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UNI to celebrate Earth Week with activities throughout April

April 5, 2012

Eric O'Brien, UNI sustainability coordinator, 319-273-7207,

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

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa will celebrate environmental efforts during the month of April through a series of events kicking off Wednesday, April 11 and culminating on Monday, April 23.

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

UNI's Earth Week activities for April are listed below.

Wednesday, April 11

-       Ride the Trails: 6 p.m., a bike ride throughout miles of Cedar Falls' trails, starting at Mulligan's Brick Oven and Pub on E. 18th Street. Preregister at for a free t-shirt.

Thursday, April 12

-       "Clean Bin Project" Film Screening: 7 p.m. in the Center for Energy and Environmental Education. Join a young couple as they give up consumerism and produce zero garbage for one year of their lives.

Monday, April 16

-       Fun Run: 6 p.m., a fun run on area soft trails on UNI prairie, beginning at 29th and Walnut Street. Preregister at for a free t-shirt.

Tuesday, April 17

-       Wetland Cleanup: 4 p.m., northeast corner of the WRC parking lot.

Wednesday, April 18

-       UNI Earth Day Celebration: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside at Maucker Union, celebration will include educational displays promoting energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, pollution prevention, renewable energy sources and other environmental initiatives. In case of rain, the event will be relocated to the Maucker Union Ballroom.

-       UNI Sustainability Update: 2 to 4 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom, program will include campus highlights, awards and a keynote speaker.

Thursday, April 19

-       "Wall-E" Film Screening: 7 and 9:30 p.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom.

Sunday, April 22

-       Earth Day Service Project: 1 p.m. in the Maucker Union. Register at

Monday, April 23

-       Student Clothing Exchange: 10 a.m. in the Maucker Union Ballroom lobby.

Full details of all the events are available on the UNI sustainability website at and UNI's RRTTC website at