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Sustainability Events

Earth Week | April 18-22

Wenatchee Valley College will be celebrating Earth Day with a week of events celebrating sustainability and the natural world. All events are free and open to the public.

April 18: Climate Action Monday

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fountain

Non-profit and community partners will be in attendance, including, CAFÉ, Link Transit, and Plug-in NCW, who will feature electric vehicles, solar-powered displays, and carbon footprint reduction activities.

April 19: Terrain Tuesday and 5th annual Earth Day Poetry contest

1-2 p.m. at The Grove Recital Hall

After visiting English classes at WVC the morning, Canadian Ecopoet Matt Rader will be giving a reading alongside the winner of the WVC Student Earth Day Poetry Contest. For more information about the poetry contest contact WVC English Faculty Derek Sheffield at

April 20: Zero Waste Wednesday

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Zero Waste Wednesday promotes reducing waste and responsible consumption. Waste Loop will conduct a waste audit to see what and how much WVC throws away and recycles. Sustainable NCW will be tabling and demonstrate their Waste Wizard tool to students.

April 21: Thankful Thursday

10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Recreation Center

A time to show gratitude for natural resources and the well-being we get from spending time in nature. The rec center will offer incentives for students, staff, and faculty to use the eco-workout machines that generate energy into the power grid. Cascadia Conservation District, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and Washington Native Plant Society will present on forest health, habitat improvement, and responsible recreation. These community partners are also offering a wildflower walk and native plant scavenger hunt at Jacobsen Preserve trail in Wenatchee from 5:30 p.m.

April 22: Earth Day and Slow Fashion Friday

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fountain

WVC will host a sewing repair studio and partner with the YWCA NCW to hold a clothing swap. There will also be free lunch at noon courtesy of the Associated Students of WVC. Community partner Wenatchee River Institute will be tabling around the fountain to promote their annual Trashion Show that evening at 5:30 p.m. in the WRI Red Barn.

Trashion Show | Friday, April 22 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

WVC is partnering with Wenatchee River Institute for their first annual Trashion Show! A fashion show showcasing wearable garments using recycled materials and repurposed clothes. Create a team to build a Trashion masterpiece to be modeled down the runway or come down to see the creative pieces built by your neighbors! Audience members will get to vote for the People's Choice Award. Prizes are available for each category of design team. This event is put on is partnership with Waste Loop, Sustainable Wenatchee, and the Sustainability Club at Wenatchee Valley College.

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Dr. Jeanette Armstrong

Dr. Jeannette Armstrong presented “haʔntíxʷ iʔ‿tmxʷúlaʔxʷ uł niʕ̓íp txt̓ntsis: Respect the Earth and She will Always Take Care of You.”

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Climate Action Panel

UN Sustainable Development Goals Training 2021: Wenatchee Valley College Climate Action Panel.

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Earth Day 2021

Visiting writers Scott Russell Sanders and Ross Gay read their Earth writing for Earth Day 2021 and Poetry Month (April). Earth Day Poetry Contest student winner also read her winning poem.

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Dr. Drew Lanham

In honor of Black History Month, noted writer and ornithologist Drew Lanham gave a reading and discussed the intersection between race and the environment with our panel.

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