Going Green takes center stage as UNT gears up for Earth Week

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- From an art show and tree planting to clean-up projects to the founder of TOMS shoes speaking, several events promoting environmental responsibility and stewardship will be held at the University of North Texas April 11-14 (Monday-Thursday) for Earth Week. Worldwide Earth Day celebrations will take place April 22.

Earth Week is designed to develop partnerships with community groups to reduce Denton's carbon footprint and promote environmental stewardship. The university-wide public awareness campaign is designed promote sustainability events and opportunities and generate a sense of responsibility and excitement about reducing, reusing and recycling.

This year's events are sponsored by a wide range of organizations on campus, including International Education, Sustainability, Diversity, the Center for Leadership and Service, the Student Money Management Center, UNT Libraries, the Multicultural Center, the North Texas Energy and Environment Club and various campus departments.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Earth Day was founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries.

This year's program includes:

Monday, April 11

  • International Education, Sustainability and Diversity Awards Banquet: 7pm – 9pm, Silver Eagle Suite of the University Union. The offices of International Education, Sustainability and Diversity have collaborated this year to recognize the green efforts on campus throughout this past year. The Union is located one block west of Welch and Prairie streets.
  • EarthWurx Art Show: All Week, University Union Art Gallery. Located on the outside wall of the Union Gallery, EarthWurx is an exhibition that displays individual roles in the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of  Planet Earth.

Tuesday, April 12

  • Health Fair: 9am – 2:30pm, Mall outside of the Willis Library. Hosted by the Center for Leadership and Service as a part of Cancer Awareness Week. The library is located one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C.
  • Mean Green Exchange, Green Business Expo: 2-6 pm, Mall outside of the Willis Library. Highlights local businesses with sustainable goods, sell products, and inform students of internship opportunities.
  • National Library Week, Irving Green Library Presentation: 4 pm, Discovery Park Library Classroom, B135. A presentation by Irving Public Library and Hidell and Associates Architectural firm and talking about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building projects under way.

Wednesday, April 13

  • Being Green Without Spending All of Your Green: 10:30 am - 11:30 am, Environmental Science 120. Student Money Management is going to teach you how to be green on a college student budget. Part of Financial Literacy Week.
  • Discovery Park – EARTH FEST: 11:30 am - 1 pm, Discovery Park. Discovery Park's version of EARTH FEST – including live music, free games, prizes, educational information and free food.
  • Center for Leadership and Service Clean Up Day: 12pm - 3 pm, Various Denton Sites and UNT's Discovery Park campus, located at 3940 N. Elm St. in Denton. Participate in a campus clean up.
  • Multicultural Center Presents, Blake Mycoskie: 4:30- 5:30pm,  Auditorium. Mycoskie will discuss how he started TOMS and what it has taught him about business and life.
  • UNT Documentary Movie Screening: 7pm, Room 130, Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, located on the northwest corner of Avenue C and West Mulberry. UNT faculty members Irene Klaver and Melinda Levin will screen their new documentary titled "The New Frontier: Sustainable Ranching in the American West"

Thursday, April 14

  • EARTH FEST, Mall outside of the Willis Library. Live music, free food, games, prizes and, a  green learning experience.
  • Sustainability Fair: 5-8pm, Mall outside of the Willis Library. An interactive and educational fair with businesses from surrounding community and on-campus that will give the students, faculty, staff and community more information and hands-on workshops on how to be green.

For more information, contact Erin Davis, student services coordinator, at Erin.Davis@unt.edu or 940-565-3825, or learn more online.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108