Mason Celebrates Earth Week Throughout April

Posted: April 5, 2011 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: April 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm

By Dave Andrews

So much earth to save and so little time. That’s why the Office of Sustainability decided to expand Mason’s Earth Week events beyond the typical seven-day period and will sponsor events throughout the coming weeks.

“We anticipate this year to be Mason’s biggest celebration yet of Earth Week events,” says Colin Bennett, sustainability outreach coordinator.

“It’s exciting to see so much involvement from many groups and individuals across Mason who are organizing events this year. So far we have nearly 30 events on our calendar, which is why we had to expand Earth Week into ‘Earth Month.’”

Earth Week 2011 kicked off early on March 31 with a standing-room only showing of “The Electricity Fairy,” a documentary about mountaintop removal coal mining.

Activities will conclude with a discussion featuring Thomas Lovejoy, a Mason environmental science professor, on Monday, April 25, at the Center for the Arts.

With so many events catering to many different interests, Bennett says, “There is truly something for everyone.”

Below is a listing of Earth Week highlights. For a complete list of activities, see the Office of Sustainability website or check them out on Facebook. All events will take place on the Fairfax Campus unless otherwise noted.

April 14

7 to 9 p.m.
Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax

April 16

  • Innovating for Sustainability

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Founders Hall Plaza
Arlington Campus
April 19

  • Don’t Be Trashy: Trash pickup of the woods and trails

8:30 to 10 a.m.
Meet in Bull Run Hall Atrium
Prince William Campus

April 19

  • Earth Week Booths: University Life spin wheel, an information booth, food bank collection and sustainable crafts area

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bull Run Hall Atrium
Prince William Campus

April 19

  • Speaker: Andrew Light, director of the Center for Global Ethics

4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Mason Hall, Room D3 A and B

April 20

  • The Politics of Climate Change: Part of the “Pizza and Perspectives” Series

6 p.m.
Founders Hall, Room 126
Arlington Campus

April 21

7 a.m. to noon
North Plaza

  • Environmental Expo

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
North Plaza

  • Earth Week Booths: University Life spin wheel, an information booth, food bank collection and sustainable crafts area

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bull Run Hall Atrium
Prince William Campus

  • Naturalist Trail Walk: Guided walk through trails on PW campus

1 to 3 p.m.
Meet at the Freedom Fitness Center Entrance
Prince William Campus

April 22

  • Earth Day Open Mic: Featuring a special performance by V

6 to 8 p.m.

Johnson Center Bistro

April 25

7 p.m.
Center for the Arts Concert Hall

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