On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Carroll College will join hundreds of other Catholic parishes, schools and colleges to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis by participating in the nationwide awareness campaign, Melting Ice, Mending Creation: A Catholic Approach to Climate Change. The program highlights the Pontifical Academy of Sciences’s Working Group (PAS) statement, Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene, combined with vivid video evidence of climate change as documented by James Balog, the science photographer behind the documentary film Chasing Ice.
On Friday, September 20, 2013, Dr. Steve Running will speak on campus about new career opportunities and social challenges related to climate change in his talk titled "If I were in college today, what would I major in?" Running is a Regents Professor of Ecology at the University of Montana and a Lead Author of the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The lecture will be held in the Campus Center's lower level at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Hunthausen Center, partnering with the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, will present a free screening of Academy Award-nominated documentary Sun Come Up at 7 p.m. in lower level of the Carroll Campus Center. Sun Come Up follows the relocation of the world’s first global warming refugees: the Carteret Islanders, driven by rising water from their ancestral land on a remote South Pacific island chain to search for a new home. The search is of dire consequence: the Carteret are asked whether their island will sink first, or whether their people will starve beforehand. They face acceptance in a new land and the violence of lingering civil war there, along with the threat of losing their cultural identity.
Today (Friday, Sept. 14, 2012), Carroll’s Green Team invites everyone to enjoy the warm sun as they peruse the college’s new Native Plant Garden, featuring Big Sky floral wonders like kinnikinnick, sagebrush, milkweed and more, outside the front entrance of the Carroll Corette Library, with an “open garden” from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Tour the garden, feast your eyes on Montana’s native flora in full bloom, and ask questions of the Carroll Green Team members who made it all possible. Green Team and Carroll’s Grounds crew planted the garden in July, with generous support from the Kelsey Chapter of the Montana Native Plant Society and the Last Chance Audubon Society.
On Sunday, Dec. 4, Carroll College will host a screening of the new documentary film "Carbon Nation" at 7 p.m. in the college's Simperman Hall Wiegand Amphitheatre (room 101-202). Free and open to the public, the event is co-sponsored by the Carroll College Green Team, Montana Environmental Information Center, Sierra Club, Montana Conservation Voters, Montana Audubon, and Montana League of Women Voters.
"Carbon Nation" is an optimistic, solutions-based film that shows how tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national and energy security and promotes health and a clean environment. Whatever your view of climate change, "Carbon Nation" offers compelling, relevant perspectives provided by entertaining and endearing characters. The 82-minute movie celebrates solutions, inspiration and action, all of which can be considered during a moderated discussion, led by Carroll Green Team member and Professor Jonathan Matthews, after the screening.
March 15, 2011
Join us for a free showing of the documentary Deep Green on Wednesday, March 16, at 6 p.m. in the Carroll Campus Center's upper level. Filmmaker Matthew Briggs traveled to nine countries to explore ideas and technology that may free us from our dependence on fossil fuels and fix man-made Global Warming.
October 13, 2010
On Wednesday, October 27, Carroll College will host a special local food meal and educational talk that is free and open to the public. "Eating Our Way to a More Sustainable and Resilient Local Community" will feature guest speakers Jacob and Courtney Cowgill, organic farmers who own and operate Prairie Heritage Farm in Conrad, Mont. The free event will also include an all-local meal prepared in cooperation with students from Carroll and Helena High and Helena community members. Those attending will be able to meet some of the local farmers who grew the produce for the evening meal.
The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Carroll College Campus Center. Bluegrass and Americana music will be provided by The Hayseeds.
Sponsors for this local food happening include Carroll College Student Activities, Carroll's Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice, the Carroll College Green Team, Sodexo and the S.A.V.E. Foundation. Those donating produce, products, or in-kind services or both to this event include Montana Senator Dave Lewis, Ana Pederson, Mannix Family Grass-Finished Beef, Mandi Williams, Natural Creations and Barnstormer's Coffee
For more information, please contact Cole Mannix, Carroll assistant director of Community Living and volunteer coordinator, at 447-4373.
April 26, 2010
On Thursday, April 29, Carroll College and will host an Arbor Day celebration on campus, with a tree planting and songs and poetry presented by students from nearby Broadwater Elementary School. The celebration will begin at 2 p.m. in the Carroll Campus Center with an explanation of Arbor Day's history delivered by Sam Hunthausen, a Carroll student member of the college's Green Team. The ceremony will reach a finale at around 2:20 p.m., with the group planting a tree between St. Charles and Borromeo Halls on the Carroll campus. At the tree planting, the group will hear a short talk by Carroll's nationally award-winning Grounds Director Gerald Landby on the importance of trees to the environment. Carroll professor, Father Dan Shea, will bless the tree.
The public is welcome to attend this free event.
February 05, 2010
On Monday, February 8, "Good Food for Everyone - a look at food security issues in Montana" will bring to campus a panel of experts to discuss sustainable eating for all. Free and open to the public, the discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center and features Helena Food Share Executive Director Ann Waickman, Growing Community Project co-chair Janet Hess-Herbert and Montana State University extension agent Toby Day. Every topic is on the table, including world hunger, the U.S. obesity epidemic, food safety (including outbreaks of E. coli), genetically engineered plants and seeds, industrialized food production, and more. This presentation is sponsored by Montanans for Corporate Accountability, the Carroll College Green Team, and the Alternative Energy Resources Organization.
Helena Food Share, which has been providing emergency food assistance for Helena-area families for over 20 years, has a new goal of wiping out hunger completely in our community and is expanding its operations. The Growing Community Project is a partnership of local non-profits that aims to build community gardens as a way to address food security issues and also build community. In his job as an MSU extension agent, Day also heads the state's Master Gardner program. Carroll's Green Team is considering a community garden for campus, and these experts are expected to discuss Carroll and Helena moving toward more home-grown food and buying local.
January 11, 2010
On Monday, January 11, 2010, two Montana experts, Kristina Hubbard and Dave Christensen, will speak on concentration in the seed industry and how it affects both farmers and those of us who eat. The free, public lecture kicks off a series sponsored by Carroll's Green Team sustainability working group and will take place in the Campus Center at 7 p.m. Aside from the Green Team, event co-sponsors include Montanans for Corporate Accountability and the Alternative Energy Resources Organization.
Hubbard is a consultant for the Farmer to Farmer Campaign on Genetic Engineering and for the Center for Rural Affairs. She recently authored a report, "Out of Hand: Farmers Face the Consequences of a Consolidated Seed Industry," examining antitrust enforcement issues in the seed industry. Christensen is a corn breeder from Big Timber who has spent more than 30 years collecting heirloom varieties grown by Indians and homesteaders in Montana and improving their cold and drought tolerance and their protein and antioxidant content. But his conventional stocks are now threatened with contamination by patented genetically modified varieties controlled by several multinational corporations and planted on 80 percent of U.S. corn acreage. Consolidation in the seed industry is driven by increasing dominance of patented seeds with their genetically modified traits. The major biotechnology firms, especially Monsanto, have gobbled up conventional seed growers and privatized the genetic resources acquired by combining them with patented traits.