All over the world, April is recognized as Earth Month. This year at Western, students, staff and faculty will recognize Earth Month a little earlier than usual to accommodate students’ busy exam schedules. Starting this week, various groups at Western will play host to a vast array of earth-related events.
EnviroWestern’s World Water Week: Wednesday, March 19 - Friday, March 21
World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
During the three days leading up to World Water Day, EnviroWestern has planned a documentary screening, speaker session and tradeshow. These events will highlight today’s demand for water, water usage at Western and ways to conserve.
March 19, 4:20 pm – Come check out the documentary “Watermarked” at the Western Theater in the UCC. Free entry and popcorn.
March 21, 11:30am-3:00pm – Tradeshow in Mustang Lounge East. Representatives from Facilities Management, the City of London and EnviroWestern will display facts, tips and tricks about water sustainability. Come participate and earn a free reusable water bottle and low flow shower head!
Rez Powers Down: Sunday, March 23 – Saturday, April 5
For the second time this academic year, students living on campus will be encouraged to compete in Rez Powers Down; a two-week energy conservation challenge. Along with a broad range of student-lead initiatives happening during the challenge, Hospitality Services is also going to contribute by providing numerous local and vegan food options and setting up a candle-light dinner in all of the residence eateries. Visit facebook.com/rezpowersdown for a full list of events.
Sustainability Photo Challenge Deadline: Wednesday, March 26
All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to submit a photo showing their commitment to sustainability. Full contest details can be found here.
Eco-Action Day: Friday, March 28
Western’s London Youth Sustainability Network has planned a fun afternoon packed with sustainability related activities, dialogue and videos. Eco-Action Day is a collaborative event that aims to encourage everyone to get involved, take action and participate in discussions about personal sustainability. Check out https://www.facebook.com/events/1472019689679313/ for more information and register at ecoactionday.eventbrite.com
World Earth Hour: 8:30-9:30PM Saturday, March 29
Every year on the last Saturday of March, the world joins together to turn the lights out from 8:30-9:30 PM. Earth Hour is the world’s largest call for action on climate change and continues to grow every year.
For the hour, Western’s Environmental System Control group will be shutting off all non-essential air handling units on campus to cut back on energy consumption. Everyone on and off campus can do their part as well by turning out the lights and avoiding unnecessary electricity consumption for the hour.
Green Awards Ceremony: Monday, March 31
The seventh annual Green Awards Ceremony will be held from 12-1pm in Mustang Lounge East. Stop by and learn about some of the exciting sustainability work that members of the Western community are involved in.
Campus Clean Up: Tuesday, April 1
Western will be hosting a Campus Clean Up on Tuesday, April 1. The event is open to all students, staff and faculty at Western, and is a great way to show appreciation for the University’s beautiful campus.
Three clean-up times will be held throughout the day: 10:30am, 11:30am and 12:30pm. After each group returns from their clean-up, they will receive a free BBQ lunch.
Those interested in participating can send an email to email@example.com indicating which time slot works best for them.
Earth Day Colloquium: Wednesday, April 9 – Thursday, April 10
The Earth Day Colloquium is organized by graduate students at Western University and is free to attend and participate in. This event aims to bring together the knowledge and research of undergraduate and graduate students and community members involved in environment and sustainability. Visit uwo.ca/enviro/Colloquium/EDC2014 for more information.