SSU Celebrates Earth Week, May 2-6

earthweek.gifSonoma State University presents Earth Week: seven days of environmental education, enlightenment and fun, from Monday, May 2 to Sunday, May 8,

The week kicks off on May 2, with a Recycled Art Competition at 6 p.m. in the Casentino Room in Tuscany Village. Each art piece must convey the 3R's of recycling (reduce, reuse, replace) and must be made of 90% recycled materials.

There will also be a showing of "DIRT! The Movie" at 7 p.m. in Darwin 102 followed by SSU Professor Shepherd Bliss speaking about his experiences owning and operating his organic farm in Sebastopol.

On Tuesday, May 3, graduating seniors will pledge to live environmentally friendly and sustainable lives at Senior-Sendoff in the Darwin Quad at 11 a.m.

On Wednesday, May 4, the Earth Week Festival takes place from 11a.m.-1 p.m. in the Darwin Quad. Highlights include music by Easy Leaves while visitors decorate free canvas bags, swap old clothes for a new spring wardrobe, check out environmental vendors, pet animals in the petting zoo and meet community partners from local environmental nonprofits.

JUMP will also be hosting Locks of Love, where people can donate ponytails to be used to make wigs for people who are dealing with medical hair loss.

The documentary "Bag It" will be presented from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. in the Student Union Multi Purpose room followed by a panel discussion headed by Green Mary who will introduce Sonoma County's Ban The Plastic Bag campaign.

On Thursday, May 5, the campus will be encouraged to skate, walk, bike, or carpool to campus to reduce the amount of environmental impact on the planet made by motor vehicle transportation. How much trash SSU produces in one day will be made apparent with Mount Trashmore in the Darwin Quad from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

On Friday, May 6, the campus garden in the Environmental Technology Center will offer guided tours, activities, and butterfly watching.

On Saturday, May 7, Professor Shepard Bliss invites the SSU community to his Sebastopol farm to learn about organic farming and gardening.

On Sunday, May 8, the conclusion of Earth Week takes place at the Neighborhood Farm in Rohnert Park on E. Cotati Ave. and Snyder Lane where volunteers will mulch pathways, pull weeds, and invest in their own garden plot.

A plastic bag drive will be held all week long where the campus community can turn in 10 plastic bags to the JUMP office in the Student Union and receive a free canvas bag in return.

Earth Week is sponsored by Associated Students Productions, Global Environment Activism Club, JUMP, and the SSU Recreation Center.

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