SSU Celebrates Earth Week, May 2-8

203463_102892033132451_290919_n.jpegBetter late than never! Because Earth Day fell during SSU's Spring Break, the campus will celebrate Earth Week from Monday, May 2 to Sunday, May 8. A variety of activities and programs are planned for the week, and all are encouraged to attend.

A plastic bag drive takes place throughout the week - students who turn in ten plastic bags to the JUMP office in the Student Union will receive a free canvas bag.

Earth Week kicks off on Monday, May 2 with a Recycled Art Competition in Tuscany's Casentino Room at 6 p.m., followed by a showing of "DIRT! The Movie" at 7 p.m. in Darwin 102. Shepherd Bliss, psychology lecturer at SSU, will be on hand to share his experiences of owning a local organic farm.


On Tuesday, May 3, graduating seniors can pledge to live an environmentally friendly and sustainable life at the Senior-Sendoff celebrations, taking place in the Darwin / Stevenson Quad from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


Next up is the Earth Week Festival, happening Wednesday, May 4 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Darwin Quad. Listen to great music, decorate free canvas bags, swap old clothes for a new spring wardrobe, check out environmental vendors, pet animals at the visiting petting zoo, meet community partners from local environmental nonprfits, and have fun making a difference in the world.


During the Earth Week Festival, JUMP (Join Us Making Progress) will host Locks of Love, allowing people to donate their ponytails, which will be used to make wigs for people that are dealing with medical hair loss.


Also on Wednesday, catch the "Bag It!" film and panel discussion, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. "Bag It!" is a documentary about our excessive use of plastic, especially plastic bags. Green Mary, a zero-waste activist, will talk about the movement to ban plastic bags in Sonoma County.


Taking place concurrently with the "Bag It!" film and discussion, is "ACT Responsibly" with Justin Jones Fosu, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Seawolf Gym. His award-winning presentation gives people an understanding of what diversity really means, and a readiness to take responsiblity for communicating differences respectfully. Though unrelated to sustainability or the environment, Fosu's presentation is not to be missed.


On Thursday, May 5, campus community members are encouraged to skate, walk, bike or carpool to campus, to reduce the amount of environmental impact on the Earth made by motor vehicle transportation (good practice for the upcoming Bay Area-wide event, Bike to Work/School Day on May 12). See how much trash SSU produces in just one day at the Mount Trashmore display, in the Darwin Quad from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Also in the Darwin Quad, the "Little Explorers Petting Zoo" returns with cute and cuddly bunnies, pygmy goats, a tortoise, llama and more. The animals will be on-campus from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.


At 7 p.m. on Thursday evening, come to Darwin 103 for the "Sustainable Transportation: Dynamic Ride Sharing and Time Dollars" presentation by Brant Arthur of the Climate Protection Campaign, Milinda Stewart of Sonoma County Timebank, and a student panel. The group will discuss whether technological applications can help us find and offer cheaper rides to and from campus.


And, though not entirely related to Earth Week, don't forget the Associated Student Productions' free bowling night at 10 p.m. on May 5, the theme of which is "Cinco de Mayo." Multicultural Greek organizations will be in attendance.


Earth Week continues on Friday, May 6 with "A Day in the Garden." Enjoy lunch in the campus garden of the Environmental Technology Center, and take advantage of guided tours, activities, and beautiful butterflies.

On Friday afternoon, students are encouraged to "Fill the Hill" as the Men's Baseball team takes on Chico State at 2 p.m. on the Seawolf Baseball Field. Free t-shirts and other prizes will be on handed out.


Lecturer Shepherd Bliss continues his involvement with Earth Week on Saturday, May 7, when he invites the SSU community to his Kokopelli Farm in Sebastopol, to learn about organic farming and gardening. Sign up at ssu.ecoprojects@gmail.com.

Earth Week concludes on Sunday, May 8 with a community event at the Neighborhood Farm in Rohnert Park, where volunteers can mulch pathways, pull weeds, and even invest in their own garden plot.


For more information on Earth Week events, contact Associated Student Productions at as.pr@sonoma.edu.

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