quality, economic growth and social justice in Green Week next week at Highline.
Highline Economics and Statistics professor Dr. James Peyton is a long time member of the Sustainability Task Force, helping to create events, discussions and presentations to get the word out about Green Week and what students, staff, faculty and even friends and family can do to participate.
The Sustainability Task Force is a self-initiated group of faculty and staff dedicated to developing a strategy for a culture of sustainability at Highline.
"Our primary Sustainable Task Force activities for the past couple of years have been Green Week in the Fall and then Earth Week (around Earth Day) in the Spring," Dr. Peyton said.
Green Week is from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, and there will be new events and programs each day creating new ways for people to get involved and learn more.
Green Week, will start Oct. 29 with Donna Sandstorm giving a presentation on Working Together to Save the Orcas, in Building 7 from 11 a.m. to noon.
Later in the day, at 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Building 7, Shawna Freeman will give a presentation on Sustainable Business, in which people will learn how to use buying power to encourage sustainability.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9 to 10 a.m., staff, faculty and students are going to get their hands dirty, wiping out some weeds during the Invasive Removal project, led by Woody Moses. Meet outside on the east side of Building 8, and re- member to dress to make a mess.
Also on Oct. 30, Gary (Wolf) Lichtenstein will give an abbre- viated tour of Al Gore's Climate Reality Talk, which explains the causes of global warming, the effects of climate change and how people can change to meet the crisis head on. This presentation will be in Building 7 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Three events will be happening on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 8, second floor, stu- dents, staff, and faculty will be able to stop by and discover the hidden truth of the chocolate industry and enjoy delicious
fair-trade chocolate during the Sustainable Chocolate event.
The Campus Cleanup will be 11 a.m. to noon; meet out- side on the east side of Building 8 to help make a visible difference on the environment.
Tour the Highline Garden and Orchard with Bobby Butler of the Urban Agriculture pro- gram from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Those who attend will learn about the basics of starting a food production site as well. Meet in the campus garden next to Building 21.
Student Sustainability Show- case projects will be on display on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 10 to 11 a.m. During this event, you will have the opportunity to learn how to encourage more sustainable practices in homes and communities. This event will be held in Building 8, first floor in Mt. Constance. University of Washington professors Gregg Colburn and Rock Mohler will discuss "Lever- aging Transit to Address Housing Affordability" on Thursday,
Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to noon. Colburn's and Mohler's presentations will provide information on a vision for light rail and transit-station development, which includes the Kent-Des Moines/Highline station as the key to provide both affordable and market-rate housing at the scale the housing crisis demands. This presentation will also explore why a regional, transit-oriented approach is necessary to sustain equitable house access in the metro-Puget Sound area. Students, staff and faculty will meet in Building 8,
first floor in Mt. Constance. Highline science professor Woody Moses will wrap up Green Week with a presentation on Toxic Orcas: Why the Southern Residents Killer Whale are Endangered, on Nov. 2, 1:30 to 2:35 p.m., Building 3, room 102. During this presentation, peo- ple will learn about the endangered orcas in the Puget Sound, which are threatened by their toxic diet and why eating salmon
isn't as healthy as people think. If students are looking to learn more about Green Week or to learn more about sustain- ability, "The MaST in Redon- do has a variety of programs throughout the year that are related to sustainability," Dr. Peyton said.