UND Earth Week gets under way April 22 at the Union

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UND Earth Week gets under way April 22 at the Union

Campus event runs 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, April 22, Memorial Union first floor and Loading Dock

UND and the City of Grand Forks celebrate Earth Day and invite the community to share the week-long schedule of events and activities. The events and tours are co-sponsored by the UND Council on Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (Sustainability Council).

What does sustainability mean to UND? Sustainability means that as a University, we strive to meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It means finding ways we can save energy, be friendlier to the environment, and conduct research to help future generations. The University's green efforts landed it once again on the Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges.

Part of UND's sustainability effort includes a regularly updated campus climate impact inventory of all of the University's greenhouse gas emissions, including emissions from electricity, heating, commuting, and air travel, and update the inventory every other year thereafter.

Earth Week Schedule of Events

Sunday, April 21:

1 to 4 p.m. Super Science Day with Dakota Science Center (Purpur Arena)• City's recycling contest

• Storm water display and other items.

Monday, April 22:

• 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. UND Earth Day Expo (UND Memorial Union)UND and the City of Grand Forks and several vendors will display sustainability and earth friendly information and products.

• 3 p.m. Special event/presentation for students – sustainability panel presentation begins with the LINK Networking event at AE2S, 4050 Garden View Drive (right across from the Alerus Center). The presentation will feature members of the Grand Forks business community discussing sustainability. Following the panel presentation, students are encouraged to attend a LINK Networking Event; the networking event will include discussions about ways to build sustainability into your workplace and find resources at the university. Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 23: – UND-City Tours

• 11 a.m. Gorecki Alumni Center, UND (to reserve a spot, contact Debbie Merrill at 777.4878)

• 12:45 p.m. Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant, 503 S. 4th St.

Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25:

• Doing Our Part Pledge drive

Friday, April 26:

• 2 to 5 p.m. Clean Cities Natural Gas Vehicle Seminar (City Hall)

• Doing Our Part Pledge drive

Juan Miguel Pedraza

University and Public Affairs writer

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