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University of Central Missouri Champions Sustainability During Earth Week, April 22-27

By Alex Greenwood, April 18, 2024


Activities Include Free Family-Fun, Music, Sustainability Displays and More


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WARRENSBURG, MO – As Earth Week draws global focus to sustainable living, the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg will showcase a proactive lineup of events designed to not only promote environmental awareness but also demonstrate the university’s deep commitment to sustainability practices.


From April 22-27, UCM’s students, faculty and staff are set to demonstrate their commitment to environmental stewardship through a series of activities that not only promote sustainability but also underscore the university’s dedication to ecological responsibility.


Activities and events kick off with Earth Week information tables and the Outdoor Photo Contest on the Union Mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday April 22. All are invited to submit their best outdoor photos to The best photo will win a prize.


On Tuesday, April 23, the Sustainability Mall will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Union Mall. It is an opportunity to learn more about campus organizations and activities focused on creating a more sustainable environment. Visitors can obtain an air plant (a type of plant that absorbs moisture and nutrients through its leaves from the air rather than from soil), learn about beekeeping and participate in other activities.


Featured Earth Week activities on Wednesday, April 24, include UCM’s annual Founder’s Day Birthday Bash from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Quad. The event features music, birthday cake, games and appearances by President Best, Mo the Mule and UCM’s live mules. The Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit will also celebrate Founder’s Day with similar activities and appearances on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Main Lobby.


Also on Wednesday, the Stream Team Cleanup will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at Pertle Springs. Volunteers will participate in cleaning up the lake via canoes. Students and faculty in the university’s fashion merchandising program will then present the Recycle-Restyle-Revamp Fashion Show at 5:30 p.m. in Union 237.


On Thursday, April 25, Mo's Activity Council presents the MAC Petting Zoo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Selmo Park. The Stop ‘N Serve One Thing Pledge is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union Food Court, where participants may make a pledge button to do something for the planet.


Those wishing to assist with the Campus Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26 may register by emailing


MuleFest, UCM’s outdoor music festival at Selmo Park, will feature make-and-take crafts, freebies and food on Arbor Day, April 26 from 3 to 7 p.m.


Earth Week culminates with the Citizens for Environmental Action “Earth Day at the Farm” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the UCM Farm at 700 S. Mitchell. Participants can enjoy family-friendly activities including an upcycling project, seed balls, composting education and more. Bruce Uhler, mayor of Warrensburg, will present the City of Warrensburg's annual Arbor Day proclamation.


Throughout the week, the Horticulture Club Plant Sale is happening at the UCM Greenhouse on Broad Street. Hours are 4 to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.


For more information about Earth Week activities, contact Jeremiah Robison at 660-543-8603 or



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