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UCM Hosts Annual Earth Day 365 Celebration April 18-23

By Mike Greife, April 8, 2016

WARRENSBURG, MO – Celebrating sustainability and green living with a week-long celebration, the University of Central Missouri will launch its annual Earth Day 365 celebration April 18-23.

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 Coffee Kickoff and Sustainability Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the lobby of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Representatives of a variety of organizations will be on hand with information about sustainable living, the environment, health and wellness, and volunteer opportunities. Those scheduled to attend include:

  • Missouri State Parks
  • The Johnson County Sheltered Workshop
  • The Community Bat Project
  • Warrensburg Farmers Market
  • Missouri Department of Conservation with free seedlings
  • Warrensburg Citizens for Environmental Action
  • Sodexo with organic coffee choices
  • UCM Volunteer Services
  • UCM Cycles Bike Share
  • UCM Fashion Business Association Textile Recycling
  • Sustainable Pinterest Crafts

Also on Monday, the UCM Office of Sustainability and Spotlight will sponsored a Kite Flying Derby from 2-5 p.m. on the lawn of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, weather permitting. Participants may bring their own kites or build a kite with supplies provided by the Office of Sustainability.

The annual Haute Trash Fashion Show returns to UCM at 7 p.m. Monday in the Elliott Student Union ballroom. In addition to the popular show of fashions created from recyclable materials, recycled arts and crafts also will be on display. Local retailers also will be on hand from 6 p.m. until after the show with products offering solutions for sustainable living.

On Tuesday, April 19, The UCM Center for Print Production will offer free document shredding from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Elliott Union 109. The Office of Sustainability and the American Democracy Project will host the annual Green Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. in Classroom C of the SRWC. Jere Gettle from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company will be the keynote speaker. Those planning to attend should RSVP online at by April 13. Completing the day’s activities is the showing of the film “The Lorax” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Elliott Student Union Cinema.

Warrensburg CEA members Steve Mohler and Phil Miller will host the TED talk “The Case of Optimism on Climate Change” at noon and 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Classroom D of the SRWC, followed by discussion. Computer Repair Center of Warrensburg will sponsor electronic waste recycling from noon to 6 p.m. in UCM Parking Lot 52 at the northwest corner of South and Washington streets. The UCM student Earth Day of Service is planned for noon to 6 p.m., with students completed service project throughout the community. Volunteers may sign up at

Events planned for Thursday, April 21, include a demonstration of vermicompost and ecosystems on the Elliott Union mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a showing of the documentary “Gimme Green” at noon in the Elliott Student Union Cinema. Electronic waste recycling will again be available from noon to 6 p.m. in UCM Lot 52, and “Pedal Power,” a demonstration and discussion of the energy resources developed by bicycle riding, is planned for 2-4 p.m. in the SRWC lobby.

UCM Life Long Learning and Warrensburg’s Citizens for Environmental Action will host “Electrifying Your Commute” from 2-6 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Missouri Safety Center at South Holden Street and Hale Lake Road. A variety of opportunities will be offered to learn about hybrid and electric vehicles, including a display of vehicles and a 3 p.m. presentation by Alexander Richards, assistant professor of automotive technology at UCM.

Wrapping up the week’s events is A Day at the Mitchell Street Farm from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, April 23. CEA will partner with the Warrensburg Parks and Recreation Department and the Warrensburg community to provide a variety of activities, including opportunities to purchase locally grown food, learn about native plants and animals and how to build a cold frame and garden bench.

All Earth Day 365 events are free, and the public is encouraged to attend.


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