Earth Week Begins with Campus Beautification Day

Posted: April 16, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: April 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

By Dave Andrews and Robin Herron

Even with its experienced, sizeable grounds crew, Mason’s campus can always use extra hands chipping in to help keep things beautified.

Mason’s Earth Week kicks off this weekend with Beautification Day on Saturday, April 17, beginning at 10 a.m. Teams of Mason students and staff and faculty members will head out around the Fairfax Campus to do some extra sprucing up.

The Office of Student Activities partnered with Facilities, the Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Action Group (EAG) to coordinate multiple cleanup and planting projects.

“It’s great fun to see students and staff rally together to do their part and make their campus even more beautiful,” says Erica Cosentino, assistant director of Student Activities and event coordinator.

“The partnerships we’ve developed [as a result of the Beautification Day coordination] will be beneficial for all of us as we try to make events like this a regular occurrence at Mason.”

Volunteers will receive direction from group leaders to assist with a number of projects, including planting seedlings in the organic garden near Potomac Heights, creating a new garden at the Child Development Center (CDC) and even planting grass on the CDC’s playground. Additional grass planting will take place in many other areas that suffered damage during the extensive snow removal last winter.

The EAG intends on recording the trash collections to monitor, weigh and report what they find. Because the EAG is aware of the large amount of cigarette butts that are collected during similar cleanup efforts, it is planning to put their findings on display at a Johnson Center kiosk soon after the event.

Everyone is welcome to join the Beautification Day efforts. All of those who volunteer will receive a reusable water bottle and a reusable shopping bag as take-home gifts. Lunch will be provided.

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Earth Week Events

All events celebrating Earth Week at Mason take place on the Fairfax Campus unless otherwise noted. For a complete list of activities, see the Office of Sustainability web site.

April 17
Service Saturday: Mason Beautification Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Quad.

April 22
Human Development Impacts on Natural Symbioses in the Potomac River Valley to the Chesapeake Bay, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Innovation Hall, Room 215G. Environmental science and policy professor Dann Sklarew presents.

April 23
Coke Recycling Trailer, all day, Southside Plaza. Sponsored by University Services.

April 24
Earth Week Hike at Harper’s Ferry, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., sign up on Facebook.

April 26

  • Do-It-Yourself Workshops, noon to 6 p.m., Johnson Center, Rooms E-F. Bicycle maintenance, vegan cooking and green cleaning. Sponsored by Office of Sustainability.
  • “Hope in a Changing Climate” film screening at Mason’s Arlington Campus, 5 to 7 p.m., Original Building, Room 329. The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Jonathan Halperin, executive director of the Environmental Education Media Project, and Dann Sklarew, associate professor in the Environmental Science and Policy Department.
  • Mason and Climate Change Panel Discussion, 6 to 7 p.m., Johnson Center, Room A. Sponsored by Mason Graduate and Professional Student Association.

April 27
The Importance of Local Food Panel Discussion, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Research I, Room 163.

April 28

  • Bike to Mason Day, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Johnson Center, North Plaza. Sponsored by Mason Parking and Transportation Services.
  • Environmental Expo, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Johnson Center, North Plaza.
  • Panel Discussion: Mountaintop Removal, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Student Union Building II, Rooms 5, 6, 7. Sponsored by the Environmental Action Group.

April 29
Mason Organic Vegetable Garden Soiree, 7 to 9 p.m., Facilities Management Building. Sponsored by the Mason Organic Garden Association.

May 1
Earth Week Closing Celebration, 9 p.m. to midnight, Rappahannock Parking Deck. Music and dancing. Sponsored by YRC Housing Area.

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