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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
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lfreed@fau.edu

FAU Hosts Earth Day Events

BOCA RATON , FL (April 18, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University will host a series of activities in conjunction with Earth Day.   On Tuesday, April 22, faculty, staff and students on FAU campuses will hold events that celebrate and promote awareness of the Earth’s environment.

 “Florida Atlantic University is taking a proactive response in advocating sustainability and promoting Earth Day,” said Tom Donaudy, FAU’s vice president for facilities. “We have taken many positive steps toward making all of our campuses environmentally sound.”

To celebrate Earth Day this year, FAU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service will host a Boca Raton campus cleanup and raise awareness about the importance of recycling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22. Faculty, staff and students will volunteer in one-hour increments.  

South Florida Commuter Services, in conjunction with the City of Boca Raton, also will provide free rides on Tri-Rail for FAU students, faculty and staff on April 21 and 22. Anyone from FAU using the Tri-Rail on these days will be provided with a free lunch, sponsored by the City of Boca Raton and Moe’s, in the Breezeway when they present a valid Tri-Rail ticket. Anyone from FAU that holds a Tri-Rail 12-trip ticket or a monthly pass also will be eligible for the free lunch.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22 at FAU’s Traditions Plaza, FAU Dining Services will host a discussion about the national movement against using eggs from hens confined to battery cages. FAU Dining Services only purchases eggs from cage free hens and will talk about the conservation efforts toward this cause.  

Vendors such as Gumbo Limbo, Corporate Express, Dirt Pros EVS, Waste Management, South Florida Commuter Services, Solid Waste Authority and the Sun-Sentinel, as well as student campus environmental groups, will have tables set up in the Breezeway to promote sustainability from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22.

FAU’s Housing and Residential Life is organizing a tree planting in the Glades Park Towers Butterfly Garden on April 22 at 6 p.m., and will celebrate an “Hour of Awareness,” encouraging students to use as little energy as possible and learn more about green living from 7 to 8 p.m. This event will be followed by an ice cream social in the lobby of both Indian River Towers and Glades Park Towers residence halls.

A presentation of “Antarctica,” an original IMAX film, will be shown on April 22 at 4 and 7 p.m. in the Johnson Education Center at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU, 5600 U.S. 1 North, Fort Pierce. The introduction to the film will be given by Ellie Van Os, an HBOI biologist who has led two expeditions to Antarctica. Admission to the film is free and will be followed by an ice cream social for $5. For more information about this event, call 772-465-2400, ext. 559.

FAU has been a strong advocate of sustainability on campus, meeting the present needs of the university without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In August 2007, FAU President Frank T. Brogan signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing building, completed in the Fall 2005, was the region’s first silver-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building and was recently re-certified as one of the first gold level-certified buildings in the region. Construction of Florida’s first “green” elementary school also is under way at FAU’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in West Palm Beach.

For more information about Earth Day at FAU Boca Raton, contact Shannon Clounts at 561-297-2211 or sclounts@fau.edu. For a complete listing of Earth Day events, including those at other FAU campuses, visit www.fau.edu/facilities/sustain/events.php.

-FAU-

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