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Earth Week activities promote awareness, involvement

March 11, 2004

KALAMAZOO--You can learn about everything from hybrid automobiles to nutrition during Earth Week 2004 at Western Michigan University. You can even register to vote!

Activities begin Monday, March 15, with a free Environmental Fair that features games, videos and complimentary food and beverages. "Environmental Politics" and "Alternative Transportation" are the topics on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Both programs will be held at the Campus Flagpoles at the center of West Campus, between Kanley Chapel and the Lee Honors College. A complete calendar of events is listed below.

Earth Week activities at WMU are organized by Students For a Sustainable Earth and supported by several student organizations, including WMU College Democrats, WMU Chapter of the NAACP and Students Protecting Animals.

Earth Week Activities

Monday, March 15
105 Bernhard Center

"Environmentalist Fair"--Explore everyday opportunities that promote environmental awareness and involvement. Enjoy games, booths, videos, and complimentary food and beverages, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 16
Campus Flagpoles

"Environmental Politics"--Meet and learn about organizations and people that are involved in environmental political advocacy, including the WMU College Democrats, and the WMU Chapter of the NAACP. Organizations will provide the opportunity to register to vote, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 17
Campus Flagpoles

"Alternative Transportation, Part I"--WMU faculty members will share their experiences with hybrid cars including Motor Trend's Car of the Year, the Toyota Prius, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Alternative Transportation, Part II"--Bicyclists will gather at the center of WMU's campus to create a "critical mass" of cyclists. The mass, will ride through the city to promote a healthy transportation alternative and encourage drivers to be more cautious of bicycle riders, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 18
Wesley Foundation Basement

"Free Vegetarian Dinner"--Dine on a tasty array of vegetarian cuisine and collect free recipes and nutritional information, 6 p.m.

Media contact: Tristan Brown, 269 353-3313, tristan.brown@wmich.edu

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