Western goes green for Earth Day

Earth Day event at Western

Western goes green for Earth Day

May 2, 2017

Western hosted a series of events to celebrate conservation and sustainability in April.

The LEAD Sustainability Coordinators, Organics Guild and Sustainability Coalition came together to plan Earth Week from April 17-21.

The week started off with free, bicycle-blended smoothies at the Mountaineer Field House. Students hopped on a bike and pedaled away, powering a blender in the process. The only energy used was that of students themselves. Later, community members gathered at the Chipeta Garden to prepare the plot of land for spring.

The Race to Recycle event on Tuesday reminded students of the importance of recycling their waste at home and on campus.

On Wednesday, there was a showing of “Merchants of Doubt,” a documentary that focuses on how corporate companies are deceptive towards the public and do not share information with their consumers.

Thursday night, students competed against one another in eco-themed trivia at Mad Jack Café.

The annual zero-waste Earth Day barbecue was the culminating event of the week. Attendees who brought their own plate and cup earned free food and refreshments. Those who forgot a plate could purchase some for $1.

“I felt like it was the perfect way to spend Earth Day and it was nice to just sit around with friends, play bean bags and get free food,” said student Melanie Turner.


Story by Taya Olson. Photos by Christopher Wilson and Taylor Cull, Marketing Communications.