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UNI to celebrate Earth Week April 21-25

April 10, 2014
Contact: 

Jennifer Bruss, program and community outreach coordinator, Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, 319-273-3689, jennifer.bruss@uni.edu

Eric O'Brien, coordinator, Office of Sustainability, 319-273-7207, eric.obrien@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate environmental efforts during Earth Week, Monday, April 21, through Friday, April 25. Earth Week is a campus-wide event that aims to involve the campus community in environmental action through a number of interactive and educational events.

On Monday, April 21, UNI students can participate in a Plastic Bag Exchange. Bring plastic grocery bags for recycling to Maucker Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and receive a sustainabile alternative. Students are also invited to participate in an evening of yoga, featuring certified UNI yoga instructors. Classes will be held at 5 and 5:30 p.m. in the Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC), Room 085. All participants who pre-register will receive a free water bottle. To register, visit www.rrttc.com. 

An Earth Day celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, outside of Maucker Union. The event will feature educational booths, activities and free bike tune-ups. 

UNI Volunteer Tuesdays, Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) will partner for an Earth Day Highway Cleanup at 3:30 p.m., April 22, and a Campus Cleanup at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet in Maucker Union. To register, visit www.uni.edu/involvement/service/volunteer-tuesdays. 

A screening of the film "Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story" will take place at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, in the WRC, Room 252. The documentary tells the story of the unintended yet severe consequences of farming along the Mississippi River and the efforts to reverse this damage. 

The week will also include a bike ride on the trails around Cedar Falls at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 23. The ride will start and end at Mulligan's on 18th Street in Cedar Falls and will be lead by Cedar Valley Cyclists. Helmets are required and free T-shirts will be provided to participants who pre-register at www.rrttc.com. 

Earth Week will conclude with a screening of "In Organics We Trust" at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 24, in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, Room 115. A light lunch will be provided. A pop can/tab drive will also be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Maucker Union.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit UNI's RRTTC website at www.uni.edu/rrttc or the UNI sustainability website at www.uni.edu/sustainability