WKU will celebrate Earth Day with the eighth annual Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22 in Centennial Mall.
The festival includes live music by Just Us and other local musicians, sustainability education and demonstrations, and a diversity of campus and community participants.
The Earth Day Festival is among a variety of activities are planned for Earth Week at WKU, including workshops at the Office of Sustainability, film screenings, and sustainability-focused Honors College student research Capstone Experience/Thesis defense presentations.
The Earth Day Festival will feature the campus debut of the Community Farmers Market mobile market, which will be filled with fresh produce that can be purchased with Big Red Dollars. WKU dietitians will be doing cooking demonstrations with fresh vegetables.
WKU Recycling and Surplus will be offering personal electronic waste recycling during the Earth Day Festival. They will accept old and broken electronics and computers and will also have a hard drive crusher on site that will crush hard drives on the spot. Hard drive crushing is compliments of WKU Recycling and Surplus, and electronics recycling will be provided by C and I Electronics.
Student organizations including U.S. Green Building Council students, Americans for an Informed Democracy, Ecology Club and GreenToppers will be in attendance, and students from the spring The $100 Solution™ class will be fundraising with a puppy-kissing booth. WKU Environment, Health and Safety will be providing free snow cones and WKU Garden Crew will be making recycled paper pots and potting herbs. Community participants include Operation Pride, Community Action, BGMU, SCA, and Fruit of the Loom.
Here’s a schedule of Earth Week events:
- Workshops: April 21, April 23 and April 24, 1-4 p.m., Office of Sustainability Community Garden at 503 Regents Ave. Includes mushroom inoculation, vermicomposting, hugel construction, living-roof garden shed construction and backyard bee keeping. Sponsored by WKU Ecology Club, WKU AID, WKU SGA, WKU Building Science and Project Grow.
- SGA Student Garden Planting Party: April 21, 1-4 p.m., Office of Sustainability at 503 Regents Ave. Sponsored by SGA Campus Improvements Committee.
- WKU Annual Earth Day Festival: April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Centennial Mall. Featuring the Community Farmers Market mobile market, live music, sustainability demonstrations, and general celebration of our planet. Sponsored by the WKU Office of Sustainability.
- Film screening: Last Paradise – A 45 year quest for adventure and paradise in stunning original footage, April 22, 7 p.m., Downing Student Union Auditorium. Presented by WKU Recreation Administration Major.
- Film screening and panel discussion: Slow Food Story, April 22, 6 p.m., Knicely Conference Center Auditorium (room 138). Presented by the WKU Office of Sustainability and the Knicely Conference Center.
- Mary Boothe Honors Thesis/Capstone Project defense: Rebranding the WKU Office of Sustainability, April 24, 8 a.m. (location to be determined).
- Andrew Salman Honors Thesis/Capstone Project defense: Building a Better Office of Sustainability: Promoting Sustainable Practices and Educational Outreach at WKU, April 25, 12:30 p.m., Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility classroom (Garrett Conference Center).
Contact: Christian Ryan, (270) 745-2508.