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Earth Month schedule is packed

March 29, 2016

University Library's Green Team will plant new native plants.

The area around University Library will get another influx of native plants in April, thanks to the Library Green Team's annual Earth Month project. | LIZ KAYE/IU COMMUNICATIONS

Tree plantings, community service, sustainability practices and a bit of urban gardening will make April a busy month at IUPUI, as the Office of Sustainability and the Student Sustainability Council lead a celebration of Earth Month on campus.

On April 16, the Student Sustainability Council and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will be part of the Great Indy Cleanup in the Hawthorne Neighborhood on the city’s west side from 8 to 11 a.m. Student volunteers will walk through the neighborhood collecting trash for recycling.

Participants will be provided with a light lunch and breakfast, trash bags, gloves and water. Registration with KIB April Great Indy Cleanup is required.

Hawthorne is bounded by Michigan Street on the north, Washington Street on the south, Belmont Avenue on the east and Tibbs Avenue on the west.

On April 22, the first annual IUPUI ReCYCLE Ride Indy will connect the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Student Sustainability Council and Pacers Bikeshare in an event hosted by the campus from 10 a.m. to noon. The bicycle-sharing program will donate 25 bicycles for students to use. In return, the students will ride various routes along the Cultural Trail and clean up the trash along those routes. In return, 10 teams of four volunteers each will ride along the Cultural Trail, collecting trash for proper disposal. The team that picks up the most trash, measured by weight, will win a prize.

"We believe the IUPUI ReCYCLE Ride partnership and the volunteer work in Hawthorne will make a difference on our city," said IUPUI Director of Sustainability Jessica Davis. "These events will show the positive impact sustainability measures can have in residential areas and in one of our leading cultural attractions. At the same time, both will demonstrate IUPUI’s commitment to improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods and along the trail."

NCAA Sustainability Education Center

Sustainability choices will be taught to visitors at the NCAA women's tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse April 3 to 5.

In both projects, trash collected by the students will be brought to campus to be sorted and recycled.

IUPUI will take part in the Sustainability Education Center in Bankers Life Fieldhouse April 3 to 5 during the NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball tournament.

According to Sustainability Assistant Director Deb Ferguson, the Education Center will be open inside the fieldhouse "whenever games are being played during the tournament" to help increase awareness of the impact of sustainability and to increase people’s knowledge about how to practice sustainability.

Other Earth Month events on the schedule:

  • The Indiana State Museum’s Going Green Festival. IUPUI Sustainability representatives will attend the April 8 event, scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • Earth Month at Democracy Plaza in the Campus Center April 12 to 19. Thought-provoking questions related to sustainability will be written on the Democracy Plaza walls in the Campus Center. Feel free to share your responses or observations.
  • The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute is hosting an Earth Month-themed Entanglement Series called “How Do We (re)Make Our Planet: An Evening with James Syvitski and Stephanie Kane.” The April 12 event runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Indianapolis Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. Tickets are required to participate in the visit with Syvitski, an author and research scientist, and Kane, a cultural anthropologist and ecologist at IU Bloomington.
  • Tour of Ray’s Recycling MRS (Materials Recovery Facility). The IUPUI community is invited to learn more about the recycling process in an April 13 visit to Ray’s. Space is limited, so RSVP via email to the Office of Sustainability. Wear closed-toe and low-heeled shoes.
  • IUPUI Fresh Produce Market. The event is scheduled April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center.
  • The University Library Green Team will hold another native planting effort April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon beside the library.
  • Student volunteers will participate in a spring work day April 22 at the IUPUI Central Garden, also near the library, also from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Volunteers will shift their focus on another work day to the New York Street Garden, west of Carroll Stadium. The work is scheduled April 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Earth Day Indiana Festival. The April 23 event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Military Park neighboring Eskenazi Hall and Inlow Hall. Visit IUPUI Sustainability and the Student Sustainability Council at their shared booth.
  • The IUPUI Catholic Student Organization is hosting Mass on the Grass April 25 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in Taylor Courtyard. Confession starts at 5:30 p.m., Mass at 6:45 p.m. and a social follows at 7:30 p.m.
  • IUPUI tree care workshop. The April 27 event will run from noon to 1 p.m. in University Library Lilly Auditorium and is open to faculty, staff and students. Space is limited, so RSVP with the Office of Sustainability via email. Participants will receive a tree sapling and an Arbor Day T-shirt, in addition to educational materials on tree care.
  • Arbor Day tree planting. The campus will plant trees April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon, with plans for 20 trees to be planted along University Boulevard near Lockefield Village.

The urban gardens on New York Street and near the library also will take shape.

Student volunteers will tackle work projects on IUPUI's urban gardens through the DIGS program.

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