Celebrating Mother Earth

Apr 182010
Authors: Sara Michael

In an attempt to extend the Earth Day experience through the week and illuminate the university’s vested interest in the environment, CSU is hosting events this week to highlight issues with global climate and demonstrate some solutions that CSU has employed to erase its footprint.

Cenergy Expo 2010: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
North Ballroom, Lory Student Center
Clean Energy Supercluster faculty members and several university clean energy startup companies will present posters on their earth-friendly projects. Hunter Lovins, renowned author and champion of sustainable development and dubbed by Time magazine as the millennium ‘Hero of the Planet,’ will speak at 3 p.m.

Bike Parade for Earth Week: 3 to 3:50 p.m.
North end of the CSU Oval
Sponsored by Campus Coalition for Sustainability and the Live Green Team, the first CSU Bike Parade will run through the Oval to the Isaac Newton statue outside of Yates. Costumes are encouraged, and there will be a helmet-decorating contest in the Lory Student Center Plaza. Arrive at the north end of the CSU Oval on Monday at 3 p.m. to participate.

Green University Walking Tour: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Solar Plant Tour, 1 to 2 p.m.
CSU Main Campus and Foothills Campus solar plant
To show off CSU’s green efforts, a walking tour will traverse the new Indoor Practice Facility, the Student Recreation Center and the Academic Village, highlighting the work that has gone into making the university environmentally responsible. After lunch at the Ram’s Horn, the tour will continue to the Transit Center and will load participants onto buses to travel to the solar plant on the Foothills Campus.
The walking tour is limited to 30 participants, but registration for the solar plant can be made separately and is open to more people.
Reservations must be made in advance by emailing stacy.grant@colostate.edu.

Adventure Film Festival: 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.)
Lory Student Center Theater
All proceeds from the event go to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, an educational non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. Tickets are $5.

Paper Shredding: Noon to 2 p.m.
University Drive
Sponsored by Shred-It. Participants are encouraged to shred only confidential documents, as shredded paper is more difficult to recycle.

Climate Action Plan Feedback and Poster Session: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lory Student Center Sunken Lounge
The Climate Action Plan will outline the goals and strategies CSU will use to reach climate neutrality. The plan will be discussed, and participants are invited to provide input on what CSU’s next sustainability efforts should be within the next 30 years.

Earth Day Celebration and Student Sustainability Fair: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
LSC Plaza
Featuring live music and more than 100 booths, including: a ‘Green Career’ section, student sustainability efforts, local non-profit organizations and businesses and natural resources organizations. This event is free to attend and open to the campus and Fort Collins community.
Free e-waste recycling is available.

“Soils, Climate Change, and Global Food Security”: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center North Ballroom
Rattan Lal will give a presentation on the importance of soil restoration to crop growth and world hunger. The Department of Soil & Crop Sciences is sponsoring the event.

Sustainable Apparel Show: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LSC Plaza
Encouraging students to consider the environment before they buy new clothes, the Sustainable Apparel Show will display sustainable clothing from thrift stores or clothing that’s been repurposed.

Staff writer Sara Michael can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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