, 2023-04-23 17:44:04,
UNI students had the opportunity to participate in events everyday from April 17-20, 2023 in celebration of Earth Week. The Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center (RRTTC) hosted these events as their sustainability initiatives are highlighted during Earth Week every year.
“We’ve got a series of events all month long but really focused during the week of Earth Week,” said UNI Director of Sustainability, Eric O’Brien. “We really spend this time trying to engage students that might not otherwise think about the Earth or the environment in their every day.”
Over the week, there were a variety of events set up by the RRTTC. “We try to give a good mix of things that are fun versus things that students feel they are making a difference,” said O’Brien.
On Monday, April 17, disc golf was offered at Tourist Park at 2 p.m. Students were able to get outside and learn about the history of disc golf while playing. “We offered an opportunity for students to be able to learn about disc golf and be more active outdoors,” said O’Brien. “Along with that there was some education about the history of some of our local parks in Cedar Falls and how we actually have the oldest existing 18-hole disc golf course in the whole country here in Cedar Falls.”
The Campus Cleanup was hosted on Tuesday, April 18. Students were able to pick up a trash bag and gloves at Dry Run Creek on Hudson and University Ave, starting the cleanup from there. Free Chad’s pizza was provided to participants after the event.
Free bike rentals were available for a leisure bike ride on Wednesday. Students met at Gilchrist to ride around Cedar Falls. This event brought awareness to the bike rental program UNI has, allowing students to rent bikes for up to a semester.
The big Earth Day celebration was hosted in Maucker Union On Thursday, April 20. The event had to be moved inside due to weather conditions eliminating the free bike tune ups that were going to be offered. Many local farmers were spotlighted at the event on Thursday. Beef from a farmer in Black Hawk County was used to make burgers. The Student Green Fund highlighted local honey and maple syrup to be put on cornbread muffins. Students were also able to make bicycle powered smoothies. The food and booths available are all tied back into local and sustainable consumption. O’Brien said they are, “…trying to do whole circle…
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