By Melanie Stewart
Earth Week is here! Here’s everything you need to know:
The RePurpose It Contest has some great projects to show off. Your colleagues are incredibly talented and creative! Many entries will inspire you to look at items you have in your home a different way, helping to save you money and reduce waste. Voting has begun so make sure you check out the entries here and vote here.
Tuesday, April 25th 11am-6pm and Wednesday, April 26th 6am-1pm:
Have items at home you can’t put in the trash? We will accept:
- Personal electronics to recycle; hard drives will be shredded. Most items will be free, but there will be a nominal cost for tube TVs, CRT monitors, and hard drives.
- Free personal document shredding.
- Free personal single use alkaline battery recycling.
- Free ‘techno trash’ recycling
- Eyeglasses will be collected for donation to those in need.
- Have books for the Little Free Library? Make it easy and drop them off here.
- Have pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House? Bring those too!
Thursday, April 27th 11:30am-1:30pm, in Lower Storz:
The Sustainability Expo will give you the opportunity to talk to experts from a host of different sustainability groups. Learn how to make a rain barrel, discover how fryer oil can be turned into fuel for vehicles, connect with groups working on topics that are of interest to you, and learn more about recycling, solar, safe food storage, permaculture, or even vermicomposting (yep, that’s worms!). We’ll have prizes, vegan cookies, and food to taste-test (all first come, first served). Check our webpage for a complete list. Bring items to be collected by the EHS office and we’ll collect eyeglasses as well.
Friday, April 29th 11:00am-12:30pm, Green Space by COPH and SLC
Need some expert advice as you get back into gardening this spring? We’ll have two Master Gardeners on hand to answer all your garden/lawn/tree questions and they will have a tower garden on display. We will celebrate Arbor Day and our status as a Tree Campus USA by planting a tree and giving away free elderberry trees and wildflower seeds. Check our website for more info. Finally, the UNMC bookstore will be hosting a special sale on their most “green” items all day.
No matter what your interests are, there will be something for everyone at this year’s Earth Week Celebration and we hope to see you there!