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Celebrate Earth Day with the Franklin Pierce University community

April 13, 2011

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Franklin Pierce University will celebrate Earth Day on April 20, 2011. These events are for all ages and will be held in Pierce Hall, the Library courtyard and the Manor lawn on the Rindge campus. All events are free and open to the public.

Meet in Pierce Hall and Library courtyard:

Noon to 2 p.m.: Sustainability Fair, Pierce Hall (Displays and presentations on student and faculty projects - details below )

12:30 p.m.: Slideshow and presentation on Signs of Spring

1 p.m.: The Lorax – students will read the story to children and plant seeds afterwards

1:30 p.m.: Sack race to increase awareness of habitat destruction

1:30 p.m. Rindge Energy Commission's Carbon Challenge Results/RMS Poster Contest Winner will be announced.

1:45 p.m.: Tour of the Woodfuels Biomass Heating system- meet at the Granite Hall Woodfuels silo/boiler, Franklin Pierce's carbon-neutral heating system.

2 p.m.: Keeping the Earth Spinning – Earth Ball Volley contest

3 p.m.: Wetlands and vernal pool exploration - hike

4:30 p.m.: MorSoul Concert (open to all) and eco-barbecue ! (free with Franklin Pierce ID)

On-going at the Sustainability Fair:

Handmade pottery and glassware for sale! "Empty Bowls" benefit sale

Clothes Upcycling - Rags to Riches in Minutes!

Come see the Spiralfoil – newest technology for generating wind power at home! The founders of SpiralAirFoil will be on campus for this Earth Day event to demonstrate their wind turbine. The turbine is geared toward home owners at an affordable price. The small start-up company has developed a prototype that has competitive advantages over other turbines, including the ability to generate electricity with minimum wind speeds.

Cans for a Cause! Recycling competition for Lakeview residents; proceeds to be donated to the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention

EcoClub Plant Sale! Seed planting!

Rindge Energy Commission- Carbon Challenge Results! RMS Poster Winner!

Guided rope climbing on the big Ash tree, Library courtyard

Raffles!! Win a mountain bike, recycling bins/bags, gift certificates, eco-friendly clothing, food, products and more!

Displays and activities focusing on solutions to environmental problems - on topics ranging from green cleaning, wind energy, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, reducing plastics, the Pacific garbage patch, biodiesel alternatives, global population growth, composting, recycling cell phones and other e-waste, reducing consumerism, keeping water pure, solutions to tropical deforestation, etc.

Poster Presentations :
Social Sustainability : A collection and analysis of student retention rates among 10 small, private universities
Environmental Sustainability : Water catchment systems on the Franklin Pierce campus
Franklin Pierce University's First Annual Eco-thon : Proceeds go to the Franklin Pierce University greenhouse
Environmental Writing: A student's journey to turn her personal environmental writing into a published work of art
Literature Review: Invasive species and their effect on the endangered species of the Everglades
Sustainability Seminar : Four students to present the first sustainable living option for on-campus residents.

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