What is Earth Day?
By the early 1960's Americans were beginning to become aware of the negative effects of pollution and waste on the environment. In 1962, Senator Gaylord Nelson, who is considered one of the leaders of the modern environmental movement, was determined to convince the federal government that our planet was at risk. He proposed the idea of "Earth day" in the fall of 1969 and encouraged the entire nation to get involved. Today, Earth Day is now a global celebration.
However, we shouldn't be concerned about the environment on just one day a year, which is why the Office of Sustainability is using the entire month of April to bring attention to environmental issues and promote green living practices through various events.
All College Bike Ride
When and Where
Wednesday, April 24 from 12:30-1:30 pm at the PikeRide Station between the Downtown Campus and Antlers Garage
Here is your chance to ride one of those purple bicycles that you walk past on your way to the Downtown Campus! Pikeride is a bicycle sharing company that provides bicycles that are conveniently placed throughout the downtown area. You can ride them to go to lunch, visit the local shops, and take a ride on the Greenway Trail.
We will go on a ride around the downtown area for one hour. PikeRide will provide bicycles and helmets. Don't forget to bring your reusable water bottle!
This is also your chance to get a FREE year-long membership with PikeRide!
You must be registered to participate.
Creek Clean Up
When and Where
Saturday, April 27 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Goose Gossage Park which is along Mark Dabling Blvd. between Fillmore St. and Garden of the Gods St. The clean up will take place in the parking lot across from the playground.
Help us pick up litter along our adopted portion of Monument Creek. This is part of a national effort organized by Keep America Beautiful called The Great American Cleanup. We will provide gloves, bags, and trash grabbers. You should bring sun protection, sturdy boots, and a reusable water bottle. Cleanups are more enjoyable when you invite family and friends!
Register using the link below so we can make sure to have enough supplies for everyone. Make sure to click Goose Gossage location. Arrive early so we can complete the waivers and safety briefing.
All volunteers between the ages of 8-17 must be supervised by an adult 21 or older with a ratio of one adult to every 4 child/youth. All child volunteers 8 and younger must be paired with an adult at all times.
The Human Element Film Screening
Centennial Campus, The Grove
Wednesday, April 17 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. followed by a panel discussion from 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 a.m.
"Humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life – earth, air, water, and fire – those elements change human life. In this striking documentary environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of everyday Americans on the front lines of climate change."
Join us for a screening of the film along with light refreshments, followed by a panel discussion.
Commit to Conserve
When and Where
Tuesday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Centennial Campus 2nd Floor Rotunda;
Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Downtown Campus South Entrance;
Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rampart Campus Atrium
Students are invited to drop-in and watch a short and engaging video on conservation and commit to becoming a better steward of your resources. Students will have the opportunity to complete commitment cards where they choose a sustainable habit, such as carrying a reusable bottle and identify an accountability buddy that reminds them to keep up the practice for 30 days.