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Appalachian’s Earth Month activities start April 11

earthmonth_t.jpgBOONE – While many institutions observe Earth Day, and others plan a week of activities, Appalachian State University has announced more than two dozen on-campus events as it celebrates Earth Month 2011.

Appalachian will kick off its Earth Month events with an April 11 ceremony featuring Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock and Ged Moody, director of the university’s Office of Sustainability. At 10 a.m., on Sanford Mall, Peacock and Moody will offer remarks about the university’s climate action plan and sustainability vision statement. Appalachian developed the climate action plan as part of its participation in the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The long-range plan advances the goal of making the university climate neutral or having net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Peacock and Moody also will place a permanent, commemorative marker in the ground as a testament to Appalachian’s commitment to sustainability and the preservation of its mountain environment. The marker will read: “Earth Day 2011. We have genuine respect for the natural environment and a commitment to principles of sustainability.”

Following the ceremony, Appalachian’s Earth Month activities continue with multiple programs in the Table Rock Room of Plemmons Student Union from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then, beginning April 12, the university will host a range of events running through Earth Day on April 20. These include:

An evening mixer for local farmers

  • Presentations by local sustainable businesses
  • A campus clean-up day
  • “Reel Paddling” film festival
  • Sustainability research presentations by students
  • Music festival celebration
  • Lecture by conservationist and writer Terry Tempest Williams
  • Free unwanted item/clothing swap
  • Operation Medicine Cabinet – safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drug take-back program, and
  • Lectures and tours on renewable energy.

“Earth Month is a great time to visit our campus and learn about sustainability,” said Moody. “The mix of programs facilitated by our students, faculty, staff and local community members demonstrates a broad commitment to sustainability education. Come join us for this month-long celebration. There is truly something for everyone.”

The public is invited to all of Appalachian’s Earth Month events. For a complete schedule and details, see

Appalachian’s leadership in sustainability education dates back more than 25 years. The university houses the nation’s longest-running sustainable development program (est. 1991) and has offered appropriate technology programs since 1984. More than 60 faculty members in more than 20 disciplines focus their research on sustainability-related topics such as food production, land use, climate change, gender issues, renewable energy and economics. For more details, see