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March 31, 2011

UI Earth Month activities begin with free, public talk by polar explorer Lonnie Dupre April 7

Polar explorer Lonnie Dupre will open the University of Iowa's Earth Month activities with a Thursday, April 7, appearance -- one of several Earth Month activities planned to increase environmental awareness in the UI community.

Dupre will visit the UI Campus Recreation and Wellness Center climbing wall at 6 p.m., and then speak at 8 p.m., at the Seamans Center, Room 1505. Both events are free and open to the public. Dupre has traveled over 15,000 miles throughout the high arctic and polar regions by dog team, ski and kayak. Dupre will speak about the loss of the polar ice caps and the impact that has on the planet. He will also speak about his adventures to the North Pole, and his recent attempt at a winter ascent of Alaska's Denali.

The spirit of Earth Day is alive within the UI community, given the numerous activities listed on the Office of Sustainability's website, Earth Month activities include waste sorts, tree plantings, sustainability-related presentations and movies, and a ride your bike to work/class campus day Friday, April 22. All of these opportunities to participate and volunteer are joint collaborations between UI students, faculty and staff, and the Office of Sustainability. A sampling follows:

--An early screening of the soon-to-be-released "Carbon Nation" will take place at 7:30 pm Friday, April 8, in the IMU Illinois Room or attend a Sunday afternoon environmental-themed movie presented by the Museum of Natural History in Macbride Auditorium.
--A lecture and discussion with Elliot Hoffman, entrepreneur and pioneer in the small business and social responsibility movement, will be held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Room W401, Pappajohn Business Building, and also at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Iowa City Public Library.
--Campus Stewardship Days with UI Facilities Management Building and Landscape Services crew will be held Wednesday thru Friday, April 20-22, along with a tree planting activity Friday, April 29 with UI Facilities Management Building and Landscape Services team.
--UI student organization tree planting competition will take place Friday, April 22.
--Opportunities to help prepare the UI Student Garden for this year's crop will occur throughout the month.
--Waste audits Thursday, April 14, at the College of Dentistry and Friday, April 15, at Burge with the ECO Hawks and UI Housing and Dining will help the campus discover opportunities for waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
--Monday, April 18, thru Friday, April 22, the Burge and Hillcrest Market Places will feature a sustainable dining theme to showcase a different aspects of environmental awareness and personal health.
--A Sustainability Festival for creative works will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) North and South rooms, followed by a free concert by Mason Jennings at 8 p.m. in the IMU Main Lounge.
--The Iowa Renewable Energy Association Symposium and Exposition will be held Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, at the IMU.

UI students will also take part in a environmental advocacy effort, Power Shift 2011, from Friday, April 15, through Monday, April 18, in Washington D.C., by joining youth from across the country in voicing concerns about a clean energy future.

Students are also showing their environmental awareness through art. Mollie Goldstrom, a master of fine arts candidate in printmaking at the UI School of Art and Art History, created the poster for UI Earth Month around the theme "Protect the environment in which we live, learn and work." The detailed piece features some of Iowa's threatened and endangered plants and animals along with examples of invasive species. Posters are available from the Office of Sustainability.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Liz Christiansen, Office of Sustainability,, Amy Myers, Office of Sustainability,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,