Michigan State University

2012 Events

LUNCHTIME BROWNBAGS

Powering the Future: MSU's Energy Transition Plan

Lauren Olson, MSU Office of Campus Sustainability
Tuesday, February 14, 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Main Library North Conference Room, W449

Join us on Valentine's Day to learn about something we can all love, MSU's Energy Transition Plan to reduce greenhouse gasses, replace high carbon energy sources with lower carbon sources while moving the University towards renewable resources. The Plan's strategies and goals will be considered by the MSU Board of Trustees in January 2012. Lauren will report on that Board meeting and the next steps.

MSU Moves Toward Zero Waste

Michael Mitchner, Operations Manager, MSU Recycling & Waste Management
Tuesday, March 20, 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Main Library North Conference Room, W449

Join Michael to learn about MSU's comprehensive reuse and recycling programs, including past successes, current projects, and future plans to meet the goal of zero waste.

Bicycle Commuting Class

Mike Unsworth, Tri-Country Bicycle Association and Tim Potter, MSU Bikes Center
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Main Library North Conference Room,

As part of the Office of Campus Sustainability's participation in National Bike Month, Tim and Mike will present the basics of safe and practical bicycle commuting.

EARTH WEEK EVENTS

Earth Week Beal Garden Tour

Tour led by Peter Carrington, Assistant Curator of the Garden
Thursday, April 19, 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

Tour begins near the pond, in the southeast corner of Beal Garden.*

  • In case of inclement weather, please join us in the Main Library North Conference Room (W449) for a virtual tour of the Beal Garden.

Earth Day Recycling Game

Friday, April 20, Noon - 4:00 pm
MSU Main Library, 1 West (Writing Center Area)

Take an Earth Day study break to learn about recycling options at MSU. Test your recycling knowledge (and win a prize!) by joining our recycling game.

Earth Day activities are in conjunction with the Main Library exhibit on the first floor, which runs from April 1 - June 30.

BEAL BOTANICAL GARDEN TOURS

Tours led by Peter Carrington, Assistant Curator of the Garden

Thursday, April 19
Thursday, May 17
Thursday, June 14
12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

Tours begin near the pond, in the southeast corner of the Beal Garden.*

The W. J. Beal Botanical Garden is the oldest continuously operated university botanical garden of its kind in the United States. Peter's delightful anecdotes and vast knowledge of plants make his tours an enjoyable way to spend the lunch hour!

The May tour will focus on spring ephemerals, plants that flower for a short time, thriving in the sunlight of the forest floor before the trees above leaf out.

*In case of inclement weather, please join us in the Main Library North Conference Room (W449) for a virtual tour of the Beal Garden.

Foreigners versus Invaders: Plants from somewhere else

July 12, 2012
12:10 pm-12:50 pm

Join Peter Carrington, assistant curator, at the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden to explore the difference between foreign plants, and the non-native plants that have tried to take over the world, or at least our local part of it. This tour will include the most notorious of our local invasive plants.

Trying to get fertilized; pollination strategies in the world of flowers

August 16, 2012
12:10 pm-12:50 pm


Peter Carrington, assistant curator of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden, will introduce some of the strategies and players in the constant bid to enlist a proper messenger to carry a flower's genetic code from place to place in the plant world.

Plants that changed history

September 13, 2012
12:10 pm-12:50 pm

Behind the ebb and flow of technology and human conflict that have shaped history are a surprising cast of plants whose role in the development of civilization is not always remembered. Join Peter Carrington, assistant curator of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden for a look at the plants that have had a hand (or leaf) in important historical events.

Tour of the Sanford Natural Area

September 18, 5:30-6:30 pm
Rain date: Tuesday, September 20, 5:30-6:30 pm
Tour led by Peter Carrington, assistant curator of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden

Join Peter Carrington, assistant curator of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden on a naturalist's walk through the Sanford Natural Area (adjoining the east side of Bogue St. along the south bank of the Red Cedar River on the MSU campus) for a look a rivers edge ecosystem at autumnal equinox. All manner of creatures and plants will be highlighted in this climatically unusual year. Preparations for winter and the foreshadowing of next spring will be discussed.

The group will meet in the parking lot of Van Hoosen Hall near the entrance to the natural area

Strategies for winter; storing energy when body fat is not an option

Thursday, October 18, 2012
12:10 pm-12:50 pm


Peter Carrington, assistant curator of the W. J. Beal Botanical Garden will showcase how plants make the adjustments that insure survival over the cold winters that define the temperate zone of our home planet. Storing staples for winter; it's not just for squirrels.