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Moravian College to Celebrate Earth Day Raising Awareness

Elm Tree to be planted; "Trash on the Patio" event to emphasize recycling

Bethlehem, Pa., April 19, 2012--Moravian will be celebrating Earth Day with activities planned by the College’s Sustainability Committee. On Friday, April 20, the Environmental Coalition (ECO) students with the assistance of Moravian facilities personnel will be conducting a "Trash on the Patio" event on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Academic Complex patio courtyard beginning at 11:00 a.m. The students will be sorting out the recyclable items from trash collected from Moravian College's dormitories in order to demonstrate how far the students still needs to go in order to establish good recycling habits on campus. This is the second annual "Trash on the Patio" event that the group has sponsored.

“Members of ECO will conduct a waste audit of trash from the Bernhardt-Wilhelm dorms to see how waste goes into the garbage chutes and how much of what we throw away could be recycled," said Rebecca Mitchell, president of the ECO. "By sorting through this trash on the PPHAC patio, we hope to gain attention from the college community and get students thinking about their own impact. I'm looking forward to seeing how this year's data compares with the numbers from last year. Hopefully we'll see a decrease in how much students are sending to landfills." Mitchell is a junior environmental science major from Burlington, Vermont.

On Monday, April 23, members of the Sustainability Committee will join in the planting of a "Princeton Elm" on the College's Main Street Campus just across Locust street from Collier Hall of Science at noon. The Princeton Elm was selected this year since it represents the return of elm trees to the Moravian campus. Once numerous on the Moravian Campus, American Elms were devastated by the Dutch Elm Disease. Today only one elm tree, located behind the Frueaff House on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem, survives. The American Elm that the College will be planting is a Dutch Elm-resistant variety. A short ceremony will take place beginning at noon. The Elm tree comes from Northern Nurseries in Wind Gap. The tree is a 2.5-3” caliper, 12-14 foot tree. It will be set in the ground and ready to be planted as part of the ceremony on Monday.

The College is also holding an energy reduction competition between the Rau-Hassler and Bernhardt-Wilhelm dormitories. The dorm that reduces its energy consumption between now and Wednesday, April 25th will be the winners and receive prizes. Students are turn off their light, unplugging their appliances!!

Earth Day is a day early each year on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,[1] and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.[3] Earth Day is planned for April 22 in all years at least through 2015.

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.