SUU will celebrate Earth Day this Friday, April 19, by inviting students and local residents to imagine the possibilities of a community united when a campus of 8,000 students and community of 28,000 citizens come together in recycling and conservation efforts.
Earth Day has been celebrated across the U.S. for 43 years and at SUU, according to SUU sustainability specialist Denise Tomer, “It is time for more people at SUU and across Cedar City to learn how to enhance our community and take pivotal steps to ensure it remains beautiful."
Tomer adds, "We would be amazed at all that can happen if we combine our efforts.” It is this possibility and hope that has guided Tomer's efforts as she has coordinated Friday's festivities.
Joining with thousands of groups across the country in Earth Day festivity, SUU's Center for Sustainability and the Earth Club will host an open celebration for the community, beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, on the Business Quad. Activities, which will run until 6 p.m., will include live music, belly dancers, informational booths, games and crafts to celebrate this national environmental movement.
All recyclable goods (plastics, paper, glass, metal and cardboard) will be collected during the event, and a paper drop for the secure shredding of documents will be available.
Prizes will also be given to Earth Day participants throughout the day.
This year's community Earth Day celebration is sponsored by the Center for Sustainability, the SUU Earth Club, The Center for Women & Families, SUU’s Sustainability Committee, the National Park Service, TURN Secure Shredding, SURE, SURC and Dixie National Forest.