University of Scranton Earth Week Events Highlight Green Initiatives

04/04/11

Representatives from area businesses who want to show off their “green” don’t have to wait until next year’s St. Patrick’s Day. The University of Scranton’s Earth Day Fair – set for Tuesday, April 19– provides a venue for local businesses to showcase their green initiatives to area college students and the general public.

The University of Scranton’s Sustainability Task Force has organized a series of events to encourage sustainable practices and initiatives that includes an Earth Day Fair with interactive informational booths, a public lecture, area clean-ups, an environmental art show and electronic recycling.

The Northeast Business Journal, Electric City, the city of Scranton and Scranton Tomorrow have partnered with The University of Scranton for the event.

Area businesses interested in participating in the Earth Day Fair can contact the University’s Provost Office or Scranton Tomorrow for an application. To contact the Provost’s Office, call 570-941-7520.

The Earth Day Fair is free and open to the public.

In addition, Northeast Pennsylvania alumni of the University can join current students for the clean-up on Saturday, April 16, planned in the area near campus, which is one of nearly a dozen sites across the country participating in the annual Alumni Day of Service. Area residents can also hear a keynote address by Peter Bardaglio, Ph.D., senior fellow at Second Nature, a nonprofit organization committed to serving university leaders to create a sustainable campus, on Friday, April 15. He is the co-author of the book “Boldly Sustainable: Hope and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Age of Climate Change,” and a leading advocate for of sustainable practices and ethics in higher education. The lecture, which begins at 10:30 a.m. in the DeNaples Center, is also free of charge.

An entire list of the University’s Earth Week events follows. For additional information, call 570-941-7520.

 

Sustaining Scranton 2011: Earth Week Events:

April 14-21   Environmental Art Show featuring student art and photography concerning environmental themes. Free during library hours. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Call 941-7520.

April 15   10:30 a.m. Earth Week keynote address by Peter Bardaglio, Ph.D., senior fellow at Second Nature and a proponent for the advocacy of sustainable practices and ethics in higher education. Free. Moskovitz Theater, DeNaples Center. Call 941-7520.

April 16  10 a.m. – 1 p.m. E-Cycling. The University of Scranton campus, corner of Linden Street and Monroe Avenue.

Prices for E-Cycling:

  • $5: calculators, radios, video equipment, telephones & answering machines, and video game players
  •  $10: TVs, VCRs, computers & peripherals, CRTs, printers, copiers, stereo equipment, scanners, and fax machines
  •  $20: older, larger TVs
  • FREE: Cell phones and iPods

Air conditioners, humidifiers, stove and anything that is not an electronic item will not be accepted.

This event is open to the public and is sponsored by The University of Scranton SIFE team and Waste Management. For more information, call 941-7520.

April 16  1 p.m. Earth Week Hill Section Street Sweep and Alumni Day of Service. Clean-up organized by The University of Scranton Student Government and The University of Scranton Alumni Society. Call 941-7462..

April 18   7 p.m. Environmental Art Show reception. Free. Heritage Room, Weinberg Memorial Library. Call 941-7520.

April 19    11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Earth Day Fair with interactive games and information related to the environment, sustainable practices and faculty/student projects related to environmental issues. Local green businesses and organizations will also participate. Dionne Campus Green. Free. Call 941-7520 for more information.



Press Release Contact:
Stan Zygmunt
Director of News & Media Relations
The University of Scranton
(570)-941-7662