Common Ground, a student environmental and social justice organization at Plymouth State College, is sponsoring several events on the campus in celebration of Earth Day 2002.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 22, several groups will join Common Ground in hosting information tables and presentations in the Hartman Union Building (HUB). Groups participating include the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and the U.S. Forest Service.
At 11 a.m. in HUB 119, Dr. Steve Fay, a scientist with the U.S. Forest Service, will present information on “Acid Rain and Calcium Depletion in the Northern Hardwood Forest.” This program will include a discussion of the current research being done on this issue in New Hampshire at Hubbard Brook.
Students in Common Ground have also arranged with Sodexho Marriott, the food service provider on campus, for a meal swap on Tuesday, April 23. Students can sign up in the dining hall agreeing to skip a meal on April 23, and, in return, Sodexho Marriott will donate the value of the meals skipped plus a matching amount to the local food pantry.
“The Great New England Energy Show” will visit the PSC campus on Friday, April 26. This is a project of the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution, and is a large van with an array of solar panels on the roof. Intended as a practical demonstration of solar power, the van has 960 watts of Solarex photovoltaic panels, a series of 24 deep cycle batteries and associated equipment which give it the ability to store 42 kilowatt hours of electricity and provide safe, clean, renewable and uninterruptible power.
While at PSC the solar van will provide the power for a series of bands and musicians who will entertain on an outdoor stage next to the student union building from 4-7 p.m. This event is open to the public, free of charge.
For information call Gary McCool at 535-2457.