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Earth Week at Appalachian begins April 20

“Put Your Green Foot Forward”

BOONE—Appalachian State University celebrates Earth Day in a week-long, series of events centered on the theme “Put Your Green Foot Forward.”

Earth Week will include activities each day between Saturday, April 20, and Friday, April 26, with a different challenge for each day. Visit http://sustain.appstate.edu/earth-week-2013 for a full listing of events.

Activities and challenges include:

  • Saturday, April 20 – Day of Action includes opportunities to “get involved” with the surrounding community and environment.
  • Sunday, April 21 – Sunday Funday is a green games event for on-campus residents to “play outside.”
  • Monday, April 22 – “Feed your wild side” on Earth Day. Opportunities include Humane Society dog walks, hiking the Appalachian Preserve and seed ball making.
  • Tuesday, April 23 – “Unplug YOSEF” on Conservation Day. The featured event is a film called” Gasland” about natural gas fracking.
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Zero Waste Day is your chance to “reduce your use.” Try to get caught recycling and win!
  • Thursday, April 25 – Community Day will host roughly two dozen on and off campus organizations on Sanford Mall to help you “meet your neighbors.”
  • Friday, April 26 – “Get funky” with Creativity and The Arts Day, featuring art from trash activities and the third annual Earth Tones Music Festival.

“This year we decided to move from awareness to action during Earth Week. So we invite students, faculty and staff to find one or more activities they are interested in and participate,” said Megan Berry, a junior exercise science major and Earth Week coordinator. “The purpose is to engage the campus community in creative ways to live a more sustainable, life-affirming path through small adjustments to our daily routines.”

Earth Week is organized by the Office of University Sustainability in conjunction with additional university organizations, local businesses and nonprofits.

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