First EarthFest Welcomes Ralph Nader to Mason

Posted: April 8, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason will celebrate Earth Week with several major events highlighting conservation and sustainability beginning Saturday, April 19.

All events will take place on the Fairfax Campus and are free and open to the public.

EarthFest featuring Ralph Nader

When: Saturday, April 19

Where: Student Quad in front of Student Union Building I

Time: 2 to 10 p.m.

EarthFest, a sustainability festival, will be a daylong event featuring environmental speakers, local bands and food and educational vendors. Ralph Nader, environmental activist and current presidential candidate, will speak at 3:40 p.m.

The festival is hosted by Broadside and the George Mason University Environmental Awareness Group; and sponsored by the Mason Office of Student Media and Phi Kappa Sigma. For more information, visit the web site.

Botanical Tours

When: Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22

Time: 12:05 p.m.

Where: Krug Hall, Room 15

Environmental Science and Policy Professor Andrea Weeks will provide a guided tour to the plants and trees native to the Fairfax Campus. Learn about the interesting — and sometimes exotic — botany that makes Mason beautiful.

Tour is limited in size. Be prepared to walk on muddy ground.

Earth Day and Bike to Mason Day

When: Tuesday, April 22

Where: North Plaza, outside of Johnson Center Cinema (unless otherwise noted)

The entire Mason community is encouraged to bike to the Fairfax Campus to celebrate Earth Day. Daylong events include free food, free bike tune-ups, giveaways and speakers. Bikes for the World will be on hand to collect donated used bikes.


  • 7 to 10 a.m., Breakfast for bikers

  • 10:30 a.m., Anthony Cortese, executive director of Second Nature, will speak about campus sustainability, Harris Theater

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Earth Day Film Festival on urban growth and energy, Johnson Center Cinema

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Earth Day information fair

  • 3 to 5 p.m., Earth Day Closing Ceremonies: Bike Rally, Energy Challenge prize awarded, food and music, prize giveaways and afternoon send-off with Tom Hennessey, Mason’s chief of staff, and Gerry Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

For more information, visit the web site.

Other Events

  • Town Hall Discussion with Anthony Cortese, Wednesday, April 23, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Student Union Building II Ballroom

  • Climate Leadership at Mason: Mason Forum on Climate Change, Wednesday, April 23, 2 to 5 p.m., Student Union Building II Ballroom

  • Native Plant Rescue and Relocation, Wednesday, April 23, 3 p.m., Rivanna River Way and Patriot Circle

  • Green Social, Wednesday, April 23, 5 to 7 p.m., Damon’s Grill

  • Mason Day Annual Campus Clean-Up, Thursday, April 24, 11 a.m. to noon

For more information about Earth Week events, visit the Sustainability at Mason web site.

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