Environmental Club Plans Earth Day Activities

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Environmental Club has planned a week of activities to celebrate Earth Day 2009, which falls on April 22, highlighted by a benefit concert, dumpster diving and an attempt at a Guinness World Record.

The activities will start on April 18 with a concert being cosponsored with KWCR 88.1 FM. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. All ticket sales will benefit the Environmental Club’s efforts to purchase trees.

On April 21 the club will hold dumpster diving demonstrations at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. just north of the Shepherd Union Building and south of Elizabeth Hall. Club members will tip over garbage cans and separate items that were thrown away, which could have been recycled. In conjunction with the dumpster dive, club members, joined by members of the WSU Honors Program, will place newly designed recycling stickers on all recycling containers campus-wide.

On April 24 club members will hold a tree-planting event at 11 a.m. Those interested in participating should meet at either the Stewart Bell Tower Plaza on the Ogden campus or at the main entrance to WSU Davis. On the Ogden campus the club plans to plant a fruit orchard of 30 trees, potentially producing up to 100 bushels of fruit a year. The fruit will be donated to Catholic Community Services. Additionally, the club will plant trees elsewhere on the Ogden campus, WSU Davis, Clearfield Park and 25th Street in Ogden. The club will attempt to set a new official Guinness World Record by planting 100 trees in 60 minutes. Lunch will be provided.

Throughout the week the club, in conjunction with WSU Facilities Management, will sponsor an electronic device recycling drive. A dumpster will be located between the southwest side of the Shepherd Union Building and the Student Services Building. All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to drop off such items as printers, computers (not monitors) or other electronic devices. All devices dropped off will be taken to a facility in Clearfield for recycling and/or refurbishing.

All of the events are free, and the community is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 801-791-2054.

Other Earth Week events at WSU:
  • Monday (April 20): Film screening of “An Arctic Tale,” noon and 7 p.m., Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater. Popcorn and drinks provided.

  • Wednesday (April 22): Hands-on demonstrations of how to make art out of recycled materials, 10 a.m., Shepherd Union Building Atrium.

  • Wednesday (April 22): Light bulb exchange, 10 a.m., Shepherd Union Building Atrium. Individuals trade their incandescent light bulbs for high-efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs.

  • Thursday (April 23): Skyline Drive clean-up, 11:30 a.m., meet at the bus shelter east of the Lind Lecture Hall and Science Lab Building on the Ogden Campus.

  • Thursday (April 23): Honors Food for Thought Program will host an environment appreciation session with WSU botany professor Eugene Bozniak, 1 p.m., Stewart Library, Room 225.

  • Saturday (April 25): Children’s Bike Parade co-sponsored with the WSU Non-Traditional Student Center, 10 a.m., north entrance to Elizabeth Hall in the A2 parking lot. The parade’s course will move along the newly-identified bike paths on campus, promoting biking as an environmentally-friendly form of transportation. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated bikes.

Chris Bentley, WSU student
801-791-2504 • christopherbentley@weber.edu
Jonathan McBride, office of Media Relations
801-626-6347 • jonathanmcbride@weber.edu