Earth Day finds its place on campus

Posted May 11, 2007

The University of La Verne’s Earth Day celebration brought out students, faculty and other community members who were all eager to learn more about caring for the environment.

Around 40 to 50 people attended the event held in Sneaky Park on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Several booths were set up with ecological information and tips on actions people can take to help improve the environment. Davenport catered the event with sandwiches and ‘green’ Rice Krispies treats.

The Earth Day event’s goal was to educate the ULV community about efforts to conserve water, improve smog control and other additional methods to reduce the effects of global warming.

“Iota Delta wanted to find a way to talk about conserving water,” Liz Canales, a senior behavioral science major, said. “We’re taking Ecology and Religion, Core 340, so we wanted to implement what we learned about water conservation in today’s celebration.”

Other booths were sponsored by organizations like the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden and the Sustainable Campus Task Force.

The Task Force’s goals were displayed in a placard on their booth: “21 Ways to Reduce Global Warming: We Support Education, Research, Policy Formation and Information Exchange on Population, Environmental Development to Move Toward a Sustainable Planet.”

Many students were pleased that ULV was holding such an event at all – despite the fact that the nationally named Earth Day occurred on April 22.
“It’s always interesting to get involved in environment issues and Earth Day,” Brandon Martinez, a senior political science major, said.

Sophomore psychology major Farrah Shattuck echoed this sentiment.
“It’s awesome that we are supporting a holiday like this. Not many people consider how much our environment is suffering. I’m proud of ULV.”

A major supporter of the Earth Day celebration was the Society of Physical and Life Science Scholars (SPLSS).

“We’ve been planning this for weeks,” Jon Ordonez, a sophomore biology major, said. “And our booth won first place.”

The SPLSS organization handed out plants to encourage the creation of habitats for animals, the increase of the health of soil and to help conserve energy.

“Plants are not only aesthetically pleasing, they also act as air filters,” Melinda Fairman, sophomore biology major, said.

SPLSS also handed out flyers regarding awareness of recycling procedures — what can and can’t be recycled, as well as the dangers of air and water pollution that affect all of us.

Another booth worked to call attention to the growing smog problem in southern California. License plate covers with the saying, “800-CUT-SMOG: Report Smoking Vehicles” were also on display.

Iota Delta sorority also encouraged participants in the Earth Day celebration to take the water conservation pledge.

Several tips included taking shorter showers, turning off the water while brushing your teeth and running your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full. Water conservation can also aid in saving energy.

Although the event occurred at a later date than other Earth Day celebrations, all who attended the ULV affair learned a great deal about the part all of us can take in making the earth a better place.

Erin Konrad can be reached at ekonrad@ulv.edu.

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