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Blue Goes Green Week Shines Light on Environmental Causes, Volunteer Activities

Old Dominion University's annual celebration of environmental causes is under way at various sites around campus.

Webb Center is the hub of ODU's second annual Blue Goes Green week, and will feature events every day through next weekend.

"We tried to explore and introduce several creative ways to go green and live more sustainably," said Tami Park Farinholt, coordinator for community service with ODU's Center for Service and Civic Engagement.

"From organic wine and food tastings to volunteering to read to elementary school students about sustainability, we tried to include events that would appeal to a wide range of people. This year, we are also highlighting several events that have happened on campus for years that no one ever thought of as 'going green,' such as the ODU Police's annual bike auction. Buying used is a form of recycling that many people don't think of as recycling."

Friday's Blue Goes Green event combines environmental thinking with an activity that has happened on campus for a number of years. The theme for the 2010 Relay For Life, a fundraiser for cancer research, is Relay Goes Green. It starts at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16. For details, visit www.odurelay.org.

Other Blue Goes Green events include:

Saturday, April 17: Electronics Recycling Day

Participants with a valid ODU ID can recycle their techno-trash by dropping off unwanted electronics between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in Lot 43 (between the Powhatan Sports Complex and the Facilities Management Building). Sponsored by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

Monday, April 19: Reading Day @ Larchmont

Volunteers are needed to help read to and lead green crafts activities for first-grade classes at Larchmont Elementary School between noon and 1:30 p.m. Contact volunteer@odu.edu. Be sure to include the name of the event in the subject line.

Tuesday, April 20: Go Green! Obstacle Course & Organic Food Festival

On Kaufman Mall from noon to 2 p.m., students are challenged to complete an obstacle course designed to test physical strength and knowledge of green concepts. The event includes an organic food festival, with food and drinks prepared by Sysco and Let Us Produce.

Tuesday, April 20th: Annual Bike Auction

Join the ODU Police Department in the South Mall of Webb Center between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the annual bike auction, where recovered bikes and other items will be sold at auction for as little as $10. Cash only. For more information, contact Sgt. Marc Huckless at 683-6397 or mhuckles@odu.edu.

Wednesday, April 21: Go Green Movie Feature: "The Future of Food"

"The Future of Food," a documentary offering an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade, will be screened between noon and 2:30 p.m. in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center.

Wednesday, April 21: Faculty/Staff Organic Wine Tasting

Faculty and staff are invited to unwind after work and learn about the sustainability behind organic and biodynamic wine. The event will be held in the Hampton/Newport News Room of Webb Center at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by contacting Tami Park Farinholt at tpark@odu.edu or 683-3065, or stopping by OSAL. Ticket price includes tasting and light snacks.

Thursday, April 22: Go Green! Fair

Environmental groups from the Hampton Roads area will demonstrate their efforts during activity hour in Webb Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 22: Alternative Forms of Transportation Day

Make the pledge to take an alternative form of transportation: Walk, run, bike, ride or board to work. Take the pledge at http://www.greenalternativesstore.com/earthday2010.html. For more information, call Green Alternatives at 622-1444.

Friday, April 23: Waterway Cleanup

Faculty, staff and students can join together to "green" neighboring waterways. Cleanup will occur at two times and sites: 11 a.m. on the Elizabeth River shoreline adjacent to Whitehurst Beach, and 1 p.m. on the Lafayette River shoreline, behind Rogers Hall.

Saturday, April 24: Keep Norfolk Beautiful Cleanup Day

The ODU community will join residents all over Norfolk in working to keep the city beautiful by participating in a cleanup on campus and in the local community. To sign up, e-mail volunteer@odu.edu. The cleanup crew will gather at noon on Kaufman Mall.

This article was posted on: April 15, 2010

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