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Elon events to mark Earth Day

Several student organizations and departments have partnered to host a number of events in celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 2012.


A series of programs have been organized this month to raise awareness of environmental and sustainability issues while encouraging members of the campus community to identify ways to reduce their impact on the environment.

The sustainability theme for the month of April is Reduce Your Impact. Visit the Take Action section of the Sustainability web site for ideas on how to reduce your impact.

Tuesday, April 17
Sustainable College Coffee
9:40 – 10:20 a.m.
A number of student groups and partner organizations will be present to share their sustainability message. The Office of Sustainability will have giveaways, including reusable shopping bags and CFLs. Enjoy fair trade coffee and remember to put your compostable items in the provided bins.

Landfill on the Lawn
12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Speaker’s Corner (Between the Moseley Center and Koury Athletic Center)
The Eco-Reps will host a demonstration where students will sort recyclables from a portion of waste generated on campus. It will be an eye-opening visual display of how many recyclable items are thrown away on campus.

Wednesday, April 18
Local Lunch
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Colonnades Dining Hall
Elon Dining Services will host a meal made with as many local ingredients as possible.

Giving Tree
12 – 4 p.m., Speaker’s Corner (Between the Moseley Center and Koury Athletic Center)
All members of the Elon community are welcome to bring unwanted, gently used clothing and small household items to exchange with other members of the Elon community. Participants do not have to bring something in order to take something. Any remaining items will be donated to a local organization. The rain location is Moseley 215.

Thursday, April 19
College Chapel with Colin Beavan as guest speaker
9:50 – 10:20 a.m., Whitley Auditorium
Take a break from the busy week, and join us for College Chapel where Colin Beavan will reflect on change makers from his perspective.

Elon Community Church Farmers’ Market Opening Day for 2012
3:30 – 6:30 p.m., Lawn next to Elon Community Church, corner of W. College Ave. and Williamson Ave.
Office of Sustainability volunteers will be handing out reusable shopping bags for the first hour of the market, or while supplies last! Campus Kitchen at Elon University will also be at the market.

Colin Beavan, “Saving the World, Being Yourself”
7:30 p.m., McKinnon Hall (Moseley Center)
In 2006, Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man, vowed to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year. Colin’s experiment became the subject of his provocative, award-winning blog, book and Sundance documentary, all by the same name. What would it be like to try and live a no-impact lifestyle? Colin will explain how to realistically live a more “eco-effective” and “more content” life.

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Center for Environmental Studies, General Studies and the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information and reminders as these events approach “Like” Elon Sustainability on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ElonSustainability)!

Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20
Elon Dining Services and the Landscaping and Grounds Department is sponsoring an Earth Week Scavenger Hunt.

Each day, a prize will be hidden somewhere on campus. Check the Elon Dining Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ElonDining) for daily hints to find the prize.

During the week, visit Colonnades Dining Hall to vote for your favorite Earth Day photo. In any dining location during the week you can make your Earth Day resolution, identifying what you will do to reduce your impact on the environment.

Eric Townsend,
4/30/2012 12:02 PM