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The University of Montana


Press Release & PSA for Earth WEEK 2009 activities on at UM & in Missoula,   updated March 8, 2009.

Questions & Comments please contact:
Vicki Watson 243-5153
Cherie Peacock 243-6001

Wednesday, April 22 is the 40th celebration of Earth Day. Many events are planned for the week leading up to Earth Day on the UM campus and around Missoula and the world.

UM Earth Week events are summarized at:
News & Events
Earth Week

Some of Missoula's events appear at:
Conservation Calendar

Earth Week kicks off with Earth Service Day and the Ecopentathalon on Saturday, April 18. Service opportunities include Clark Fork River cleanup, prairie restoration on Mt Sentinel, sorting recyclables, working at UM's organic PEAS farm, helping Lowell School put in a teaching garden. In the Ecopentathalon, Ecopentathletes ride their bikes from event to event and work at ALL the service events, says organizer Vicki Watson of UM Environmental Studies. River cleanup is being coordinated by the Clark Fork Coalition (542-0539) which is also providing a barbecue for workers from noon-2pm at Caras Park.This year Earth Service Day coincides with Aber Day, UM's traditional campus service day, and UM's Office of Civic Engagement is helping recruit students for the service activities.

After a hard day working for the Earth, celebrate at the Earth Service Day dance from 7:30-11pm at the Union Hall, 208 E. Main. 'The dance features easy to learn folk dances and old time fiddle music by the AM String Band. All the dances are taught, and no experience or partner needed.' says Laura Lundquist of the UM student chapter of the Missoula Folklore Society. Cost is $8 for public, $6 for MFS members & Earth Service Day workers; children free.

Earth Celebration Day is Sunday April 19 from noon to 7pm in Caras Park. 'There will be great food, energy efficient cars, children's activities, demonstrations of sustainable living & business, and live music.' says Krystal Wolf of the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project.

On Earth Day, April 22, the International Wildlife Media Center will host the US premier of the film EARTH. Bring some pet food for Animeals, and we'll knock a dollar off the already low admission price of $4." says IWMC director Janet Rose. In addition to this film, there are Earth Day related films showing on the UM campus on Tuesday and Thursday.

UM's UC will host a Sustainability Fair on Thursday April 23. Student groups will provide information on UM's many green initiatives, and Governor Brian Schweitzer plans to join the festivities.

If you're looking for local food this Earth Week, check out the many options offered by University Dining Services. On Earth Day itself (April 22), University Dining Services will feature omelettes made from locally grown food at the Food Zoo in UM's Lommasson Center. Thursday April 23, there will be a sustainable foods dinner in the Food Zoo and a Farm to College cooking demonstration at the UC. On Friday April 24, a Local Foods Challenge (competition) in the UC Commons.UDS is also sponsoring an Art of Reycling competiton in the UC Atrium on April 21. UM has been increasing it's use of locally produced food, which shrinks UM's ecological footprint, and helps our local economy. Local food is the finest & freshest. Says, Mark LoParco, director of UM Dining Services.

Montana Natural History Center's annual Watershed Festival falls during Earth Week while Missoula's annual Bike Walk Bus Week and UM&'s Walk N Roll come the week following Earth Week this year.UM's Sustainability Coordinator Cherie Peacock observed, “In Missoula, many people work to ensure that every day is Earth Day.  But during Earth Week, we try to make more people aware of the many opportunities to take action for the Earth. And we provide lots of opportunities for them to do just that.” UM's Earth Week events began to grow dramatically after Earth Day 2002, when UM President George Dennison signed the Talloires Declaration, rededicating UM to promoting sustainable development, self determination and social justice on local, state, national and global levels. UM was the first university in the northwest US to sign the declaration which commits universities to working for a sustainable society in their teaching, research, service/outreach and operations.  President Dennison appointed a Sustainable Campus Committee to encourage efforts by UM and campus groups to foster sustainability and to document those efforts in an annual State of the Sustainable Campus Report to be delivered each year around Earth Day. These reports are available online ( and highlight the efforts of UM, campus groups, & community partners to build sustainability over the past year. In addition, each year the Greening UM award is presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution towards building campus & community sustainability in the past year.

See also: Public Schools Earth Week Events

Greening UM

The Office of Sustainability
UM Facilities Services PP 110
32 Campus Dr MS 9288
Missoula MT, 59812