Monday, April 17 – Clean Energy Day

Bike to Campus Festival

Sponsor: Office of Alternative Transportation, Virginia Tech

When: 7:00AM – 3:00PM

Where: Across Virginia Tech campus

What & Why:

We will be giving out healthy foods, educational materials, and swag to people biking to campus that day as part of continued efforts to encourage alternative transportation and foster a cycle culture on the Virginia Tech campus!

Contact: Mackenzie Jarvis

Clean Energy Showcase – Smooth Energy

Sponsor: Students for Sustainable Practice @ VT

When: 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Where: VT Drillfield

What & Why:

Blend your own bicycle-powered smoothie! Let’s celebrate Earth Week’s Energy Day with some frozen treats.

Solarfest – Earth Week Kickoff Concert

Featuring the Tossed & Found Best of Waste Art Contest 

Sponsor: Students for Sustainable Practice

When: 5:00PM – 9:00PM

Where: VT Drillfield

What & Why:

Get Earth Week started with a celebration fair and festival on the drillfield with music and speakers!

Community Art Auction

Sponsor: Blacksburg Farmers Market

When: 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Where: Glade Road Growing

What & Why:

The Blacksburg Farmers Market is holding a Community Art Auction! The event is hosted by our friends at Glade Rd. Growing. All proceeds will benefit the SNAP Double Value Program @ the Market! Donation based meal by Tabula Rasa, and Rising Silo will have beverages available for purchase. Live music too!!

SGA Bike Rack Hype Squad

Sponsor: SGA

When: All day!

Where: Squires Lawn

What & Why: 

SGA  members next the bike racks outside Squires hyping people up as they drop off their bikes.

Get food and be hyped up if you bike to campus on April 17th!

MONDAY APRIL 17 – CLEAN ENERGY DAY

Why is clean energy important to you?

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Because clean energy is the only choice – it is undeniable that our culture needs energy to run, but the ways we are acquiring energy are extremely outdated and don’t speak to the potential of our communities and country. Hopefully we can come together and prioritize just how critical it is to be sustainable. We can look to other countries that are already producing more renewable energy than they need, we have plenty of land and resources to come to feasible solutions.  – Amber Baden-Lopes

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Clean energy is important to me because it’s such a necessary resource — energy powers the modern world, and at the rate we’re burning fossil fuels, we’re causing irreparable damage to our environment as we know it. We have the necessary knowledge and the technology to switch to clean sources like solar, wind, geothermal, or biofuels. It’s up to us to push our representatives and lawmakers to utilize these newer resources!  

–  Sarah Blome 

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My respect for nature is rooted in a religion that has deeply spiritual connections to rivers and mountains but my awareness of it has grown from facts. More often than not, dialogue about climate change is polluted by political and economic reasoning when it should stem from logic and evidence. As an engineering student, I can appreciate the incredible feats of mechanization, but our fossil fuel-fed methods of energy generation unfortunately do produce greenhouse gases that form feedbacks and increase global temperatures – to a point where the natural elements that I hold sacred are jeopardized.

We’ve got a lot to engineer – from efficient systems to harness renewable energy to electric power trains – but I believe developing clean energy is the key to global energy security.

–  Teja Sathi