2013.04.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
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UNO Promotes Sustainability with Earth Week
Earth Day at Elmwood Parks Marks Start of Week of Events
Omaha - Every year, Earth Day gives the world time to stop and focus on the important needs of our planet. This year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is extending Earth Day into Earth Week, which will run Saturday, April 20, through Friday, April 26.
Recognized nationally for its conservation efforts as a Tree Campus USA; home to Mammel Hall, the University of Nebraska’s first LEED Gold Certified Building; and leaders in regional car-and-bike sharing programs, UNO has made a commitment to sustainability and enviormentalism. That commitment will be on full display during the week-long series of events.
Beginning with Earth Day on April 20 at Elmwood Park, UNO will have a booth available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. where volunteers will hand out Maverick flower seeds and information on other Earth Week events.
On Monday, April 22, the UNO and Omaha communities will have a chance to learn about the Zipcar program, thanks to UNO Student Government, and get a free potted plant thanks to Maverick Productions, UNO’s entertainment programming organization.
Both events will take place in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., UNO’s Environmental Club will provide a place to drop off used plastic bags for recycling. The event also takes place in the MBSC Plaza.
On Wednesday, April 24, in the Mammel Hall and Health, Physical Education and Recreation parking lots, there will be a place to drop off any electronics for recycling. Anything with a cord or battery, in any condition, can be recycled with a $10 fee for CRT televisions.
This event will last from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in both locations.
On Thursday, April 25, UNO Student Government will give away 500 reusable water bottles in the MBSC Plaza and outside of Mammel Hall. The event runs from 11 a.m. until supplies run out. Also on Thursday, UNO is encouraging faculty, staff and students to bike to and from campus all day long. A map will be available inside the MBSC to mark where you traveled from.
Free basic bike maintenance will be available at the MBSC and outside Mammel Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Finally, on Friday, April 26, UNO Student Government will continue a tradition that is three years strong as they plant a brand new Red Maple tree on the UNO campus.
The planting will take place at 1 p.m. on UNO’s Pacific Campus.
For more information on UNO sustainability efforts, visit the Green UNO Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/greenuno or unomaha.edu/green. For media inquries, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s metropolitan university. The core values of the institution place students at the center of all that the university does; call for the campus to strive for academic excellence; and promote community engagement that transforms and improves urban, regional, national and global life. UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908.
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