UNT to celebrate 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

UNT Earth Week
UNT Earth Week
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What: Earth Week 2010 at the University of North Texas

When: April 19 (Monday) through April 22 (Thursday)

Selected events: UNT will commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day April 22 (Thursday) with events at Discovery Park and the main campus.

Cost: All events are free and open to the public.

Contact: Erin Davis in the Office of Sustainability at erin.davis@unt.edu

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Mean Green students will have the chance to be kind to Mother Nature this spring during Earth Week celebrations at the University of North Texas with tree plantings, area cleanups, and hands-on workshops, among other activities. The Office of Sustainability is joining with the North Texas Energy and Environment Club, the UNT Denton campus, and the Denton community to host UNT's Earth Week in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The universitywide public awareness campaign is designed to discuss and promote sustainability events and generate a sense of responsibility and excitement about reducing, reusing and recycling.

Earth Day was founded 40 years ago in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, and UNT is celebrating 75 years of environmental stewardship since the late biology professor J.K.G. Silvey began the environmental movement at UNT in 1935, researching Texas lakes and pollution.

In 2008, then-President Gretchen Bataille signed the American College & University President's Climate Commitment, a growing nationwide initiative of over 600 public and private colleges and universities dedicated to counteracting climate change by taking steps to make their campuses carbon neutral. UNT became the first large public university in Texas to join the commitment, and in 2009, the Office of Sustainability was established to oversee research, education, operations and outreach programs.

Also during Earth Week, students can vote for the Texas Green Fund Campaign, a statewide effort to encourage college campuses to go green. If the initiative passes, students would pay a Green Fee of $5 each semester, which would mean approximately $360,000 a year for environmental improvements and sustainability projects at UNT. Students can vote online April 19 (Monday) through April 23 (Friday).

Earth Week events that are open to the public, which are free unless otherwise noted, include:

April 19 (Monday)

9-11 p.m. – Screening of Food, Inc.

The film explains how only a few corporations control the American food supply and the effects that has on the health and well-being of consumers, workers and the environment. University Union Lyceum, one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets.

April 20 (Tuesday)

6-7 p.m. – Lecture by Dr. JoAnn Ratto

Dr. JoAnn Ratto, a research engineer for the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Center, will speak how the Army is making its food packaging system more sustainable. Silver Eagle B & C Suites at the University Union.

7-9 p.m. – Awakening the Dreamer Workshop

An interactive group discussion will provide education and inspiration through multi-media, explore the current state of the planet, and connect participants with the global movement. Room 225 in the Eagle Student Services Center, across from Willis Library with parking on Highland Street between Avenues A and C.

10-11 p.m. – Moonlight Tree Planting

A tree will be planted on campus during a moonlit ceremony. Event includes live music and informational tables. Campus Green, located between the Business Administration Building and the University Union.

April 21 (Wednesday)

1-3 p.m. – Architects to speak about football stadium

Architects for the new UNT stadium will speak about new developments and LEED certifications as a part of an ongoing series of Wednesday lectures. Cafeteria lobby at Discovery Park campus, located at 3940 N. Elm St., Denton.

2-5 p.m. – Mean Green Clean

The Center for Leadership and Service will coordinate a cleanup effort focusing on various areas around the Denton community and UNT's Discovery Park. Students must register at the Center for Leadership and Services website by April 16 (Friday). Students will meet at the Campus Green.

6-8 p.m. – eARTh Day Event

UNT students, faculty, staff and community members will display and perform various works of art. Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building atrium, northwest corner of Avenue C and West Mulberry.

April 22 (Thursday)

10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Green Products and Sustainability Fair

Businesses from surrounding community and on-campus will give information and host hands-on workshops. In the mall outside the Willis Library, one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C.

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Earth Fest at Discovery Park

A celebration of Earth Day with games, prizes, educational material, free food and music from Matt Hornbeck and the Three Seans. Courtyard of Discovery Park.

5:30-10 p.m. – Earth Fest at Library Mall – Main Campus

Games, prizes and free food in a farmer's market style event, including live music from the Two O'Clock Lab Band and Good Question. In the mall outside the Willis Library.

For a complete list of events, visit the UNT Earth Week website

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