Love Your Mother: Wellesley College Celebrates
36th Annual Earth Day with a Week of Events

For immediate release:
April 11, 2006
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College’s Earth Week is a series of events organized by the student group Wellesley Energy and Environmental Defense (WEED) in collaboration with other student organizations and academic departments.

“Earth Week is a wonderful celebration of all things environmental, and it’s the biggest event we look forward to organizing every spring,” said WEED member Anita Yip, a junior at Wellesley and Boston native. “We plan interactive, fun and thought-provoking events throughout the week that engage all kinds of people. It is also a superb way to raise awareness of what environmental initiatives we at Wellesley have taken.”

The following earth-friendly events, which are free and open to the public, will be held on the Wellesley College campus, 106 Central St., Wellesley, Mass.:

  • Monday, April 17: Ferguson Greenhouses Family Greenathon, 10 am-noon and 2-4 pm. Sponsored by Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture, the event will feature family activities in the Botanic Gardens Visitor Center and the Ferguson Greenhouses including “Create a Litterless Lunch,” addressing the packaging and disposable items in a typical child’s brown bag lunch and brainstorming about litterless alternatives; “Worms Eat Our Garbage,” focusing on the new worm composting system at the greenhouses; “Recycling Works!,” displaying post-consumer recycled products; and “Rainforest Environment,” offering activities and scavenger hunts in the Tropic House to explore the rainforest habitat and the problem of dwindling rainforests.
  • Tuesday, April 18: Environmental French documentary film, 7 pm, Green Hall, room 130. This multicultural event explores environmentalism in France.
  • Wednesday, April 19: Fun Ride with Campus Police, 1 pm, Severance Green. Environmentally friendly vehicles will be on display and parade down College Road. ”Cheer them on, bike around campus and win prizes,” Yip said.
  • Thursday, April 20: “What Is in Our Backyard?” Nicolas Rodenhouse, associate professor of biological sciences and campus ecology expert, will lead a nature walk from 12:30-1:20 pm, beginning at Sage Lounge, Science Center.

    WEED Trivia, 9 pm, Punch’s Alley, Wang Campus Center. “You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to get these right,” Yip said.

  • Friday, April 21: Earth Week debate: “Should the U.S. Ratify Kyoto?” 12:30-1:20 pm, Pendleton Atrium, with Wellesley College’s Robert Paarlberg, professor of political science, and William Coleman, professor of chemistry.

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