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. Fall Greenfest is brought to you by the Office of Sustainability, the Student Environmental Center, and the many co-sponsors listed below.
Fall Greenfest 2019: Calendar of Events
"Home Sweet Home"
Join UNC Asheville students, staff and faculty as we explore, enhance and celebrate sustainability on our campus. From the Equinox Sunset Ceremony to the annual Farm-To-Table Dinner, there's something for everyone at Fall Greenfest.
Friday, September 20th
Clay Birdhouse Workshop
10:00am - 12:00pm | Art Studios located at 828 Riverside Dr.
Do you like birds? Have you ever wanted to work with clay? Then, come to the clay birdhouse workshop! Together we will make bird houses from clay using handbuilding methods. Afterwards, the birdhouses will be fired and placed throughout our community gardens. To get to the art studio, catch the purple shuttle from the bulldog statue. RSVP online today! This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
UNCA Climate Justice Rally
5:30 - 7:30pm | Pack Square
In response to Greta Thunberg's call for another global climate strike, our Chapter will be organizing a rally in downtown Asheville on September 20th. We will be at the Vance Monument and the plaza area behind it. At 5:30pm, come visit info tables to learn about community work and organizations, register to vote, and listen to live music. At 6:30pm, we'll have a lineup of local speakers. Speakers include:
Shane McCarthy (Member, Sunrise Movement)
Evan Couzo (Professor, UNCA)
Scott Hardin-Nieri (Director, Creation Care Alliance)
Lucia Ibarra (Program Outreach Manager, Dogwood Alliance)
Anita Simha (Co-Chair, NC Poor People's Campaign Ecological Justice Committee)
Meet on the main quad at 4:30pm for transportation to Pack Square. All attendees are encouraged to wear UNCA apparel.
Saturday, September 21st
Equinox Sunset Ceremony
6:30 - 10:00pm | Mullen Park
On the day of the Fall Equinox, we will be meeting with Mko' Mose at the Mullen Park firepit (behind Rhoades Robinson). We would like to celebrate this important event around the sacred fire. Everybody who feels the call is welcome. Please bring gratefulness with you and, if you can, flowers and a small bee-wax or white candle. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
Sunday, September 22nd
Off Campus Work Day: Low Income Home Weatherization
9:30am - 2:30pm | Meet at Brown Hall
Team up with ASHE and local non-profit Energy Savers Network for this semesters Off Campus Work Day. Energy Savers Network works to reduce the the county's carbon emissions, while lowering the bills of people who need the most help. For the work day we will be weatherizing low-income homes in Buncombe County. Weatherizing homes includes patching up air ducts, wrapping water heaters, and much more. This work helps the community significantly. Register online today! This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
Monday, September 23rd
Garden Planning & Seed Giveaway
11:00am - 1:00pm | Ramsey Lobby
Ramsey Seed Library and Buncombe County Master Gardners will be giving out campus pollinator seeds, soil tests, and information on Fall and Winter gardening preparation, on Monday, September 23rd from 11am-1pm, in Ramsey Library Lobby. For more information, visit Ramsey Seed Library online. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
5th Annual Farm-To-Table Dinner on the Quad
5:30 - 8:30pm | Main Quad
Don't miss the Farm-to-Table Dinner on the Quad at UNC Asheville, our annual harvest feast! Gathered around the table in the heart of our beautiful campus, we honor and celebrate the land that sustains us, the gardens and businesses that feed us, and our collective efforts to insure that our wider community is engaged and nourished.
The 2019 Dinner will be guest hosted by Mko'Mosé (Dr. Andrew Judge, pictured above), with support from the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program at UNC Asheville. Moko'Mosé is a professor and coordinator of Indigenous Studies at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Ontario, Canada. He specializes in traditional Indigenous knowledge and works with Elders across North America to support "the conscious awakening of his students and himself." Dr. Judge is an initiated Mayan day count keeper and regularly participates in the ancient ceremonial practices of his Anishinaabe ancestors. He is currently developing programming in Indigenous land-based practices and invites his students to work with traditional medicines and foods to learn the ways of the Ancestors.
If you are driving to campus and you do not have a UNCA pass, please register for a visitor day pass.
Tuesday, September 24th
On Campus Work Day
10:00am - 5:00pm | All Shifts Meet at Brown Hall
Join Campus Operations on Tuesday, Semptember 24th: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M for the On Campus Work Day. University faculty, staff, students, and alumni along with our community neighbors will roll up their sleeves to plant, mulch manage invasive species, resupply the bee hotel, and more! Duties will be assigned when you report for your shift. Please bring appropriate work clothes, closed-toe shoes, a refillable water bottle, and if you have them, work gloves. This is part of the effort to develop and beautify campus. Work will be ongoing from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Please register in advance and report for your shift in front of Brown Hall. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
Campus Bird Walk: Common Fall Birds
9:00 - 10:00am | Meet at Ramsey Library Steps
Join UNC Asheville's Audubon Student Chapter and search for some common autumn birds of our campus. We will spend a leisurely hour walking some of the natural areas of our campus and the botanical gardens, listening and watching for some of our resident and migratory avian friends. Binoculars provided for the walk! This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
A Meditation on Remembering What it Means to be Human: Knowledge for a Changing Climate with Mko'Mose
7:00 - 9:00pm | Highsmith Blue Ridge Room
Join us for an evening keynote with Mko'Mosé entitled A Meditation on Remembering What it Means to be a Human: Knowledge for a Changing Climate. This event will take place in the Blue Ridge Room in Highsmith Student Union and is worth 750 NowPoints.
In 2018 Mkomosé - Dr. Andrew Judge - founded Minjimendan ("In a state of remembering"), an Indigenous foods garden that utilizes traditional Indigenous knowledge to restore the human relationship with mother earth. The Elders have told me, as humans, when we make any decision about the future, the vitality of all other beings must come first. For if we honour our relatives we will be nourished. In this talk Dr. Judge reveals foundational teachings based on training with Mayan and Anishinaabe philosophers that can guide us to reawaken our consciousness and remember what it means to be a human being.
Dr. Andrew Judge (Mko'Mosé) is an initiated Mayan day count keeper and regularly participates in the ancient ceremonial practices of his Anishinaabe ancestors. He is currently developing programming in Indigenous land-based practices and invites his students to work with traditional medicines and foods to learn the ways of the Ancestors. In the summer of 2018 Andrew founded Minjimendan ("In a state of remembering") an Indigenous foods garden dedicated to helping the community remember their role in restoring the vitality of the Earth. The spiralling terraced garden aims to inspire a revitalization of Indigenous foods systems and land based sustainability practices.
In Mko'Mosé words, "The spiral is the basis for all life on Earth, and it’s found in almost every natural growing thing on the planet. What it comes down to is the spinning of the Earth around the sun, and the sun going around the galaxy.”
If you are driving to campus and you do not have a UNCA pass, please register for a visitor day pass.
Wednesday, September 25th
Bulldog Bike Bonanza
11:00am - 2:00pm | Main Quad
The 5th annual Bulldog Bike Bonanza aims to engage students in bicycle advocacy, maintenance, and safety. This carnival-style event will feature educational tables to promote local bike shops. There will be games, prizes, and on-site bike repairs hosted by our Campus Recreation's Bike Shop. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
The Bulldog Bike Bonanza will be happening in tandem with the Hometown Makers Fest (below).
Hometown Makers Fest
11:30am - 1:30pm | Main Quad
Join us on the quad for this interactive event celebrating local products. Come meet local makers and sample their delicious products. What's more, all of the products are available at UNC Asheville! This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
This event will be happening in tandem with the Bulldog Bike Bonanza (above).
The Woods Sustainability Tour
2:00 - 3:00pm | Meet at Sol Garden
Join Vollie Barnwell, Director of Housing and Student Life Operations and Perry Bartsch, Design and Construction Manager, for a tour of the sustainability features that were incorporated into the design of The Woods residential housing complex. Come learn about seeking LEED certification this fall at the Silver level or above, building orientations, energy recovery systems, regenerative stormwater conveyances, and sustainable landscaping. Meet at Sol Garden. For those who are interested, a group bicycle ride to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge will follow (see below). This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
Group Ride with Asheville on Bikes
3:00 - 4:00pm | Meet at Sol Garden
Are you aching to bike around town, but you're nervous about traffic and hills? This moderate level group ride and cycle-safe class is the perfect opportunity to safely navigate Asheville's city streets and get a feel for our local terrain. Led by Asheville on Bikes, a community group-ride organization that aims to spread cycling culture in the area, the ride is sure to be both fun and demanding. It will leave from Sol garden on campus and finish at French Broad Chocolate Lounge downtown. RSVP online today! This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
Climate Reality Meeting
6:30 - 8:30pm | Highsmith French Broad Room
Come to the French Broad room to view a modified version of the notable "Inconvenient Truth" presentation from the WNC Climate Reality Project Chapter. The presentation is open to the public, and we hope to engage in conversation about the climate crisis and community efforts. Please consider coming out to support the Chapter and UNCA's Greenfest. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
Thursday, September 26th
Local Landfill Visit
10:00am - 12:00pm | Meet at Brown Hall
What happens when we throw something "away"? Join us at the Buncombe County Landfill to see what happens to your waste after it leaves campus. We will look into the active landfill cell, check out the bioreactor, and learn about a few of their special recycling programs. We will meet in front of Brown Hall at 10am. Space is limited to the first 15 people to register. We will take a shuttle over as a group. No personal vehicles allowed. Wear closed-toed shoes that can get dirty. RSVP online today. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
Handmade Healthy Earth Fair
12:30 - 3:30pm | Health & Wellness Suite in the Sherrill Center
Come check out the products, services, and activities of Health and Wellness Promotion and affiliated students, staff, alums, and faculty, and to raise money for UNCA's Health and Wellness Promotion department. Located in the Health and Wellness Suite of the Sherrill Center. This event will be an opportunity for crafty folks, vendors, creative-types, and others who would like to share their passion for the health of people and the planet. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
Sustainability Shark Tank: Green Grant Funding
4:00 - 5:00pm | Highsmith French Broad Room
Come pitch your ideas (alone or with a group) to the Student Environmental Center to recieve a Green Grant of up to $1000. SEC staff will be there to assist you in your proposals, pitches, as well as brainstormiing ideas. Previous students have proposed projects such as garden improvments and solar umbrellas. This event is worth 750 NowPoints!
Hidden Rivers Film Screening
7:00 - 9:00pm | Highsmith Grotto
Ten years in the making, Hidden Rivers is Freshwaters Illustrated’s newest feature film that explores the rivers and streams of the Southern Appalachian region, North America’s most biologically rich waters. The film follows the work of conservation biologists and explorers throughout the region, and reveals both the beauty and vulnerability of these ecosystems. This event is worth 750 Now Points.
Friday, September 27th
The Dirt on Sustainable Food at UNCA
12:00 - 1:00pm | Brown Hall 218
Come to room 218 in Brown Dining Hall to get an in-depth look at food sustainability. For over four years, students have been actively advocating for a just and sustainable food system at UNC Asheville. But what is "just and sustainable" food? Is it local? Organic? Protective of workers' rights? At this presentation, Danielle Holtz, a student activist and staff person at the Student Environmental Center, will disucss the work that she and others are currently doing to evaluate and assess the institution's progress toward our sustainable purchasing goals, one budget line item at a time. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.
7:00 - 11:00pm
Join Outdoor Programs through Campus Recreation on this Stargazing Trip as we head to a local mountaintop to explore the sights and sounds of the forest after dark. Telescopes will be available for moon and star viewing. Register by 10am on 9/27 on Outdoor Programs website to reserve your spot today!
Saturday, September 28th
Whitewater Kayaking Trip
9:00am - 5:00pm
Come White Water Kayaking with Outdoor Programs through Campus Recreation! Learn the basics and take your new skills out onto a river. All transportation, instruction and gear is provided. Advanced registration is required and will close on 9/26 at 10am. For more information and to register online, visit Outdoor Programs website.
Sunday, September 29th
Rock Climbing Trip
9:00am - 5:00pm
Join Outdoor Programs through Campus Recreation on an Intro to Rock Climbing trip welcoming climbers of all levels. All transportation, instruction and gear is provided. Advanced registration is required and will close at 10am on 9/27. For more information and registration, visit Outdoor Programs website.
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