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Earth Week

NHCC will be celebrating Earth Week from April 18-20, 2016!

Schedule of Events
Monday, April 18


11 am - 1 pm:
Hmong Awareness Day (CBT Grand Hall)

North Hennepin Community College is pleased to celebrate Hmong Awareness Day April 18th.  The purpose of this event is to provide opportunities for our Hmong students and community to share their culture and related topics.  Additionally, we hope to inspire and engage the NHCC community to continue providing an environment of respect and inclusion.


3 pm - 4 pm:
Genetically Modify Food Debate (CBT Grand Hall)

Join us for a debate regarding the safety and viability of genetically modified foods in America. The conversation will offer you, the consumer, a more in depth understanding of what GMO foods are, how they are created, and what (if any) effects they have on human health beyond what is covered in mainstream media. We will also offer a question and answer period for participants to have their own questions answered regarding GMO foods answered by the knowledgeable debate panel including NHCC instructors Dr. Joel Jensen, professor of Philosophy and Rob Bursik, professor of Biology.


Tuesday, April 19

10 am - 1 pm:
Green Career Fair (Campus Center)
NHCC will host it's first "Green" Career Fair in the Campus Center on Tuesday, April 19th from 10:00am to 1:00pm as part of Earth Week. Representatives from a number of organizations will be on hand to provide information and discuss "Green" jobs and careers - including information on education and training requirements, how to get started, career pathways, etc. Some of the organizations will also be recruiting for interns and volunteers for summer projects.

Organizations and industries that will be represented at the Green Career Fair include:

  • MN Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG)
  • TrueBlue Companies - Labor Ready and Spartan Staffing
  • Wenck Associates, Inc.
  • Green Construction - Rich Krohn
  • Sierra Club North Star Chapter
  • Hennepin County Green Partners Environmental Education Program
  • Clean Water Action MN

2 pm - 3 pm:
Early Spring Workshop (CBT Grand Hall)

April in Minnesota is not too early to begin planting your vegetable garden. Professor Rob Bursik will highlight several options for early spring planting along with information on how to care and maintain a vegetable garden. Participants will help plant a portion of the NHCC community garden with plant option hardy to our colder climate.

3 pm - 4 pm:
Pollinator Garden Workshop (CBT Grand Hall)

Join the NHCC Environmental Association to learn about the importance of pollinator friendly gardens. You will also learn how to select plants that attract pollinators and how to create and maintain a pollinator friendly plot. Kari Hovorka will offer a presentation on Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and the Monarch butterfly decline with information on how citizens can help get involved in this important issue. Members of the Environmental Association will provide a walkthrough of the NHCC Greenhouse highlighting our work with pollinator plants and share our plans to establish a pollinator garden on campus. Participants will be offered an opportunity to return later in the spring to take home pollinator friendly seedlings started in the greenhouse this spring.

Wednesday, April 20

11 am - 1 pm:
Tapped: The Movie & Discussion (CBT Grand Hall)

Join us for lunch and a movie. Members of the Environmental Association and Phi Theta Kappa will host a viewing of “Tapped: The Movie”, a documentary showcasing the bottle water industry, the environmental impact of bottles water, and drinking water regulations. There will be a discussion period following the movie. Lunch and refreshments will be served and each participant will receive an NHCC Earth Week water bottle.

1 pm - 2 pm:
Stormwater: NHCC's MS4 Annual Public Meeting (CBT Grand Hall)

North Hennepin Community College will hold its annual meeting on the MS4 Stormwater Permit on Wednesday, 4/20/16. The meeting will be at 1:00pm in the Grand Hall, room 195. Anyone interested in where NHCC’s stormwater goes is invited to attend. The agenda will consist of an explanation of the stormwater program with an informal discussion to follow.  We will also follow the path of our stormwater from the parking lots to the pond area in the south of campus, weather and time permitting.