Going green: Earth Week events educate campus

Although rain and cold have snuck their way into this week’s forecast, Earth Week at NKU didn’t feel its effects.

Earth Week festivities, sponsored by five organizations, have grown to be a big campus event.

“We really want students to take ownership of campus sustainability,” Jane Goode, coordinator of campus and space planning, said.

The week kicked off with a showing of “Thin Ice: The Inside Story of Climate Science,” shown only in 200 locations worldwide, according to Goode.

“A lot of people talk about global warming and that it’s a figment of everyone’s imagination and this film took you to places in the world where they’re studying climate and showed you that it’s real,” she said.

The week continued, and some events that would typically be held outside were held indoors due to the rain and the cold. More than 20 sustainable exhibitors and vendors were in attendance at Wednesday’s springtime celebration event. If students engaged and learned something, they earned a chance to win an iPad.

Thursday and Friday will be dedicated to adding plants on campus. Seed bombs will be built on Thursday and launched the following week to create a hillside of flowers by the time students return for the fall 2013 semester. Friday, two paper bark maple trees will be planted.

“Students will have a chance to shovel dirt and get their hands dirty,” Goode said.

The recycled couture fashion show was also moved to Friday at 1 p.m. in the Corbett Theatre. Costume crafts students will showcase garments that are made of repurposed and recycled materials.

The three iPad winners will be announced at 1 p.m. in the Central Plaza.