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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

UALR to celebrate Earth Day

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sustainability Committee invites the campus and surrounding community to go green during its annual celebration of Earth Day in April.

UALR Earth DayThe main event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, between the Ottenheimer Library and Student Union B on the UALR campus. Other events will occur before and after that date in recognition of Earth Day 2014, officially celebrated in the U.S. on April 22.

Live music, a farmer’s market, the Trojan Trailblazer Green Walk, recycled Bikes for Kids, and the ever-popular “The UALR Forum” Fashion Show will be part of the April 9 festivities.

More than 30 organizations will be involved, and awards will be given to the student group demonstrating the most effort at sustainability and green initiatives.

Sodexo Dining Services will host a photo booth for pictures of guests holding their pledges for the environment. Sodexo will also promote its “Zero out Waster” in the UALR Diamond Café to discourage wasting more napkins, utensils or food than necessary.

In addition, there will be a Brown Bag Lunch and sustainable movie watch.

Earth DayA recycling drop off point, open from 7:30 a.m. to noon, will be in Parking Lot 15 at the corner of Fair Park and West 28th Street near the UALR residential housing area.

A tire pressure check will also be held at the same location from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Additional pre- and post-Earth Day activities include:

  • Now through Wednesday, April 9,  Earth Day Sustainable Photo Contest – Win prizes by taking and submitting photos that capture the spirit of sustainability. For more information, go to 2014 UALR Earth Day Photo Contest.
  • Tuesday, April 8, noon, TED Talk Tuesday. Enjoy selections from TED talks covering several sustainable topics. Bring brown bag lunch.
  • Wednesday, April 16, 4 p.m., Engineering and Information Technology Auditorium, an EARTHtalk! Lecture featuring Clive R. Neal, professor of geological sciences at the University of Notre Dame and chair of NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group.

For more details, contact Sustainability Committee member Kim Tran, kttran@ualr.edu, or Katie Becker, kgbecker@ualr.edu.