Earth Month concludes with trees, bikes and dumpster diving

It has been a busy month for the organizers of the Gallatin Earth Celebration (GEC). After two weeks of lectures and activities, GEC’s efforts to educate and engage the community in environmental awareness continue into the latter half of April with tree planting, bike fixing and community cleaning.


MSU was recently recognized by Tree Campus USA for effective tree management and student involvement. In that spirit, the Office of Sustainability, in cooperation with a student-led service learning project, is hosting a tree-planting event from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Earth Day, April 22. Up to 14 trees will be planted along the south edge of the Kagy and Seventh Avenue field.


On April 23, the Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations (NECO) and the Office of Sustainability are hosting a Bike Fix-it Station on MSU’s Centennial Mall. The station, staffed with volunteer bicycle mechanics from the Bike Kitchen, will offer tune-ups and advice from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Many events will take place off campus as well. Tonight at 6 p.m., the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ will host “Weird Weather: What Can We Do?” a forum on spiritualism and environmental activism.


This Saturday, April 20, is Bozeman Clean Up Day, an event for volunteer litter collection around town that will offer free food, music and a raffle at Bogert Park. Also on Saturday, electronic waste will be collected at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and the permaculture organization Broken Ground will host a composting workshop from 1 – 3 p.m. at its Bridger Drive location.


On April 26, the Yellowstone Business Partnership will host a talk by Annie Leonard, the woman behind the animated documentary, “The Story of Stuff.” The event will take place at the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture from 6 – 10 p.m.


Already this week, GEC events have been taking place on the Centennial Mall. On Tuesday, NECO members took an enlightening dig through an MSU dumpster — last year they discovered that 35.8 percent of MSU’s trash was recyclable. This year’s dig revealed that the percentage dropped to 28.22 percent.


On Wednesday, electric cars strutted their stuff for an Electric Car Show, exhibiting alternative transportation options.


Earth Month celebrations attracted crowds to the SUB Ballrooms last Monday, April 8. At the seventh Annual Local Food Fair and Symposium, visitors perused booths, tried pear and goat cheese quesadillas and kale salads, met the people behind local condiment company, Henry’s Catsup, and learned about sustainable to-go containers.


For more information on the Gallatin Earth Celebration, contact