GCP is Going Green for Earth Month!

ImageThe sun is finally shining in Cambridge. The Red Sox’s are back in town. Classes are winding down. It’s finally feeling like spring in GCP! And with spring comes Earth Month!

The Graduate Commons Program is excited to collaborate with Harvard Housings Sustainability Office on Earth Month. We’ll be brining you a number of “Green” programming throughout the month–so mark your calendars now!

 

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We’ll be kicking off Earth Month with a very special Wine Night, hosted by Dr. Carrasco & Dr. Parra.  This event will be featuring a variety of eco-friendly wines, along with local, artisan cheeses.  We’ll have a number of other amazing snacks and N/A drinks—you won’t want to miss it. Be sure to RSVP here!

 Green Fact: Did you know that many wines utilize animal products in their manufacturing & therefore are not vegan?  The most common animal ingredients used in wine making are isinglass (a very pure form of gelatin from sturgeon fish bladders), gelatin (extract from boiled cow’s or pig’s hooves and sinews), egg whites (or albumin) and caseins (a protein from milk).  Interested in purchasing vegan wine?   Check out Barnivore for more information!

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Whoever said eating your veggies wasn’t fun?!  We’re asking GCP residents to break out their BEST vegetarian/vegan recipes for a Veggie Pot Luck dinner on Wednesday, April 10th.  BUT, this isn’t your average Pot Luck.  Like any good reality TV show there is a twist, and we’ll be voting for BEST DISH!  The winner will not only get Top Chef-like bragging rights, but also an amazing prize!  If that’s not enough, be sure to submit your recipes to Johanna (johanna_martin-prener@harvard.edu)  prior to the event & we’ll send out an electronic cookbook of GCP’s favorite veggie dishes (which will make Meatless Monday’s a breeze!) Not a vegetarian—no worries, all are welcome!  RSVP here.

Green Fact: Going vegetarian would eliminate 1.5 tons of CO2 equivalent gas emissions per person, per year — an even bigger difference than switching from a SUV to a hybrid.

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Spring is the perfect time to bring a little green into your apartment!  Join us on Wednesday, April 17th for DIY Recycled Planters.  Bring any recycled container you’d like—could be a recycled can, milk carton, tea cup, or coffee pot!  We’ll provide all the supplies you’ll need to turn it into a stylish planter—including the potting soil & seeds!  What a great way to release a little creative energy before finals!

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On Earth Day, April 22nd, we’re hosting a viewing of the controversial documentary “Gasland” which explores one side of the fracking debate. This is a very hot topic & an interesting movie.  (Have you ever seen water light on fire?  You will in the movie!) We’ll have locally sourced popcorn & a bunch of sustainably produced snacks—YUM!  RSVP here.

Green Fact: Earth Day began in 1970 in the US as a day of environmental education and activism. Read more about the history of Earth Day here.

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Wrapping up Earth Month, Dr. Lerner & Dr. Gill will be hosting a local dessert evening in their home on Sunday, April 28th.  We will taste some of Cambridge’s finest & most eco-friendly desserts—from Pesti Pies to Taza chocolate to Veggie Galaxy cake!  And of course Dr. Lerner will be making her famous cookies (you can’t get more local than that!)  You won’t want to miss this decedent end of Earth Month!  RSVP here.

We hope to see you at these Earth Month events & more!  Also, we hope that you’re inspired to make eco-friendly changes & will consider making a “Green Pledge!”  It can be anything you want—as small as being better about recycling or taking shorter showers.  Every small action can have a huge impact!  

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