Earth Day Marked at UMass Amherst with Weeklong Series of Programs and Activities

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AMHERST, Mass. – A sustainability scavenger hunt is among the events planned at the University of Massachusetts Amherst during a weeklong celebration leading up to Earth Day on April 22.

From April 19-22, the campus is hosting a reuse tag sale, a yogathon, a festival, and screening a film on climate change. The events are organized by multiple departments and student groups concerned with their impact on the planet.

During the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt students can win $1,000 worth of Amazon gift cards. Over the course of four hours, students will receives clues via Sustainable UMass’ Instagram that will help them discover sustainability hiding in plain sight on campus. More information at https://www.umass.edu/sustainability/greenhunt

Other scheduled events include:

Sustainable World Sourcebook Giveaway takes place on Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Du Bois Library. The library is giving out 500 copies of the book.

The Earth Day Clothing Tag Sale takes place on Wednesday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the second floor lounge of the Integrative Learning Center. Shoppers can check out good quality clothing at discounted prices and test their knowledge with trivia questions for a chance to win a T-shirt. Clothing is donated by students through the New-2-U sale and by faculty and staff through the Career Services Clothing Sale.

Turning Green’s Conscious Information Station uses an interactive approach to teach community members how to shift their lifestyle from conventional to conscious; Student Union’s north lawn on Wednesday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Northeast Climate Science Center presents a webinar with Pete McIntyre of the University of Wisconsin-Madison on “Climate Change and Loss of Tributary Connections in the World’s Great Lakes” Wednesday, April 20, 3-4:30 p.m. in 134 Morrill Science Center. The event is part of the center’s seminar series in Engaging Stakeholders in Climate Adaptation.

Turning Green’s Town Hall Meeting brings together students, faculty, staff and sustainability leaders to develop student-led sustainability projects both on and off campus in collaboration with the student-powered nonprofit with global reach that advocates for socially responsible and environmentally sustainable choices. The meeting takes place Wednesday, April 20, 5-7 p.m. in S140 Integrative Learning Center.

A screening of “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, 7-9 p.m. in 2601 Du Bois Library.

The film examines the challenges climate change poses and highlights meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities. The screening is part of the Talking Truth Series and is co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Libraries, the Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, the psychology of peace and violence program, and the department of environmental conservation.

The Earth Day Yogathon is set for Friday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Fine Arts Center. Organized by Protect Our Breasts, a non-profit dedicated to educating college students about the chemicals in everyday products that may contribute to breast cancer, the event will have continuous yoga sessions with special guest instructors, FUNdraising and giveaways. More information at #earthdayogathon and http://protectourbreasts.org/yogathon/

Planting A Pollinator Garden for Earth Day takes place on April 22, 9:30-11 a.m. at the Franklin Dining Commons Permaculture Garden. Insect and animal pollinators are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat. Their populations are on the decline worldwide due to many factors including habitat loss. Help UMass Permaculture plant flowers that will attract and feed these important organisms.

Earth Day Festival takes place on Friday, April 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Student Union, north lawn. Celebrate Earth Day with more than 30 campus and community groups.
          

For a complete list of events, go to www.umass.edu/sustainability/earthday