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Blue, Gold and Green Festival 2011

The Annual Blue, Gold and Green Festival is an event that inspires the Merrimack community to participate in green initiatives on campus. The three-day event, sponsored by the Sustainability Initiative and the Green Team, includes green focused programs that educate participants about the importance of living a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in idea generation regarding a more sustainable Merrimack, compete in the recycle bin decorating competition and attend seminars about green practices.

Monday, April 11

11 - 2 p.m., First floor lounge of Sak
Sustainability poster session begins ("decorated” recycle bins for competition on display as well)

12:15 p.m., Community Dining Hall, 1st floor of Sak
Green bag lunchtime seminar: “It IS easy to be green: A brief summary of why it’s more important now than ever to GO GREEN and how practical and simple it can be to lead a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle at Merrimack and beyond” by David MacLaren PhD, Associate Professor of Biology and Merrimack College Sustainability Coordinator

2 p.m., Meeting room B of Sak
Presentation: “2011 Merrimack College Campus Environmental Audit” by Dr. Jon Lyon, Associate Professor of Biology 

3 p.m., First floor lounge of Sak
Announcement of Recycle bin decorating competition winner and “envisioning a green Merrimack” - the presentation of a list of potential Campus “green” projects and ideas (e.g. community garden, ecological restoration zones, bike racks, photovoltaic panels, weatherized campus buildings, real-time monitoring of energy use, monitoring our carbon footprint, buying local foods etc ) to be used as a focus for the 4 pm discussion.

4 p.m, First floor lounge of Sak
Open Forum/Round table discussion: The greening of Merrimack: An opportunity for conversation/idea generation regarding a more sustainable Merrimack (all members of the College Community – Faculty, staff, students and administrators are welcome to participate) – Snacks provided.

6-6:45 p.m., Ash Lobby*
Freshman student focus group hosted my members of the Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee – Unvarnished student opinions, feedback, thoughts and ideas regarding the current “green state” of the College (Is Merrimack Green?) and what students would like to see happen in the future. 

7 p.m.*
Sophomore student focus group hosted my members of the Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee

Tuesday, April 12

10 a.m., Murray Lounge
Sustainability Film: “Greening of Southie”

11-3 p.m., First floor lounge of Sak
Sustainability poster session continues.

12:15 p.m., Community Dining Hall, 1st floor of Sak
Green bag lunchtime seminar: Chair and Professor of Electrical Engineering Jack Adams will present his work on renewable energy and energy efficiency as “The Greening of Merrimack”.

2 p.m., Murray Lounge
Sustainability Film: “Escape from Suburbia”

5 p.m., Murray Lounge
Sustainability Film: “Gasland”

7 p.m., The Loft: Theology on tap
Marc Allman, Faculty Associate in the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious and Theological Studies presents “My God is Green”. Bus service to the loft provided by Campus Ministry.  Contact Brian Suehs-Vassel at suehsvasselb@merrimack.edu to reserve a bus spot.

Wednesday, April 13

6-6:45 p.m.*
Junior student focus group hosted my members of the Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee

7 p.m., Monican Lobby*
Senior student focus group hosted my members of the Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee

* The purpose of the focus groups is to generate an open, candid dialog (i.e. their unvarnished opinions/ideas) addressing several questions related to student perception of how "green" Merrimack is now, and the kinds of green changes they'd like to see on campus in the years to come. We will be presenting a list of potential Campus “green” projects and ideas (“envisioning a green Merrimack”) the 1st day of the event (the 11th) and would like to use this list as a springboard for generating conversation, feedback, and ideas from students related to greening the College. Members of the Sustainability Initiative Steering Committee will serve as the students' voices, bringing the ideas/concerns etc. expressed by students in these meetings to “the powers that be” at the College.