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   Date: 4/17/12 Bookmark and Share

Earth at the Center of Week's Campus Festivities

This week, April 16 through 21, is Earth Week, a national campaign to promote awareness of and appreciation for the environment of our planet through sustainable living and responsible use of natural resources.

At Smith, Earth Week is taking the form of several educational and entertaining events throughout the week, organized by the student Green Team and sustainability representatives from Smith houses.

The culmination of the weeklong Earth Week festivities will be an Earth Day Carnival, on Saturday, April 21, a waste-free event on Chapin Lawn, open to all, featuring live music, fun games, great food and related demonstrations. (National Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.)

But first, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 and 19, at noon on Seelye Lawn, students will don Tyvek protective suits to conduct an eye-opening sorting of trash bags sampled from various places on campus to demonstrate how much recycled materials end up as waste instead of going to recycling as they should.

On Wednesday, April 18, a Five College Sustainability Symposium will take place in the Campus Center, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, all week a display of Earth Week messages adorns the perimeter of Seelye Lawn. Check out the display for helpful hints about sustainability, surprising statistics and insightful comments about environmental responsibility and what we can all do to help preserve the earth for healthy and enjoyable human habitation.

Happy Earth Week.

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