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UCSD Earth Day 2006

Students Urged to Cut 'Waste' Size at Earth Day Celebration

By Ioana Patrigenaru | April 24, 2006

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Chancellor Marye Anne Fox talks to a group of students, faculty and staff during the kick-off of Earth Day celebrations Thursday.

They tie-dyed T-shirts. They sampled organic tea, coffee and chocolate. They even tried to understand what biodiesel is.

Scores of students stopped by the Sun God Lawn Thursday to celebrate Earth Day at UCSD. About 30 organizations were waiting for them, eager to help them learn how to better preserve the environment. Students, staff and members of community organizations had set up booths, with brochures and products for sale or for sampling.

“Preserving the earth and being good stewards of the environment is a responsibility that each one of us should take on every day,” Chancellor Marye Anne Fox told students, staff and faculty who had gathered to kick off UCSD’s Earth Day 2006 celebration.

Making a difference can be as simple as recycling, turning the lights off when you leave the room and not throwing away cigarette butts, said staff member Krista Francis. She stood near a recycling bin and in front of a table displaying bumper stickers that urged to “Reduce Your Waste Size. Recycle.” Francis said her passion from the environment comes from years of working with trash and recycling services on campus. “I think we’re doing a great job,” she said. “But there’s still a lot more to do.”

Jyoti Gaur, an intern at the Green Campus program, said she has cared about the environment for as long as she can remember. A Muir senior majoring in environmental policy, she worked on organizing Thursday’s event.

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Emily Morrill (right) helps students make their very own tie-dyed T-shirts during a workshop organized by Housing and Dining Services.

“This year, I decided to do it big,” she said.

The event’s goals include raising student awareness and promoting energy conservation on campus, she said.

To lure students to the celebration, organizers had booked two bands. But the most popular attraction turned out to be a tie-dye T-shirt-making workshop that Housing and Dining Services organized. Three of the department’s interns gave away free white T-shirts with an Earth Day logo featuring Housing and Dining’s mascots for sustainability: Major Planet and Toby the Wonder Dog. “I really love tie-dye,” said intern Sara Wigal. Participants then rolled up the T-shirts and tied them with rubber bands, before dipping them into buckets of dye.

“It’s pretty cool,” said Valeria Velazquez, a junior at San Clemente High School, who was visiting UCSD. She said she recycles a lot, especially water bottles. A few yards away, UCSD engineering student Steve Vonderach stood guard by his tie-dye T-shirt, which another student had tried to take away after mistaking it for her own. Vonderach said he already recycles. But he said the festival allowed him to learn more about other environment-friendly ideas, such as water conservation and solar power.

“They got a lot of people out here,” he said, surveying the crowd.

 

 

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