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Earth Week at University offers educational programs, demos April 22, 23 & 25

By ThisIsReno

Bag MonsterThe northern Nevada community can celebrate the Earth and learn about options for more sustainable living at the University of Nevada, Reno campus Tuesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 23. Educational programs and demonstrations will focus on sustainability efforts and examples of green campus and community resources. Additionally, an Arbor Day event, Friday, April 25, moves the University closer to becoming a designated Tree Campus USA location, a designation granted through the Arbor Day Foundation.
“I have a vision for a healthier, more sustainable world,” geography student Jean-Paul Torres, president of the Campus Cycling Coalition, a bicycle advocacy club on campus, said. “We want to make this campus a more bicycle friendly university, which is key to making us stand apart from the rest, from the status quo. There is something about being able to easily traverse the campus within seconds by bicycle, and the more we can show people how great it is, the more I believe we’ll start garnering support.”

The University’s Summer of Sustainability is a series of activities on campus that will explore the environment and the sustainability movement. One of its signature events is a curated and juried art exhibit, “Reused + Recycled = Art,” which is also an official Reno Artown event. Officials are currently inviting artists to submit their work and ideas to the project.

“We are hoping to use the exhibition as a starting point for conversation and awareness about sustainability,” Maureen McCarthy, executive director for the University’s Academy for the Environment, said. “We want materials to be up-cycled into a new and productive life, as well as a beautiful piece of art.”

The University’s Earth Week events will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gateway Plaza in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union, with the Arbor Day planting event taking place just north of Lawlor Events Center.

Tuesday, April 22: Waste, Recycling and Local Foods
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza
Highlighted activities:
The Return of the Bag Monster, offering free reusable grocery bags
Dumpster Dive with trash collected from a University dumpster
Plastic-bottle recycling display
Plant giveaway sponsored by the University’s Arboretum Board
Recycled art made by Children of the Child and Family Research Center
Local food and farming information from Urban Roots and River School
Wednesday, April 23: Alternative Transportation, Energy and Water
11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Plaza
Highlighted activities:
Eco-Friendly Vehicles: All-electric Nissan Leaf, University’s Parking and Transportation Service’s Hertz on Demand and a new RTC zero-emissions electric bus
Campus Cycling Coalition Bike Repair Clinic with the Reno Bike Project
1-4:30 p.m.: Nevada Undergraduate Research Symposium
1-1:30 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre, third floor
Welcome and Keynote Speaker, University Vice President for Research and Innovation Mridul Gautam
1:30-3 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre, third floor
Student Oral Presentations
3-4:30 p.m.: Joe Crowley Student Union Glick Ballrooms, fourth floor
Student Poster Session and Reception

Friday, April 25: Arbor Day
11 a.m.: Southwest entrance of the West Stadium Parking Complex, just north of Lawlor Events Center
The University is taking steps to become a designated Tree Campus USA location. The public is welcome to join University officials and students as they plant a new Paw Paw tree.
University partners and organizers of the weeks’ activities include the Joe Crowley Student Union, the University’s Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Department, Environmental Health and Safety, Academy for the Environment, University Arboretum Board, and many Associated Student of the University of Nevada student organizations. Additional campus and community groups will be present at the Student Union Plaza.

For more information and a complete list of event offerings, click here. Self-paid parking is available in the metered lot south of Lawlor Event Center or on the top floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex.

The University’s Earth Week will help kick-off additional community Earth Day celebrations such as the Earth Day 2014 at Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 27.

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