Fairfield University's celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day to include numerous events, highlighted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. delivering the Earth Day Lecture


Fairfield University's celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day will be highlighted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. discussing "Our Environmental Destiny."

Multiple activities encouraging the campus community to walk the talk of sustainable living are planned, including a "green cleaning party," plastic bag mountain, and the Earth Day Concert, Picnic and Eco Fair. Fairfield University's Student Environmental Association and the Green Campus Initiative are the sponsors.

Unless otherwise indicated, the events are free - and watch out for the 'Improv Recycling Police' throughout the week. For more information, contact seafairfield@gmail.com or alex.roem@gmail.com.

Monday April 19

  • Plastic bags are major contributors to landfills nationwide. Fairfield's first annual "Plastic Bag Mountain" will serve as an opportunity for the campus community to dispose of them in an eco-friendly way. Barone Campus Center Lower Level, beginning at 8 a.m.

  • Decorate your own canvas shopping bag, a 'green' alternative to the aforementioned pesky plastic bags that take eons to biodegrade. BCC Lower Level, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Robert Kennedy Jr.
  • Environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will deliver Fairfield's Earth Day Lecture, "Our Environmental Destiny," at the Third Annual Students' Forum. (Tickets for Fairfield University students are free with student identification.) Tickets are $45 and are available online at fairfield.edu/arts/ov_schedule.html or at the Quick Center Box Office, (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 877-ARTS-396. His visit is presented by the Fairfield University First Year Experience, Student Affairs, the Student Environmental Association and the Green Campus Initiative, in collaboration with Open VISIONS Forum. Quick Center for the Arts, 8 p.m.

Tuesday April 20

  • "Letters to Senators" is an effort to urge lawmakers to address pressing environmental issues. Student environmentalists will have on hand the names and addresses of students' respective senators. Jazzman's in the BCC, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • "DIRT," an intriguing film that takes viewers "inside the wonders of the soil," will be screened. It tells the story of "Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility, from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation." BCC Mezzanine, 8 p.m.

Wednesday April 21

  • "Letters to Senators" continues. BCC Info Desk, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • "Cookies for Comments" is an opportunity to ask a question about the environmental movement on campus and receive a free baked good. BCC Information Desk, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday April 22

  • Faculty, staff and students interested in taking part in the annual Earth Day cleanup are asked to gather at the check-in table near the BCC Info Desk. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • What are tiger trucks and how do they fit into Fairfield's sustainability initiative? Where is the geo-thermal heating and cooling system located? Learn the answers as "Cookies for Comments" continues. BCC Info Desk, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • The water bottle art event aims to help stop the flow of water bottles into garbage cans and landfills. BCC, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday April 23

  • The "Green Cleaning Party" will offer instruction on how to make non-toxic, eco-friendly homemade cleansers. Students are planning this event, citing reports that many commercial household cleaners contain toxic chemicals linked to health problems. Bannow, Room 319, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Students will recite Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax," a story about how a beautiful forest struggles against an encroaching and careless society. BCC Lower Level. Time to be determined.

     
  • Students are asked to turn the lights off to conserve energy and participate in games outside. Quad, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Beach Cleanup

Sunday April 25

  • The annual beach cleanup will begin at noon. Students are asked to meet at the BCC Info Desk.

The annual Earth Day Concert, Picnic and Eco Fair for students will feature locally grown food, eco-minded vendors and area bands. Oak Room patio, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 9, 2010

Vol. 42, No. 263