Earth Week at the BAC | April 20-24

Atelier, your student government, would like to help promote Earth Day, on April 22, 2009, by celebrating Earth Week. In a concerted effort with the BAC administration, our alumni, and various neighborhood organizations, we have put together a list of events that will occur during the week of April 17-24, 2009. Some of these events are passive, while some are more active. The idea is to provide you with various options so that you can hopefully find a blank spot on your calendar and get involved. With each of these events, please contact for more information.

BAC/Tufts 2009 Solar Decathlon Presentation
Friday, April 17, 7pm

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) and Tufts University have joined forces as Team Boston to compete in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. The U.S. Department of energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) sponsor this biannual international competition. Over the course of two years, each team designs and builds a fully operational, energy-efficient, and marketable 800 sq. ft. home that is entirely solar-powered. Our home will be built on Tufts campus, and then showcased to the public on the National Mall in Washington, DD in October 2009. A presentation will be given by the team’s student leaders. Learn how you can get involved this semester, through the summer, and maybe even in DC. Can’t make it to this meeting? Contact for more information. Visit the website at www.livecurio.

Curio House Groundbreaking
Wednesday, April 22, 11am

Solar Decathlon Team Boston, a partnership between the Boston Architectural College and Tufts University, would like to extend an invitation to the Groundbreaking Ceremony. The event will begin at 11am at Sophia Gordon Hall, 15 Talbot Avenue on the Tufts University campus.The Team Boston Solar Decathlon project has been, and will continue to be, a great opportunity to make the sustainability movement tangible, connect like-minded people and businesses, and educate the public about green choices. This Groundbreaking Ceremony is a key milestone for the project and an important symbol of the amazing efforts put forth locally to stem the tide and create a better world and a brighter future for generations yet to come. Team Boston hopes that you will be able to take part in this exciting event!curious? For project information as well as directions to the groundbreaking please visit our website.For additional information please visit the 2009 Solar Decathlon website.

Emerging Green Buildings - Earth Day Special: Greening of Southie Screening, hosted by the Green Roundtable
Wednesday, April 22, 6-8pm

This movie night is hosted by the Green Roundtable on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the NEXUS Green Building Resource Center, 38 Chauncy St., 7th Floor, downtown Boston. It’s free to come celebrate Earth Day with community members and relax while watching a great documentary on the green building process. In collaboration with GreenHomeNYC, The Fledgling Fund, and The Green Roundtable, the film-makers of the award-winning documentary, The Greening of Southie, are launching a non-profit campaign to facilitate free screening-and-discussion events in union halls, labor resource centers, and green building organizations nationwide during Earth Week 2009 (April 18-26). This documentary tells the story of Boston’s first green residential building, from the perspective of the men and women who construct it. The Macallen Building is a model of LEED certified energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design.

Trailer - The Greening of Southie from Wicked Delicate Films on Vimeo.

Exclusive Tour of the EpiCenter: LEED Platinum Building
Sponsored by the BAC Alumni Association
Thursday, April 23, 5 pm
Location: EpiCenter: Artists for Humanity Building 100 West Second Street, South Boston

This will provide a great opportunity to network with BAC students, faculty, staff and alumni for an exclusive tour of the innovative LEED Platinum building designed by Arrowstreet. This building not only displays cutting edge sustainable design but houses a non-profit organization that promotes education of the arts to local high school students with after-school and summer programs. Space is limited! Please rsvp to Connie Ferreira at 617.585.0284 or

Loft Art: Earth Week Finale Exhibit
Sponsored by the Atelier – Loft Art Team
Friday, April 24, 6pm
Location: 320 Newbury Street building, in the Loft

Atelier’s Loft Art Team is currently preparing an artist exhibit to officially celebrate BAC’s Earth Day efforts. This takes place the Friday after Earth Day. The Loft Art Team is still accepting artist to contribute to the event and eager to get other students involved with the planning.

Contact for more information.

Back Bay Alley Rally
- In Conjunction with Mayor Menino’s ‘Boston Shines’,
Saturday, April 25, 8:30am
Location: Clarendon Playground, located at the corner of Clarendon Street & Commonwealth Avenue.

This is the Back Bay Neighborhood Association’s annual neighborhood cleanup and the BAC would like to be a good neighbor and help out! BAC Students will be given a free BAC t-shirt for their participation. Watch the blog for instructions on how to get yours. The event will conclude with a picnic for volunteers at 12pm, Noon.

For more information, contact Ellen Rooney at

(photo: courtesy of Jo-Ann Leinwand)