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MCLA Announces "Earth Day" Events

04/12/2012

NORTH ADAMS, MA - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced "Earth Day" events and activities to take place throughout the campus, beginning Wednesday, April 18. They include student work days on campus and beyond, a Green Living Seminar, a Recycling Fashion Show, as well as numerous information tables set up in the Campus Center Marketplace.

The public is encouraged to come out to MCLA's Campus Center Marketplace to see the wide variety of "Earth Day" displays and to learn more about sustainability on Wednesday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Marketplace activities include an information table by ARAMARK Food Service, which will provide information regarding local foods available and how local foods are incorporated into MCLA's food service program. Samples of locally made ice cream will be available.

Bedard Bros. of Cheshire will provide two hybrid cars, including a Chevrolet VOLT and a Insight Hybrid. And, the Office of Student Affairs will offer information on ride share programs NuRides and MassRides, and how to participate.

For those who prefer bicycles, the MCLA Bike Share program will provide information on the College's new bike share program, bike rack locations on campus and in the community, as well as local "Bicycling Friendly" routes.

The Center of Ecological Technology (CET) will present information on no-cost home energy assessments, and provide access to free and low-cost improvements for your home. Funded by utility companies and created by the state, the program boasts many economic incentives to make the process more affordable.

MCLA also offers a "Light Bulb Swap," where you can trade an incandescent light bulb for a florescent light bulb. This table also will have information on what to do with florescent bulbs that burn out.

The Follett Book Store will display new "Green" graduation gowns and information on "CafeScribe," the Follett  electronic text  book system.

Other tables will include those with information on reducing and ultimately eliminating bottled water on campus, a how-to for students from MassPirg on weatherization and energy saving, and a "Renewal Energy Opportunities" display by EOS Ventures, Inc.       

Posters will include those on the information used to calculate MCLA's carbon footprint and what we have done to reduce our carbon footprint over the past six years, and presentations from students in the "Environmental Resources: Science and Management" class.

The program was organized by the Environuts and the Green Team - chaired by Jim Stakenas, vice president of administration and finance at MCLA - with support from students, faculty and organizations CET, Berdard Bros, EOS, Follett and ARAMARK.

MCLA will present a "Recycling Fashion Show" on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Venable Gym. Also, Post doctorate Research Associate Susannah Lerman of the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station will deliver a Green Living Seminar on "Landscaping and Bird Biodiversity" on Thursday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.mcla.edu .