While everyday in the Physical Resources Department is a busy day, Springtime presents an especially busy and exciting time! Although it can still be a bit nippy out at the start of the season, lots of changes take place and several events occur that make up for the cold and pursuant, yet disappearing cold. Earth Week and Bike2Campus Week, both during the week of April 19th-25th, are two big events that occur during this season, and they are both open to the whole RU community for participation. Last year was more laid back then this year will be, as we have great ideas and ambition for 2015. While brainstorming has started for what Earth Week/ Bike2Campus events will look like, ideas and suggestions are more than welcome. Not only that, but it is important to hear what students, faculty, and staff would be interested in doing and would like to see, as these events are set up for that very audience.
Bike2Campus lasts the whole week and is open to everyone. This event takes place during Earth Week to encourage sustainability and, more specifically, bike riding to and around campus. Prizes are awarded to those who ride their bikes the most during that week.
As for the rest of the day-to-day Earth Week events, there are many ideas floating around. One idea is to have a RU Wabash Rooftop Garden Planting Day. Last year was similar in this regard, as we had two planting days on the rooftop. It is a wonderful way to relax and unwind a little before the week of finals and graduation. Additionally, there has been talk about a film screening day. There are several dozen films to choose from, but it would essentially be a documentary of some type, focused on sustainability. Better yet, we are aiming to get a quest speaker there to lead a panel discussion after the screening! Lastly, we want to do potential workshop days that involve planting and repurposing, and a possible competition with prizes for the most sustainable participants. Again, these are just ideas though and what we really want to know is: what would you like to see happening during that week?
Check out this blog post from Spring of 2014: Earth Week and Bike2Campus Week, What?!
If you have any ideas, feel free to email Environmental Sustainability Student Associate Rebecca Quesnell at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Physical Resources Department in Wabash B16.