Towson University promotes sustainability initiatives with Earth Month events
TOWSON, Md. (April 18, 2011)—In celebration of Earth Month, a number of Towson University organizations have partnered to offer a series of events that is open to the community and designed to expand environmental awareness, enhance green initiatives, beautify the campus and reduce the university's environmental impact.
For the cornerstone event, members of campus will gather to hear presentations from faculty, students and sustainability leaders during Towson’s third annual Environmental Conference to be held Monday, April 18, 8 a.m.–3 p.m. in the University Union.
Sessions led by environmental experts will demonstrate specific actions that individuals and communities can take to create a more sustainable planet. The conference will also feature an exhibit of recycled art and a screening of submissions from a sustainability video competition, for which students created three-minute films that incorporate the phrase, “I conserve because ….”
To reduce its impact on the environment, the University Store will go bagless during the week of April 18–22. The store encourages its customers to bring their own reusable bags, and will offer discounts on all environmentally friendly merchandise.
On Wednesday, April 20, Towson will collect recyclable materials at its annual Recycling Drop Off. Students, faculty and staff are invited to bring hard-to-recycle items like batteries and electronics to the drop off, held 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. in the grassy area between Lot 11 and the Union Garage.
Federal Government Careers 101 will feature Noha Gaber, an environmental engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency, as she shares her experience working with the country's leading environmental organization. The lecture will be held Monday, April 25 from 3–4 p.m. in University Union Chesapeake II.
Finally, volunteers will gather on Friday, April 29 for Tiger Planting Day to beautify the campus by planting shrubs and flowers from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Towson has a number of green initiatives already in motion, from energy conservation to green building. More than five percent of the total electricity used on campus now comes from renewable resources, and the university has committed to achieve LEED Silver certification on all new campus construction. The university has maintained a campus-wide, single-stream recycling program since 2008 and recently reduced overall trash waste by more than 15 percent during the spring 2011 RecycleMania competition.