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April 4, 2012
By Natalie Savidge
The northern Nevada community can celebrate and learn about the earth at the University of Nevada, Reno campus Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20. Educational programs and demonstrations will focus on sustainability efforts and examples of green campus and community resources.
"This is a great way to open our campus and provide our community the opportunity to see and learn about some of our great green projects," said Glenn Miller, professor of natural resources and environmental science at the University.
The University's Earth Week events will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gateway Plaza in front of the Joe Crowley Student Union each of the first three days, with a similarly themed film playing each of those days at 6 p.m. in the Student Union. Friday's GREENevada Student Sustainability Summit is in the Davidson Mathematics and Sciences Center.
"I'm very excited to see the University and community coming together to recognize and celebrate Earth Day," said Genine Wright, a graduate student in the Environmental Science Program. "There will be many learning opportunities from every-day solutions about being more green at home, to potential career paths for young scientists looking for a way to make an impact."
University partners and organizers of the weeks' activities include the Joe Crowley Student Union, the University's Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Department, Environmental Health and Safety, Academy for the Environment, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, University Arboretum Board, and Associated Student of the University of Nevada student organizations: Students Association for International Water Issues, the Campus Cycling Coalition and Engineers without Boarders. Additional campus and community groups will be present at the Student Union Plaza.
See a complete list of event offerings. Self-paid parking is available in the metered lot south of Lawlor Event Center or on the top floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex.
The University's Earth Week will help kick-off additional community Earth Day celebrations such as the Earth Day Picnic for the Planet event on Saturday, April 21, sponsored by the Nature Conservancy and Caesars Entertainment, and Earth Day 2012 at Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 22.
Natalie Savidge is the senior media relations specialist for University Media Relations.