‘Land, Water, Air, Food’ topics for USU Earth Week April 9-13

LOGAN – Taking care of the planet is about the little things Earth’s residents do each day. That’s the message Utah State University faculty member Roslynn Brain and her students will demonstrate in a variety of activities planned for “USU Earth Week” April 9-13. “In my Sustainable Living service learning course, my students are in charge of fostering pro-environmental behaviors across campus using community-based social marketing techniques,” says Brain, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Environment and Society and Sustainable Communities Extension specialist. “What better way to do this than designing an entire campus week devoted to sustainability?” Aggies and members of the local community are invited to participate in a variety of activities and learn about everyday sustainable practices they can easily incorporate into their lives. The week’s schedule is as follows: Monday, April 9, “Land” Like to shop? From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., guiltlessly indulge your passion at USU’s “Free Store” on the Taggart Student Center plaza. Bring and take free items and let your cast-offs become someone else’s treasures. From a USU Recycling display, learn what can and can’t be recycled and proper disposal of recyclable items. Learning activities and opportunities to win prizes will be available. Tuesday, April 10, “Water” At 7 p.m., enjoy a free screening of the documentary “Tapped” in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center. The film explores the bottled drinking water industry. A Q&A panel follows the film. Wednesday, April 11, “Air” From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., visit the USU Outdoor Recreation Program’s exhibit on the TSC plaza and learn about the “Powder Wagon,” the program’s carpool service. From noon- 1 p.m. at the same location, enjoy the puppet show “The Climate Trial” by Peaceful Uprising. At 11:30 a.m., join the USU Bike Parade on 700 North. Participants should meet at Aggie Blue Bikes, located at approximately 850 E. 700 North. At noon, enjoy a free tour of the USU College of Agriculture’s new, environmentally friendly building on the USU Quad. Meet at the building’s main entrance. From 2-3 p.m., all are invited to the presentation “Corporate Rule and Air Quality in Utah” by Jesse Ward, canvassing coordinator of Move to Amend: Salt Lake. Ward’s talk is in the Fine Arts Visual building, Room 262. From 2:30-3:30 p.m., all are invited to the Green Jobs Panel in the Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 154. Thursday, April 12, “Food” Join in the Local Food Celebration: First Farmer’s Market of the Year from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the USU Quad. From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., all are invited to the presentation “Should Mormons be Vegetarians?” by Christopher Foster, professor at Utah Valley University and founder of Mormons for Animals. Foster speaks in Room 201 of the Nutrition and Food Sciences building. From 7-9 p.m., Tamara Steinitz of USU’s Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences presents “Cooking with Local Food.” The activity will be held in the Family Life Kitchens, Rooms 208 and 210 of the NFS building. Free food samples will be available. Space is limited to the first 75 participants. Friday, April 13, “Culmination” From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. enjoy the Student Sustainability Fair on the TSC plaza. The event features free giveaways. For more information about USU Earth Week, visit the event’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn&__adt=3#!/pages/USU-Earth-Week/283275655080662 .

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