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Utah State University Celebrates Earth Day 2017

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017


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Students from the Utah State University Student Sustainability Office will be hosting the USU Earth Day Festival Friday, April 21, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The festival will start at 9 a.m. on the USU Quad with informational tables from numerous local organizations, music from local bands, a rock climbing wall and a guest yoga instructor. The morning will also feature the kick-off of an EcoHunt event where teams of 2-6 students will compete for outdoor recreation sponsored prizes. The EcoHunt will encourage team participation in all of the Earth Day events activities like recycling, going for a hike and riding the CVTD bus and conclude Sunday night.

Following the events on the USU Quad, there will be a keynote address in the Taggart Student Center auditorium at 12:30 p.m. by Stacey Bare, a Bronze Star-recipient veteran and outdoor enthusiast. In addition, he has been named “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic, “Exploration Champion” by North Face and he currently serves asdDirector of Sierra Club Outdoors.

At 2 p.m. volunteers are needed for four outdoor service projects at the USU Student Organic Farm, the USU permaculture garden, the Utah Conservation Corps community garden and First Dam Park. After the service projects conclude at 4:30 p.m. volunteers are invited to a barbecue at First Dam Park catered by USU Dining Services. The barbeque will include local music and free paddle board rental and instruction from the USU Outdoor Program.

Student organizers expect this to be the largest Earth Day event the USU Student Sustainability Office has hosted in more than a decade, due in part to funding by a student sustainability grant and the enthusiasm this has generated throughout campus and the community. The event will also be featured in the national spotlight through the Earth Day Network, a national organization that collaborates with more than 50,000 organizations.

More information on Utah State University’s Earth Day Festival can be found at USU.EDU/EarthDay.

Contact:  Kate Stephens, 469-571-4890, Kate.stephens@usu.edu





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