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Framingham State to celebrate Earth Day with special events through April

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 9, 2012 03:06 PM

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Framingham State University’s faculty, staff and student Green Team have organized several educational events in April to celebrate Earth Day, which takes place on April 22.

The signature university event is the Green Festival, scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Center Forum, which will focus on the theme of “Are we Ready for Climate Change?”

At the event, Phillip Griffith, who serves as Massachusetts under-secretary of environmental affairs in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will lead a discussion about the state’s Climate Adaptation Plan.

Dr. Ellen Douglas, engineer and hydrologist at the University of Massachusetts, will also speak to the scientific applications supporting the plan.

Donna Kramer Merritt of the Sierra Club will also be part of the panel. They will be joined for a question and answer panel discussion which will include Dr. Larry McKenna from physics and earth science; Dr. Doug Seale from philosophy; Sarah Howe, president of the Green Team; and a member of the recently formed Environmental Science Club.

Framingham State has been recognized as a Green College by the Princeton Review two years in a row, according to the university.

Other events this month include Green Tours of Campus, which stops at several locations, including LEED-certified North Hall, and the photovoltaic solar panels on top of the McCarthy Center and Athletic Building.

Leading up to the festival, there will be events, including the following:

April 10: Green Poetry Workshop and Reading from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Library Internet Cafe
April 11: Lecture from Sonia DeMarta titled, “What Does My Hamburger Have To do With Global Warming? Reducing Our Carbon Footprint" from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Heineman Ecumenical Center
April 12: Sun Come Up movie screening and discussion, with several screenings from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the hour and discussion from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Forum in University Center
April 17: Creature Teacher at 6:30 p.m. in Hemenway Hall G36
April 17: Blue Wrap Group: Design Competition opening reception at 5 p.m. in the Whittemore Library

Additionally, the Curriculum Library will set up an Earth Day display for a week, starting April 16 and lasting through April 20. The university will also participate in the Charles River Watershed Association’s 13th Annual Earth Day Cleanup on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and host artist Gordon Morrison April 24 at 1:30 p.m. to lecture about his approaches to working from nature.

The Fashion Club will also host a fashion show in the new gym for outfits made of recycled garments on April 27 at 7 p.m.

Framingham State also plans to take part in the Town of Framingham's Earth Day Festival on April 28 on the Town Green from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will be a zero waste event that will feature live music, local food, environmental and land conservation groups, municipal green initiatives, green home products, businesses with green initiatives, recycled and reused art, natural wellness practitioners, and eco-transportation.

A full list of green initiative events and green campus tour dates and times can be found on the university's website.

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