Event Date

April 17, 2010

Multiple events at Carson City & Fallon campuses

Celebrate Mother Earth at WNC

Can hybrid and electric cars really help conserve resources? What is the benefit of using alternative energy sources? How can we do a better job of recycling?

Western Nevada College will host a series of activities and exhibits to explore these questions during Earth Week at the Carson City and Fallon campuses, April 17-23.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. During that year, many environmental landmarks came to pass - formation of the Environmental Protection Agency, approval of the Clean Air Act, and designation of wilderness areas in many states.

At WNC Carson City, a number of activities are set for Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in Rotary Plaza and the Bristlecone Building. And for the second year, the college will host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Friday, April 23, 6-10 p.m.

Earth Day Activities - Thursday, April 22:
"Trash Talk": WNC already has bins scattered around each campus to encourage students to properly dispose of recyclables. Trash from two campus buildings will be collected and sorted on the front lawn of Bristlecone Building to identify what items could have been recycled. Full Circle Compost will also offer a demonstration on composting.
"Green" Autos: Hybrid and electric cars will be on display. These automobiles have made an impressive entrance into the marketplace. They emit fewer pollutants into the air and help reduce the use of gasoline.
Alternative Energy Solutions: Exhibits will feature demonstrations of alternative energy sources. New advancements in technology make it possible for small businesses and homeowners to financially benefit from previously expensive energy solutions. Members of WNC's Recycling Committee will be selling the college's "We Care" reusable thermal mugs.

Friday, April 23:
Wild and Scenic Film Festival: The environmental film festival features a collection of documentaries and films covering topics that inspire an appreciation for Earth's most precious resources. Exhibits and information will be available as well. Doors open at 6 p.m. for giveaways and exhibits; films begin at 7 p.m. Marlette Hall, Cedar Building. General admission: $8. Students: $5 with WNC I.D. Films will explore a variety of topics, including wilderness, ecosystems, climate change, pollution control, organic gardening, and food production. Proceeds will help purchase trees to plant on campus.

WNC Fallon Activities:
Saturday, April 17: Students in Beta Theta Iota Honor Society will team up with the city of Fallon to "Keep Fallon Green." The community cleanup is 9 a.m. - noon.

Earth Day Activities - Thursday, April 22:
The Associated Students of Western Nevada College will help increase Earth Day awareness with an interactive planting exhibit. Pots, soil and seeds will be provided for students to create a start-up garden. Reusable water bottles will be distributed to help limit the use of single-use plastic bottles.

Press Release: April 7, 2010

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