Starting today, students and staff at Central Michigan University can learn more about being environmentally friendly in a fun way during a week-long celebration of environmental awareness.
Throughout Earth Week, events will be held on campus centering around earth friendly activities and informational sessions.
Jacquelyn Baker, a senior and Bay City native, is one of the students in charge of preparing Earth Week for the campus.
“There is one event that runs all week long, which is the e-Waste Collection” she said. “Anything that has a cord can be recycled. The Volunteer Center is serving as the location to drop off those items. Isabella County Recycling Center will be picking all of that up at the end of the week.”
The electronic waste Collection will run through Thursday.
Monday will also feature the “Don’t Be Trashy” art competition, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Charles V. Park Library hallway. The event will involve competing groups and individuals making art out of recycled, reused or salvaged materials.
“We encourage anyone to submit a piece for that,” Baker said. “It can be an individual or a group, so we’ll have two winner categories for that. The winners will be announced afterward at the ECO Talks program.”
Tuesday’s event, taking place on Earth Day, will be the centerpiece of the week.
A three-hour Earth Day garden party will start at 6 p.m. in the Campus GROW Garden, near Theunissen Stadium.
“We’ll have Circus Club doing performances, samples from local vendors, and live music,” Baker said. “It will be a very laid back event where people can socialize and learn more about student organizations like Take Back the Tap and Campus Grow.”
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Mountain Town Brewing Company will host “Brew Planet,” which will feature Eco-trivia and the chance to win a gift card and prizes from sponsor Take Back the Tap. The event will also have live music from local band, Kavazabava, and an art and photography exhibit.
“Mountain Town Brewing Company is brewing two beers especially for this event that our committee members hand-selected the ingredients for,” Baker said.
“Take Back the Tap Fights Back: Day of Action” will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday. Students are invited to join members of Take Back the Tap to sign a letter of support to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, then join the group in delivering the letter to CMU administrators. Students will meet at Rose Pond.
“I’m excited for the week,” said Sarah Fiorillo, a senior from Lake Isabella and committee member for planning the week’s events. “It caters to students’ many different interests. There’s something for everybody.”
Anyone interested in the week’s events can visit earthweek.wix.com/cmich to learn more.
Make your own T-Shirt
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. outside Bovee U.C.
Make an eco-themed T-Shirt with help from The CMU Print Club.
“Don’t be trashy” art competition
7 – 8 p.m. Park Library Hallway
Check out works of art created using only salvaged material.
8 – 9:30 p.m. Charles V. Park Library Auditorium
Hear local community members talk about the environment and sustainability in a TED Talk style format.
Earth Day Garden Party
6 – 9 p.m. Campus Grow Garden near Theunissen Stadium
Celebrate Earth Day outside with music and performing acts by the CMU Circus Club.
“Reel Paddling Film Festival
7 p.m. Charles V. Park Library Auditorium
Experience the beauty of nature by watching paddling videos.
“American Meat” film screening
8 p.m. Mackinaw room Bovee U.C.
Get a better look at where meat comes from by watching the film “American Meat.”
“Home” film screening
1 p.m. Student Lounge Bovee U.C.
See the beauty of Earth seen from above in the documentary “Home.”
8 p.m. Mountain Town Brewing Company
Test your knowledge with eco-trivia while enjoying food, music and an opportunity to win prizes.
Isabella County Parks and Recreation volunteer project
Noon – 3:30 p.m. (Must register on OrgSync)
Volunteer and help keep local parks clean.
Isabella County Recycling Center volunteer cleanup and facility tour
12:30 – 3 p.m. (Must register on OrgSync)
Help clean up the ground surrounding the recycling center and take a tour of the facilities.
Take Back the Tap Fights: Day of Action
2 p.m. Meet at Rose Pond outside the Student Activities Center
Join the Tack Back the Tap initiative and march around campus, delivering protest letters to administrators.