Earth Day and Sustainability Week events and renewable energy and sustainability photo opportunities at Colorado State University.
April 22 – Earth Day celebration on the Lory Student Center Plaza
April 22-24 – CSU Sustainability Week events at various locations on campus.
April 22-25 – CSU’s Environmental Learning Center Earth Fest events — 2400 Ziegler Road in Fort Collins.
April 22 – Earth Day Celebration and Open Your Mind Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lory Student Center Plaza
This year’s Earth Day Celebration and the Open Your Mind Fair will focus on all aspects of sustainability – environmental and personal sustainability – and will feature booths, a fashion show with recycled themes, live entertainment by Mojambus and hands-on activities.Information will be available on waste reduction, energy conservation, alternative transportation, renewable energy, green products, composting, recycling, sustainable energy and changes individuals can integrate into their daily activities to lead more sustainable lives. The Recyclemania Trophy will be presented to the winning residence halls and university apartment buildings.
April 22 – Discover why CSU is the Green University, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lory Student Center East Atrium
Explore university clean-energy research projects and learn about the new Clean Energy Supercluster.
April 22 – Catherine Greener, 7-9 p.m., Lory Student Center East Ballroom
Greener, vice president of consulting for Saatchi & Saatchi S, will speak about her experiences working to help Wal-Mart go green. Greener will discuss how she accomplished educating Wal-Mart’s 1.3 million U.S. employees about sustainability.
April 23 – Annual Stomp, Romp and Wag with a green theme, 10:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., Hartshorn Lawn
The Hartshorn Health Service will be hosting the 6th annual Stomp, Romp and Wag event. This event educates students about the effects of secondhand smoke on pets. This year, the event will be educating and promoting environment-friendly practices – the green effect – for household pet owners and their pets.
April 24 – Lights Out, 8-10 p.m., CSU Residence Halls
Lights Out Event sponsored by the Live Green Community in all residence halls. A variety of programs will be offered in the residence halls.
April 22-25 – CSU’s Environmental Learning Center Earth Fest events, 2400 Ziegler Road
Students will be visiting the ELC to learn about environmental issues. On April 23, first graders from the Poudre School District will learn about wildlife habitats and adaptations. On April 25, fifth graders will learn about water quality and monitoring. On April 22 and 24, ELC staff members and Pulliam Scholars from CSU will be taking fifth graders up to Bobcat Natural Area in Fort Collins to learn about geology and how humans, fire and water shape the landscape.
Other media/photo opportunities at Colorado State during Earth Day and Sustainability Week:
– The Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory researches the conversion of algae into biodiesel and clean-burning cookstoves and engines – from tiny two-stroke engines for taxis to huge industrial power-generating engines. The highly visual research is directly impacting the world’s environmental health countries such as the Philippines, China, India and South America.
– Professor W.S. Sampath’s research into the use of photovoltaics as an alternative power source for homes and businesses has been ongoing at CSU’s Engineering Research Center in the Materials Engineering Laboratory for 16 years. His manufacturing process is highly efficient and environmentally friendly and could prove to be a major alternative for homes around the globe that now function without electricity.
– Biofuels have been considered a significant alternative to the oil crisis that is affecting the globe. Activities within the biofuels and biorefining thrust at CSU are focused on three key areas: bioenergy crops sciences, biomass conversion and processing, and biofuels use and biorefining. Laboratories across campus – in such departments as biological and chemical and biological engineering – are working to explore and improve sustainable materials for biofuels.
– The Ram’s Horn Dining Center at the Commons in the Academic Village on campus opened the first phase of its newest eco-friendly dining facility on March 24. The Ram’s Horn at the Commons will use 100 percent green electric power as well as a pulper that will reduce the waste stream by up to 70 percent. The pulper will grind organic scraps as well as paper and cardboard to create a pulp that will be composted. Water removed from the pulp will be re-circulated. The pulper will save Colorado State up to 120,000 gallons of water a month based on estimates from other universities that use pulpers.
For more information about the event, contact Jennifer Dimas at (970) 491-1543.