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April 8, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University hopes to create a greater awareness of sustainability and environmental well-being during two weeks of activities tied to Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22.
"Earth Day is a reminder and an opportunity to appreciate our environment and celebrate the responsible stewardship of our many gifts," Northwest Sustainability Coordinator John Viau said. "While it is often used as an effective platform to point out the environmental shortcomings of mankind, it is also an opportunity to encourage positive change - societal, commercial and governmental change - that will help to insure that future generations have what they need to thrive and grow. The planned activities are intended to raise awareness and to demonstrate that there can be a significant return on what is usually a minimal behavioral change."
Northwest's sustainability and campus dining offices, along with other campus organizations, are hosting programs and activities, beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, with an Arbor Day Celebration. Northwest will plant six Douglas-Firs on the north side of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the help of fourth-grade students from St. Gregory's School and the Horace Mann Laboratory School. The program also will include a declaration from Maryville Mayor Chad Jackson and the Maryville Tree Board.
Additionally, at 7:30 p.m., April 12, the film, "Carbon Nation," will be shown in the J.W. Jones Student Union Tower View Dining Room. The event, sponsored by Northwest's Residence Hall Association, will include a question and answer session via video conference with director Peter Byck at 8:45 p.m. The audience may submit questions during the film via Facebook (facebook.com/carbonnationfilm) and Twitter (twitter.com/co2nation).
Other highlights include a two-day "Spring Clean-Up" for students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, and Thursday, April 14. The clean-up is sponsored by the offices of Volunteer Services and Landscape Services in conjunction with Northwest Week, April 11-15.
During the week of April 18-22, Campus Dining is sponsoring a week of activities, dubbed "Make Every Day Earth Day."
Earth Day was founded April 22, 1970, to create an awareness of environmental issues. That same year, Congress created the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is responsible for repairing environmental damage and establishes guidelines for a cleaner, safer environment.
Here is a complete listing of Earth Day-related activities at Northwest:
Tuesday, April 12
Wednesday, April 13
Thursday, April 14
Monday, April 18
Wednesday, April 20
Thursday, April 21
Friday, April 22
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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