Activities include performing arts presentations, discussions with “green” architects and renewable energy experts, Earth Day-themed arts and crafts, a family bike ride, make your own soap with The COA Zero Waste Club, food vendors, and booths with information on how to make every day Earth Day in your home. The day is free and open to the public. Venues and further details will be posted soon, so stay tuned!
Schedule for the Day:

11-11:30 Keynote. Matthew O’Malia, passive house architect, cofounder of GO Logic Architecture. This lecture will touch on the questions of “What does does sustainability mean when we discuss architecture and design?” and “What new advances are making green design more cost competitive and environmentally-minded and how can we encourage their adoption?”

11:30-11:50 The Barn Arts Collective presents: We Run the Ship. Bring your family to this make-your-own-adventure children’s show with music, puppets, and zaniness. The first of three offerings by the talented Barn Arts Collective.

Lunch: Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy the COA historic gardens, lawns, and campus greens. Food vendors will also be present offering organic snacks and other food choices.

12-12:30 Round Table Discussion–”Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency”. A discussion on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Northeast, COA’s current work towards increasing its renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, the implications of a smart grid, and technological/societal challenges and benefits associated with a transition to greener and more efficient energy solutions.

Speakers: Marc Rosenbaum, P.E., Founder of energysmiths, COA’s Director of Energy Education and Management, Dr. Anna Demeo, and Gary Friedmann with facilitator: Nick Urban ’15.

12-1:00 Workshop: Spring Bike Tune-up. 

1-1:30 Family Bike Ride. Student-led tour. Bring your own bikes and don’t forget your helmet!

1-2:00 Soup Talk (music). Students Seth Wegner, Zakary Kendell and friends will perform a bluesy, indie, folk set.

1-1:30 Round Table Discussion–”Buildings and Their Systems” A discussion on sustainable and efficient building design in the Northeast, green materials, typical challenges in adopting new materials, knowledge, and technology, and hopes for the future.

Panelists:–Marc Rosenbaum from energysmiths, Curry Caputo ’95 founder of Sustainable Structures, and architect John Gordon. Facilitated by Sam Allan ’17.

1:30-1:50 Second performance of Barn Arts Collective performance for children of all ages, ”We Run the Ship.”

2-2:30 Round Table Discussion–”Waste as Discarded Resources”. A discussion on the potential of a “cradle-to-cradle” life cycle for discarded resources, its impacts on climate change and the lives of people locally as well as globally, the changes COA’s campus is making in terms of waste reduction, recycling, and composting, and how these could be implemented in anyone’s home.

Panelists: Lisa Bjerke ’13 MPhil ’16, COA Professors Suzanne Morse and Netta Van Vliet, and head of Buildings and Grounds, Millard Dority with facilitator: Maya Critchfield ’15.

2-3:00 AUkeS (music). The Acadia Ukulele Society. Need we say more? Red Bricks | Newlin Gardens.

2-3:30 Screening and Discussion of “Wrenched”  at Reel Pizza. “Wrenched” captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation which will carry Edward Abbey’s legacy into the 21st century. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness – the spirit of the West. “Wrenched” has been accepted into 23 film festivals, including Environmental Film Festival – Melbourne, the South African Eco Film Festival 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa, and won “Best Editing of a Documentary” at the Santa Fe Film Festival, “People’s Choice Award” at the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, “Honorable Mention” at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and “1st Place Juried Award” at the Frozen River Film Festival 2015. The film will be followed by a 30 minute discussion led by COA student Chris Phillips ’15 on his internship with the Utah Wilderness Coalition lobbying congressmen for co-sponsorship on the America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act Bill, which aims to safeguard 9.3 million acres of federal public land in Utah with the highest level of protection possible.

2:30-3:00 Demonstration of “Kedel” Wood Pellet Boiler with Randy Sprague from Sprague Heating and Plumbing.

3-3:20 Barn Arts Collective performance: Third and final performance of “We Run the Ship.” The collaborative performance changes every time, so come join the fun!

3-3:30 Zella (music). 

3-3:45 The Conway School presents Master’s Program in Ecological Design The Conway School will host a discussion with interested students and community members on their 10-month project-based design program to receive a M.S. in Ecological Design.

7:30-10:30 Earth Day Contra Dance at the Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Community Center.