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UPCOMING EVENTS // CMU NEWS
Sept 17th - Constitution Day Celebration & Exhibit Opening
4:30 – 6 PM Posner Center
Carnegie Mellon’s annual Constitution Day celebration will feature a talk by Ms. Mary Jo Miller, a display of a rare copy of the first printing of the Bill of Rights, and an exhibit opening and reception. Miller will speak on “The Supreme Court and Privacy: The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age.” In addition to the Bill of Rights, works by Descartes, Omar Khayyám, Copernicus, Shakespeare, Euclid, Lewis Carroll, Galileo, Robert Hooke, Christopher Columbus, Francis Bacon, and Regiomontanus will be displayed.
Sept. 18th - "Dangerous Beauty" Opening Reception
5 – 7 PM Hunt Institute
The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation fall exhibition, “Dangerous Beauty: Thorns, Spines and Prickles,” includes artworks and books that depict the formidable and beautiful defensive structures of thorns, spines and prickles that have evolved to protect plants from predation. At 5:30 PM Assistant Curator of Art Carrie Roy will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.
Sept. 19th - CMU Explorers BBQ
4:30 PM The Fence
Come join the CMU Explorers Club at the fence for free burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers. Find out what activities and excursions are happening soon!
Sept 20th - Sojourners House Service Saturday
This project is with Sojourner House, a residential rehabilitation center for addicted mothers with children. Volunteers will be facilitating a craft activity with the children.
To sign up visit: https://thebridge.cmu.edu/form/start/50591 <https://thebridge.cmu.edu/form/start/50591>
Sept 21st - People's Climate March
New York City
World leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis and discuss ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand.
Carnegie Mellon students along with thousands of people across the will be attending the People's Climate March. We will be leaving Sunday morning and coming back the same day, reserve your spot here, be part of the movement:
Sept. 25th - Lunchtime Discussion with Homewood Children’s Village
Join PACE for a lunchtime discussion with Carnegie Mellon Alum Lisa Perry from the Homewood Children’s Village on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from noon until 1:30 pm. During lunch we will be discussing the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood and the work of the Homewood Children’s Village. PACE’s theme this year is income inequality in different neighborhoods around Pittsburgh. During the fall semester we will be focusing on Homewood and will be exploring the assets this neighborhood has to offer and the challenges they are facing. Lunch will be provided.
To register visit https://thebridge.cmu.edu/form/start/52440
Sept. 27th - Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center
This project is with the Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation clinic that specializes in treating injured and ill animals and providing care until they can be released back into the wild. Volunteers will not be working directly with the animals, but will instead be assisting with yard clean up, spreading gravel, and painting in the outdoor animal cages area. A tour of the wildlife in the facilities is included at the end of the project.
To sign up visit https://thebridge.cmu.edu/form/start/50626 <https://thebridge.cmu.edu/form/start/50626>
Sept. 27th - Paddle Without Pollution
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh Connections is looking for 17 volunteers to help clean up the banks of the Allegheny River using kayaks and canoes. Lunch is provided (including cake since they are celebrating their 3 year anniversary).
Tickets and information sheets can be picked up at the CUC Info Desk.
TO WATCH OUT FOR
Farmers Markets on Campus
Purchase local food, taste free samples, try featured local items on CulinArt's own menu items and take home
some recipe cards.
- September 2, 9, 16, and 30 at Worlds of Flavor 11 AM - 2 PM
- September 23, Autumn Harvest Day Farmers Market in the Merson Courtyard, 11a.m until 2p.m.
Oct 14 - A Deliberative Discussion on Climate Change in the Pittsburgh Region
Join the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research as we celebrate our 10th anniversary with a Deliberative Discussion on climate change, adaptation and resiliency in the Pittsburgh region. The event will feature local experts and informed discussion on the topic of climate change. Contact Erika for more details
Be a Campus Sustainability Leader: Apply for the CMU Garden Apprenticeship.
Support Student Sustainability Proposals
If you have ideas for sustainability initiatives on campus, Sustainable Earth is the place to bring those ideas to find others with interests, for co-development and execution support.
But, if you have ideas addressing a broader scope, you can take your proposals to the Climate CoLab, run by MIT. There, you might find others who are also interested in your idea, and if it's up during a contest period, your idea might get elevated to higher visibility and action.
Ben Towe, a Carnegie Mellon PhD student has a finalist entry in the Climate CoLab Energy Supply contest, and voting is now open in the 2014 contests; votes could make a difference and could ultimately help send a CMU representative to the CoLab conference.
"These kinds of platforms are my research interest, because I think we're going to need to find ways of effectively combining a large amount of distributed knowledge and creativity to be able to respond to challenges like climate change. I'd like to be able to go to the conference to formally learn more about the platform, participants, and what makes this work or not work, to help build up that body of knowledge." -Ben
The fact is that it's now possible to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people all over the world at a scale and with a degree of collaboration that was never possible before. Ben's proposal to crowdfund up-front capital expenses for solar installations at qualified sites is doing just that.
Vote for it here
Steinbrenner Institute Newsletter
ENvironment at cmu overview
Energy and Waste Management
Demonstrate respect for nature and society, sustainability considerations are an integral part of planning, construction, renovation, and operation of buildings.
Ensure long-term sustainable campus development, campus-wide master planning and target-setting should include environmental and social goals.
Align the core mission with sustainable development, facilities, research, and education should be linked to create a living laboratory for sustainability.