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April 16, 2008
By John Trent
From a key kickoff event to raise community awareness for environmental education and public action to a public lecture that will focus on global climate and sea level change, the University of Nevada, Reno will be playing a key role in upcoming Earth Day week activities.
On Thursday, April 17, the University’s Academy for the Environment serves as one of the sponsors of a GreenUP! event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Patagonia Outlet, 8550 White Fir Street off Mayberry Drive in west Reno.
GreenUP! is a springtime promotional event that helps identify and promote events and activities related to environmental education and public action. GreenUP!’s mission is to help communities in sustainability efforts by expanding and strengthening community awareness of events, organizations, initiatives, resources and opportunities for action and involvement in the environmental realm. Among the supporters of the GreenUP! effort is the Academy for the Environment.
The Academy’s Executive Director Michael Collopy, along with John Sagabiel, manager of environmental affairs for the University’s Department of Environmental Health & Safety, will be on hand to provide information on the University’s role in helping to create a more “green” northern Nevada. For more information: (775) 746-6878.
To highlight the University’s Mackay Centennial Week, April 20-26, Hans-Peter Plag, research professor at the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory and expert on solid Earth geophysics and sea level and global climate change, will deliver a public lecture on Tuesday, April 22, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre. Plag’s lecture will center on the topic of sustainability as a mosaic of many small steps in the right direction that inhabitants of the Earth can take. For more information: (775) 784-4528.
In addition to these events, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology has for many years partnered with the Nevada Mining Association education committee to be part of the children’s area of Reno’s annual Earth Day celebration. The area includes NBMG posters and hands-on activities such as encouraging children at the event to create small, decorated paving stones from Earth materials. Reno’s Earth Day celebration is slated for Sunday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Idlewild Park.