Earth Day 2014 @ American Culture Center, USST
- 22-04-2014 14:30 - 18:00
- American Culture Center, Shanghai
Building on the success of the previous two years Green Initiatives returns to the USST campus to organize and celebrate ‘Earth Day’ 2014 at the American Culture Center (ACC) at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST). The event this year is focused on social entrepreneurship and sustainable living.
Unlike the previous editions that were mostly talks, the event this year will attempt to influence students to take part in a series of DIY activities and workshops that they can later incorporate into their daily lives. Various experts and practitioners would talk on the topics mentioned above, as well as give demonstrations of effective-yet-cool ideas and technologies.
- 14.30-14.40: Brief opening ceremony. Introduction by Jennifer Tarlin, Director, American Culture Center & Nitin Dani, Director, Green Initiatives
- 14.40-14.55: Sustainable Living: Choice or Necessity? (talk by Nitin Dani, Director, Green Initiatives)
- 14.55-15.10: Social Entrepreneurship as a Career (talk by Sebastian Martin of Cambio Coffee)
- 15.10-15:20: Q&A/Discussion with students
- 15.20-15.30: Snacks Break
- 15.30-16.00: Screening of 3-Short Films (Story of Cosmetics, Bottled Water and Electronics)
- 16.15-17.00: Workshops – Round 1 (students can choose to join any 1)
- 17.00-17.45: Workshops – Round 2 (students can choose to join any 1 of the remaining 2)
- 17.45-18.00: Event Conclusion
About the Speakers/Trainers:
Speaker, “Sustainable Living: Option or Necessity”
Background: Nitin is an architect by profession and an environmentalist at heart. He was raised and educated in various parts of India but has worked in Bangalore, Singapore, Milan and now, Shanghai. In Shanghai he began his career in a branding agency in 2010. He later moved on to form an entrepreneurial venture facilitating clean technology solutions for the Chinese market, while also co-founding Green Drinks China (GDC), an environmental nonprofit that inspires education through events. GDC was recently re-branded to Green Initiatives, striving to turn into a more action-oriented organization.
Speaker, “Social Entrepreneurship as a Career”
Background: Sebastian graduated with Masters Degrees in International Management (Scotland) and Global Entrepreneurship (France, China, USA), and has done extensive research into the subjects of social and environmental impact assessment, food certifications, and ethically responsible sourcing. He has organized coffee sourcing trips throughout Latin America (2012) and China (2013), and launched Cambio Coffee in Shanghai- an ‘organic’, ‘direct trade’ coffee company.
Trainer, “Thinking Like an Ecosystem” Workshop
Background: Lynn King is founder and managing director of SageVision, a leadership consultancy registered in Shanghai China. SageVision is a network of executive coaches and consultants dedicated to increasing leadership capacity for innovation and organizational resilience. Training professionally since 1989, Lynn’s training areas include: change management, intercultural competency, management and leadership skills, train-the-trainer, global team building, conflict management, diversity management, project management, and more. Lynn holds a Master’s Degree in Organization Development, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University.
Trainer, 'Know Your Air' Workshop
Background: Neils is the Technical Director at Greentec and the Co-Founder of Greenbook and has been living and working in Shanghai for over 10 years now. Originally from The Netherlands, Neils’ major is electronic engineering while he has been working in research and development for a Dutch power tool company for over 7 years and spent years in air cleaning and related aspects. Neils has also designed air cleaners for a international air cleaner company and another air inverter system that can take care for most indoor air pollution problems.
Trainer, “Planting With a Purpose” Workshop
Background: Emily is a B.A. student at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology specializing in finance and investment. She is an avid environmental enthusiast and has organized several environmentally-related activities for her school.
‘Thinking Like an Ecosystem’ Workshop
The workshop aims to highlight the deeper lessons behind the Aquaponic Fish Garden™, including introduction to natural ecosystems and social ecosystems. Participants will learn how:
- Our social ecosystems are killing our natural ecosystems
- Social ecosystems can mimic natural ecosystems to great benefit
- “Thinking like an ecosystem” will help us redesign our social ecosystems to be as ecologically sustainable as nature
‘Know Your Air’ Workshop
A number of air cleaners would be placed in the room to monitor the air quality during the workshop, to show what effect these air cleaners can have and can take care of. The trainers would use different kinds of reading equipment to show the different aspects of air cleaners in an interactive way.
- Short introduction on various kinds of particles present in the air
- Information on where these particles come from and why they stay
- What can we do to protect ourselves from these
- What should we take note of while making our own air cleaner
- What parts would you need in order to make your own air cleaner
‘Planting with a Purpose’ Workshop
Participants are required to bring their household wastes (small containers such as plastic bottles, bags, shoes, etc) to the workshop. Apart from providing soil and seeds the workshop aims to educate the participants on the different purposes of growing different kinds of seeds, such as: aromatic plants, radiation-proof plants, mosquito repellent plants, air-cleaning plants, etc. Participants would get a deeper knowledge on different varieties of plants, on how to grow and maintain them, as well as how waste material could be reused as planters in our homes for our own benefit.
About Earth Day:
Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year. The April 22 date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year.
About The American Culture Center:
The American Culture Center promotes learning and cultural exchange between China and the United States by supporting programs, exhibits and public events that highlight the contributions of American scholars, musicians, scientists and other people of accomplishment in the arts and sciences. The American Culture Center supports the University’s developing programs in global education by offering artistic, scholarly and scientific programming and by linking scholars in different areas of the university who share a common interest in research, development, and teaching related to the United States.