Celebrate Earth Week!

It’s time to celebrate Earth Week!

Earth Day started in 1970 as an opportunity for an educational moment, where the public could come together and learn more about the earth, the environment, and how behaviors might impact both of these things.

Earth Week is a special time of year marked to reflect on personal habits and how these habits affect the environment. Earth Week is also a time to learn about new environmental issues you might not have heard about before. Ultimately, Earth Day is a celebration of sustainability.

You can celebrate this year by trying to make an Earth Day pledge. Reflect on what habits you would like to make more sustainable, remember that sustainability has three components including social, economic, and environmental. Perhaps make a pledge to use more locally grown ingredients in order to help the local economy (social sustainability). You could make a pledge to only use a reusable water bottle to prevent waste (environmental sustainability). Create a goal to educate yourself in financial literacy (economic sustainability). These are just some sample ideas to get you started, and no matter what you pick, remember the positive impact that you’re making! When you make your Earth Day pledge, you’ll be able to celebrate Earth Day year-round by continuing your pledge!

You can also celebrate Earth Week at Iowa State University and in Ames by attending any of these events!

Monday, April 21

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IT and the Post-Traditional World – Lecture (8PM – Sun Room MU)

EDUCAUSE president, Diana Oblinger will discuss the future of higher education, and theacademic transformation that is being enabled by technology.

http://www.lectures.iastate.edu/lecture/32402

Plant Some Seeds!

When? Mon, April 21, 4 – 7PM

Where? Wheatsfield Cooperative Parking Lot, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames (map)

Description: Get a head start on your garden! Stop by and choose from a few vegetable seeds tostart seedlings at the co-op for your summer’s garden.

Please RSVP: 515-232-4094

Trash Clean up! 9-11AM and 3-5PM

9-11AM: Meet in front of UDCC to help clean up in Campustown area

3-5PM: Meet in front of the MU to clean up around Central Campus

Tuesday, April 22nd (EARTH DAY!!)

Earth Day Celebration!

Parks Library Free Speech Zone from 11AM-2PM

Celebrate Earth Day and the many sustainability initiatives, organizations, and accomplishments of ISU and the Ames community. The event features interactive displays from sustainability focused student, campus, and community organizations and businesses as well as free bike tuneups, refreshments and the opportunity to take part in the Live Green! Earth Day Challenge and earn some unique and sustainable prizes.

Biorenewables Art Competition Reception

A public reception will be held on Earth Day 2014 to announce the award winners of the competition. All artwork entered in the competition will be on display. The event takes place from 3 – 5:00PM in the lobby of the Biorenewables Research Laboratory. For more information, click on the link below!

http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/brl/art2014/

Composting – With Worms!

When? Tue, April 22, 7 – 8PM

Where? Wheatsfield Cooperative Parking Lot, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames (map)

Description: Come hear and see how easy it is to turn your food scraps into compost.

Vermiculture is a process of composting which holds a particular appeal to homeowners and apartment dwellers alike since you can utilize worms, in a bin, to compost food waste year-round. The worms do all the work! You’ll leave this class with specific instructions on what you need to get started with this efficient method of composting.

Please RSVP: 515-232-4094

Coe’s Floral and Gifts “English Cutting Gardens”

Tired of winter? We are too! It’s time to get our hands on beautiful spring wildflowers. Design a bouquet that’s reminiscent of English Meadows of Old. Delphiniums, spray roses, iris, and wildflowers tower out of this linear arrangement. Call 515.292.5432 to pre-register for the workshop.

Location: Coe’s Floral and Gifts, 2619 Northridge Pkwy, Ames

Time(s): 6 – 7PM

Contact Information: For more information, visit http://www.coesfloralandgifts.com

Wednesday, April 23rd

ArtWalk: At Play in the Hidden Garden

Join University Museums as we explore some of our Art on Campus Collection’s most hidden gems. Starting with Norie Sato’s One Now All, the walk will take you through Palmer, MacKay, and end in LeBaron Hall’s hidden courtyard and Tom Askman’s Aequanimitas. Meet your guide at the east entrance to the Palmer Building.

Location: Palmer Building, East entry, ISU, Ames

Time(s): 12PM

Contact Information: For more information, visitwww.museums.iastate.edu.

Artful Yoga

Build strength, endurance, and balance in a yoga class that will leave you feeling relaxed and centered. Behind all of those sore muscles you may find patience, peace, and a stronger mind/body connection. No yoga experience is necessary, but please bring your own mat. This free yoga practice is sponsored by the University Museums and Recreation Services Location: Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill Hall, ISU, Ames

Time(s): 5:20PM

Contact Information: For more information, visitwww.museums.iastate.edu.

Health Physics and Radiation Protection – Lecture (6:30 PM – Black 2004)

Leo Wardrobe and Randal Dahlin. Both work for the Iowa Department of Health and will present information and answer questions about their experiences in the health physics andradiation protection industry.

Beginner Bike Repair

When? Wed, April 23, 6:30 – 8:00PM

Where? Wheatsfield Cooperative Parking Lot, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames (map)

Description: Led by Ronn Ritz, Skunk River Cycles Owner Want to learn how to fix a flat or to oil your chain? Some simple preventative maintenance can keep your bike working well and help you avoid costly future repairs. Join iconic Skunk River Cycles owner, Ronn Ritz as he talks you through some of the basics of bike repair. Bring your bike! (Rain location: storage facility behind the co-op.)

Please RSVP: 515-232-4094

Climate Refugees Documentary Screening (7PM – 101 Carver)

Climate Refugees (2010), a documentary film that offers a new perspective and brings light to the immense amount of people displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters will be shown by The Green Umbrella student organization.

Thursday, April 24th

Co-op Clean-Up

When? 2 – 3PM

Where? Around the Wheatsfield Cooperative, 413 Northwestern Ave, Ames

Description: Join co-op staff members as we head out in our neighborhood to pick up trash.

Bags provided by the co-op.

April 24th (until May 14th)

Department of Residence SAVE (move-out) Initiative… Simple Act Vital Effect

Collection boxes are placed in all of the locations (below) for food that is donated to local food banks and also reusable items… furniture, clothes, electronics, etc. that are donated to local charities and non-profits.

Locations

Clothing & Miscellaneous Items Collection Locations

Building Room/Location

Maple M01

Willow Main Lounge, along the projector wall on south end

Larch Main Lounge, along the projector wall on west end

BWR Cornerstone

Linden Room A153A (room left of hall desk)

Oak-Elm 2122 Elm Parlor

Helser Room A293 (in front of Hall Director’s office)

SUV SUV Laundromat or Community Center

Wallace/Wilson C1201

Buchanan Room 2012

Friley Room 2414 (north of Hall Desk)

Martin Room 2109

Eaton Room 1132

BLF Freeman 154 (Pool Table Room First Floor)

Frederiksen Court Frederiksen Court Office in the Community Center

Food Collection Locations

Friley Hall Desk Donations will go to Bethesda Food Pantry

Martin Hall Desk Donations will go to Bethesda Food Pantry

Eaton Hall Desk Donations will go to Bethesda Food Pantry

Helser Hall Desk Donations will go to Bethesda Food Pantry

Wallace/Wilson Hall Desk Donations will go to Bethesda Food Pantry

Buchanan Hall Desk Donations will go to Bethesda Food Pantry

Frederiksen Court

(they will provide their own boxes)

Donations will go to Bethesda Food Pantry

(Frederiksen Court Council will deliver their donations)

Maple – Room M01 Donations will go to MICA Food Pantry

Willow – Main Lounge Donations will go to MICA Food Pantry

Larch – Main Lounge Donations will go to MICA Food Pantry

Linden Hall Desk Donations will go to MICA Food Pantry

Oak/Elm Hall Desk Donations will go to MICA Food Pantry

BWR Cornerstone Area Donations will go to MICA Food Pantry

SUV Community Center Donations will go to MICA Food Pantry

Friday, April 25th

Arbor Day Tree Planting (12-2PM- Agronomy Hall Courtyard)

Facilities, Planning and Management, Dr. William Beavis, Professor of Agronomy, the

Agronomy Undergraduate Student Club (AUGSC) and the Agronomy Graduate Student Club (AGSC) are working together to replant 8 American Lindens in the Agronomy Hall Courtyard and restore our campus heritage that a 2006 tornado uprooted.

Saturday, April 26th

Organic Products Sale

When? 7AM-9PM

Where? Wheatsfield Cooperative, 413 Northwestern, Ames (map)

Description: Member-owners save 10% on regularly priced certified organic products throughout the co-op! Non-members save 5%.

Breakfast with the Birds Saturday

Enjoy a quiet morning of food and fun at McFarland Park! Learn about birding basics and hike to look for some of Iowa’s fine-feathered friends. To end the morning, we’ll have bagels and fruit while watching birds at the conservation center bird feeders.

Pre-registration and payment due by 4 p.m. April 18. Note this is not a stroller-friendly event.

Location: Story County Conservation Center, McFarland Park, 56461 180th St, Ames

Time(s): 7- 8:30AM

Contact Information: For more information contact Story County Conservation at 515-232- 2516, email conservation@storycounty.com or visit www.storycountyiowa.gov/conservation

Beginner Bike Repair

When? 9 – 10:30AM

Where? Wheatsfield Cooperative Parking Lot, 413 Northwestern, Ames (map)

Description: Join iconic Skunk River Cycles owner, Ronn Ritz as he talks you through some of

the basics of bike repair. Bring your bike! (Rain location: storage facility behind the co-op.)

Please RSVP: 515-232-4094

BUTTERFLY SURVEY NETWORK TRAINING

When? 9AM – 12PM

Where? Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd, Ames

Take an active role in conservation as a citizen scientist through the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network (IBSN), with this free training from our entomology staff.

Learn survey techniques specifically developed for butterflies so you can help monitor butterfly populations and provide valuable data to identify potential threats, show effectiveness of habitat restoration efforts, and give an annual snapshot of the health of all butterfly populations in Iowa.

http://reimangardens.com/event/butterfly-survey-network-training/

Lucky Star Spring Market

Don’t miss out on the Lucky Star Spring Market, billed as a “live Etsy” event, it will feature more than 30 vendors selling hand-made crafts, jewelry, clothing, vintage goods and art.

Location: Prairie Moon Winery, 3801 W. 190th St, Ames

Time(s): 9AM – 4PM

Contact Information: For more information, visit www.luckystarmarketiowa.com.

Spring Wildflower Hike

Come and hike through Robinson Wildlife Acres. The beautiful woodland wildflowers are some of the best in all of Story County Conservation’s areas! Look for signs of Spring and learn about the restoration projects taking place in the park.

This is a moderate hike suitable for families with small children although not stroller-friendly.

Location: Robinson Wildlife Acres, 29490 632nd Ave, Nevada

Time(s): 10:30AM – 12PM

Contact Information: For more information contact Story County Conservation at 515-232- 2516, email conservation@storycounty.com or visitwww.storycountyiowa.gov/conservation

Please RSVP: Pre-registration required by 4PM April 18.

Sunday, April 27th

Spring Baby Animals Open House

Join Black’s Heritage Farm for their Spring Baby Animals Open House.

Location: Black’s Heritage Farm, 26156 530th Ave, Ames

Time(s): TBA

Contact Information: For more information, call 515.292.1936.

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