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Appalachian celebrates Earth Day

Earth_Month_2012_Logo.jpgBOONE—One day isn’t enough. So in addition to celebrating Earth Day, Appalachian State University has planned more than 30 activities throughout April to promote the environment, environmental stewardship and sustainability.  Activities range from educational to service-based with most open to the public.

For a full listing of events, visit http://sustain.appstate.edu/earthmonth2012

On Friday, April 13, the Sustainable Energy Society (http://asuses.appstate.edu/) will host its second Earthtones Music Festival from 3 – 8 p.m. on Duck Pond Field. The event features live music from area performers and earth-friendly, local vendors.

The Student Government Association and the Office of Sustainability will partner on Tuesday, April 17, for a fun-filled activity-based event on Sanford Mall from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Activities include sunflower seed planting, a scavenger hunt and networking with campus and community environmental organizations.  Visit the University Bookstore between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., tell them how you “sustain YOSEF” and enter to win a grand prize. “Wasteland,” the final film of the Sustainability Film Series, will be shown at 7 p.m.in I.G. Greer Auditorium.

Clean out your closet and participate in Swap for Earth Month on Wednesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Multicultural Room. The swap encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to drop off unwanted items from home and pick up items from others in an effort to create awareness, reduce consumption, reuse items, save money and build community. Leftovers go to local charities.

Participate in the student organization Colleges Against Cancer Relay for Life at Friday, April 20, at Duck Pond Field beginning at 6 p.m. The event continues through 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. Visit http://sustain.appstate.edu/events/1224 for more information.

On Tuesday, April 24,  learn about “Sustainability Through the Arts.” Visit Plemmons Student Union between 3and 6:30 p.m. for several different arts events celebrating Earth and our relationship to the planet. Events include music, art, movement and sculpture.

Dr. Paul Bogard, a visiting environmental writer and creative writing professor at Wake Forest University, will read from his forthcoming book, “The Geography of Night,” on Thursday, April 26. His book addresses the value of the dark night sky from a cultural studies perspective. Bogard’s talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in Belk Library and Information Commons Room 421.

Operation Medicine Cabinet will be held on Friday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your outdated or unused prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, syringes or other medical supplies to Plemmons Student Union for safe disposal. Any prescription or over the counter drugs will be accepted, no questions asked. For more information on what items will be accepted, visit http://sustain.appstate.edu/events/1227.

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