Thursday, April 22, 2010

FURTHER INFORMATION:      STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, KIM HOLLAND (626) 914-8701


Citrus College Hosts Earth Day Celebration
by Rachel White         


Citrus College’s second annual Earth Day Celebration will take place on Wednesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the Ross L. Handy Campus Center.


The event, which is sponsored by the Citrus College Green Team and the Associated Students of Citrus College (ASCC), will feature mini workshops, information tables, food, fun environmental activities and green products.  The public is invited to attend.


Keynote speakers for Earth Day are Frank and Susan Malinowksi from Heifer International, a non-profit organization determined to help end world hunger and poverty through self reliance and sustainability.  Gifts of livestock and agricultural training enable families to improve their nutrition and generate income.  Recipient families agree to give one of their animals’ offspring to another family in need.


Many campus departments will participate in the Citrus College Earth Day festivities,  including art, cosmetology, forestry, and physical science.  Community organizations taking part in the event include Tree Campus USA, the San Gabriel Mountain Regional Conservancy and the Irwindale Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee.  Mini workshops and activities will focus on ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, including green gifting and greening one’s home.  One demonstration involves Citrus College astronomy instructor Dave Kary baking brownies in a solar oven.


The Citrus College Green Team began in June 2008 and is comprised of faculty, staff, and students who work together to make the campus more environmentally friendly.


“We have received enthusiastic support from just about every department on campus regarding sustainability issues,” said Kim Holland, director of workforce development and chair of the Green Team.  “Citrus College has been forward thinking on issues of curriculum development for green careers, as well as reducing our campus carbon footprint.”


To encourage student participation in the event, ASCC is co-sponsoring the Earth Day Celebration.


“While every day should be Earth Day, I believe celebrating an annual Earth Day is important for students to get a strong reminder of the messages they hear every day,” said Adrienne Thompson, student activities supervisor.  “We tend to become complacent regarding all the media messages we are constantly bombarded with, and it often takes a significant message or event for students to act on the information they receive.”