USU Earth Week promotes sustainability

The first-ever Earth Week at USU begins Monday, hosted by Student Sustainability, giving students an opportunity to interact with and learn more about the environment. Blake Thomas, Natural Resources senator in the Academic Senate, said the week’s goal is to raise student awareness of sustainability efforts and change their opinions about them. “It’s just a constant reminder of what we do to the environment and the earth each day and ways that we can minimize that impact,” Thomas said. “I feel like individual efforts are important, but that ultimately won’t solve sustainability problems. It requires much larger thinking and groups of people.” Thomas said he hopes the week will increase the number of students working together to solve sustainability problems. “We just want to have a community on campus that supports that movement and see how far we can basically spread those ideas,” he said. Roslynn Brain, an assistant professor involved with sustainable communities, said the week was planned in collaboration between the Student Sustainability Office and the sustainable living class at USU. “We had a goal of doing a week-long event that participants who come to any one or combination of events will walk away from having made a lasting impact on sustainability,” Brain said. Brain said the goal of the event is “one week — lasting change,” and there will be many fun activities for students to enjoy. Earth Week runs from April 9-13, and each day is themed with different and specific sustainability topics. Brain said one of the biggest highlights of the week is Food Day on Thursday. “We’re having the first farmers’ market of the year right here on USU campus,” Brain said.

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