Greenfest

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.

Download our 2019 Spring Greenfest poster as a tabloid-sized PDF!

Spring Greenfest 2019: Calendar of Events

"Growing Together"

Join UNC Asheville students, staff and faculty as we explore, enhance and celebrate sustainability on our campus. From the the garden workdays to the annual Camp Out on the Quad, there's something for everyone at Spring Greenfest. 

Saturday, March 30th
Off-Campus Workday: Invasive Species Removal | 9:30am - 1:00pm 

Join ASHE for an Invasive Species Removal with community partner, Riverlink. We will be going to Malvern Hills Park in West Asheville to remove invasive plants from the park, cut back vegetation so that wildflowers can be planted, remove sediment buildup in the wetlands and cleaning up foreign debris. Meet in front of Brown Dining Hall. This event is worth 750 NowPoints. RSVP today!

Roots Garden Workday | 10:00am - 1:00pm

Bring a water bottle, closed-toed shoes, and clothes you can get messy and join us for a work day getting ROOTS Garden ready for summer! ROOTS Garden is located on the Rhoades property, off of W T Weaver Blvd. Contact secgardens@unca.edu if you would like to come but you are not familiar with this location. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Sunday, March 31st
Castanea Garden Workday | 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Bring a water bottle, closed-toed shoes, and clothes you can get messy and join us for a work day getting Castanea Garden ready for summer! Meet at Castanea Garden in front of the Sam Millar Complex. Contact secgardens@unca.edu if you would like to come but you are not familiar with this location. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Sol Garden Workday | 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Bring a water bottle, closed-toed shoes, and clothes you can get messy and join us for a work day getting Sol Garden ready for summer! Meet at Sol Garden, behind Brown Dining Hall. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Monday, April 1st
Roots Garden Workday | 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Bring a water bottle, closed-toed shoes, and clothes you can get messy and join us for a work day getting ROOTS Garden is located on the Rhoades property, off of W T Weaver Blvd. Contact secgardens@unca.edu if you would like to come but you are not familiar with this location. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Zero Waste Challenge Info Session | 5:30 - 6:30pm | Glass House

The goal of the Zero Waste Challenge is for participants to rethink their consumer habits and minimize waste. Organizers will provide a zero waste guide to Asheville, daily email eco-hacks, and other helpful resources. Participants will keep their landfill waste for the week in a provided container. At the end of the week, all waste will be weighed. The student participant with the least amount of waste will win a reusable steel lunchbox. The competition will run from April 1 - April 8. Free to participate, registration required. First 12 students to register will receive a gift to help start their zero waste lifestyle. RSVP today! Co-sponsored by Campus Operations and the Student Environmental Center. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Tuesday, April 2nd
Divest Pipeline Demonstration | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Are you worried about climate change? Come out to the Quad for information about divestment from fossil fuels and to learn what student activists are doing about it! In the event of inclement weather, this demonstration will be held in Rhoades Atrium. Sponsored by UNCA Divest. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Vegan DIY Workshop | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Glass House

Learn how to make your own sustainable, plant based, cruelty free, low-waste laundry detergent, face mask, and body scrub with the Vegan Club. We will supply the ingredients and containers, but you are also welcome to bring your own. RSVP today. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.  

Eating for the Environment: A Conversation Around Plant-Based Diets | 5:00pm - 7:30pm | Brown Hall 217

This event will begin with a small lecture before an open discussion about how corporate factory farming harms migrant workers, minorities, animals, our society, and the planet. Veganism is important for the environment; come learn how to be a non-oppressive vegan on a budget. Co-sponsored by the Food Equity Initiative and ASHE. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Wednesday, April 3rd

Ramsey Seed Library Table | 11:00 am - 1:00pm | Ramsey Lobby

Learn more about seed saving and lending in the Ramsey Library Lobby with Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and Black Mountain Blooms Seed Lending Library. Co-sponsored by Ramsey Library, Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener, and Black Mountain Blooms Seed Lending Library.

Climate Justice Panel | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Highsmith Grotto

Join us for an evening of dialogue around Asheville’s impact on climate and the climate’s impact on us. Topics will include Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order addressing climate action, and the disproportionate impact that climate change has on communities of color. Panelists will include Amber Weaver, Asheville’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Thursday, April 4th
Bird-Watching Walk | 9:30am - 10:30am

Join UNC Asheville’s Audubon Student Chapter on a bird-watching walk. Binoculars will be provided. Please wear warm clothes as we will be outside even if it's cold. Meet in front of Rhoades atrium. RSVP today! This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

On-Campus Workday | 10:00am - 5:00pm

Want to give back to your community and help beautify our campus? Join Campus Operations as we host faculty, staff and student volunteers who will roll up their sleeves to dig in the dirt, restock the bee hotel, and more! Volunteers can sign-up for one hour shifts. 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. Workday participants will receive a free Greenfest T-shirt provided by SGA. Please report for your shift in front of Brown Hall. Co-sponsored by SGA and Campus Operations. This event is worth 1,000 NowPoints. RSVP today!

Free Food Market | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Sherrill Center 346

The Food Equity Initiative (FEI) runs bi-weekly distributions of donated food in the Sherrill Center Teaching Kitchen. FEI is run by a team of dedicated and passionate students who are committed to food justice and who believe that access to healthy, nutritious food is a human right. We recognize that food insecurity can affect anybody at any time. You DO NOT need to provide proof of income or need to access FEI donations. All you need is a valid OneCard.

‘Kick Gas’ Documentary Screening | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | Rhoades-Robinson 125

‘Kick Gas’ is a documentary about an epic road trip spanning the width of the United States, involving 44 cities and aiming for not one, but four GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® titles. A team of 8 EV enthusiasts set out from Charleston, SC on July 4, 2013 and continue on a journey to ride approximately 4000 miles across America in electric vehicles with ZERO GAS! The film highlights the beauty of the southern American landscape, big cities and small towns, and amazing people along the way through a collective commitment to change for the better. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge EV Club. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Friday, April 5th
Local Lunch at Brown | 11:00am - 2:00pm | Brown Hall

UNCA Dining Services is hosting a local lunch with key vendors from the community. We're inviting multiple makers of delicious local products for the UNCA community to meet and learn more about what they offer. Sponsored by Dining Services.

Seed Bomb Workshop in Sol | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Sol Garden

This workshop will teach attendees how to make ready-to-sow bundles of native wildflower seeds, as well as provide them with pre-made seed bombs to take home. ’Seed bombs’ are an easy method for independent gardening in urban spaces. Sol Garden is located behind Brown Hall. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Show | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | Brown Hall

Members of the Blue Ridge EV Club and local businesses will display electric vehicles including electric bicycles and landscaping tools. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Sol Garden Workday | 4:00pm - 6:00pm | Sol Garden

Bring a water bottle, closed-toed shoes, and clothes you can get messy and join us for a work day getting Sol Garden ready for summer! Sol Garden is located behind Brown Hall. This event is worth 750 NowPoints.

Mountain Yoga | 5pm

This trip begins with a short hike at Craggy Gardens. Come enjoy some beginner friendly yoga on the mountain top with great views. Equipment is provided, and no experience is necessary. Register online by 4/5 at 10am. This trip costs $10.

Saturday, April 6th
North Asheville Tailgate Market Opening Day | 8:00am - 12:00pm | P28 parking lot

Since 1980, the North Asheville Tailgate Market has been providing UNC Asheville and the surrounding area with a full range of local, sustainably produced produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. Day vendors complement the members’ offerings with additional products and services.

Camp Out on the Quad | April 6th at 5:30pm - April 7th at 10:00am

Join us for an evening of outdoor activities! Want to learn how to set up a tent or start a fire? Never been camping? No problem! This is the easiest camping trip you'll ever go on! As part of our program of activities, students will be invited to learn about moths native to North Carolina while also watching & recording them in their natural habitat. We also hope to have ACE screen a movie once it gets dark, and to share s’mores around the campfire. Don't want to camp out? Join us for the evening and go home when you're ready! If you do want to camp out, please RSVP. Camping equipment can be rented from Outdoor Programs in the Student Recreation Center.

Intro to Backpacking Trip | Saturday at 9am - Sunday

Come travel to high Pisgah and hike in the Sam's Knob area. All transportation, gear, food and instruction provided. No experience is necessary, and all skill levels are welcome. Register online by 4/4 at 11am. This trip costs $80.

Archived Greenfest Posters

Spring 2014
Fall 2014
Spring 2015
Fall 2015
Spring 2016
Fall 2016
Spring 2017
Fall 2017