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Eastern Celebrates Earth Day All Semester

Written by Allison Kelly


Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's energy-conscious campus is continuing its observance of national Earth Day on April 22, which has evolved into a semester-long series of activities at Eastern. From April 1 to May 2, the University will host a series of events and lectures to raise public awareness on energy-related issues.  The public is invited to all events. Admission is free.

            From April 1 to 3 the Outdoor Club will show the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) Planet Earth Series in the Science Building Lecture Hall from 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. On April 4 and 5, the viewings will run from 3 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Two episodes will be shown each seating.        

On April 11 at 10 a.m., the Earth Day Three-Mile Trail Run gets under way at Mansfield Hollow State Park. The race participation fee is $10 if postmarked by April 1; $15 on race day; and $5 for all Eastern students with valid student identification. Checks can be mailed to: Eastern Connecticut State University, 83 Windham Street Willimantic, CT 06226,  ATTN: Norma Vivar-Orum. The first 50 registrants will receive free T-shirts.       

 On April 16, Adam Lambert, assistant professor of biology, will give a lecture on "Sustainable Gardening and Landscaping: Using Native Plants to Attract Wildlife."

            On April 21 from 11 a.m. to noon, a tour of the Science Building will be provided. The tour meets in Room 132 in the Science Building. A renewable energy demonstration will take place outside of the building from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On April 23, a tour of the Geothermal Heating Plant will be given from 11 a.m. to noon. The tour begins in Room 132 of the Science Building. A second renewable energy demonstration will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On April 22, at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre, the University will present its inaugural Earth Semester Awards. The awards will recognize students, faculty, staff and area residents for six different categories. Following the awards, students who attended the "Power Shift" conference in Washington, D.C., will present original slide shows of their own experience with the environment. Also on April 22, the Eastern Outdoor Club will host a Rock Wall Challenge as part of Eastern's "No Student Left Inside," mission during Earth Semester.

            On April 23 at noon in the Science Building Resource Room, a discussion will take place on Michael Pollan's book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma, A Natural History of Four Meals." The discussion will be moderated by English Professor Miriam Chirico.

On May 2, Adam Lambert will lead a nature walk at Church Farm. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. in the library parking lot.

For more information concerning Earth Day events, contact Norma Vivar-Orum at (860) 564-5729, email or visit

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