Featured Earth Day events and activities at the University of Northern Colorado include a presentation by the award-winning "father of environmental ethics," a class research project examining the environmental benefits of removing trays from campus dining rooms and a recycling campaign to raise awareness about processes to produce T-shirts.
Events and activities, open to the public free of charge, start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. Among them:
- Colorado State University distinguished professor and author Holmes Rolston III takes the stage at 1:30 p.m. in the Panorama Room to speak about "The Future of Environmental Ethics." A book signing follows with the 2003 laureate of the prestigious Templeton Prize, which he earned for his contributions to his field. He is author of "Environmental Ethics: Duties to and Values in the Natural World," "Conserving Natural Value," "Science and Nature." His collection of philosophical and natural history essays are published in "Philosophy Gone Wild" and a set of lectures he gave the University of Edinburgh are published in "Genes, Genesis, and God."
- During the day, a group of Dietetics students enrolled in a Food, Nutrition and Dietetics class will conduct a study of removing trays in the dining room in a continued effort to identify practices to conserve resources. Led by senior Danelle Vallejos, who received an $1,800 scholarship from Natural and Health Sciences for a portion of the project, they will examine the one-day initiative at Tobey-Kendel and Holmes dining rooms. They will survey patrons to get their feedback and weigh the day's food waste and compare it with an earlier measure taken a month ago. The results, coupled with previous research, will help inform the group's recommendation to Dining Services.
- The day's events conclude with a recycled clothing style show and free concert by the Don'ts and Be Carefuls followed by Greeley Reggae/Jam band Trichome at 6:30 p.m. at nearby Garden Theater (or at the UC in the event of inclement weather). The style show features recycled T-shirts sewn together to create fashionable attire, a practice intended to bring attention to the questionable practices in parts of the world to produce new shirts. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., a hands-on workshop will be offered to teach the art of creating fashions out of recycled clothing.
UNC's complete Earth Day schedule, along with activities leading up to Earth Day, is available at http://www.unco.edu/hsl/earthday