Earth Week 2013

UNI Earth Day Celebration-2013

Once again the Earth Day Celebration was a huge success-several hundred UNI faculty, staff and students visited the Maucker Union Courtyard on April 22 to talk with educational booths, win prizes, relax with free chair massages and learn about sustainability efforts.  Several new groups and students organizations offered booths in 2013, including Good Food Community Farm, Rod Libary and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Rod Library offered the first Stop N' Swap Book Swap to encourage reusing and collected used paperback and hardcover books among the UNI population for exchange at the Earth Day Celebration. The SAAC organization also offered a new opportunity for students and staff to engage with the community through the Hygiene Hijack effort to collect partially used toiletry items and gently used clothes for donation to a local shelter. All in all, the event was well received and the RRTTC would like to thank all those who partiicpated and made Earth Day such a great event! You can view photos from the event by clicking here.

Chair massagesLady at booth

Chair massages.                                                            Lindsay Schmidt from Good Food Community Farm.

RRTTC employeesBike tune-ups

RRTTC student employees.                                       Bike tune-ups sponsored by Europa Cycle.

Mud CupsStudent Nature Society

Mud cups made of pudding and gummy worms.             Students from the Student Nature Society.

Earth Day Yoga 

Following the Earth Day Celebration, two free yoga sessions were offered to UNI students who received instruction from WRS staff members. Nearly 40 people registered for the sessions and received a free water bottle for their participation.


Chew N' View: Clean Bin Project Film Screening 


The Clean Bin Project demonstrates how one Canadian couple successfully lived nearly waste-free for an entire year. All UNI students, faculty and staff were invited to attend and enjoy lunch. Twenty-five individuals attended the film and discussed their own ideas on how to change their consumption habits and reduce waste.

Earth Week Campus Cleanup 


The RRTTC partnered with the Volunteer Tuesday's Group in an effort to clean up the UNI campus. Nearly 40 volunteers participated in the effort and covered approximately eight blocks along the Dry Run Creek and accumulated enough trash to fill eight 55-gallon trash bags. Thank you to the volunteers for your hard work!


Ride the Trails Bike Ride

Experienced and aspiring bikers alike participated in the Ride the Trails Bike Ride during Earth Week. The event was sponsored in part by the Cedar Valley Cyclists who led a 15 mile ride for twenty-five cyclists. Thank you Cedar Valley Cyclists!


Bean Bag Toss Tournament 


UNI students registered with a partner to participate in our first-ever Earth Week Bean Bag Toss tournament. Twenty-five students ventured to Lawther Field and played in the single elimination tournament with prizes up for grabs. Teams enjoyed dinner and a night "unplugged" from electronics and television. Congratulations to our three winning teams and thank you to all participating teams!

Bags gameMen enjoying outdoorsMen playing bagsMen enjoying the outdoorsStudents playing bagsGirls enjoying nature