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Moravian to Celebrate Earth Day with Series of Green Events

Bethlehem, Pa., March 23, 2010—Earth Day, officially April 22, has arrived early at Moravian College. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and to promote sustainability on campus, the College is offering a program of green events, called “Earth Matters,” throughout the spring semester.

“We decided to do more than just a one-day celebration of Earth Day,” said Ann Claussen, Moravian’s director of event management and a member of the College’s Sustainability Committee. “‘Earth Matters, Spring 2010’ offers an exciting line-up to celebrate the earth as we approach the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.”

The events have been planned by the Moravian Sustainability Committee in cooperation with the Moravian environmental studies program, Multi-Faith Council, and career development office. Highlights of upcoming events include:

The campus community will enjoy an Organic Dinner on Wednesday, March 24. The menu will feature all organic foods, many locally grown.

On  Saturday, March 27 there will be an Earth Hour/Lights Out on the Soccer field from 8 - 9 p.m. the Moravian Environmental Coalition plans a glow-in-the-dark celebration with Frisbees and outdoor activities that require no electricity for one hour.

The College is currently participating in Recyclemania until March 27. The student-led Environmental Coalition, advised by Professor Shari Dunham, is spearheading the Moravian effort to track trash and recyclables on campus for this two month-long competition of more than 600 colleges and universities.

The award-winning documentary, Green, will be screened on Thursday, April 8 in the Haupert Union Building UBC Room, 8:00 p.m. The film follows the plight of a female orangutan who has lost her home in an Indonesian rainforest due to logging for palm oil plantations. Admission is free and open to the public.

A reading and talk by Author Ginger Strand, Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies, will be held on Tuesday, April 13, in Haupert Union Building, UBC Room, at 7:30 p.m. Strand’s latest book, Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies,” explores the exploitation of Niagara Falls to attract tourists and generate hydroelectricity, contributing to the severe environmental degradation of the region. Strand has published essays and fiction in publications such as Harper’s, The Believer, The Iowa Review, The New England Review, and Orion, where she is a contributing editor. A former fellow in the Behrman Center for the Humanities at Princeton, she has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the Eisenhower Foundation, and the American Antiquarian Society, as well as residency grants from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. Her visit is co-hosted by the Moravian College English Department. Admission is free and open to the public.

Jim Lyon ’76, National Wildlife Federation vice president for conservation policy, will visit Moravian on Tuesday, April 20. The Moravian College political science graduate will speak about conservation and his work with the NWF in Prosser Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The College will mark Earth Day (Thursday, April 22) with a tree planting ceremony at Noon (campus location to be announced). The ceremony will include a musical performance and prayer on behalf of the earth. Tree(s) will be purchased with funds reserved by the “Climate Crises: Past, Present, and Future” class to offset carbon emissions.
There will also be a Recyclables Art Contest on Earth Day in the HUB lounge. Members of the campus community will turn trash into treasure, using recyclable materials to create art, onsite. Green awards will be presented.

Moravian is gradually growing greener, thanks to the cross-College involvement of many academic and administrative departments, Moravian students, and alumni, and the backing of President Thomforde, said Claussen: “Frank Kuserk, chair of the Sustainability Committee, has made a real effort to involve students, and that’s making a difference. I think we have the right formula for the future.”

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.