Greenfest is a semi-annual series held on the campus of UNC Asheville in March and September that celebrates sustainability, students and community. If you are interested in helping with the planning and development of Greenfest projects and events, please contact us! We are always excited to meet old and new friends happy to lend a hand.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Spring Greenfest is brought to you by the UNC Asheville Student Government Association, the Student Environmental Center, and the many sponsors listed below.

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Spring Greenfest 2018: Calendar of Events

"Breaking Barriers & Building Community: Committing to an Intersectional and Accessible Sustainability Movement"

Join UNC Asheville students, staff and faculty as we explore, enhance and celebrate sustainability on our campus. From the keynote presentation by Audrey and Frank Peterman, to a movie marathon, to an electric vehicle car show, there's something for everyone at Spring Greenfest. 

Saturday March 24th
ROOTS Garden Work Day 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Come join the SEC in helping to maintain the campus gardens and learning about sustainable agriculture and gardening! All experience levels welcome, and all tools provided. Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water. The ROOTS garden is located on the Rhoades property which can be accessed via the last driveway on the right hand side of W.T. Weaver, before it intersects with Merrimon. Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center.

Blue Ridge Parkway EV Cruise 10:00am - 3:00pm
Registration required

Cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway in an electric vehicle! Space is limited, online registration required. Sponsored by Outdoor Programs and the Blue Ridge EV Club.

Sunday March 25th
Rock Climbing with Outdoor Programs  9:00am - 5:00pm
Registration required

Beginners welcome. Transportation, equipment, and instruction provided. Space is limited, registration closes on Friday March 23rd at 10am or when all spots are filled. Sponsored by Outdoor Programs.

Sol Garden Work Day 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Come join the SEC in helping to maintain the campus gardens and learning about sustainable agriculture and gardening! All experience levels welcome, and all tools provided. Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water. Sol garden is located behind Brown Hall. Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center.

Monday March 26th
Mindful Monday at the Caf  11:00am - 2:00pm
Brown Hall

You are what you eat, and we are all unique to what nourishes our bodies best. However, the way we eat has implications on this planet and even minor dietary changes can have a large impact on health: to us and the planet. Visit the interactive Mindful Monday table in Brown Hall and learn how you can eat well for the planet while getting your nutrients met. Sponsored by Dining Services.

Pollinator Garden Seed Library Launch 11:00am - 1:00pm
Ramsey Library Lobby

Ramsey Library will be launching "Ramsey Pollinator Garden Seed Library", Monday, March 26th. We will be giving away 12 variations of pollinator seeds that have been hand collected from our campus pollinator gardens; while supplies last. Our goal is to offer campus pollinator seeds each year during Fall and Spring Greenfest.

"All Hands on Deck": Keynote by Audrey & Frank Peterman  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Humanities Lecture Hall

Audrey and Frank Peterman are the authors of Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells Why Every American Should Care, and Our True Nature: Finding a Zest for Life in the National Park System. After their last child graduated college, this couple took the ultimate road trip, traveling 12,000 miles across 40 states visiting national parks and forests. they emerged dedicated to breaking invisible color barriers separating people from the great American outdoors, and have led countless tours of national parks. Sponsored by: UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education, Student Environmental Center, and Office of Sustainability and members of Everbody's Environment: Mountain True, Friends of the Smokies, Asheville Greenworks, Great Smoky Mountains Association, Dogwood Alliance, Southern Environmental Law Center, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, and Conserving Carolina.

Tuesday March 27th
Investing with Impact: Perspectives from a Morgan Stanley Advisor  12:00 - 1:00pm
Karpen 038

Joe Flippin, Morgan Stanley Financial Adviser, will discuss sustainable investing and how we define and construct sustainable investing investments. Joe joined Morgan Stanley as a Financial Adviser in June of 2017. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Joe worked for over ten years in the public sector where he developed an interest in sustainable investing and financial management. As a Financial Adviser, Joe is committed to aligning clients’ financial goals with their values. Joe most recently managed over $100 million in federal grants at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also worked on international diplomacy and leadership development at the U.S. Department of State. Ash Berger, ESG Fund Coordinator, and James Smith, member of UNCA Divest, will also provide an update on recent developments regarding the University's endowment, the divestment campaign and the University's ESG fund. Co-sponsored by the Student Environmental Center and UNCA Divest.

Campus Foraging Tour  3:00 - 5:30pm
Registration required

Learn about forageable foods available on campus with local experts from No Taste Like Home. No Taste Like Home is one of the largest foraging tour companies in the world and the only one specializing in forage-to-table adventures. Their mission is to help people feel at home. Registration is required and spaces are limited. Sponsored by the Healthy Campus Initiative.

Seed Saving Workshop  5:00 - 6:30pm
Highsmith Student Union 104

A representative from Sow True Seed will be leading a workshop on how to save seeds from your garden for future growing seasons to decrease costs and maintain food sovereignty. All experience levels welcome! Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center.

Wednesday March 28th
On Campus Work Day  9:00am - 5:00pm
Registration Required

University faculty, staff, and students along with our community neighbors will roll up their sleeves to plant milkweed, paint, help with light housekeeping, manage invasive species, build bee hotels, and more! Duties will be assigned when you report for your shift in front of Brown Hall. Come prepared with appropriate work clothes, closed-toe shoes, a refillable water bottle, and if you have them, work gloves. Volunteers can sign-up for 1-hour shifts from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to give back to your campus and get service hours. Co-sponsored by Campus Operations and the Student Environmental Center.

Workshop: Permaculture Culture  3:00pm - 5:30pm
Sherrill Center 411

Elizabeth West, a local organic farmer, Isa Whitaker of Bountiful Cities, and Dylan Ryals-Hamilton, a local permaculturist, will lead a discussion centering on the role of permaculture in building resilient, equitable local and worldwide communities. The discussion will begin with the basics of permaculture design, goals, and concepts, so no past experience is necessary to participate in this workshop. We will also discuss "WWOOF-ing", a worldwide volunteer farming exchange with an emphasis on permaculture. After the discussion, we'll break into groups and design our own community permaculture gardens. We will provide art supplies and posters! Groups will have the chance to present their garden concept. Then, those who would like/are able can then join us for a short walk around Castanea garden to discuss its unique design. Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center.

Thursday March 29th
Greenfest Guest Chef  11:00am - 2:00pm
Brown Hall

Executive Chef Gene Ettison, from the Green Opportunities Kitchen Ready program, will be cooking a tasty dish at the Nourish Station in Brown Hall. Green Opportunities is a training program in Asheville providing skills and support to connect people from marginalized communities to sustainable employment pathways. They envision resilient, interconnected communities where everyone shares respect and dignity, has the opportunity to build wealth, and is dedicated to helping each other thrive. Sponsored by Dining Services and Green Opportunities.

Feed the Bees: Your Role in Saving Our Pollinators  12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ramsey Library Special Collections

Join Campus Ops Staff members, Jackie Hamstead, Bethany Beliveau and Melissa Acker to learn about creating pollinator gardens and growing your own wildflowers from seed.  We will discuss the different pollinator gardens on campus and how the grounds department grows many of the wildflowers planted in these areas.  In addition, different methods of seed propagation will be reviewed. Sponsored by Campus Operations.

Spring Greenfest Celebration  4:00pm - 7:00pm
Highsmith Plaza

Come celebrate the environment, eat free food, listen to good music, make some crafts, and play games with SGA and Dining Services! UNC Asheville freshman, Cam Cokas, will perform. Sponsored by SGA.

DIY Home and Body Care  7:00pm - 8:00pm
Sherrill Center Teaching Kitchen
Registration required

Make your own lip balm, all purpose cleaner, and face mask with Meghan Ibach and Jordan Perry. Registration is required and spots are limited! Sponsored by SGA, Dining Services, and the Healthy Campus Initiative.

Screening: EVOLVE: Driving a Clean Future in Coal Country  7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rhoades Robinson 125

Screening of the local documentary EVOLVE: Driving a Clean Future in Coal Country followed by a Q and A period about electric vehicles.  Vegan snacks provided.  Sponsored by the Blue Ridge EV Club.

Friday March 30th
EV Show and Tell  10:00am - 2:00pm
Parking Lot P19 opposite Brown Hall

Attendees can view and sit inside various models of electric vehicles, ask questions and make connections.  Sponsored by the Blue Ridge EV Club.

Compost Facility Tour  11:30am - 1:30pm
Meet at Ramsey Library stairs, Registration required

UNC Asheville composts more waste per student than any other school in North Carolina. Join us on a tour of our local compost processing facility, Danny’s Dumpster. Owned and operated by a UNC Asheville alumni, this facility processed over 150 tons of material from our campus last year. The tour is free but registration is required. Transportation is provided to the first 10 to register. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Sponsored by Campus Operations.

ROOTS Garden Work Day 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Come join the SEC in helping to maintain the campus gardens and learning about sustainable agriculture and gardening! All experience levels welcome, and all tools provided. Please wear closed-toed shoes and bring a bottle of water. The ROOTS garden is located on the Rhoades property which can be accessed via the last driveway on the right hand side of W.T. Weaver, before it intersects with Merrimon. Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center.

Beet Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice  4:30 - 5:30pm
Highsmith 104

At this workshop, we will discuss the best herbs and spices for people eating on a budget. This program will help teach the various uses for common herbs and spices while taking into account cost, shelf stability, and ease of availability, and will be great for people with any (or no) level of cooking experience! Sponsored by the Food Equity Initiative.

Saturday March 31st
Off-Campus Work Day with Energy Savers Network 9:00am - 12:00pm
Registration required

Join Active Students for a Healthy Environment (ASHE) for a day of making Asheville more environmentally sustainable! We will be partnering with Energy Savers Network and visiting several different homes to make them more energy efficient by performing tasks such as: changing out lightbulbs, wrapping water heats and pipes, installing custom storm windows, and more. Energy Savers Network supports volunteer-based solutions to the energy efficiency problems that disproportionately impact low-income and minority communities. This is a great opportunity to directly impact your local community in a positive way. Sponsored by ASHE and Energy Savers Network.

Greenfest Movie Marathon 6:00pm - 12:00am
featuring Green Olympics Awards Ceremony at 6:00pm
Grotto at Highsmith Student Union

The Greenfest Movie Marathon will feature a fun mix of environmentally-themed animated movies and documentaries including Fern Gully and Wall-E. Stay as long as you want, and enjoy free food! At 6pm we will be recognizing our 2018 Green Olympics winners who, along with their RAs, PAs, and CDs, are encouraged to attend as we will have their prizes available for pickup. Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center.

Archived Greenfest Posters

Spring 2014
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Spring 2015
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Spring 2016
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