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April 19, 2011

UPDATE:

Three Earth Day events have been postponed because of inclement weather.

The waste sort at Burge and Daum residence halls has been postponed until the fall.

The OrgPlant tree planting competition has been postponed until 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, with check-in at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. And a Bike to Campus event has been postponed until Friday, April 29 from 7 to 9 a.m. at the corner of Melrose and Hawkins Drive (near Kinnick Stadium), and a second event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Pentacrest at the T. Anne Cleary Walkway.

For further information and more Earth Day events, see http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/earth-month-at-iowa/.

UI celebrates Earth Day with tree plantings, waste audits and more

The University of Iowa Earth Month activities continue this week in celebration of Earth Day, Friday April 22, including tree planting events, a bike to campus event and a waste audit.

Here is a summary of this week's activities leading up to Earth Day:

--UI Facilities Management, Building and Landscape Services will hold Campus Stewardship Days 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, and 1-3 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Volunteers will meet at the wooded area south of Boyd Law Building plant tree seedlings and remove garlic mustard. To volunteer, contact Shawn Fitzpatrick, shawn-fitzpatrick@uiowa.edu, 319-335-5107.

Also as part of Earth Month, UI Landscape Services Tree Crew announced they have been using biodegradable, renewable, less hazardous canola oil in their chainsaws instead of petroleum-based bar and chain oil.

"It always bothered me when cutting near water or wet pavement that you could see an oil slick from the petroleum-based bar and chain oil. I did a little research and found that many use canola (rapeseed oil) without sacrificing performance or affecting the saw negatively," said Andy Dahl, UI arborist in Building & Landscape Services.

To see how canola oil can be used for "green" chainsaw use, see http://thepioneerway.com/gardening/green-chainsaw/.

--UI student organizations will take part in the OrgPlant tree planting competition from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, in various designated areas around campus. Check-in is at Campus Recreation and Wellness Center for the event. UI Student Government, UI Facilities Management, The 10,000 Hours Show, Office of Sustainability, and the UI Earth Month Planning Committee are presenting this event, which will have a cash prize for the student organization with the greatest number of tree planting hours.

--The School of Urban and Regional Planning is hosting two Bike-to-Campus events on April 22, one from 7 to 9 a.m. at the corner of Melrose and Hawkins Drive (near Kinnick Stadium), and a second from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Pentacrest at the T. Anne Cleary Walkway. Bike riders can stop by and learn about bike maintenance, grab a snack and get bike-related items.

-- The waste stream of two UI residence halls will be audited to uncover opportunities to reduce waste sent to the landfill. This event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the basketball courts behind Burge Residence Hall.

Volunteers will gather at that time to sort waste gathered from Burge and Daum Residence Halls. The waste-stream data will help UI Housing and Dining continue to improve recycling and waste reduction efforts. The audit will be held in conjunction with the second annual Green D.R.E.A.M. (daring to raise environmental awareness mainstream) Expo -- where environmental organizations can increase awareness about their initiatives -- coordinated by ECO Hawk, a student group founded by UI College of Public Health students.

Volunteers for the waste audit can sign up for a 30-minute or longer shift by e-mailing Benjamin Green at benjamin-green@uiowa.edu. Protective gear and safety instructions will be provided.
For a complete calendar of events during Earth Month, go to: http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/earth-month-at-iowa/.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Wendy Moorehead, 319-335-1246, wendy-moorehead@uiowa.edu, Facilities Management; Liz Christiansen, Office of Sustainability, liz-christiansen@uiowa.edu, Amy Myers, Office of Sustainability, amy-myers@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu