Film festival and lecture to highlight Earth Week
April 5, 2012

Earth Week celebrations are expanding this year to include a film festival, but also will feature favorites like the “green” lunch on the library plaza and a jewelry exchange.

John Bradford, chief innovations officer with Interface America’s Inc., will be this year’s Earth Week speaker at 11 a.m. April 19 in the Bailey Room.

“We’re so honored to have John Bradford on our campus,” said Dr. Jon Ernstberger, Assistant Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department and chair of the Earth Week Committee. “The work he has done at Interface is inspirational, and we expect to get some ideas on how we as a community can be more sustainable.”

Bradford, a 1990 mechanical engineering graduate of Auburn University, holds several patents and has trademarked multiple processes within the textile industry. He has found innovative ways to reduce his company’s footprint on the environment, continuing the work of Interface founder Ray Anderson.

The film festival will present three acclaimed documentaries on April 16–18, complete with local speakers. They will include “Citizen Architect” with architect Todd Stephens, “Waiting for Superman” with author Nigel Walker and “Grow!” with farmer Chris Jackson. Each film will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 325 of the Frank and Laura Lewis Library.

“We’re very excited to bring these films to campus, and to have area experts lead discussions about them,” said Dr. Ernstberger. “And we’re grateful to be able to work in partnership with DASH for LaGrange Inc. to host the festival.”

Earth Day, which began in 1970, is celebrated April 22 in 192 countries with more than 1 billion people participating in activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

Here on the Hill, this year’s event will include intramural contests at 3 p.m. every day on the Residential Quad, an open house Tuesday at the college’s Theme House on Vernon Street, an Earth Day worship service at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel, an organic lunch and free trade market on the library plaza at noon Thursday and a fashion show at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Two additional cultural enrichment events are planned. “Kia Manufacturing: Putting West Point on the Map” will be at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Bailey Room, and “In This Economy?” will be at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library auditorium.

The Habitat ReStore will be on campus Friday to take away furniture and electronic recyclables.

Sharon Newton, Administrative Assistant in the Counseling Center, will coordinate this year’s jewelry exchange, a popular feature at the free trade market, and will be sending out information soon on how to donate pieces. For more information, contact her at or call her at (706) 880-8177.

For more information about Earth Week festivities, contact Dr. Ernstberger at or call him at (706) 880- 8155.

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