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UW Celebrates Earth Day 2014

April 14, 2014
People grilling hamburgers
A long-standing tradition, the annual Earth Day barbecue raises awareness of how agriculture contributes to natural resource sustainability. It will take place Tuesday, April 22, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Prexy’s Pasture.

To celebrate Earth Day, students and organizations at the University of Wyoming are planning a campus cleanup, glass recycling drop-off and clothing drive, plus speakers, forums, film screenings and numerous other activities.

The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970, and, in 1990, the event expanded to a global celebration with more than 140 countries participating. Throughout April, thousands of organizations, individuals, communities and agencies around the world will focus on environmental protection and thinking about ways to take care of natural resources for future generations.

UW events are posted on an Earth Week Events calendar online at Email Emilene Ostlind at to add events to the calendar.


Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m., Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center -- “Chasing Ice” film screening. One man’s mission to gather evidence of our changing planet. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, the ENR Student Club, and the Sierra Club, Wyoming Chapter;

Wednesday, April 16, 3-5 p.m., Coe Library Room 506 -- Stephanie Pfirman: Haub School Environmental Leadership Series. Pfirman will give a talk titled, “Fostering a Resilient Career,” about being an Arctic researcher, and how women scientists can break ground in their field. Hosted by the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources;

Thursday, April 17, 3-7 p.m., and Friday, April 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Walmart parking lot -- Glass recycling pickup. Drop off your clean glass. The Wyoming Conservation Corps crew leaders will transport it to Loveland to be recycled. Email Jim Fried,, with questions.

Saturday, April 19, 8 a.m. until completion, Laramie City Hall, 406 E. Ivinson St. -- 2014 Laramie Clean-Up Day. Lunch will be given to volunteers from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by the Laramie Beautification Committee, Laramie Economic Development Corporation, Laramie Boomerang, City of Laramie, Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce and Laramie Main Street;

Tuesday, April 22, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., clothing pickup and sorting, Wyoming Union Senate Chambers -- Donate gently used clothing and give to those less fortunate. To volunteer for the clothing drive, visit SLCE in Room 006 of the Wyoming Union 006 or email;

Tuesday, April 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wyoming Union breezeway -- Insects as Food. Promoting insects as a sustainable food source, the UW Entomology Club will bake insects into a variety of delicious treats, including chocolate “chirp” cookies, meal worm rice krispies and chocolate-covered crickets.

Tuesday, April 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Prexy’s Pasture -- Annual Free Earth Day barbecue. This long-standing tradition raises awareness of how agriculture contributes to natural resource sustainability. Hosted by the Wyoming Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association and the AGR Fraternity.

Tuesday, April 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of the Wyoming Union -- Earth Day volunteer waste audit and campus cleanup. Waste audit volunteers will collect waste from trash cans in Old Main, the Classroom Building and White Hall, sort out the recyclable and compostable components, and weigh each to determine how much waste per building could have been diverted from the landfill. Hosted by the Sustainability Club.

Campus cleanup: Volunteers will spread out across campus to pick up trash and separate the recyclables. Collect everything at Prexy’s Pasture for a photo before disposing it at the recycling center and landfill. Hosted by the Campus Sustainability Committee and the ASUW Academics, Technology and Sustainability Committee.

Tuesday, April 22, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., College of Law Building -- Ed Warner: CLERR Speaker Series -- Warner, geologist and philanthropist, will give a lunchtime talk about wildcatting in what became the Jonah Field and about the importance of collaborative processes to address environmental issues. Hosted by the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies.

Tuesday, April 22, 5-9 p.m., Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center -- “Red Desert to Hoback Mule Deer Migration” reception and photo exhibition. Biologists Hall Sawyer and Matt Kauffman and wildlife photojournalist Joe Riis will present the conservation challenges associated with a newly discovered, 150-mile-long mule deer migration in western Wyoming. Hosted by the Wyoming Migration Initiative.

Wednesday, April 23, 12:10 p.m., Wyoming Union Ballroom -- Chris Blocker: Campus Sustainability Committee distinguished speaker. Blocker, assistant professor of marketing at Colorado State University, will explore how satisfaction with one’s life affects resource use and environmental impact.

Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m., Gryphon Theater, 710 E. Garfield St. -- “DamNation” film screening. This film explores the sea change in national attitudes from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that the future is bound to the life and health of rivers. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources;

Thursday, April 24, noon-2 p.m., Wyoming Union Senate Chambers -- International Sustainability Exchange. Forum to share information about sustainability. Free pizza and refreshments. Hosted by the Sustainability Club.

Wednesday, April 29, 5 p.m., Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center -- “Our Future Forests: Beyond Bark Beetles” film screening. A series of 10 short films exploring changes in local forests and the U.S. Forest Service management responses to them. Free and open to the public, hosted by the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources.

Ongoing Exhibits

Through April 30, Coe Library, third floor -- Sustainability Display highlights different aspects of sustainability as it relates to food, restoration/reclamation, energy and UW. Relevant books and documentaries are available for check out. Hosted by the Sustainability Club.

Through April 26, Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center lobby -- Red Desert to Hoback Mule Deer Migration photography exhibition. Works by National Geographic photographer Joe Riis documenting western Wyoming’s longest mule deer migration;

April 18-27, Coe Library, second floor -- Fashion Futures Exhibit. Students conceptualize sustainable fashion in the year 2025.

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