The Earth Week Celebration provided several interactive and educational activities for UNI students/staff and community members during the week of April 18-22. The week kicked off with the annual Wetland Clean-Up. The RRTTC staff, 30 UNI students and 10 community members donated their time to pick up more than 150 pounds of trash. The Dry-Run creek area was also cleaned up afterwards.
Thirty-five students visited the Visioning a Sustainable World event in the CEEE building. Student posters and projects were displayed from Bill Stigliani's Environment, Technology and Society capstone course at the University of Northern Iowa.
Local organizations and businesses from the community including Hy-Vee and the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership provided information about the benefits of locally grown and organic foods along with samples in the Locavore Living event. Rob and Tammy Faux of Faux Farms also organized a short presentation about organic farming and locally grown foods. Fifty-five people attended this event.
The Tall Grass Prairie Center hosted the Monarch Biology Conservation Needs event to discuss increasing conservation related to the monarch butterfly species. More than 50 people attended this unique event.
The Earth Day Celebration and Sustainability Forum took place outside of Maucker Union from 10-2 PM. Activities, games and food attracted more than 500 students and 30 different organizations.
The final event of the week was the Bike Trail Ride, promoting healthy living and environmentally friendly ideas. Fifteen UNI students took off on two wheels for the 10 mile ride.