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UCM Hosts a Variety of Events in Celebration of Earth Day 365

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 9, 2015 ) – Celebrating sustainability and green living with a week-long celebration, the University of Central Missouri will launch its annual Earth Day 365 celebration April 18-25.

Centered around the global celebration of Earth Day on April 22, the UCM event provides a variety of events for the campus and surrounding community that offer education about sustainability and encourage sustainable living 365 days per year.

Anchoring the week as the kickoff event is the Haute Trash Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Elliott Student Union ballroom. Models from UCM’s fashion merchandising program, modeling their own designs, will be joined by area celebrities and students from area high schools in modeling original fashions created from recyclable materials. In addition to the fashion show, original art and photography by student artists from UCM and area high schools will be on display.

As part of UCM’s effort to encourage sustainability, paper shredding will be available to the campus from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 21 in the Elliott Student Union atrium. The service, provided free of charge by the UCM Print Production Center, will be available to the public. The shredding meets guidelines for confidentiality and full destruction.

The student organization Creativity and Innovation Associates will team with the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusivity to present a symposium that will explore the monetary and artistic value of electronic waste from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. “Computers Never Die; They Just Become Art” will feature a presentation by representatives of KCP&L from noon to 1 p.m. in Ward Edwards 2020. Students from the Entrepreneurship Commercialization course and Creativity and Innovation Associates will conduct a workshop from 1-5 p.m. in Ward Edward 2200 on dismantling computers and turning the electronic waste into art.

Also on April 22, UCM students participate in a variety of community services project on campus and throughout the community at part of Earth Day 365 Service Day. The service day is coordinated by Volunteer Services in the Office of Student Activities.

Reservations are being accepted until April 20 for the Sustainable, Green and Healthy Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in Elliott Student Union 236. Sodexo, the university’s dining services provider, will offer a green luncheon using, where available, local ingredients in season. Representatives of Gould

Evans Architects will present the program on the sustainable features incorporated into the design and construction of The Crossing/South at Holden, the residential and retail complex under construction on the UCM campus.

A variety of events are planned for citizens of all ages on Saturday, April 25. Representatives of Midwest Recyclers Inc. will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to conduct electronic recycling for individuals from the campus and community. E-waste may be dropped off at the UCM Parking Lot 32, located south of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library between Drummond and Carpenter streets. A small fee will be requested for the disposal of analog televisions.

Warrensburg’s Citizens for Environmental Action will join UCM in hosting “What Will I Do?”, a variety of events planned for 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the UCM University Farm on South Mitchell Street. Local vendors will be available with produce in season and homemade consumables such as honey and soap, and demonstrations of herb planting, composting, straw bale gardening and backyard chicken keeping will be available. Participants may obtain information on reducing, reusing, donating, recycling and rethinking the use of disposables, and various energy-saving devices and alternative energy sources will be on display.

The CEA and the UCM Automotive Technology program will host the Green Transportation Car Show from 2-5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Church of Christ, Mitchell and Hamilton streets. Hybrid and electric vehicles from a variety of manufacturers will be on display, with personnel available to answer questions.

Throughout the week, the UCM Office of Sustainability has partnered with Einstein’s to sponsor “Kill the Cup.” In an effort to reduce the number of non-recyclable cups used on campus, Einstein’s will offer reasonably priced refills of your own cup at their locations in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and the James C. Kirkpatrick Library.