March 30, 2017SIU to observe Earth Month in April
CARBONDALE, Ill. — Southern Illinois University Carbondale has been “green” long before it was fashionable and the campus will celebrate Earth Month 2017 in April with a variety of special activities, awards and more.
You can see for yourself some of the many sustainable initiatives, projects and green facilities on campus during the free First Friday Green Tour on April 7. The tour departs from the Innovation and Sustainability Hub in the Student Center at noon.
Campus and community volunteers will join efforts to clear and improve trails at Touch of Nature Environmental Center from 1 to 4 p.m. each Saturday in April during Trail Stewardship days. The experiential learning facility is located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road.
Students, faculty and staff will celebrate Arbor Day on April 21 by planting trees at selected locations around campus. For two consecutive years, SIU has earned the Tree Campus USA designation from the Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of meeting sustainable campus forestry standards. SIU’s efforts include having a campus tree plan and sponsoring tree plantings. Work shifts are from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet in the campus lake boat dock area and should wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate attire for planting, which will take place rain or shine. Contact Katie McGrath at email@example.com to sign up or for more information.
The LOcal Gardening Initiative of Carbondale (LOGIC) Earth Day Fun Day also takes place that day at 2 p.m. at the student garden, located at 3373 W. Pleasant Hill Road in Carbondale. Through student volunteers, the registered student organization maintains the ecologically grown gardens and the produce grown there is available for purchase at weekly stands on campus and is used in campus dining halls. The fun day offers the chance to check …