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Appalachian celebrates Earth day with a month of events

BOONE—The Office of Sustainability at Appalachian State University presents Earth Month throughout April with more than 40 events dedicated to promoting sustainability on campus, in the local communities and around the globe. All events are free and open to the public.

“Sustainability at Appalachian is woven into the fabric of not only our campus, but also the entire High Country,” said Ged Moody, director of the Office of Sustainability. “Earth Day is an internationally recognized celebration of our amazing planet, and we felt it worthy of an entire month of events and activities to share with the greater community all the innovative and engaging work being done at Appalachian around sustainability.”

The theme for Earth Month 2014 is “Sustainability – not a trend, a tradition.” The goal of Earth Month is to educate and inspire the Appalachian Family to engage in sustainable practices in their everyday lives – environmentally, socially and economically.

Earth Month events begin April 1 with a recycling workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an energy efficient cooking class from 6-7 p.m. in Alice Roess Dining Hall.

Highlights of Earth Month include “Our Wonderful Waters Weekend,” beginning Saturday, April 12. Events for the weekend will include Buildfest at Parkway Elementary School from noon to 2 p.m., where the Sustainability and Environmental Education Club (SEEC) will run a booth, lead children in building watershed models and demonstrate connections between the land and the water. From 2-4 p.m., the Appalachian Sustainability Council begins its inaugural Adopt-A-Stream cleanup of Boone Creek followed by a gathering at Appalachian Mountain Brewery.

On Monday, April 14, Chad Pregacke, the 2013 CNN hero of the year, will deliver a free presentation beginning at 7 p.m. at the Harvest House located in Boone Heights Shopping Center. Through his non-profit Living Lands & Waters, Pregracke has organized more than 70,000 volunteers to remove seven million pounds of debris from streams and rivers across the country.

On April 17, Sanford Mall will be transformed into the Sustainability Fair featuring many student and community organizations as well as the 4th annual Earth Tones Music Festival.

The Walker College of Business is sponsoring “Green Investing and the Fossil Free Divestment Movement,” a presentation by Peter Krull in Beacon Heights Room in Plemmons Student Union April 30 at 5 p.m. Krull has a diverse background in environmentalism, sustainability, investments and communications. He will share his wealth of knowledge in this talk about exactly what green investing is, how his company does it and what the Fossil Free Divestment means to green investors.

Also on April 30 at 10 a.m. on Sanford Mall, get some sunshine and celebrate local food at the “Greening My Plate Fair” sponsored by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, High Country Local First and the Office of Sustainability.

For the full calendar of events, visit



Donna Presnell
Office of Sustainability
828-262-2664; 917-657-2261