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UCM Goes Green With Earth Week 2010 Celebration

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WARRENSBURG, MO (April 9, 2010) – “Change your behavior, change our world” is the theme for UCM's Earth Week 2010 festivities, one of the largest campus-wide celebrations in the region.

UCM will host events April 17-24 to celebrate sustainability and recycling efforts on campus and inform participants of the importance of going green. During the last year, UCM has partnered with Trane on a $36.1 million project to reduce energy consumption.  Through the Earth Day 2010 celebration, UCM hopes students, faculty, staff, and community members will adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.

Earth Week 2010 will include:

Saturday, April 17

  • Volunteer Service Day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) – This event will encourage and promote volunteer service within our community to help save our Earth.  Sign in will be at 10 a.m. at Selmo Park.  At 11 a.m. lunch will be provided to the first 150 participants registered.  After lunch volunteers will be sent to different service locations.  To pre-register contact Melissa Looper at 660-543-8642 or looper@ucmo.edu.  Sponsored by AmeriCorp Vista, the President’s Commission on Sustainability, the UCM Recycling Office, and American Democracy Project.

Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23: 

  • Green Gallery (all day) – Displays and activities will be set up in the Elliott Union Atrium.  Displays will include a mobile solar lab from 350.org, an energy management display from Trane, and a biodiesel display from the Center for Alternative Fuel and Environmental Systems of UCM.

Monday, April 19

  • “It’s All Around Us” (3:30 p.m.) – John Hess, professor emeritus of biology and earth science and published photographer, will speak in the Elliott Union Charno Room.  Sponsored by American Democracy Project.
  • Haute Trash Fashion Show (7 p.m.) – The fashion show in the Sandra Temple Elliott Ballroom will include student models displaying clothing made out of recyclable materials.  Sponsored by UCM Student Financial Services

Tuesday, April 20:

  • “The Options:  Migration, Adaptation, or Extinction!” (noon) – Robert Mann, founder of Bridging the Gap, will speak in Elliott Union 117.  When habitat changes, all other species (plant or animal) migrate, adapt, or become extinct.  Human habitat is dramatically changing.  Which option will we choose?
  • The Chances of the World Changing (3:30 p.m.) – This film by Daniel Metzgar and Neil Carden Grey will be shown in the Elliott Union Charno Room.  The plot is about an artist who abandons his life's work to build an ark filled with hundreds of endangered animals.  This film is provided courtesy of"Point of View,”the award winning independent non-fiction film series.  Sponsored by American Democracy Project.

Wednesday, April 21

  • Green Energy at Central (9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – This vendor and trade show will be in the Elliott Union Atrium.  It will also include a roundtable discussion on a green sustainable economy.
  • Green Short-film Festival (3:30 p.m.) – Lawn by Monteith McCollum and selections from POV's Borders series will be shown in Elliott Union 219.  This film is provided courtesy of "Point of View,”the award winning independent non-fiction film series.  Sponsored by American Democracy Project.
  • Food Inc. (7 p.m.) – This film will be presented in Ward Edwards 2000.  Food Inc. (2008) provides an unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.  This film is provided courtesy of"Point of View,”the award winning independent non-fiction film series.  Sponsored by UCM Environmental Awareness Club.
  • Earth Day Jam (8:30 p.m.) – Three student bands will perform at the UCM Amphitheatre.

Thursday, April 22:

  • Green Luncheon: “Greensburg, Kansas: From Total Destruction to America's Model Green Community" (11 a.m.) – Daniel Wallach, Greensburg, Kan., will make a presentation via Skype in Elliott Union 236.  A lunch of organic, locally grown foods will be provided to the first 100 people to register. Additional seating will be available. Please contact Shari Bax at bax@ucmo.edu to reserve your spot.  Sponsored by American Democracy Project.
  • "Going Green in Missouri" (4 p.m.) –  UCM alumna Chyanne Cardarella, team leader in the Records Management Department for Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, will speak in Elliott Union 117 about ways to be more environmentally friendly for people of different skill sets and income levels. She will also discuss current Missouri legislation dealing with environmental issues.  Sponsored by UCM Environmental Awareness Club.

Saturday, April 24

  • Bio Blitz (7 a.m.) – This annual gathering is hosted by The Wildlife Society at Pertle Springs to encourage community involvement in conservation and wildlife-related activities.  Professional and amateur naturalists, students, and community members will survey the area and identify birds, mammals, insects, fungi, and plants.  A pot-luck style lunch will be provided, with a silent auction and raffle following.

All Earth Week 2010 events are free of charge.