Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Phoenix College Green Committee Celebrates Earth Day and Sustainability April 18

(PHOENIX, Ariz., April 3, 2012) ̶ The global movement to create a more sustainable way of living and working will manifest into local action on the Phoenix College campus Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

The PC Green Committee has organized a full slate of activities to commemorate Earth Day, which is officially designated as April 22. The festivities embrace sustainable concepts and bring greater awareness to the campus community of ongoing efforts to lower consumption and waste.

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. in Bulpitt Auditorium with welcoming remarks from Kate Cross, PC faculty member and chair of PC Green Committee, and Paul DeRose, PC’s vice president of administrative services. This will be followed by a brief overview of the Phoenix College Environmental and Natural Resource Stewardship (ENRS) Program by Sean Whitcomb, ENRS partnership coordinator, followed by an informal panel discussion comprised of current ENRS students and working professionals from partnership organizations.

“Every year enthusiasm and involvement grows for PC Earth Day as people become more aware and committed to doing what they can to live a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Cross.

At 11 a.m., PC Green member Judith Clark will announce the winner of the Green Committee’s new logo contest, which will net the winning artist a new HP laptop computer.

From 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sophomore Square will be filled with booths and tables featuring green and clean-tech related products and topics. Booths will be staffed by:

• PC Green, which will be gathering "Paper Reduction" pledges and accepting pens and pencils for recycling. It will also provide an overview of campus sustainability efforts.
• CMS Morrell, which provides waste and recycling solutions. It will be collecting items for e-waste recycling efforts. Accepted items include computers, keyboards, mouse, motherboards, power supplies and electronic items.
• City of Phoenix, which will have two representatives on hand to discuss its water recycling program and solid waste recycling program. They will bring cameras and other on-site tools for storm water drainage inspection so students can see "what goes on behind the scenes" with wastewater.
• A recycled Art Projects table displaying art made out of recycled products. Interested artists should contact Kate Cross at pc.green@pcmail.maricopa.edu
• The PC Garden Club, which will have a plant sale with all proceeds benefiting the PC Garden Club. The sale runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Show your support for creating a greener, more sustainable world by being part of the PC community’s celebration and commitment to these issues. Media inquiries should be directed to Jonathan Higuera, PC Media Relations, 602.285.7849 office; jonathan.higuera@pcmail.maricopa.edu.

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