Lycoming College to recognize Earth Day with several events

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – In recognition of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, Lycoming College will host several events during its “Earth Week” celebration. The events are sponsored by the College’s Lycoming Environmental Awareness Foundation, Clean Water Institute, FLYCO, Lycoming’s fly-fishing club and Lycoming’s chapter of Amnesty International.David Radcliff, director of the New Community Project, which promotes sustainability and human rights, will speak on campus Monday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Heim Science Building, Barclay Lecture Hall, G-11. His presentation is titled “Less is More.”

Sean Diamond, the sustainability coordinator at Dickinson College, will present “Ideas for Sustainability – Think Globally, Act Locally,” on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Heim G-09. The presentation will focus on things that can be done on college campuses to promote sustainability and earth-friendliness.

Other activities include a trip to the rock climbing wall at Dynamats Gymnastic Center in Williamsport on Saturday, April 18; a morning stream clean up on Sunday, April 19; Earth Day activities on Wednesday, April 22 from 6-9 p.m. in Pennington Lounge; a tie-dye party on Thursday, April 23 from 7-9 p.m. in Pennington Lounge; and a sunset kayaking trip on West Branch Susquehanna River on Saturday, April 25.

Earth Week is the latest effort at the College to promote sustainability and environmental awareness. In November, the College received a $15,000 grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund as part of its Solar ScholarsT Program to aid in the installation of an 18-panel, 3 kW solar array on top of the Heim Science Building. In addition, Lycoming has introduced a minor in environmental sustainability. Sodexho, the College’s food service provider, recently discontinued the use of trays in the cafeteria to reduce the amount of waste produced by those who dine there and limit the amount of soap, water and natural gas used to clean the trays.

Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences institution dedicated to the undergraduate education of more than 1,400 students. Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit http://www.lycoming.edu.

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