Environmental events happening soon in Columbia

April will be the busy month for sustainability on campus (look for upcoming Sustainability Week posts soon!) but have no fear!  Between now and Spring Break, Columbia, Mo., has a wealth of environmental events.  Find one that fits and give a new group a chance this spring!

MU CAMPUS MASTER PLAN FORUM, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14: MU has committed to sustainable guidelines for managing the environmental impacts of its activities, operations and services. MU is one of the most forward-thinking institutions for energy efficiency and building-space efficiency, and is working to further its positive impact in both directions. The university has chosen a strategy of renovating and re-purposing existing campus buildings because it makes sense both fiscally and environmentally.

Join the conversation about the 2012 MU Campus Master Plan and Climate Action Plan at the Open Forum. Find out more about Mizzou’s Master Plan or download the publication!

FOOD SENSE SYMPOSIUM, MARCH 16-18: Can sensible eating be reconciled with the sensory gratification of taste? And where does our sense of a normal or a healthy diet come from? The eigth annual Life Sciences & Society Symposium symposium will investigate how our taste for food is shaped by biological triggers, cultural norms, economic activity, and social surroundings.

The keynote speech will be gven by Brian Wansink, best-selling author of Mindless Eating and Marketing Nutrition. Other speakers include Shirly Corriher (Good Eats Mad Scientist from the Food Network), Leigh Lockhart (Owner of Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe and Juice Bar) and William Ian Miller (Author of award-winning The Anatomy of Disgust).

“DEEP GREEN” & “EVERYTHING’S COOL,” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21:  Missourians for Safe Energy joins our friends in CCCC in screening these two excellent films at the Boone Gov’t Center, starting at 5:30 p.m. From Mid-Missouri Peaceworks

“KILOWATT OURS” TUESDAY, MARCH 27:  The public is invited to view a free Award-Winning Documentary “Kilowatt Ours: A Plan For Re-Energizing America” and to hear Tom O’Connor PE H2O’C Engineering, Owner: “How I Cut My Electric Bill 80%”.  Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. Refreshments 6:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library Friends Room.  Sponsors: League of Women Voters of Columbia-Boone County, Osage Group of the Sierra Club & Columbia Climate Change Coalition.  Earth Hour information at: www.ColumbiaClimateChangeCoalition.org

other events to add to your calendar:

EARTH DAY, SUNDAY, APRIL 22:  The Columbia Area Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 22, with a rain date of April 29. Details TBA. Booth registration going on now at the Peace Nook. For details on this, please see http://columbiaearthday.org/booths

EDIBLE COLUMBIA TOUR, SUNDAY, MAY 6: Peaceworks’ Center for Sustainable Living will be holding a tour of gardens, farms and other relevant local food venues from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on this date. Details TBA.

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