Local agriculture, energy alternatives, land conservation and simple living are the focus of this year’s Earth Week celebrations at Plymouth State University. Upcoming events include lectures, panel discussions, a film screening, environmental fair and spring clean-up.
The following is a schedule of Earth Week’s “Living Lightly” programs.
Wednesday, April 12: “Developing the Local Food System: Planning and Implementing Food Security for the Northeast,” a lecture by Josh Trought, executive director of D Acres Organic Farm and Educational Homestead, held at 7 p.m. at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth. Part of the “Present Day Pioneers” lecture series sponsored by the Young Ladies Library Association Endowment as a public service to the greater Plymouth community. Free and open to the public.
Monday, April 17: “New Hampshire’s Changing Landscape: Population Growth, Land Use Conversion and Resource Fragmentation in the Granite State,” a lecture by Dan Sundquist, research director at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, held at 7 p.m. in Boyd Hall Room 144, Plymouth State University. Sponsored by PSU’s Center for the Environment and the Office of the President.
Tuesday, April 18: Escape from Affluenza, film and discussion, held at 4 p.m. in Boyd Hall Room 144. See the sequel to the film Affluenza, a humorous look at the negative effects of materialism. Dr. Len Reitsma, professor of biology at PSU, will introduce the film and lead a discussion of the issues it raises. Sponsored by Common Ground, a student-led environmental awareness organization.
Wednesday, April 19: “Energy Alternatives for our Lives,” a lecture by Peter Adams, founding member of the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, held at 7 p.m. at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth. Part of the “Present Day Pioneers lecture series sponsored by the Young Ladies Library Association Endowment.
Thursday, April 20: Environmental Fair, featuring information, displays and resources available from local organizations, including the New Hampshire Sierra Club, Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative, Squam Lakes Nature Science Center, D Acres of New Hampshire Organic Farm and Educational Homestead, Common Ground, PSU Science Society and more. Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Alumni Green on High Street at Plymouth State University.
Saturday, April 22: Earth Day Spring Clean-Up, held on the Plymouth Town Common from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help clean up litter and beautify downtown Plymouth. Sponsored by Main Street Plymouth, Inc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuesday, April 25: “Living Lightly: Eustace Conway and the Story of Turtle Island Preserve,” a lecture presented by Eustace Conway, founder of Turtle Island Preserve in North Carolina and the subject of Last American Man. Held at 6:30 p.m. in Boyd Hall Room 144, Plymouth State University.
Plymouth State University (PSU) is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers 42 majors and 62 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.