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Celebrate Earth Week at CWU! April 15-19

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Mon, 04/15/2019 to Fri, 04/19/2019

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! These three words can make a big difference for mother nature. Central Washington University (CWU) Operations Division, CWU Sustainability Council and the CWU Environmental Club are proud to host Earth Week from April 15-19. There will be many activities for students, staff, and community members to get involved in creating a greener community.

Earth Week will kick off Monday, April 15 in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) pit from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be an important presentation from the CWU Environmental Club about the need for reducing plastic bags and the significance of recycling. CWU's Nutrition Club will host a demonstration about "shopping green" with grocery lists, weekly meal prep plans and buying in bulk plus a DIY Reusable bag activity. A few simple tips can help someone use less plastic in daily routines.

On Tuesday, April 16 in the SURC pit from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., a presentation by Farm and Sustainability Manager, Kate Doughty will share the impact that reducing has on our farming community. Bryan Nass, the Household Hazardous Waste Supervisor at Kittitas County Solid Waste, will lead a presentation about recycling in Ellensburg. This is a chance to get involved with our campus farm, as well as to learn about the recycling process in Ellensburg.

Operations Earth Day will be on Wednesday, April 17 in SURC 137 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Students, staff and faculty will learn about food, waste and environmental justice with resources on campus. The presentation will highlight resources like recycling bins, as well as reusable resources like the Professional Clothing Closet, CWU Sustainability Certificate, and OPR Bicycle repair station. 

What are sustainable investments? What is divestment? On Thursday, April 18, a discussion panel/Q&A will share the importance of sustainable investments, and CWU's divestment campaign will take place in SURC room 135 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Get a head start on Friday April 19, and learn about air quality from Kimi Matsushima from the Ecology Department SURC pit in a presentation from 11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
In addition, to wrap up the week on Friday, community members can enjoy a nice afternoon stroll at 12:30 p.m. This will be led by Washington State Parks and Recreation and Olmstead Place State Park guides, and guests will be encouraged to pick up trash along the way. RSVP for the walk by emailing

Alina Stuckey, student coordinator and a member of the environmental club says, “Sustainability to me means a society and economy that respects environmental limits so that future generations may thrive.” Earth Week is part of Earth Month in which CWU tries to bring environmental awareness in the community. “The easiest part of planning Earth Week was getting people to participate. Many professors and clubs are passionate about making changes on campus” says Stuckey.





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