NMSU celebrates Earth Day

April 17, 2014 by Dana Beasley, NMSU News Center

Though Earth Day is officially April 22, New Mexico State University has been celebrating the preservation of the planet throughout most of the month.

ASNMSU’s Office of Community Outreach and Sustainability will host an “Earth Week Art Gala,” from April 16-23 in the Corbett Center Art Gallery on the 2nd floor, to showcase student, faculty and staff artwork made from reused items.

ASNMSU will also hang large signs from trees with QR codes that link to green facts, called “QR Trees,” and hand out shirts made from recycled material on Tuesday, April 22.

NMSU’s Organization of Aggie Students Inspiring Sustainability (OASIS) will host their annual “Earth Day Fair” from 12-5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Young Park, 905 Nevada Ave., in Las Cruces.

This year’s event will feature live bands, dancing, vendors and educational booths. The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will also feature activity booths for children to expose the youth to sustainability topics and Earth Day-related activities. The theme this year is “stick to the roots.”

“The event is important because we keep hearing more and more about contaminants in our environment, climate change, food security, growing populations,” said Mark Uchanski, faculty adviser for OASIS. “We each need to learn how to ‘stick to the roots’ and understand our impacts on the Earth, and how we can help change those impacts for the better.”

During this event, the yellow glass recycling bins through the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) will be unveiled. The SCSWA will collect color-separated food and beverage containers in their brand new glass event trailer, and will have the “glass gator” to demonstrate the glass chipping process to the public.

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