The 2012 Earth Week provided several activities for UNI students, faculty/staff and Cedar Valley community members. The week began with a Ride the Trails-Bike Ride and 35 people turned up on two wheels for the 10 mile ride. The film, The Clean Bin Project was attended by 25 people in honor of Earth Week. Those attending participated in a discussion about their own tips and tricks to reduce waste in their dorms and apartments.
Approximately 25 runners attended the Soft Trails Fun Run. The three mile loop was led by employees at the Runner's Flat and sponsors included Panther Pacers and the Cedar Valley Association for Soft Trails. Runners were rewarded with a t-shirt for their efforts. Community members and university students and faculty/staff volunteered to participate in Wetland Cleanup effort near the UNI-Dome. Eight 55 gallon trash bags were filled with collected trash and a full bag of plastics as well. Volunteers were treated to pizza and the event was featured in the Waterloo Courier newspaper.
The week culminated with the annual UNI Earth Day Celebration. Over 600 UNI students, faculty and staff came through and enjoyed visiting more than 30 educational booths, played games, won prizes and took advantage of the free bike tune-ups offered by Europa Cycle and Ski. Attendees also had a chance to meet the "Bag Monster.” The final event of the week was a film screening of Wall-E. Viewers received goodie bags for attending the animated environmental feature.