Honoring LEEDers, National Speakers Highlight CWU Earth Day

Earth and Hands

CWU celebrates Earth Day 2011 with a full day of activities April 22.

The theme for Earth Day 2011 is a “Billion Acts of Green.”

On April 22, Central Washington University will celebrate Earth Day with a full slate of activities, including presentations by national experts, displays, storytelling, a concert and a certification ceremony for Dean Hall, which was awarded a gold certificate in energy environmental design.

In the morning and afternoon there will be displays and presentations by CWU clubs and other environmental groups at the SURC.

At 10 a.m. there will be a question and answer session on sustainable farming in Kittitas County, with representatives from the local community at the SURC Pit.

At 11:45 a.m., Kirk Johnson, dean of CWU’s College of the Sciences, will preside over the certification ceremony, which will also honor the proejct team, for Dean Hall, the university’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project, which received a LEED Gold Certification. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system.

At noon in the SURC Ballroom, Robert Martin will present the keynote speech. Martin, a former Environmental Protection Agency Ombudsperson, is a national expert on environmental, development, and energy issues facing Indian tribes, communities and industry.

At 1 p.m., Dana Lyons will perform at the SURC Pit. Lyons’ concerts and lectures are a mix of music, comedy and an impassioned call to action to defend the rights of the world’s peoples, creatures and imperiled democracies.

Beginning at 2 p.m., also in the SURC Pit, Crit Callebs, an Appalachian/Cherokee traditional storyteller, will share ancient stories that inspire respect for all living things and demonstrate how to live an honorable life.

The entire Ellensburg community is invited, including K-12 students for the Friday afternoon of music and stories.

The events are sponsored by the Center for the Environment, Diversity Education Center, ERMA, Geography Club and Students for Environmental Action. For more information about Earth Day events, go to www.cwu.edu/~enst.

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