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WKU to celebrate 42nd anniversary of Earth Day with month of events in April

WKU will be celebrating April’s 42nd anniversary of Earth Day with a month full of events and activities focused on innovations and novel ideas for positive impacts.

The Earth Day Festival on April 20 is one of the events scheduled during April as WKU observes the 42nd annual Earth Day.

“We talk a lot about the issues, which can easily become depressing and overwhelming, but there is so much good going on, and I think we can all use some inspiration and hope,” Sustainability Coordinator Christian Ryan-Downing said. “The events and guests we have planned for April focus on making positive change in creative and exciting ways.”

WKU’s Office of Sustainability and other partners have numerous events planned for the month beginning with a How Would You Green WKU? competition that starts Monday (April 2). The complete schedule for April events is online at http://www.wku.edu/sustainability/earthday2012.php

On April 11, WKU will present a screening of YERT (Your Environmental Road Trip) plus a question-and-answer session with filmmakers Ben and Julie Evans. Julie Evans is a WKU graduate.

 YERT will be presented at 7 p.m. at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. Admission is free. About YERT: Called to action by a planet in crisis, three friends hit the road — with hope, humor…and all of their trash — to explore America (the good, bad and weird) in search of innovators tackling humanity’s greatest environmental challenges in this award-winning docu-comedy.

On April 18, Kohl Crecelius, founder and CEO of Krochet Kids International, will present Buy A Hat. Change a Life at 7 p.m. at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. The lecture is sponsored by the WKU Office of Sustainability and the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility and will be followed by a meet and greet reception with Crecelius.

“This kind of sustainable, socially conscious, entrepreneurship is a good fit for WKU students, and I really want them to see how three young people can make a huge impact,” Ryan-Downing said.

On April 20, WKU present its annual Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Centennial Mall. The event, coordinated by the GreenToppers, will feature music, education, art and other activities from more than 20 participating groups.

Community events on April 21 include an Arbor Day Tree Give Away at Kereiakes Park, Warren County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off at WKU’s South Campus and E-waste Drop-off at the Corvette Plant.

On Earth Day (April 22), Vanishing of the Bees will be presented at 2 p.m. at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. The presentation of the documentary about honeybees, their disappearance and why it matters is sponsored by Allen County Beekeepers Association, Au Naturel Farm, Christ Episcopal Church Earth Ministry, Falling Springs Flower Farm, and SKY Farmers Market.

In addition those events, Fair Trade Fridays will be featured every Friday in April with $1 coffee refill at both Java City locations, DaVinci’s and Einstein Bro. Bagels; and the FeelGood Grilled Cheese Stand, featuring organic cheese in the month of April, will be open every Wednesday in the Downing University Center courtyard.

Contact: Christian Ryan-Downing, (270) 745-2508.

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