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Earth Week Events at UWRF Start April 16

Renowned Environmentalist to Speak

By Kendra Knutson

APRIL 6, 2007--With Earth Week quickly approaching, students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Earth Consciousness Organization (ECO Club) have been working diligently to put together several campus events, along with the conferences and workshops already in place.  

A few days prior to Earth Week, UWRF is set to host the American Democracy Project North Central Regional Conference, entitled "Spaces of Civic Engagement." It will be held April 12-14. Portions of the conference will explore the concept of civic engagement as it relates to sustainable community development.  

On April 12, beginning at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom, John Cronin, a renowned environmentalist and policy-maker recognized by Time Magazine as a "Hero for the Planet", will serve as the conference's keynote speaker. Cronin, who is a native of the Hudson River Valley, co-authored, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., "The Riverkeepers" and has been a frequent contributor on environmental policy to The New York Times' op-ed page. He wrote and produced "The Last Rivermen," which the Motion Picture Academy Foundation named one of the outstanding documentary films of 1991. Cronin has been involved in the investigation and prosecution of high profile pollution cases. His presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information regarding the American Democracy Project North Central Regional Conference, including information on events open only to those who register for this dynamic gathering of students, educators and engaged citizens, please visit,

Several Earth Week-related activities are designed to educate students in addition to showing appreciation toward the planet. On Monday, April 16, students and community members are encouraged to help clean up the campus, mainly along the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River, in order to preserve its scenic beauty. Students can meet in the University Center lobby beforehand and clean-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. All trash collected will be placed on the University Center lawn for display the following day.

On Tuesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., students have the opportunity to plant flowers with the ECO Club at its Bottle Biology session. ECO club members will show students how to make self-watering pots out of recycled bottles and plant them with seeds. A small materials donation is encouraged.

A tour of the Pierce County Recycling Center in Ellsworth on Wednesday, April 18, will be available for the first 30 people to sign up. The tour will take place from 1:30 to 2:30p.m. To register or fore more information please contact:

UWRF will also host the St. Croix Basin Conference on Thursday, April 19 in the University Center. Conference topics will explore and discuss how nutrient and sediment reduction across the basin can be achieved. A sustainable community forum, open to the public, will also take place on Thursday with citizens from the Ashland City Council, the Ashland mayor, and others presenting Sustainable Community Resolutions. The main presentation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Kinnickinnic Theater of the University Center.

 The ECO club at UWRF is also sponsoring the 2nd annual "Drive to Not Drive" event on April 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn between Kleinpell Fine Arts and the University Center. The club is encouraging students, faculty and community members to take alternative modes of transportation, to rideshare, or take public transportation when available on this day. There will be free food, prizes, environmental information and free minor bike tune-ups by the Route. Last year more than150 people participated, but the group hopes even more people take part this year.

On Friday, April 20, environmental expert David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics and professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College, is scheduled to give a presentation.   Orr, who is also the chair of the environmental studies program, has published 150 articles in scientific journals, social science publications, and popular magazines. He is the author of five environmental books.

Orr is best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design. Orr will give a free, public presentation from 4 to 6 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. His presentation is titled "Rumors of Unfathomable Things of Politics and Climate Change." A book signing and reception will follow. For more information, contact Matthew Meyer at

Results of the UWRF campus participation in the nationwide Recyclemania competition that UWRF has been participating in since the end of January will be announced April 16. The contest closed on April 7, and at week eight of the competition UWRF stood at 92nd out of 174 schools in the per capita classic with 11.84 lbs. of recyclables collected per person.


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