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UNI to celebrate Earth Week April 22-26

Contact: 

Eric O'Brien, UNI sustainability coordinator 319-273-7207, eric.obrien@uni.edu

Jenny Bruss, community outreach coordinator, UNI Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center, 319-273-3689, jennifer.brusse@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 22 through Friday, April 26. 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 that take place during five themed days.

Earth Week will begin with an Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Monday, April 22, outside of Maucker Union. The event will feature educational booths, activities, a farmers market and free bike tune-ups. Two outdoor yoga sessions will take place at 3 and 3:30 p.m. on Lawther Field. Those interested in participating should register at www.rrttc.com.

Tuesday, April 23, is Environmental Awareness Day. "The Clean Bin Project" will be screened at 12:30 p.m. in the Center for Energy & Environmental Education, Room 115. The documentary follows a couple's attempt to live waste-free for a year. Lunch will be provided. A campus-wide cleanup will begin at 4 p.m., at the fountain outside Maucker Union. Pizza will be provided to participants who preregister.

Alternative Transportation Day is Wednesday, April 24. A bike ride on local trails will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning at Mulligan's Brick Oven Grill & Pub, 205 E. 18th St. Helmets are required and free T-shirts will be provided to participants who register.

UNI will celebrate Water Conservation Day on Thursday, April 25. Students are encouraged to cut their shower time in half. UNI will celebrate with a bean bag toss tournament at 5 p.m. on Lawther Field. Food will be available to those who pre-register.

Earth Week will conclude with Energy Conservation Day on Friday, April 26. Students are to reduce their energy consumption by going cordless for the day.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information or to register for activities, visit UNI's Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center website at www.uni.edu/rrttc or the UNI sustainability website at www.uni.edu/sustainability.