Earth Week 2019

Seattle Central’s Sustainability Council is hosting Earth Day activities from April 22 through April 26 at the Broadway Edison (BE) building. This year’s theme is “Environmental and Social Justice.” Learn more about ways how environmental issues are connected to social justice through the events below.

Pop-Up Food Pantry

Date: Monday, April 22
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: BE First Floor Hallway

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) will distribute food, toiletries, school supplies and other items collected at their food pantry drive events in the BE hallway to students and anyone in need. Individuals only need to sign in with their name to participate. Everyone is allowed to take up to five items each.

Contact Rachel Arneberg,

Waste Audit

Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: BE South Plaza

Come help sort through Seattle Central's waste. The Sustainability Council and friends will be sorting compost, recycling, and garbage to gather information to advance waste diversion initiatives at Seattle Central. Gloves and other materials will be provided. It is a lot of fun – you would be surprised!

Contact Jeff Keever,

Conversations on Earth Futures

Date: Wednesday, April 24
Time: 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Erickson Theater

Inspired by Earth Week, join the College Activities Board for an intimate discussion on the future of our planet. The discussion will highlight the voices, identities, and perspectives of local leaders. Our goal is to urge viewers into action with real-life solutions. Sponsored by Northwest Film Forum, this hour-long community conversation will be filmed and published online to encourage further discussion in our communities. Stay tuned for the announcements of our featured panelists.

Contact Sam Chesneau,

COSI: Advancing Economic, Racial and Climate Justice with a Green New Deal

Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Library Room A
Speakers: Victoria Hsieh and Harry Katz – Co-Coordinators, Sunrise Movement Seattle Hub

Since November, the youth-led Sunrise Movement has brought national attention to the Green New Deal, which aims to stop the climate crisis and create millions of good jobs in the process. The policy proposal has garnered more media attention and political support than any other climate policy proposal in the U.S. so far. Over 100 members of Congress are currently co-sponsoring the Green New Deal, and thousands of young people across the country are working to make it a reality.

But what is the Green New Deal? Why does the Green New Deal seek to address the climate crisis, racism, and poverty at the same time? Why has the Green New Deal garnered so much attention? And what are the theories about how ordinary people can bring about political change that the Green New Deal movement has been using--the structure-based and mass protest theories of political movements? Join us to learn more!

Contact Kimberly Tate-Malone,

Poems for the Planet

Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Broadway Performance Hall

Just in time for Earth Day, we’ll be celebrating eco-poetics as a mode of creative resistance. This reading and discussion will launch the Copper Canyon Press anthology HERE: Poems for the Planet. Featuring poets who write with urgency and hope about the natural world, the event is supported by three organizations that create a better and more just landscape for poets and poetry: Cave Canem, CantoMundo, and Kundiman.

General admission: $20
Students: $10

Contact Alison Stagner,

BikeMobile: Mobile Bike Repair Shop

Date: Friday, April 26
Time: 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: BE South Plaza

Please join the Sustainability Council in welcoming the Bike Works BikeMobile offering minor bike repairs to the Seattle Central campus community. Bike Works is a local non-profit promoting the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. They work to educate and empower youth, and make bicycling accessible and affordable to all members of the Seattle community. Their BikeMobile is a traveling bike repair truck that travels to select locations throughout Seattle – typically to areas designated as “bike deserts” or where affordable bike repairs are scarce. During their visit to campus they will be offering free minor bike repairs! Charges will only be applied to those who wish to buy a new bicycle part for which the BikeMobile also offers used parts at reduced prices. Bike to campus on April 26 and invite your classmates, coworkers, and friends to enjoy free repairs courtesy of Bike Works Seattle.

Contact Jeff Keever,

Additional Events outside of Earth Week

COSI: Permaculture Practices and the (R)evolution

Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 12 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Location: Library Room A


  • Jami Fecher – Pastor, Gift of Grace Lutheran Church
  • Valerie Hunt, Ph.D. – Associate Vice President, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Seattle Central College
  • Lisa Sandoval – Director, STEM-B, Seattle Central College

Contact Kimberly Tate-Malone,

Capitol Hill Homelessness Forum

Date: Thursday, April 18
Panel: 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Reception: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Broadway Performance Hall

What is being done? Is it working? How you can help? Panelists are service providers, local non-profits, and city employees who serve our unsheltered neighbors either directly or indirectly.

Contact Egan Orion,

Duwamish Alive! with Forterra

Date: Saturday, April 20
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Duwamish Hill Preserve – 3800 S. 115th St., Tukwila, WA 98168

Restoration Clean up party in Tukwila. Interested volunteers MUST register with Seattle Central PTK (Event is full, but PTK has reserved spots).

Join dozens of volunteers and come out to the Duwamish Hill Preserve to restore this very special area adjacent to Green-Duwamish! At the Duwamish Hill Preserve we will be continuing restoration efforts by removing invasive species like Himalayan blackberry and spreading mulch to suppress weeds. This is a great way to give back to your local community, and also is an awesome opportunity to meet some new faces, to get your hands dirty, and to get outside and connect with the Green-Duwamish River!

Contact Rachel Arneberg,