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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 8, 2011

Northwest looks to raise environmental awareness with Earth Day activities

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 ( and Twitter (

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

  • "Carbon Nation" :  The film will be screened at 7:30 p.m., in the J.W. Jones Student Union Tower View Dining Room. Afterward the audience is invited to participate in a question and answer session via video conference with director Peter Byck.


Wednesday, April 13

  • "Spring Clean-Up": Join students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a campus-wide clean-up.


Thursday, April 14

  • "Spring Clean-Up": Join students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a campus-wide clean-up.


Monday, April 18

  • The RHA GREEN Committee (Getting Residents Engaged in the Environment at Northwest), in cooperation with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County will kick off a move-out collection drive in the residence halls.Collection bins will be stationed in every hall, and students are asked to donate the things they would otherwise throw away as they leave for the summer (clothing, media, housewares, and even some types of furniture).The program will last through finals week. Off-campus students and Maryville residents are encouraged to leave donations at the BBBS donation dumpster located on the north side of Thompson-Ringold or in the parking lot of Sutherland's on Main St. 
  • Here's What We Are Doing For You! Campus Dining will raise awareness of its green initiatives throughout campus.
  • Meatless Monday: Executive Chef Brad Jackson hosts an exhibit of vegetarian cooking during the dinner hour in the Bearcat Food Court. The exhibit will highlight meatless dishes throughout all food service operations.
  • Get Caught Green Handed: Members of the Campus Dining staff will be handing out prizes all week to students, faculty and staff who are spotted taking "green actions" that include recycling; using reusable mugs, cups, containers and bags; purchasing sustainable items; and walking or biking on campus.
  • Conserve Energy: Register to win a Pepsi mountain bike in the food court.


Wednesday, April 20

  • Dumpster Dive: Volunteers will sort through a campus Dumpster at 11:30 a.m. between Douglas and South Complex to show how much trash discarded during a typical day can be recycled. Sponsored by Landscape Services and the Sustainability Office.
  • Dim the Lights-Earth Hour: The campus community is encouraged to dim their lights at 8:30 p.m. Join the campus community at the International Flag Plaza for the first dimming of the plaza in recognition of the global efforts of Earth Hour. Northwest also will turn out the lights at the Memorial Bell Tower.
  • Make a public commitment to environmental stewardship by "pledging" to recycle or taking an initiative toward greener living.


Thursday, April 21

  • Spring Buffet-Eating Lower on the Food Chain: This themed buffet highlights eating lower on the food chain (chicken, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables) to lead a more sustainable life.
  • Conserve Energy: Pepsi mountain bike drawing at spring buffet 
  • Know Your Recyclables: Customers can participate in games with prizes that test their recyclable knowledge. 


Friday, April 22

  • Earth Day Green Menu: Green food choices will be highlighted in the Bearcat Food Court.  

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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