By Melanie Stewart
Earth Week is finally here! Start the week off with Earth Day this Friday the 22nd and end on a high note with Arbor Day on the 29th.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Friday, April 22nd
We’ve made phenomenal progress on the energy and water goals in our Sustainability Master Plan and we are excited to tell you about it! Look for more information in Nebraska Medicine Now and then visit us in front of the Nebraska Café or Storz Pavilion for a fun demonstration and pick up a free item that will help you save energy at home.
Monday, April 25th:
The RePurpose It Contest has some really 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. Pages are not open yet, but you will be able to see the entries here and vote here.
Tuesday, April 26th 12pm-6pm and Wednesday, April 27th 6am-12pm:
Have items at home you need to get dispose of, and 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 pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House? Bring those too!
Thursday, April 28th 11:30am-1:30pm, in Lower Storz:
The Sustainability Expo will give you the opportunity to talk to representatives from over 30 different groups. Ask a master gardener a question, find out about B-Cycle plans, learn more about recycling, rain barrels, or even bee keeping. We’ll have door prizes, attendance prizes, and free food to taste-test. Check our webpage for a complete list.
Friday, April 29th 11:30am, Michael Sorrell Green Space
We will celebrate Arbor Day and our status as a Tree Campus USA by planting a tree, giving away free trees and wildflower seeds, and helping City Sprouts plant veggies for the food bank! Check our website for more info.
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!