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Earth Week at NU April 20-26

April 2014 | by sustainNU
Earth WeekTake advantage of the warm weather and join us in celebrating Earth Week! With over a dozen events addressing topics ranging from community to climate change, there is something for everyone. See below for some of the week’s highlights and check out the Earth Week page for a complete listing of events.

Earth Hour Celebration
Modeled off of the international Earth Hour event, Eco-Reps are asking students to turn off all of their lights and electronics and meet for free snacks, prizes, games, and music the evening of Monday, April 21.

Mount Trashmore
The seventh annual “Mt. Trashmore” will be constructed on Tuesday, April 22, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, in front of Lunt Hall (2033 Sheridan). Mt Trashmore is a pile of trash representing the volume of waste generated at NU. Come learn how you can waste less and recycle more! FREE giveaways while supplies last.

Purple Heart Shoe Collection
Join the Associate Student Government Sustainability Committee, the University Library, and NU Athletics and donate your shoes to benefit the Purple Heart Veterans. Shoes that can be reused will be sold at a local thrift shop or will otherwise be recycled. Collections are located on the Norris ground floor (near plastic bag recycling), Athletics Weight Room, and Henry Crown Sports Pavilion (SPAC) front entrance from Monday, April 21 through Friday morning, April 25.

Bike2Campus Week
Participate in the Bike2Campus competition, Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25, by logging your bike rides for the week to win prizes, such as Divvy membership or Chipotle gift cards! Help NU win the competition against nine other participating schools in the Chicagoland area.

Exit Disclaimer: Science and Fiction Ahead Theatre Work
The Department of Theatre presents “The Seldoms,” showcasing performances  throughout the week that survey our rancorous, divisive national debate about climate change and its divergent positions ranging from denial, skepticism, and indifference to urgency.

Last year, there were several events and programs, focusing on various topics such as alternative transportation options, sustainable meat, climate change, and campus waste. During the “What is sustainable meat?” potluck, attendees learned the importance of making use of an entire animal and balancing your purchase of premium cuts such as steak with a couple pounds of ground chuck. University Services hosted an Alternative Transit Fair, highlighting car-sharing, bike rental, and bike safety. Facilities Management took the time to teach students how to plant trees on Arbor Day. NU's Roosevelt Policy Institute’s “No Impact Challenge” competition got participants thinking about how much waste they produce and the NU community saw how much waste NU generates at Mount Trashmore. Students for Ecological and Environmental Development (SEED) held a screening of “The Island President” and discussed climate change with Environmental Law and Policy Center President Howard Leaner.