Wenatchee Valley College celebrates Earth Week with events April 19-20

April 12, 2023 

Media Contacts:
Dr. Joan Qazi, WVC sustainability coordinator, 509-881-9182, jqazi@wvc.edu
Derek Sheffield, WVC English faculty, dsheffield@wvc.edu

Wenatchee Valley College will be celebrating Earth Week with two days of events celebrating sustainability and the natural world on April 19-20. All events are free and open to the public. On-campus parking is free during Earth Week events.

Wednesday, April 19 is Zero Waste Wednesday, promoting reducing waste and responsible consumption. Different groups will lead activities around the fountain between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Waste Loop will guide visitors on how to conduct a waste audit to see what is being recycled and wasted. There will be presentations by the City of Wenatchee stormwater specialists about protecting local waterways and by the Plastic Reduction Committee on effective recycling. There will also be demonstrations of WVC’s single bottle glass crusher which is used to transform glass bottles on campus into glass sand.

Thursday, April 20 is Thankful Thursday and the Cascadia Field Guide book launch. On both campuses, WVC faculty will lead discussions calculating the carbon storage capacity of local tree canopies. This will begin at 11 a.m. under the large spruce tree near Batjer Hall on the Wenatchee campus and at 12:15 p.m. near the greenhouse on the Omak campus.

On the Wenatchee campus, free lunch will be provided by From Scratch By Us, the on-campus catering company, at noon. At 1 p.m. in The Grove Recital Hall in the Music and Art Center there will be a book launch for the Cascadia Field Guide featuring WVC English faculty Derek Sheffield and other visiting writers and artists, including Elizabeth Bradfield, Andrew Gottlieb, CMarie Fuhrman, Justin Gibbens, Jack Johnson and Sarah Van Sanden.

Earth Week at WVC is sponsored by WVC Sustainability Committee, Tree Campus USA, Plastic Reductions Campaign and Associated Students of WVC Student Senate.  For more information please contact WVC Sustainability Coordinator Joan Qazi at jqazi@wvc.edu or visit wvc.edu/Sustainability.


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