Earth Week 2010: Go Green and Save Green

04/08/10

     The University of Scranton has partnered with Scranton Tomorrow to organize a weeklong series of events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Various programs relating to the theme “Sustaining Scranton: Go Green and Save Green” will take place both on campus and in downtown Scranton from April 17-23.

     Earth Week 2010 events will begin at 1 p.m. on April 17 with a Student Government-sponsored clean-up project of the historic Hill neighborhood near campus. University of Scranton alumni will also participate as part of a national Alumni Day of Service initiative. 

     On Monday evening, April 19, the alternative rock band Monty Are I will perform on the Dionne Campus Green at 7 p.m.

     Food will be the theme on Tuesday, April 20, at the Education for Justice Teach-in. The teach-in will include various faculty-student panels and classes related to environmental and sustainable issues concerning food. The event will take place in the DeNaples Center from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. “Food, Inc.,” an Academy-Award nominated film, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. followed by a panel discussion in the Moskovitz Theater of the DeNaples Center. 

     Also on April 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The University of Scranton’s Sustainability Task Force will host an Earth Fair with games, interactive displays and informational booths highlighting student projects and the sustainability initiatives of local organizations. The fair will take place on the DeNaples Center’s patio. 

     A lecture by Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Don Winkelmann, Ph.D. a specialist in agriculture and development issues in developing countries, will take place on Wednesday, April 21, at the Pearn Auditorium in Brennan Hall. The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. 

     On Earth Day, April 22, a Downtown Scranton Earth Day Walk is planned from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the city. The event is intended to demonstrate how students can reduce their carbon footprint by walking downtown to shop. Nearly 30 downtown businesses will participate with many offering sales and other incentives. The Bog Swing Band will perform on Linden Street at Courthouse Square and University of Scranton student clubs will perform at Center Court at The Mall at Steamtown.

     The week-long series of events will wrap-up Friday, April 23, with the University’s Fair Trade Fair from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the Dionne Campus Green. The fair, organized by the Jesuit university’s Fair Trade Club, features vendors selling Fair Trade goods.

     Media Partners for Earth Week 2010 are the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal and Electric City. Major sponsors include Lackawanna County; Carmen’s Restaurant at Lackawanna Station; Electric Theater Company; DxDempsey Architecture/Design/Planning; Marquee Cinemas; The Colonnade; and The Mall at Steamtown.

     For a full list of events, visit www.scranton.edu/sustainability or college.the 570.com. 

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