April 22nd is Earth Day! Earth Day is a day to celebrate the Earth’s environment and help raise awareness of threats to our planet’s health.
Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970 in the United States and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award for doing so. On the first Earth Day, 20 million Americans participated in peaceful demonstrations to show their support for environmental reforms. Two-thousand colleges and universities also participated that day, as did 10,000 primary and secondary schools. Some popular activities that people partake in on Earth Day include planting trees, collecting garbage, cleaning up coral reefs, signing petitions and planning for a better planet.
Celebrate Earth Day by attending Green Campus Project’s 4th Annual Earth Day Carnival that will take place Friday, April 21st from 11AM-2PM on the West Lawn. During that time there will be music, snacks, games, and opportunities to win prizes!
There is no limit to how many times aluminum can be recycled. That’s why recycling aluminum is such a boon for the environment. Aluminum is considered a sustainable metal, which means it can be recycled again and again with no loss of material.
And it has never been cheaper, faster or more energy efficient to recycle aluminum than it is today.
Aluminum cans are 100-percent recyclable, making them the most recyclable (and valuable) of all materials. The aluminum can you toss into your recycling bin today will be completely recycled and back on the store shelf in just 60 days.
Did you know that UW-Platteville competes in an 8 week recycling competition against over 200 universities/colleges across the nation? Each week our garbage and recycling is weighed and reported. Last year, UWP ranked 58th out of all the schools and 2nd in WI. For more information about the competition and tips for recycling check out the board in the front lobby.
Composting is an environmentally-friendly and cost effective way to divert waste from the landfill. When composted, food and paper-products are converted to nutrient rich soil in three months or less rather than sitting in a landfill for hundreds of years before breaking down. Take some time to educate yourself on how composting is beneficial to you. If you’d like to be more involved with sustainability efforts here on campus or have a suggestion of what can be added, please contact Amy Seeboth-Wilson.
Photobio- what? A photobioreactor utilizes a light source to cultivate microorganisms. These organisms use photosynthesis to generate biomass which can then be converted into a biofuel. Does a circular or oval shaped tube promote algae growth? Check out this bulletin board for the answer.