UCSD celebrates Earth Week with 20 green events

UCSD is taking the next step as one of the greenest universities in the country by celebrating Earth Week, April 20 to 25, with 20 "Extreme Green" events, ranging from a trash sort and a green job fair to an eco-friendly fashion show. The university's environmental research will be featured and there will be a sustainability award ceremony and green film festival put on by students.

The week's events include:

Trash Sort

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20

Students and staff will dig through more than 1,000 pounds of trash in the Town Square. "The event will demonstrate how ordinary garbage contains recyclable items. At the event, winners of the Recyclemania competition will be announced.

E-Waste Collection

7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 21-23

Everybody is encouraged to bring old computers, stereos and cell phones to the corner of Rupertus Lane and Russell Lane between the Student Services Center and the Music Building. The e-waste will be reused, refurbished or recycled.

Eat Local Organic Food Fair

4 to 6 p.m. April 21

UCSD's dining director Steve Casad will give a keynote presentation on "green meals" at Great Hall. Local farmers will host a fresh-crop tasting and open forum with community food-related organizations. Throughout the week organic, breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be served at campus dining halls.

Green Job Fair

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 22

Hundreds of students are expected to attend the annual Green Job Fair at the Career Services Center. The Center for Sustainable Energy, enXco and other companies will be represented.

Green Job Careers Panel

2 to 3:30 p.m. April 23

Professionals from the energy, recycling, conservation and environmental education industries will convene at the Career Services Center to discuss the green job industry with students.

"Green Machine" Clean Car Show and Bicycle Breakfast

7 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23

Students and staff will reduce their carbon footprint by participating in Alternative Transportation Day. The day's events will take place at Warren Mall and include a clean car show and bicycle breakfast. The "Green Machine" clean car show will feature hybrid vehicles, a smart car called "Gidget" a Tesla Roadster and UCSD's new "Greenline" shuttle, UCSD's first shuttle that runs on B99 biodiesel fuel. More than half of the university's commuters ride bikes, shuttles or commute in something other than a single-occupant vehicle.

Eco-Fashion Show featuring "Project Trashion"

7 to 9 p.m. April 24

Students will strut down a green runway to model environmentally friendly designs from student designers and local boutiques. The Loft is hosting a green-themed dance-off following fashion show. The annual "VidFest," from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Loft, will feature original short films produced by UCSD students about sustainability and the environment.

For more information about Earth Week at UCSD go to

http://earthweek.ucsd.edu

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