Published Wednesday Apr 11, 2018
The Tennessee Tech University Office of Sustainability is partnering with campus and community organizations to celebrate Earth Week, April 16-20.
The week’s activities kick off with an Earth Day celebration on Tuesday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the university’s Centennial Plaza. The celebration will feature information and activities provided by campus groups and other area organizations, including the Cookeville Electric Department, TVA, and the local and state Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation offices, promoting sustainability and environmental awareness. There will also be free food and giveaways.
“What we try to do with this event and everything that we do is to let students know that no matter their major, sustainability can be part of that,” said DeLayne Miller, manager of the office of sustainability. “Young people are looking for ways to make a difference and we want to show them ways that they can be involved and do that.”
The plaza celebration is free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, April 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. students, faculty and staff at the university are invited to participate in a Think Tank workshop hosted by the sustainable campus committee, where they can share ideas for a greener campus.
“The Think Tank is really a brainstorming session where anyone can come and share ideas about how to make a better campus,” said Shelby Brewer, a student worker in the office of sustainability.
Tech students pay a sustainable campus fee as part of their regular campus fees. Think Tanks are one of the ways that ideas for uses of that fee are generated. Pizza and giveaways are also provided at those sessions.
Following the Think Tank, the campus community will do a cleanup of the portion of the Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail that runs through Tech campus, from 7th Street to 12th Street from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided.
“Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22 this year, so we wanted to have the entire week leading up to that full of fun events for students to participate in,” said student Lindsay Mills.
Thursday, April 19, the campus sustainability office will partner with the Outdoor Club, the Evergreen Society and the Botany Club to host an event that directly fits the theme of this year’s Earth Day: end plastic waste. From 11 a.m. to noon, in Sherlock Park, students can make repurposed planters from plastic bottles. Soil and flowers will be provided.
“This is a way to educate campus about ways not only to reduce plastic waste but to also repurpose existing plastic items,” said student Alyssa Dalton.
At the Sherlock Park event, students will also have the opportunity to paint rocks with encouraging messages to either keep for themselves or place around campus for others to find as part of the Kindness Rocks Project.All of the events are free. For more information about Earth Week at Tech and the work of the sustainable campus committee, visit https://www.tntech.edu/sustainable/.