April marks Earth Month for the Office of Sustainability with a multitude of activities planned for students to celebrate Earth Day.
Last week, the Office of Sustainability hosted the Earth Week Scavenger Hunt where students could send in pictures of Earth-friendly activities. The purpose of using social media to host activities was a means to showcase more sustainability, Melissa Nergard, director of the Office of Sustainability, said.
The first event planned for today is the Environmental Education Mini-Symposium on the 3rd floor of Milner Library. The mini symposium gives students the opportunity to share what they are learning with others. Environmental education projects will be on display and students will be available to talk about their projects. The symposium will begin at 10 a.m.
Also beginning at 10 a.m. is the Electronic Recycling and Swap which will be on the Quad until 3 p.m. Students and faculty can drop off recyclable materials and in turn, swap for either a reusable coffee mug or Frisbee.
The Quad will also be hosting the water bottle exchange. This event is co-sponsored by Campus Recreation, Disability Concerns, Office of Sustainability and University Recycling.
Students can swap a plastic bottle they have purchased previously for a reusable Camelbak water bottle at no cost. This is the second annual water bottle swap, and will continue until supplies run out.
“Earth Day is about awareness, so be conscientious of purchases, what food you eat, transportation methods, water usage and energy consumption,” Nergard said. “And spread the word, help raise other people’s awareness.”
In addition, Carmike Palace Cinema 10 will be screening the documentary “Unacceptable Levels” organized by Living Green Locally.
This film showcases the results of the chemical revolution of the 1940s through the eyes of filmmaker Ed Brown. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $11.
The roots of Earth Day can be traced to Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., he announced the idea for a national teach-in on the environment day to the national media.
“The importance of Earth Day is as a reminder that the quality and viability of the environment is a reflection of our own health and longevity,” Nergard said. “All of our products, food, water, social and economic systems are derived from and integrated with the Earth. There are no stand-alone systems on the planet.”