Sustainability and climate awareness will be the focus when Frostburg State University hosts a daylong teach-in as part of Focus Frostburg on Wednesday, April 20. The event is free and open to the public and is designed to be an informative day of educational activities for students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The University also welcomes the attendance of students from ecology and environmental clubs at area high schools. Focus Frostburg will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in FSU’s Lane University Center, along with environmental displays throughout the day on the first- and second-floor lobbies of the Lane Center.
During the day, FSU faculty and guest speakers will present 24 50-minute presentations that focus on some aspect of sustainability and climate awareness and cover a wide variety of topics for all ages and audiences. Presentations include everything from using efficiency technology to reduce energy costs at home and work, to population growth and the risk of water shortages, to drilling for energy in Marcellus Shale. For more details about the sessions, visit www.frostburg.edu/lglg for a full schedule.
In addition to the presentations, Earth Week at FSU includes the following events and activities:
• “HOME” Documentary Film, Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m., Lane Atkinson Room (232) – Using stunning aerial footage from over 50 countries, Yann Arthus-Bertrand provides a stepping stone to further the call to action to take care of our HOME. The film is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Sierra Club and Learning Green, Living Green (LGLG), FSU’s Sustainability Initiative.
• “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Poster Contest, Friday, April 22 (Earth Day), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., FSU Clock Tower – FSU students, faculty and staff can vote on their favorite posters relating to the environment created by FSU visual arts students. People can also vote on Facebook by visiting FSU’s LGLG Facebook page (www.facebook.com/frostburglglg). Winners will be included in FSU’s LGLG promotional campaigns.
• Native Planting in the Arboretum Sponsored by the FSU Biology, IDIS Honors Seminar, April 22, 3 to 5 p.m., Gazebo (near the stadium parking lot near the trail to Edgewood) – Students can plant native species in the Arboretum.
For more information on Focus Frostburg 2011, visit www.frostburg.edu/lglg or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are on Facebook, you can also become a fan of the “Learning Green, Living Green at FSU (LGLG)” Facebook page for regular updates and information.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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