Plymouth State Celebrates Earth Day

April 21st, 2005 by Adam

Earth Week 2005 at Plymouth State University comes to a close on Friday, April 22 with the largest Earth Day celebration in the institution’s recent memory, according to organizers.

Common Ground, the student environmental and social justice organization on campus, has been working with a coalition of student groups and area partners this semester to assemble a great mix of educational events and quality entertainment to bring members of the University and greater-Plymouth communities together.

Friday events include a mass recycling project, an Earth Day Fair, a environment-friendly lunch cookout, exclusive prescreening of a feature-length documentary film and a rock concert at night.

Greek Life volunteers will pick up bags of recyclables from the usual on-campus locations, and curbside in the immediate off-campus area, from 10 a.m. to noon. The trash will be brought to Alumni Green outside the HUB for the Earth Day Fair, where the recyclables will be sorted. Led by Americorps’ City Year New Hampshire and assisted by PSU physical plant staff and members of the student coalition, the cans, bottles, plastic and tin will later be transported to the Town of Plymouth recycling center.

An Earth Day Fair will be held on Alumni Green (rain location: HUB Pawsway) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, featuring information about: biodiesel and veggiefuel demonstrations, the College Democrats, the Community Service Learning Center’s fair trade table, D’Acres Organic Farm and Educational Homestead, the new Langdon Park Acres residence hall and LEED certification with Marcus Springer, Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, the Science Society, the Sierra Club, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, United Campus Ministry, and the Wellness Center’s Natural Highs Week exhibit.

Sodexho will cater an Earth Day cookout from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Alumni Green, featuring organic foods prepared in an environmentally-conscious fashion. The price for the Earth Day Cookout is $7 for anyone not on the PSU meal plan. In case of inclement weather, the cookout will be held in Prospect Dining Hall.

Plymouth will premiere the film The Last Dispatch at 5 p.m. in Boyd Hall room 144. This feature documentary chronicles the last days of Dispatch, quite possibly the biggest band that never signed with a record label. In a time of upheaval in the music industry, their do-it-yourself style started a grassroots fan phenomenon that is changing the way indie bands and record labels do business.

The band’s final concert, “The Last Dispatch” drew 110,000 fans from every U.S. state and 20 foreign countries in Boston in July 2004. The film will debut in theatres across the country this summer.

Admission to The Last Dispatch is $5 with PSU ID and $10 for the general public. Proceeds will benefit The Elias Fund.

An Earth Day concert at 8 p.m.in the HUB Courtroom closes out Earth Week 2005 at PSU. State Radio (featuring Chad Urmston of Dispatch – stateradio.com), joined on-stage by the cast of How’s Your News? a group of adults with various disabilities www.howsyournews.com, and McGill University’s Throwback www.Throwback

Admission to the Earth Day Concert is $5 with PSU ID and $12 for the general public (ages 16+).

All tickets are available through the Silver Cultural Arts Center Box Office, Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. or by calling (603) 535-ARTS. For more information about Plymouth State University’s Earth Week 2005, contact the Student Activities Office at (603) 535-2639.

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