Earth Month to celebrate and raise awareness about the environment

Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22, but students at MSU planned an entire month of celebration and activities for the MSU and Bozeman community. “There are even small changes that people can make to have a big impact on the environment,” said Kristin Blackler, director of the Office of Sustainability at MSU.

Earth Month was kicked off on April 1 with the Greenies Awards. Coordinated by the student organization Network of Environmentally Conscious Organizations (NECO), 16 students, faculty, staff and community members were awarded for their local leadership in sustainability.

Every Wednesday in April the Union Market will be serving Montana-made food and from April 21– 25 they will provide Montana-made breakfast. The dining halls will not serve meat on Mondays in April in order to encourage a more sustainable MSU and to introduce students to alternative foods. A significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock.

The Bike to School Week is April 14-17. Bike tune-ups and free coffee will be provided at different locations every day. President Cruzado even plans to join in and bike to campus.

The countertops in the currently-being-constructed Jabs Hall will be made from recycled blue glass. Therefore, a blue glass collection on the campus mall is planned for April 23.

For the third year in a row, there will be a Campus Clean-up on April 24 from 10 a.m.  – noon to pick up trash around campus and to raise awareness on the volume of litter. The event begins at Wally Byam Park on 11th Avenue and College Street.

In celebration of Earth Day and MSU’s designation as “Tree Campus USA,” student groups will donate and plant trees on April 25.

The activities are not only supposed to raise awareness about environmental issues and ways to help but also to “celebrate all the good things about living in Bozeman,” Blackler said. EJ Hook, MSU Environmental Services manager sees Earth Month as “platform to teach from” and believes Earth Month will “inspire people to act” and help to “cure the planet” because “little pieces add up”.

Earth Month sponsors include the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, MSU Office of Sustainability, Circle K International, Enactus, NECO and MSU Facilities Services. For more information go to facebook.com/MontanaStateSustainability.