Off to a snowy start for Earth Week celebrations


The Earth flag is not an official flag, since ...
The Earth flag is not an official flag, since there is no official governing body over Earth. The flag holds a photo transfer of a NASA image of the Earth on a dark blue background. It has been associated with Earth Day. Although the flag was originally copyrighted, a judge ruled that the copyright was invalid. Earth Flag Ltd. v. Alamo Flag Co., 154 F. Supp. 2d 663 (S.D.N.Y. 2001) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earth Week is looking cold and wet for CSU.


The celebration extends from April 18 to 25 and has already seen some of the outdoor celebrations postponed for warmer days.

The first event, which for now will still take place, is the Clean Energy Symposium.

According to Andrew Warnock, the director of the College of Natural Resources Education and Outreach center, the symposium will be divided into three blocks.

“We are trying to cross (university) disciplines to solve our energy problems,” Warnock said.

Topics will include biofuels, solar power, wind power, energy efficiency, social policy and social behaviors.

The symposium is also sponsoring the showing of the film “Switch” at 7:30 p.m. in the Behavioral Sciences Building. The film is an energy documentary that explores alternative methods around the world.

On April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Compost Giveaway Day is in the Moby parking lot. Students who bring an empty bucket can haul away fresh compost that was once dining hall food.

Barring unforeseen weather, CSU will also host Pedal for Pizza, which promotes alternative transportation methods on campus. The event is slated to take place Wednesday, April 24 from 12 to 2 p.m. The first 300 students who bike to the event are rewarded with pizza from various Fort Collins parlors. Students also have the chance to win small giveaways of bike lights, maps, helmets and other prizes.

“We will also have a bike mechanic for free, small repairs and the LSC may be offering discounted U-Locks that day,” said Jennifer Johnson, the event’s organizer.

The outdoor Earth Day Festival, which takes place on the LSC Plaza, has been postponed to April 25 from 10 to 2 p.m. The Alternative Transport Fair will share space with the festival.


Organizer Diana Selby has also changed the date of the Arbor Day Celebration to the 26 from 9 to 12 p.m.

For Arbor Day, CSU will plant 11 new trees in the Oval to celebrate the two-year anniversary of participation in Tree Campus USA and will also serve as a tutorial on how to properly plant saplings.

The Horticulture Club’s plant sale has also been postponed to the end of the semester to keep the plants out of the snowy conditions.

According to club president Mark Frey, the sale was meant to coincide with Earth Day as a fundraiser, but the snow has “posed problems.”

The Horticulture Club will offer perennials, vegetable plants, houseplants and other options for the Fort Collins community, according to Frey.

On May 2, Monfort speaker Dr. Naomi Oreskes will deliver her lecture in the LSC North Ballroom.

A full schedule of events can be found at

All Earth Week events are free and open to the public.

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