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Old Dominion University's first official Earth Week observance will be Monday through Friday, April 18-22, on the Norfolk campus.

Events include:

April 18

Nic van Vuuren, Hampton Roads Clean Cities Coalition
1 p.m., Potomac York Room, Webb University Center

Van Vuuren will provide an overview of alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicle technologies, and advanced energy efficiency technologies for transportation. Available fuels and technologies include natural gas, ethanol, and biodiesel, while the future could see a transition to a hydrogen-based economy.

April 19

Tree plantings
Noon-2 p.m., meet at the main entrance of Webb Center

Volunteers are needed to assist Patricia King, the university's landscape architect, and her staff with the planting of trees throughout campus. Trees to be planted include Crape Myrtles, Loblolly Pine, River Birch, Sycamore and Willow Oak.

April 20

Film screening, "Green" by Laura Dunn
James Lynnhaven Room, Webb Center

In the 100 miles between Baton Rouge and New Orleans there are more than 150 petrochemical plants which are responsible for producing 25 percent of the nation's petrochemicals. This area reports the highest concentration of toxic emissions to the air, land and water in the country. The residents of this area, who are mainly African American and poor, suffer from astronomical rates of cancer, asthma and other medical ailments.

April 20

Storm Drain Stenciling
Noon-2 p.m., meet at the main entrance of Hughes Hall

Storm drain stenciling involves painting a message -- "Drains to Bay" with the ODU logo -- on the university's storm drain catch basins as a reminder of the connection between streets and nearby waters. Many people mistakenly believe that storm drains carry waste to a plant for treatment prior to being discharged to Virginia's waterways, in our case either the Elizabeth or Lafayette rivers. This project raises awareness and educates the campus community about storm water runoff and pollution.
Register online at: http://www.odu.edu/webroot/orgs/AO/Safety.nsf/stormdrain?OpenForm

April 21

President Roseann Runte and keynote speaker Lois Gibbs
7-9 p.m., Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building Room 102

Gibbs organized her neighbors into the Love Canal Homeowners Association and struggled more than 2 years for relocation of residents of the New York town. Opposing the group's efforts, though, were the chemical manufacturer, Occidental Petroleum, and local, state and federal government officials who insisted that the leaking toxic chemicals, including dioxin, the most toxic chemical known to man, was not the cause of high rates of birth defects, miscarriages, cancers and other health problems. Finally, in October 1980, President Jimmy Carter delivered an emergency declaration, which moved 900 families from this hazardous area and signified the victory of this grassroots movement.

April 22

Adopt-A-Stream Lafayette River cleanup
2-4 p.m., Rogers Hall

Join fellow faculty, staff and students in a cleanup of the Lafayette River. The university has adopted, through the Commonwealth of Virginia's Adopt-A-Stream Program, the portion of the Lafayette River shoreline that lies behind Rogers Hall and along 49th Street.
Register online at: http://www.odu.edu/webroot/orgs/AO/Safety.nsf/adoptastream?OpenForm

Seating is limited at events and provided as available.

In addition, art department Visiting Professor Rosa Doughty will be assigning "ecological" art projects for two of her classes. One class will be creating sculptures from trash, photographing the work, and displaying the photos in Webb University Center. The other class will be making ceramic-topped rain barrels for rain collection at Hoffler Creek.

A contest in Webb Center, asking students, faculty and staff to guess the number of cigarette butts in a barrel, will have an MP3 player as its prize.

For more information, call 683-4495.

This article was posted on: April 6, 2005

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