MISSOULA – Missoula and the University of Montana do a lot with Earth Day, though it looks different each year with evolving partnerships, opportunities and focal issues.
This year, UM sustainability partners are celebrating Earth Week and Bike Week simultaneously April 16-20 with a number of events on campus.
“One of the qualities I appreciate most about sustainability efforts in Missoula and at UM is that they always involve lots of partners and perspectives,” said Eva Rocke, UM sustainability coordinator. “Earth Day events in and around Missoula represent this diversity, too. There’s always something for everyone.”
She said the University has a long history of environmental advocacy by its students, faculty and staff. A schedule of events follows. More information on these events and other events around the Missoula community can be found at http://bit.ly/2HoUIcw and http://www.umt.edu/sustainability/.
UM will host an exhibit titled “A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us” on the Oval from March for Science Day on Saturday, April 14, to Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. More information is online at http://bit.ly/2q8cmt0. Scientists are encouraged to visit the exhibit to share their research stories with visitors to the exhibit from 3 to 5 p.m. April 14 and from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.
Earth Week Events Schedule:
Monday, April 16 – Join the ASUM sustainable transportation ambassadors to kick off a weeklong celebration of all things bike. The ambassadors will be on the Oval with many of campus and community partners to give out raffle tickets, lube bike chains, play games, give away helmets and bike lights, and celebrate active commuting.
Tuesday, April 17 – ASUM transportation ambassadors will provide coffee and breakfast to those walking, biking or taking public transit to campus. Starting at 7:30 a.m. stations will be located on Maurice Avenue to the south of campus and by the Adams Center to the north.
Wednesday, April 18 – UM Dining’s sustainability program will host a welcome party for its newest team members, six Welsh Harlequin ducks. Starting at 11 a.m. at the South Avenue Garden, UM Farm to College snacks and fun family friendly activities will be available. Attendees may even get to name a duck! UM transportation ambassadors will lead a group bike ride to the garden at 10:45 a.m. Meet at the Griz Statue if you want to join.
Thursday, April 19 – Celebrate UM’s many sustainability advocates and changemakers. The annual campus sustainability awards lunch will take place at noon in the Davidson Honors College lounge with the addition of UM Dining’s first-ever sustainability scholarship awards. “The funds for the scholarships were raised entirely through individuals who purchased Dollar Coffee Club memberships,” said Trevor Lowell, UM Dining director of sustainability. “For a $3 membership fee, participants get $1 drip coffee or tea all semester long when they use their reusable mug. The program has helped reduce waste across campus and has raised over $3,000 for student scholarships.” RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you plan to attend.
Interested in becoming more of a green thumb but don’t have the tools you need? The Missoula Urban Demonstration Project will host a workshop and tool demonstration from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Lommasson Garden. Learn about MUD’s extensive tool library and how to become a MUD member. There will be opportunities to try out several garden tools.
Friday, April 20 – Join the Environmental Studies department, Office of Sustainability and Davidson Honors College in the DHC lounge at 4:30 p.m. for refreshments. Those groups are co-hosting the faculty/staff reception in honor of Earth Week.