Purdue to celebrate Earth Day

April 15, 2010

Purdue will highlight its sustainability efforts and provide information about future plans at an Earth Day celebration on April 22.

The Earth Day presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. in Academy Park, located between Purdue Memorial Union and Heavilon Hall. In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved to Purdue Memorial Union's Great Hall.

At the celebration, the University's new sustainability strategic plan will be unveiled, and Purdue will be recognized for earning the 2009 Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation. Results of the residence hall energy competition, Recyclemania and the Power Down Hour also will be presented.

Those speaking at the event include Bob McMains, vice president for physical facilities; Robin Ridgway, director of sustainability and environmental stewardship; Terry Cegielski, assistant director of grounds and sustainability; Dan Schuster, campus energy data coordinator; and Carmen Martin, president of Boiler Green Initiative and Purdue student.

Also on Earth Day, information on campus sustainability efforts will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Academy Park. The following groups will have booths set up: Boiler Up, Power Down pledge sign-up; Purdue Sustainability Council; Grounds Department; University Residences; Purdue Food Stores; student groups Boiler Green Initiative, Net Impact Purdue, Chemical Engineering Sustainability Initiative; and Hoosier Environmental Council.

More information is at www.purdue.edu/sustainability.