WMU Home > About WMU > WMU News

WMU News

Earth Week culminates with Thursday's Earth Fest

April 6, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University celebrates Earth Week with a series of largely student-sponsored programs beginning Monday, April 10.

"Earth Week gives the WMU community a chance to celebrate the earth," says Danielle Hunt, co-chair of Students for a Sustainable Earth. "It is also a chance for individuals to learn about local actions focused on the environment."

A variety of activities are planned, culminating with Thursday's Earth Fest, at which more than 1,000 students and community members are expected to gather. Earth Fest is described by Abby Kinas, planning director for the event, as an environmentally focused Bronco Bash.

"A bicycle maintenance workshop, and a biodiesel-making demonstration, will take place along with free food provided by local vendors and music provided by WIDR," says Kinas. "We will also have an evening celebration with live music at Goldsworth Valley Pond."

Other events throughout the week include a "Reused Invention Competition," a biodiesel lecture and workshop, a speaker on sustainable development, and a dinner on the benefits of local food. All events are free and open to the public.

Earth Week Events

Reused Invention Competition
Monday, April 10, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Kiva Room, Faunce Student Services Building

Biodiesel Lecture and Workshop
Dr. Steven Bertman, WMU professor of chemstry
Monday, April 10, 7 p.m.
1001 Wood Hall

"Finding the Competitive Edge: Implementing Natural Capitalism"
L. Hunter Lovins, author of "Natural Capitalism"
Tuesday, April 11, 7 p.m.
1301 Wood Hall

Local Food Feast
Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building

Earth Fest Celebration
Thursday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fountain Plaza at Miller Auditorium

Earth Fest Concert
Thursday, April 13, 4 to 9 p.m.
Goldsworth Valley Pond

Visit www.ssewmu.org for more information about Students for a Sustainable Earth.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

WMU News
Office of University Relations
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5433 USA
(269) 387-8400