FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Howard University Celebrates Earth Day
Courtesy of Ron Ceasar
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Howard University will host beautification activities on April 22, 2010 across all campus locations. The kickoff event will be at 8:45 a.m. on the Undergraduate Library (UGL) rooftop.
All students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to participate. Activities will include planting flowers and shrubs, cleaning sidewalks and proper disposal of trash on campus grounds. The Facilities and Capital Management office will provide all tools and materials for the day.
All Earth Day volunteers are asked to pre-register through their student organizations or University departments. For student volunteers, sign-up sheets will be available in the residence halls and the Office of Student Life and Activities. Faculty and staff are asked to sign up through their department representatives who will be provided sign-up sheets. For more registration information, please contact Pauline Hazel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any volunteers who have landscaping experience are encouraged to be project supervisors for the Earth Day teams. On-site registration will also be available the day of the event at 8:45 a.m.
Food will be provided for registered volunteers during the closing ceremony at 1 p.m. on the UGL rooftop.
Howard University has recently increased its commitment to practicing energy conservation. Recycling efforts, such as the University’s participation in the nation–wide competition RecycleMania, and turning off all electrical appliances when not in use are designed to encourage the community to “go green” and reduce our “carbon footprint.”
“The ‘go green’ initiative is the beginning of an important shift in the way we treat our world,” said Troy Stovall, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Howard University. “Through simple, responsible behavior, we can protect human health through environmental stewardship.”