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UMD Celebrates Earth Day with a Week of Activities

UMD alumni Jason Shogren
Alumnus Jason Shogren will speak on April 22 as part of UMD's Earth Day celebrations  
2012 Sustainibility Fair Booth  
Sustainibility Fair 2012  
Each year, on April 22, people all around the world celebrate International Mother Earth Day, more commonly known in the United States as Earth Day. This is not only a day to celebrate the Earth, but a day to learn about environmental concerns affecting the planet. The theme of Earth Day this year, chosen by the Earth Day Network, is “The Face of Climate Change.” UMD will be holding many events during the week of April 22 to bring awareness to environmental concerns, teach ways to help the environment, and celebrate the Earth.

UMD alumnus Jason Shogren will present a speech entitled “Who Pays for Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss?” in Chem 200 on Mon., April 22, from 3–4 pm. Shogren is the Stroock professor of Natural Resource Conservation at the University of Wyoming and also serves as the Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance.

In 2007, Shogren was one of the scientists who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Shogren worked on the Council of Economic Advisers in the White House in 1997 as a senior economist for environment and natural resource policy. He is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and in the past served as professor to the King of Sweden. This event is sponsored by a Chancellor's Small Grant, the Labovitz School of Business and Economics, and the UMD Office of Sustainability.

On Tues., April 23, at 12:30 , Anita Stech, owner and lead seamstress of Cut Loose Creations, will speak about "Waste to Wearables: Why? and How?” Stech will explain how people can look at their wardrobe in a new way and how they can repurpose some of their underused clothing items. She will show many different examples of upcycled clothing and accessories. She will explain how upcycling clothing helps reduce the amount of material entering the waste stream. Stech will also examine how consumer habits have created clothing pollution and how changing some these habits can solve this problem.

The Sustainability Fair will be held in the Kirby Student Center on Wed., April 24, from 10 am–2 pm. Booths will display how sustainability is being integrated around campus and in the wider community. Many UMD Departments will be there, including the Office of Sustainability, Office of Civic Engagement, Continuing Education, and NRRI. An e-waste collection during the Fair is being hosted by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, to collect unwanted electronics items from university departments.

On Sat. April 27, UMD students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to “One World, One Environment” in the Kirby Ballroom from 5–8 pm. This event will explore the issues and values connected to the environment. It will feature different types of music from around the world, skits, and stories presenting diversity and beauty within the global environment. Participants will be given the opportunity to take part in discussions focusing on food, water, sustainability, eco-politics, wellness and values. Dinner will be provided at this event, which is sponsored by a UMD Strategic Grant, the Office of Sustainability, Instructional Development Services, Recreation Sports Outdoor Program, the Office of Cultural Diversity, the Center for Environmental Education, the UMD International Club, and Students Seeking Spirituality.

Visit the website of the Office of Sustainability for more information.

About Earth Day
Earth Day was founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and organized by Dennis Hayes. On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans came together to protest environmental issues and rally together for a healthier environment. These actions help create the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act and also led to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. In 1990, Hayes organized another large Earth Day event bringing together more than 141 countries. After Hayes' successful event, the United Nations, in 1992, created the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to discuss environmental issues facing the Earth and to find solutions for these problems.  

Written by Katarina Menze, April 2013

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