CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University students will recognize Earth Week with a series of activities from April 21-27 that focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship.
The OSU celebrations will begin on Monday, April 21, with the Earth Week Kick-off in the Memorial Union quad from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event's goal is to inform the campus and community about the week's upcoming events as well as educate students about waste prevention and recycling. Demonstrations of the Campus Recycling-sponsored Solar Trailer will take place all week in the quad, including the powering of a popcorn maker during the kickoff event.
Other events include:
- Tuesday, April 22 – A community fair in the MU quad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include numerous booths and tables under a large tent. Numerous organizations from on- and off-campus will present information, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
- Wednesday, April 23 – OSU will host “Sustainable Food Day” in the MU quad from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information about local foods and sustainable eating will be available, and there will be an “Iron Chef”-like cooking demonstration and “Alternative Taste Testing.”
- Thursday, April 24 – The theme is “Environmental Justice Day.” An Environmental Justice Fair will be held in the MU quad from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with information available from numerous groups, and music. A panel discussion on environmental justice will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the MU lounge. Panelists will discuss local and international issues, and answer questions.
- Friday, April 25 – OSU students will celebrate environmental literature and thought during a series of readings and presentations in the MU lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students, faculty and other authors will read selections on environmental philosophy and from nature writing. From 9 to 11:45 p.m., the West Hall lounge will host Environmental Movie Night.
- Saturday, April 26 – There will be a free “Biking for Justice” bicycle ride through Corvallis and Philomath. Participants should meet in the MU quad at 11 a.m. Although the event is free, organizers are suggesting a $10 donation to one of five organizations that fosters social justice and environmental awareness.
- Sunday, April 27 – Volunteers will meet at the covered bridge on Campus Way west of 35th Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to plant trees and conduct restoration work on the Oak Creek riparian area.
OSU’s Earth Week activities are sponsored by Campus Recycling, the Student Sustainability Initiative and the Associated Students of Oregon State University.