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Earth Day 2009

Earth Day 2009 Poster

Various Earth Day events are taking place at Oregon Institute of Technology this month. These events are sponsored by the Oregon Renewable Energy Center (OREC), and all events are free and open to the public. Parking is free but limited; parking near Cornett Hall is encouraged, as is carpooling or alternative modes of transportation. Visitors to Oregon Tech are encouraged to stop by the information kiosk on Campus Drive for parking information.

• On various dates throughout the month of April, eco-technology films will be shown. Biomimicry, green building, social justice, sustainable business, community planning and fascinating world locations are just a few of the topics featured in various genres. The community is welcome to enjoy free movies in the College Union Auditorium. 

• Wednesday, April 22: Oregon Tech and OREC invite the Klamath Basin community to take part in a Recycled Art Show and Contest. Prizes include gift certificates to Green Blade Bakery and a grand prize of $50 cash. Artwork must be made out of mostly recycled materials, such as egg cartons, tin cans and other common packaging material. Entries must be submitted between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the lower level in the College Union, on Wednesday, April 22. Winners will be announced at 1:30 p.m. the same day, near the Bistro in the College Union. Participants can enter in one of three categories: (I) below 8th grade, (II) 8th grade through high school senior, or (III) an open category for the general public. Judges include Oregon Tech athletes (for submissions through high school level) and local artists Rich Bergstrom and James Beene.

• Friday April 24: An Earth Day Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the College Union. Learn about local efforts that promote good stewardship for our Earth. Some of the local vendors are: Greenway EcoMart, Green Blade Bakery, Nightfire, Eco-Solar and Klamath Sustainable Communities. Oregon Tech student projects, such as a fuel-cell powered car, demonstration model of a geothermal power plant and a kit-built electric bicycle will be on display. At noon on Friday, April 24, John Denver tribute artist Ted Vigil performs at noon in the College Union Auditorium.

For more information about sustainability efforts and Earth Day events at Oregon Tech, contact sustainability@oit.edu.