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Looking back at Earth Day Week 2011 on Campus and EcoNuts!

April 18-22 there were many Earth Day Week events on campus. Thanks to Dick Robertson, Environmental Health and Safety; Dr. David Dominic, Dept. Chair, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the EcoNuts committee at the Dunbar Library for hosting events. 

The EcoNuts Committee? Yes, sustainability efforts are up and running at the Library. In 2007-08, Karin Nevius started talking up the idea with her colleagues for a committee to raise the awareness and knowledge about sustainability for campus librarians. With approval from the upper administrators in the WSU Library System, the EcoNuts group was born. Check out their very informative website »

On Thursday, April 21st, they hosted 35 folks at their Earth Day “Eco-Friendly Fair” event at Dunbar Library. They presented some great green ideas and energy-saving tips including:  Composting, Eco-friendly lighting, Eating Locally, Native Trees and Plants, and Recycling of Household Items and Gently-used Clothing to community organizations like St. Vincent de Paul.  Watch this website for more information about upcoming events and collaborations between the Office of Sustainability and the Dunbar Library.

Piper Martin is the current chairperson of the EcoNuts committee. She encourages students, faculty and staff to learn more about recycling, the display in the Dunbar Library lobby. The library has reusable canvas bags and water bottles for sale at cost so stock up and show your support of our library’s sustainability initiatives—Go EcoNuts, Go Green!

Earth Day 2011—41 years later

Before 1970, the U.S. had no real regulation of industry and the result was terrible environmental disasters.  The Cuyahoga River caught on fire; the Love Canal disaster and many more proved that we needed to clean up our environmental act.  Rachel Carson’s book, “Silent Spring” which brought to light the health and environmental impacts of widespread chemical use as pesticides and herbicides was a best seller. “Silent Spring” also ushered in Congressional investigations that lead to regulations on chemicals like DDT. The Environmental Protection Agency (U. S. EPA) was also created in the aftermath of these scientific findings. 

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 on April 22. We have come a long way but still have much to do—more to reduce our impact on the natural environment and that starts with each of us making responsible decisions everyday.  Some of those choices are as simple as not buying bottled water.  The video “Tapped” tells the impacts of the petrochemicals used in the production of the plastic bottles, the water harvesting for profit that is taking place, the costs of transporting the bottles, more energy to keep them cool and finally the low rate of recycling of those empties. These costs make bottled water one of the biggest hoaxes marketed to the world. We in America for the most part are fortunate to have safe, clean abundant water supply that is well regulated to keep it that way (bottled water is not regulated but is often tap water but the industry doesn’t want you to know!).

So, this Earth Day 2011, do your part. Change those habits that really don’t benefit you, cost you money and harm the environment. Check out the tips and information found here and many, many other reliable on the web.


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