Earth Week comes early

earth day logoUAB Sustainability will host a weeklong series of events to celebrate Earth Day, which is April 22. Because that date is during final exams, Julie Price, coordinator of sustainability, said they  moved the celebration to April 6-10.

“The events are held earlier in the month so that students can enjoy the events before the challenging week of school and final exams,” Price said. “Since we use resources every day, it’s really Earth Day every day anyway.”

Price said the events were well attended last year, and more than 500 trees were given away at the Arbor Day Celebration and about 1,500 people attended the Earth Month Festival.

“The Earth Week events, in honor of Earth Day, give us all the opportunity to take time and consider the critical resources that provide the foundation for the fulfilling lives we have,” Price said. “These events give UAB faculty, staff and students a variety of forums to learn more about how UAB is working to make a more sustainable future, and how everyone can participate at work and at home.”

Earth Week events

The Arbor Day Celebration will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 6 on the Campus Green. The UAB Jazz Ensemble will perform, and free tree saplings, snacks, drinks and door prizes will be available.

The Southern Exposure Film Series will be held 7-10 p.m. April 7 in the Spencer Honors House. Free pizza and drinks will be provided, and a Goal Zero portable solar panel will be raffled.

The UAB Earth Month Festival will be held 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 9 on the Campus Green. The event will feature educational booths, fresh produce, green lifestyle vendors, green tech vendors, electric cars, live music from the UAB Jazz Ensemble, food trucks and giveaways including T-shirts, water bottles, reusable coffee cups and a raffle to win a Goal Zero portable solar panel.

A household hazardous waste collection and electronic waste collection will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10 at the UAB Recycling Center. UAB staff and students can bring their paints, solvents, etc., for environmentally friendly disposal. Acceptable electronics include anything that plugs in: computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, cables, printers, copiers, fax machines, telephones, tapes/CDs, battery backups, microwaves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, blenders, coffee pots, vacuum cleaners, stereos, speakers, VCRs, radios, irons, hair dryers, curling irons, lamps, fans, cordless tools and any metal, such as shelving and file cabinets. No televisions will be accepted. Ammunition and medical waste also will not be accepted.