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Celebrate Earth Week at UM Events

Area and campus community members are invited to celebrate Earth Week at several events April 19-22 at The University of Montana. A complete schedule is available on the Greening UM Web site at http://www.umt.edu/greeningum.

UM’s Earth Week celebration will kick off at noon Monday, April 19, in the University Center Atrium with the "Trash Bash Recycled Fashion Show." Students from across campus will model their outfits made from recycled or reused material. Prizes will be awarded based on the most creative and wearable outfits.

University Dining Services will join the festivities with a Farm to College local food cooking demonstration at noon Tuesday, April 20, in the UC Commons. Dining Services also will offer an Earth Day-themed omelet bar from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Food Zoo, located in the Lommasson Center.

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, the Associated Student of UM will show the documentary film "Tapped" in the North Underground Lecture Hall.

The film exposes bottled water as an environmentally destructive and socially unjust industry. Those who attend can learn how to take action to promote the use of reusable water bottles on campus.

A panel discussion will follow the film with panelists Edi Stan, UM recycling coordinator; John Kappes, Mountain Water Co.; Kate Marcille, environmental studies student; Sarah Halverson and Tom Sullivan, UM Department of Geography faculty members; and Brandon Krumwiede, geography graduate student.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, tables and demonstrations will be available on the UM Oval, with prizes raffled through the ASUM Sustainability Center. UM President George M. Dennison will announce the University’s Climate Action Plan at 12:30 p.m. that day on the Oval. The plan outlines UM’s strategies for achieving climate neutrality by 2020.

The city of Missoula and its Greenhouse Gas and Energy Conservation Team also will be on hand Wednesday, April 21, on the Oval to roll out a novel program to market renewable energy credits or green tags to its residents.

Green tags, which represent one megawatt-hour of electricity generated by a renewable energy source, are a way for people to "green-up" their electricity without having to buy and erect renewable energy generators on their property. The city will receive a small portion of each green tag sale to help fund additional greenhouse gas mitigation strategies proposed by the team.

At 4 p.m. on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, a Farm to College barbecue will be held at the UM FLAT, located at 633 S. Fifth St. E. Enjoy food and live music and tour the student-run project designed to encourage the development of efficient and affordable homes for a sustainable society.

Those who attend can check out UM FLAT’s expanded permaculture garden, real-time energy monitoring system and the renovated garage that is now a community demonstration space. More information about UM FLAT is online at http://www.umt.edu/umflat.

At all Earth Week events, people will be encouraged to sign the Sustainability Pledge, a voluntary pledge aimed to reduce an individual’s environmental impact while joining a community effort in greening UM.

For more information, call ASUM Sustainability Coordinator Erica Bloom at 406-243-4856 or e-mail asum.sustain@mso.umt.edu.