100+ mpg car, electric bike launch Bellevue College’s 10th annual Earth Week festivities April 20


Check out an electric bike and a consumer-model car that gets 100+ miles per gallon as Bellevue College launches its tenth annual Earth Week celebration Monday morning, April 20.

Other highlights of the week include a presentation on the Martian environment by NASA Space Scientist Ted Roush, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. April 22; lectures by authors Kurt Hoelting (The Circumference of Home: One Man's Year-Long Quest for a Radically Local Life, soon to be released) and Nena Baker (The Body Toxic) at 10:30 a.m. Monday and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, respectively; a presentation on traditional Native American methods of home insulation by Snoqualmie Tribe Canoe Family members and ethnobotanist Heidi Bohan, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday; and environmental humor by comedian Jesse Case at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

All Earth Week events are free and open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, take place in Building C (the student union building, next to the fountain) on BC's main campus.

Additional lectures, a field trip to Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horses wind and solar facility in central Washington, information booths, a green fashion show, an environmental photo contest and a series of films on green topics round out the week-long celebration.

The full schedule includes:

Monday, April 20

9:30 a.m. - “A Small Dose of Toxicology.” Lecture by Steve Gilbert, Ph.D., Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological Disorders

10 a.m. – noon Green Car Display by Bellevue-based Green Car Company (courtyard)

10:30 am - “The Circumference of Home: One Man's Year-Long Quest for a Radically Local Life.” Lecture by Kurt Hoelting, author and founder, Inside Passage Project

11:30 a.m. - “Environmental Issues in King County.” Lecture by Sergio Cueva-Flores, King County Director for Sen. Patty Murray.

12:30 p.m. - “Journey to Sustainability.” Lecture by Jeremy Smithson, co-founder & owner, Puget Sound Solar

1:30 p.m. - Film: “E2/Energy series - Coal & Nuclear: Problem or Solution?”

2:30 p.m. - “Moving Beyond Coal.” Lecture by J.P. Kemmick, Sierra Club Cascade Chapter

Tuesday, April 21

8:30 a.m. - “Ancient China's Earth ‘Millennium:’ A Thousand Years of Ecological Concern.” Lecture by BC philosophy instructor Mark Storey

9:30 a.m. - “There's something in the water...Oh, that's just birth control pills.” Lecture by BC anthropology instructor Tony Tessandori

10:30 a.m. - Green fashion show & environmental humor with Jesse Case, Comedian

11:30 a.m. - “The Body Toxic.” Lecture by Nena Baker, author (Building N, room 201).

12:30 p.m. - Discussion with Nena Baker, author of The Body Toxic (Building N, room 201).

1:30 p.m. - “The New Face of Nuclear Energy.” Lecture by Denise Brandon, principal engineer, Energy Northwest

2:30 p.m. - Film: “Flow: For Love of Water”

3:30 p.m. - Group discussion of the film, “Flow: For Love of Water”

Wednesday, April 22 - Earth Day

8:30 a.m. - “Building the Brightwater Treatment System.” Lecture by Stan Hummel, design manager, King County Department of Natural Resources

9:30 a.m. - “Traditional Insulation Workshop.” Presentation by Snoqualmie Tribe Canoe Family members and ethnobotanist Heidi Bohan

10:00 a.m. - “Saving the Earth Story Hour” for young readers.

10:30 a.m. - “Market Green – Green industry trends and the federal stimulus package.” Lecture by Kate Costanza, sustainability coordinator, MulvannyG2 Architecture

11:30 a.m. - “Wind energy in Washington.” Lecture by David Bowen, Wild Horse Wind Farm

12:30 p.m. - “Mathematics and Climate.” Lecture by Dr. Ka-Kit Tung, professor of applied mathematics and adjunct professor of atmospheric science, University of Washington (Library Media Center)

1:30-3:00 p.m. - Film: “E2/Energy series: Harvesting the Wind & Energy for a Developing World”

3:00-4:30 p.m. - Film: “Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash”

7:00 p.m. - “Chronicling Mars: Science Fiction and Fact.” Lecture by Dr. Ted Roush, NASA Space Scientist (Carlson Theatre)

Thursday, April 23

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Field trip to the Wild Horse wind farm in Ellensburg

Friday, April 24

8:30 a.m. - “Critical Issues in Environmental Cleanup: Hanford Overview.” Lecture by Nolan Curtis, Washington State Department of Ecology

9:30 a.m. - “Coming Soon to a City Near You: Carbon Neutrality.” Lecture by Kathe Winkler-Low, UW Masters of Public Administration Program and BC graduate

10:30 a.m. - “Power of You: Activism, Volunteerism and Politics for the Planet.” Lecture by Sara Needleman-Carlton, political activist and former BC student body president

11:30 a.m. - “Sustainable Chefs - How the Food Industry Can Support Local Farming.” Lecture by Lisa Dupar, owner and chief creative officer, Lisa Dupar Catering and Pomegranate Bistro

12:30 p.m. - Films: “King Corn” and “E2/Energy series: Growing Energy”

Throughout the week: Information booths and student exhibits.

Further information on the week's featured speakers and films is available online at https://scidiv.bellevuecollege.edu/rv/earthweek/.

Earth Week is organized by the BC Student Science Association, with assistance from BC’s Business Leadership Club, Science and Mathematics Institute, Associated Student Government and Center for Liberal Arts.

For more information contact Rob Viens in the BCC Science Division at rviens@bellevuecollege.edu or 425.564.3158.

BC’s main campus is located at 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue, at the intersection of S.E. 28th St. and 148th Ave. S.E.