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CAMPUS COMMEMORATES EARTH WEEK WITH VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES

Old Dominion University will sponsor a wide variety of activities and programs, everything from tree planting and shoreline cleanup projects to an Environmental Film Festival, in celebration of Earth Week, beginning Monday, April 16, through Saturday, April 21.

Presentations will highlight such environmentally friendly initiatives as recycling, oyster gardening and alternative fuels, including a demonstration of a "veggie mobile" that runs on organic material.

In addition to promoting traditional recycling efforts, the university will collect old tennis shoes throughout the week as part of its participation in the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. Instead of cluttering landfills, the worn-out footwear will be used as materials in the construction of basketball and tennis courts, athletic fields and running tracks. Shoes will be collected in the lobby of Webb University Center.

ODU students, faculty, staff and friends of the university are invited to participate in Adopt-A-Stream cleanup outings on campus Monday and Tuesday, April 16-17.

The Environmental Film Festival will kick off Wednesday, April 18, in Webb University Center and will include the screening of nine movies, including an outdoor presentation of the Academy Award-winning documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" at 8 p.m. on Kaufman Mall.

On Thursday, April 19, Checkered Flag Automotive will host the Old Dominion Green Car Show on the mall, featuring hybrid vehicles, electric cars and Segway Scooters.

For more information about Earth Week at Old Dominion University call 683-4495 or visit http://www.odu.edu/af/ehs/earthweek.htm.

A complete schedule of events is as follows:

Monday, April 16

Noon - "Building Native Habitat: Oyster Gardening," led by Chris Everett from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Chesapeake/Portsmouth Room, Webb University Center

12:30 p.m. - "Sustainable Design in Construction," a discussion about recent construction at the Virginia Zoological Park, including the Ernie Morgan Building; Chesapeake Room, Webb University Center

2 p.m. - Adopt-A-Stream Elizabeth River Cleanup, on campus along the shoreline behind Whitehurst Hall and the Sailing Center; register online at https://app.odu.edu/form/UserDataForm?formid=2043 and meet at the gazebo behind Whitehurst Hall.

Tuesday, April 17

Noon - "Green Roofs," a presentation by Doug Smith from NOAA and Mike Perry, who builds and designs the structures; Board of Visitors Room, Webb University Center

1 p.m. - "Building Native Habitat," including a tree planting on campus; volunteers are needed and should register at https://app.odu.edu/form/UserDataForm?formid=2082.

2 p.m. - Adopt-A-Stream Lafayette River Cleanup, on campus behind Rogers Hall; register online at https://app.odu.edu/form/UserDataForm?formid=2043. and meet on the boardwalk behind Rogers Hall.

Wednesday, April 18

Noon - "Arbor Day Celebration," a presentation by university arborist Chad Peevy on the history of the holiday and an exploration of native trees; Board of Visitors Room, Webb University Center

12:30 p.m. - "Yum, Smell that Car!" a biodiesel presentation by ODU engineering students; Board of Visitors Room, Webb University Center

1 p.m. - Environmental Film Festival: "A World of Waste," "The Witness," "Oil on Ice," "French Fries to Go," "Bilby Brothers - The Men Who Killed the Easter Bunny," "Dude, Where's My River?" and "EarthDance International Environmental Film Festival, Best of 2006 Compilation DVD"; Webb University Center south mall

7 p.m.- Demonstration: "Eric Henry - Veggie Mobile," an environmentalist shows how his car functions on organic material; Kaufman Mall

8 p.m. Environmental Film Festival: "An Inconvenient Truth," the Academy-Award winning film about climate change and global warming; outdoor screening on Kaufman Mall (rain site is 200 Oceanography and Physics Building)

Thursday, April 19

Noon - "The Health of the River," a discussion on the Elizabeth River and the River Stars program in the area; Isle of Wight Room, Webb University Center

12:30 p.m. - "Eating Organic," a lecture about organic foods by the staff of Harvey T's natural market; Isle of Wight Room, Webb University Center

1 p.m. - "Old Dominion Green Car Show," featuring hybrid vehicles, electric cars and Segway Scooters; Kaufman Mall

Saturday, April 21

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Norfolk Electronics Recycling Day. Norfolk residents may drop off used electronic equipment free of charge; WHRO parking lot; Hampton Boulevard.

This article was posted on: March 27, 2007

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