Friday, April 16, 2010

Lots of Events Planned for Earth Week

UC Merced students are hard at work finishing up plans for a series of events to celebrate Earth Week, April 19 to 23, including guest speakers, campus tours, a farmers market and a bike-to-school campaign.

The Alliance to Save Energy's Green Campus UC Merced team is leading the way with its first annual Earth Week Speaker Series. The speaker series is designed to showcase the increasing availability of so-called "green" jobs. Featuring speakers from various sectors — from both on campus and off — whose jobs focus in one way or another on the environment, the series will culminate on Earth Day, April 22.

The UC Merced Green Club also has events scheduled throughout the week, highlighted by tours of the university's solar array on April 19, a farmers market April 20 and a film festival April 23. And the campus' Cycling Alliance will offer free snacks and beverages from 9 a.m. to noon all week to those who bicycle to school.

"It is truly inspiring to see UC Merced students working so hard to raise awareness of sustainability and how it can influence our day-to-day lives," said Jim Genes, special assistant to the vice chancellor of administration and co-chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Sustainability. "Earth Week is a perfect time to promote these efforts, but we all need to make positive changes year-round if we're going to preserve our environment and its resources."

For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here.