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UNI to celebrate Earth Week

April 8, 2011

Jenny Bruss, community outreach coordinator, UNI Recycling & Reuse Tech Transfer Center, 319-273-3689,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate environmental efforts during Earth Week, kicking off Monday, April 18, and culminating on Thursday, April 21.

Earth Week is a campus-wide event that aims to involve the campus community in environmental action and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. According to, more than 1 billion people in 190 countries celebrate the day each year.

UNI's Earth Week activities are listed below.

Monday, April 18

-Wetland Clean up: 4 p.m., north of the WRC parking lot

Tuesday, April 19

-Camping Under the Campanile: 5 p.m. till 8 a.m.

-Visioning a Sustainable World: 6:45 p.m. in the Center for Environmental Energy and Education Auditorium. Students and faculty will participate in an open forum, taking place after a poster presentation.

Wednesday, April 20

-Monarch Biology, Conservation Needs and the Monarch Joint Venture: 4 p.m. at the UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center. A lecture will discuss the importance of conserving the monarch and its migration across the nation.

-Becoming a Locavore: 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Multicultural Education in Maucker Union. A showing of the movie "Food, Inc.," which offers an unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry, will follow a brief lecture. 

Thursday, April 21

-UNI Earth Day Celebration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside at Maucker Union Plaza will include educational displays promoting energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, pollution prevention, renewable energy sources and other environmental initiatives.

-UNI Sustainability Forum: 2 to 4 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom

-Ride the Trails: 5:30 p.m., starting at the Maucker Union fountain. A bike ride throughout Cedar Falls' miles of trails will end at Mulligans Brick Oven and Pub on E. 18th Street.

Full details of all the events are available at