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Sustainability Events

Earth Week 2023 | April 19-20

Wenatchee Valley College will be celebrating Earth Day with a week of events celebrating sustainability and the natural world. All events are free and open to the public.

April 19: Zero Waste Wednesday

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. around the fountain

Waste Loop will help guide us through waste audits of several WVC buildings so we can learn how well we are recycling and reducing waste on campus. City of Wenatchee Stormwater specialists will teach us about how we can protect our water supply from contaminants and then we’ll create art about what we’ve learned. There will also be a demonstration of WVC’s single bottle glass crusher which we are using to transform the glass bottles on campus into sandbags filled with glass sand. There will also be a recycling demonstration by our Plastic Reduction Committee.

April 20: Thankful for Trees Thursday and Cascadia Field Guide Book Launch

11 a.m., tree canopy discussion on both campuses
Noon, lunch on Wenatchee campus
1-2 p.m., book launch at The Grove Recital Hall

On the Wenatchee campus, starting at 11 a.m. and meeting at the large Spruce tree between Batjer Hall and the fountain, faculty Mike Lesky will lead us in calculating the carbon storage capacity of our tree canopy.  Faculty Jeff Dykes will do the same on the Omak campus with anyone who is interested in the many benefits that trees provide for us.

At noon, From Scratch By Us on-campus catering will cater a free lunch of pozole soup so we can be fueled up and ready for the Earth Week finale, WVC campus’ book launch of Cascadia Field Guide!

Join us in the Grove Recital Hall at 1 p.m. to hear WVC’s own poetry professor, Derek Sheffield and other visiting writers and artists, Elizabeth Bradfield, Andrew Gottlieb, CMarie Fuhrman, Justin Gibbens, Jack Johnson, and Sarah Van Sanden reading from and speaking about the newly released book Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry. Poets will read from their work and artists will discuss their process during a slide presentation featuring their work.

All Earth Week events are free and open to the public, sponsored by WVC Sustainability Committee, Tree Campus USA, Plastic Reductions Campaign, and ASWVC Student Senate.  For more information, please contact WVC Sustainability Coordinator, Joan Qazi,

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Dr. Jeanette Armstrong

Dr. Jeannette Armstrong presented “haʔntíxʷ iʔ‿tmxʷúlaʔxʷ uł niʕ̓íp txt̓ntsis: Respect the Earth and She will Always Take Care of You.”

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Climate Action Panel

UN Sustainable Development Goals Training 2021: Wenatchee Valley College Climate Action Panel.

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Earth Day 2021

Visiting writers Scott Russell Sanders and Ross Gay read their Earth writing for Earth Day 2021 and Poetry Month (April). Earth Day Poetry Contest student winner also read her winning poem.

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Dr. Drew Lanham

In honor of Black History Month, noted writer and ornithologist Drew Lanham gave a reading and discussed the intersection between race and the environment with our panel.

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Earth Day 2022

WVC celebrated Earth Day with a week of events celebrating sustainability and the natural world.

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Taylor Brorby 

Visiting writer and activist Taylor Brorby reads from his book, "Boys and Oil: Growing Up Gay in a Fractured Land," and discusses the ways social and environmental justice are leaves of the same tree.