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BRIDGEPORT – A new HCC student club is sponsoring a weeklong series of environmental activities to commemorate Earth Week.

The club, Friends of the Environment, has organized faculty teach-ins, an environment-related movie and related talk, a mini conference, and an outdoor clean-up as part of the college’s Earth Week activities. The activities will be held April 14 through 19.

The activities include:

  • Monday April 14 – A “teach in” in which more than 30 faculty members will conduct classes on environmental subjects such as biofuels and recycling. The classes will be held morning, afternoon and evening.
  • Tuesday April 15– Day 2 of the teach-in.
  • Wednesday April 16 – Viewing the documentary “King Corn,” which is about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation College friends Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis move to the heartland to learn the source of their food. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm. After the film, Cheney will discuss the film- both its making and the environmental aspects of the food industry. The Theater Arts Group is co-sponsoring sponsoring it.
  • Thursday April 17 – Mini Conference, 1 – 5:30 p.m. Guest speakers will address environmental issues such as wetlands protection, air pollution and the business cost of going green. Speakers include Kat West of Sterling Planet (green jobs) , Yale Univ. Environmental risk Analysis and Policy Professor John Wargo (diesel pollution) , Dr. Stephen Danzer (wetlands) and the state Department of Environmental Protection's Tracy Babbidge (air pollution).
  • Saturday April 19 – HCC day at Ansonia Nature Center. Students, faculty, and staff- as well as their families and friends- will volunteer at the Nature center to help with the maintenance/repair of facilities to get it ready for their own Earth Day celebrations April 26.

All events are free and open to the public.