UCR to Celebrate Earth Week 2013 with Full Slate of Events

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — Teaching students, staff and faculty  how they can be more friendly to the environment at work, at school and at home is the driving theme behind the annual “Earth Week” festivities at the University of California, Riverside.

Earth Week is centered around the internationally recognized Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22.

Some of the Earth Week events being hosted by ASPB and ASUCR. (Click on the image for larger size.)

Some of the Earth Week events being hosted by ASPB and ASUCR. (Click on the image for larger size.)

“Earth Week is a great opportunity to learn what you can do to make a difference in this world,” UCR Director of Sustainability John Cook said. “This year there are a great variety of groups putting on events throughout the week. There really is something for everyone.”

  • The Extreme Green Fest on Saturday, April 20 will kick off the campus’ celebration of Earth Week is  from 1 to 5 p.m. at Family Housing Park on the corner of Kentucky Street and Peach Street in Family Housing. The event is free and open to the entire UCR campus community. Activities include Going Green booths, Do It Yourself and Recyclable Craft booths, a swap meet, prizes and giveaways. More information can be found on their Facebook event page.
  • On Monday, April 22, the UCR Bell Tower plaza will be the site of a series of Earth Day events. UCR’s Housing and Dining Services Culinary Chameleon food truck will be providing free tacos made with locally sourced food. There will also be a demonstration by Wilcox Farms of their cage-free hardboiled eggs and samples of fresh squeezed orange juice from the UCR Citrus Variety Collection.Finally, as part of the regular “Meatless Mondays program, UCR residential restaurants will feature meatless menu options for dinner.
  • On Tuesday, April 23, Housing and Dining will team with interns from the Office of Sustainability for the Trash the Trash campaign, which will encourage customers at the HUB to place bottles and cans in recycling bins.A panel of experts will discuss the future of solar panels from Noon to 2 p.m. at room 240 of the Orbach Science Library.
  • On Wednesday, April 24, CalPIRG and ASUCR will be using solar electricity to make free smoothies at the Bell Tower from noon to 2 p.m.A vendor fair will be held at the A&I Residential Restaurant during dinner. Vendors will showcase a variety of green products.
  • Food Waste Awareness will be the topic throughout Thursday, April 25 with posters and info on post-consumer food waste as well as tips for staff on how to reduce pre-consumer (kitchen) food waste at UCR’s restaurants.
  • On Friday, April 26 at 12 p.m. Rebecca Bertram, director of the Environment and Global Dialogue Program of the Heinrich Boll Foundation, will discuss Germany’s new sustainable energy policy and its implications for California and the world. The talk is in the Orbach Science Library, Room 240. For more information contact Steve Mitchell.In addition, the UCR residential restaurants will feature local seasonal produce in their salad bar and fruit display racks and will feature a special local salad at their salad bar.From noon to 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower, ASUCR and ASPB will team with student organizations focused on sustainability as part of an Earth Day celebration. The event will feature music and organic food.
  • The week of events will conclude with the R’Garden Dig & Dance at the community garden near Lot 30 on Saturday, April 27 from  Featuring music from local bands Quita Penas and Pococurante, as well as KUCR 88.3fm, highlights of the event include tours of the garden and plans for future development, sustainable carnival games with take home prizes, community organization tables, and sustainability demonstrations including the solar generator developed by students of the Bourns College of Engineering.

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