April 13, 2011

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 10

'A Million Acts of Green': Earth Week 2011

Planet Earth. Photo courtesy of fotopedia.com.

Planet Earth. Photo courtesy of fotopedia.com.

Niagara University will present Earth Week from April 12-15, sponsored by the environmental stewardship club, NU HOPE: Niagara University Helping Our Planet Earth.

Earth Day is April 22, but due to the campus being closed for Easter recess the campus will hold activities the week before on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Earth Day is a day or week dedicated to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's natural environment, said Luna McGill, president of NU HOPE. We try to educate people on environmental issues.

Throughout Earth Week there will be numerous activities going on for people to learn about how to protect the environment and save energy. It will be a chance for people to get involved in the campus's initiative to enhance the long-term sustainability of the campus and world.

David Ederer, coordinator of facility and engineering said, During Earth Week we will be sponsoring an E-scrap recycling initiative, where in Gallagher Center we will be collecting any old printers, computers.  

April 13 will be Drive a Friend to Work Day to save on gas and conserve energy. There will be a presentation by David Stapleton and David Holmes from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at 5:30 p.m.

Every Earth Week there is a Dumpster Drive. This is where you take a Dumpster and pull out everything that can be recycled or is wasteful to be there. The garbage is then placed where it belongs.

Along with the Dumpster Drive there will be a vegan bake sale, carbon footprint calculations, Birds of Prey exhibit, falcon flying demonstration, Kill-A-Watt meter, and Trash to Treasure.

The purpose of NU HOPE is to strive toward creating a more environmentally friendly campus. Through education and action, NU HOPE members are committed to the promotion of environmental awareness on the campus, community, and the world. It is a student-run environmental committee where anyone can join.

McGill is the president of NU HOPE and the co-founder of the club along Erin McKenney. The club was founded in 2007.
As a club, we have a huge environmental focus predominantly on campus recycling. We pushed for a lot and are seeing some results “ like recycling in dorms and classrooms. We also have plans for a community garden by DePaul, said McGill.  

We have replaced a bunch of lights on campus, switching them to high efficiency lights, said Ederer. This past year we have planted about 60 new trees and placed a bunch of new recycle bins in St. Vincent's Hall.

Soon we hope to have interior lights - all good energy things!

Earth Day was first recognized on April 22, 1970. It was founded by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson. Currently,  it is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.

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