Green Week helps discover the roots of our impact

By Olivia Sullivan - Staff Reporter

Highline is going green next week.

Green Week, an annual event presented by the Sustainability Task Force, begins on Monday.

"[The Sustainability Task Force is] a group of six to seven staff and faculty members that really want to make sustainability a part of the Highline community and promote sustainability any way we can," said Bobby Butler, the Urban Agriculture program manager at Highline.

The annual event is a week-long series of activities and presentations to promote community engagement and sustainability.

"The purpose is to show the Highline community that there are many different ways to make a difference in your community with sustainability and get involved," Butler said. "It's relatively simple and can be kind of fun."

Green Week also welcomes guest speaker Jeremy Nichols, from WildEarth Guardians. Nichols is the director of the Climate and Energy program and has dedicated his years at WildEarth fighting fossil fuels, promoting clean energy, slashing greenhouse gases, and developing innovative strategies to safeguard the climate.

Among the week's events will be:

On Monday, Oct. 31, at building 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be a Chocolate Sustainability presentation about the truth of the chocolate industry. Yes, there will also be chocolate available.

All of the Green Week events on Tuesday, Nov. 1, will be in building 2.

At 10 a.m. come learn about the I-732 Carbon Tax item that will be on the November ballot.

At 11 a.m., learn about the Conservation Districts and how these environmental agencies help each county in Washington state. At 12:15 p.m., watch a documentary about sustainable farming, Jean's Garden; A Permaculture Documentary.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, join in on a Campus Clean-Up beginning at 10 a.m. Participants are to meet outside of Building 8.

Listen to an environmental activism lecture about climate change led by Jeremy Nichols, of WildEarth Guardians, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, there will be an Ivy Snip to save many of the trees on the lower end of campus that are being strangled by the ivy. To save Highline's woods, meet on at 9 a.m. on the west side of Building 8.

At 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, a presentation about how to grow your own food in the city will be held at the campus garden on the east side of Building 21.

To finish off Green Week, a presentation about the hidden toxic dangers within your own home will be held on at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, in Building 2.

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