Spring Greenfest 2018

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.

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 - 2:00pm
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
"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
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.

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.

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

Learn about "WWOOF-ing" and the basics of permaculture, a style of agriculture which focuses on working with the existing ecosystem. ‘WWOOFers’, spend about half a day helping out on a host farm, learn about the organic movement and sustainable agriculture, and receive room and board during their visit – with no money exchanged between hosts and WWOOFers. Workshop participants will have a chance to plan their own permaculture gardens, as well as to tour UNCA's Castanea garden, in which students and community members have a chance to gain hands-on experience working with permaculture principles. All experience levels are welcome, and all materials will be supplied. Sponsored by the Student Environmental Center.

Thursday March 29th
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
RRO 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.

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.

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.

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.

Click the accordion links below to see posters from our previous editions.